Improving searches II: Try a Different Resource

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Improving searches II: Try a Different Resource

  1. 1. A UST Libraries Information Literacy Tutorial
  2. 2. Finding different resources Are you sure you’re looking in the best resource for your topic? Have you tried basic resources in your area, and want to check other places too? In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to get a comprehensive sense of what the library offers in your subject area.
  3. 3. Finding different resources Outline: 1. Different databases 2. UST OneSearch 3. Reference resources 4. Google Scholar
  4. 4. 1. Different databases In most subjects, the library has more than one resource for articles and other information. To learn what these are, you can:  Search for a research guide in your topic  Use the Databases by Subject list Both of these resources are linked from the Student Services page at: http://libguides.stthom.edu/studentservices
  5. 5. 2. UST OneSearch No matter what you’re researching, chances are good you’ll find resources for it in UST OneSearch on the library homepage. Search with keywords from your topic, then use the checkboxes on the left side of the results page to see books, articles, reference entries, etc. Click View Online to access e-resources quickly.
  6. 6. 3. Reference resources In many cases, academic encyclopedias, companions and other reference resources can direct you to books and articles on specific topics. Credo Reference, Oxford Reference, Sage Knowledge, STAT!Ref, Gale Virtual Reference Library and other resources give you access to hundreds of online reference books. Access them through the databases list.
  7. 7. 4. Google Scholar Google Scholar, at http://scholar.google.com, searches a large number of scholarly research articles in all subject areas. It uses your keywords to find relevant articles and link you to online full text sources. Google Scholar results usually have “Cited by” and “Related articles” links. These can be very useful for finding more articles for your topic. You can set up Google Scholar to link to UST full text resources and to send citation info to your RefWorks account. Learn how at http://libguides.stthom.edu/googlescholar

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