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Basic Searching Skills Graduate Student Library Instruction session taught by Dan Sich at University of Western Ontario Library, November 3, 2008

Basic Searching Skills Graduate Student Library Instruction session taught by Dan Sich at University of Western Ontario Library, November 3, 2008

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  • 1. Basic Searching Skills Dan Sich Librarian for Earth Sciences, Planetary Science, Physics & Astronomy, Electrical & Computer Engineering University of Western Ontario November 3 rd , 2008
  • 2. Agenda
    • Identifying keywords
    • Building search strategy
    • Keywords vs. subjects
    • Library catalogue
    • Search limits
    • Choosing journal article databases
  • 3. Why plan?
    • Save time
    • Focus on what you’re after
    • Shift ‘angle of attack’ in logical fashion
    • Avoid wasted effort & repetition
    • Eliminate ‘garbage’ from results
  • 4. How to plan
    • Describe your topic, make it a question
    • Identify and isolate concepts
    • Identify variant spellings, synonyms, abbreviations/acronyms, terminology
    • Research = search, search & search again
    • Try various combinations
    • Try various resources (books, articles)
  • 5. Concept mapping
    • Visual representation of relationship between concepts
    • Quick & easy way to ‘brainstorm’
    • Put top in middle
    • Put ideas & concepts around main topic
    • Group similar ideas together
    • Connect ideas with lines, to show relationships
  • 6. What is the use of hip rotation in Tai Chi Chuan ‘Pushing Hands’ and how can it be applied in Wing Chun Kung Fu?
  • 7. What is the use of hip rotation in Tai Chi Chuan ‘ Pushing Hands ’ and how can it be applied in Wing Chun Kung Fu ?
  • 8. Make a chart Hip rotation Tai Chi Chuan Pushing hands Wing Chun Balanc* Root* Force Redirect* Hip* Open* Clos* Tai Chi NOT Taoist Push hands Sticky hands Sticking hands
    • Ving Tsun
    • Wing Tsun
    • Ving Chun
    • Ignore:
    • Kung Fu
  • 9. Join similar & related terms
    • Hip*
    • AND
    • Rotat*
    • Ignore:
    • Balanc*
    • Root*
    • Force
    • Redirect*
    • Open*
    • Clos*
    “ Tai Chi” AND Chuan NOT Taoist “ Pushing hands” OR “ Push hands” OR “ Sticky hands” OR “ Sticking hands” “ Wing Chun” OR “ Ving Tsun” OR “ Wing Tsun” OR “ Ving Chun”
  • 10. AND AND AND Join concepts with AND Hip* AND Rotat* “ Tai Chi” AND Chuan NOT Taoist “ Pushing hands” OR “ Push hands” OR “ Sticky hands” OR “ Sticking hands” “ Wing Chun” OR “ Ving Tsun” OR “ Wing Tsun” OR “ Ving Chun”
  • 11.
    • ( hip* AND rotat* )
    • AND
    • (“tai chi” AND chuan NOT taoist )
    • AND
    • (“pushing hands” OR “push hands” OR “sticky hands” OR “sticking hands” )
    • AND
    • ( “wing chun” OR “ving tsun” OR “wing tsun” OR “ving chun” )
  • 12. Keep a search log
    • Date (because new articles are published daily)
    • What you want to find (your research question)
    • Where you searched (name of database)
    • You search string (terms, Boolean, etc.)
    • Search limits used (date, language, document type, etc.)
    • Number of hits (too many?), useful *new* terms discovered, etc.
    • Useful results (record details somewhere)
    • ...helps you focus efforts and avoid repetition
  • 13. Keyword searching
    • Different from Title and Author searching
    • Use it when you don’t know title or author
  • 14. Books
    • Advantages:
    • Introduction to unfamiliar topics
    • Basic information
    • Data, numbers
    • References to further reading
    • Disadvantages:
    • Not as specific as your topic
    • Not all online or keyword searchable
  • 15. Library Catalogue contains:
    • Books
    • Encyclopedias
    • Dissertaions
    • Journals (no journal articles!)
    • Conference proceedings (no articles!)
    • … and more
  • 16. Keyword searching in Library Catalogue
    • Advantages:
    • Easy
    • Flexible
    • Looks at chapters, title, author, subjects
    • Useful when you’re missing information
    • Disadvantages:
    • You guess at terms
    • Words are scattered
    • No chapter info for older books
    • Many irrelevant hits
  • 17. Subject Heading searching in Catalogue
    • ‘ Preferred terms’ or ‘controlled vocabulary’
    • Specific, pre-determined, difficult to guess
    • Try Title, Author or Keyword search first
    • Identify relevant results
    • Look at their Subect Headings
    • Click Subject Headings to search
    • Write useful Subject Headings in search log
  • 18. Subject Heading searching
    • Advantages:
    • Your results are more relevant
    • Find ‘hidden’ gems
    • Disadvantages:
    • You need to know the right terms
    • Only searches in subject headings
  • 19. Finding Article Databases
    • Browse by Program
    • Databases by Title
    • NOT E-Journals (only useful when you know what article you’re after)
  • 20. Criteria for choosing Article Databases
    • Subject coverage?
    • Date coverage?
    • Abstracts?
    • Full text?
    • Update frequency?
    • Search limits?
    • Controlled vocabulary (subject headings)?
    • Search history?
    • Search more than one database! Why?
  • 21. Keyword and Subject searching in Article Databases
    • Keyword
    • Try 1 st
    • usually default search
    • Article title
    • Abstract?
    • Author?
    • Subjects?
    • Journal title?
    • Full text?
    • Helps you find subjects
    • Subject
    • Try 2 nd
    • aka descriptor
    • aka controlled vocabulary
    • aka classification code
    • Differ between databases
    • Maybe difficult to guess
    • Help you redefine your research topic
  • 22. Searching Article Databases
    • Search one concept at a time
    • Join concepts with AND (using Search History)
    • Gives you flexibility
  • 23. Going through search results
    • Sort order?
    • Relevance?
    • Publication date?
    • Journal title? (scholarly?)
    • Number of pages?
    • Language?
  • 24. Going through search results
    • Not finding enough
    • Remove non-crucial AND’d terms
    • Add more OR’d synonyms (e.g., OR taiji, tai ji, quan)
    • Remove NOT’d terms (e.g., NOT taoist)
    • Your results may be too general, or off-topic, but they may lead you to something useful
    • Finding too much garbage
    • Add more AND’d terms
    • Remove irrelevant OR’d terms
    • Add NOT’d terms
    • Add search limits (date, language, publication type, etc.)
  • 25. Getting articles
    • Get it @ Western
    • Try to get full text version
    • Search Catalogue by ISSN or Journal Title (not abbreviation)
    • Search Catalogue by Conference Proceeding information
    • Don’t give up too easily
    • We don’t have everything
    • Order through Interlibrary Loan for $5
  • 26. Questions?

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