Google and Beyond: Librarians' Expert Advice on Research


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  • A seach10 query can quickly help the student identify alternate or more specific keywords, develop a research vocabulary, and cultivate their skills with technology. It is an ideal starting point for students beginning their college academic experience, a familiar interface to introduce them to the unseen Deep Web they did not even know existed. It is a learning tool with real world application for students and another way that faculty might enjoy integrating information literacy in the classroom.
  • Some of our students already know which databases that best support their academic work and some databases so directly lend themselves to particular classes and assignments that they are explicitly addressed. However, our data indicates that a number of students are unsure of how to begin their research. They tell us in library classes that they prefer to begin with Google or Wikipedia for their familiarity and broad reach. We wanted to provide another option.  
  • Google and Beyond: Librarians' Expert Advice on Research

    1. 1. GOOGLE and Beyond:Librarian’s Expert Advice on Research<br />Karen Quinn-Wisniewski<br />Michele Meisart<br />Elizabeth Godwin<br />Debra Sambuco<br />Erika Hodge Harris<br />
    2. 2. Getting Started<br /><ul><li> “For over three-fourths (84%) of the students surveyed, the most difficult step of the course-related research process was getting started.”
    3. 3. “…far more students in the sample reported having difficulties with steps during course-related research (41%) than with everyday life research (21%). (28)”</li></ul>How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age, Project Information Literacy, 2010, 3<br />
    4. 4. There are more than a trillion URLs in Google‘’s index.*<br />*CNN Tech <br /><br />
    5. 5. Most students skim the surface<br />Only sources that have <br />been indexed by Google’s <br />crawler technology can<br />be accessed.<br />Other sources never appear in the search.<br />
    6. 6. Meet search10<br />The library has partnered with DeepWeb Technology to provide a federated search of the Library catalog and 9 subscription research databases.<br />
    7. 7. Different kind of search<br />search10 provides a ‘Google-like’ access point to some of our biggest/most-useful databases that meet students expectations for simplicity and efficiency in searching and capitalizes on their comfort and confidence with technology.<br />Unlike Google, it leads them to a relatively smaller collection of high quality academic resources. <br />
    8. 8. What are the 10?<br />Library Catalog<br />Ebsco Academic Premier<br />ProQuest Central<br />Credo<br />Lexis Nexis<br />Gale Virtual Reference <br />Opposing Viewpoints in Context<br />Biography Reference Bank<br />Science Direct <br />CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)<br />
    9. 9. How to search:<br />
    10. 10. Resources<br />Science Research: Journey to Ten Thousand Sources <br />Abe Lederman, President, Deep Web Technologies <br /><br />
    11. 11. <ul><li>What is Google Scholar?
    12. 12. "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature"</li></li></ul><li>Why use Google Scholar?<br /><ul><li>Simple natural-language searching
    13. 13. Indexes peer-reviewed and scholarly journals
    14. 14. Database is multi-disciplinary in nature
    15. 15. Also indexes non-journal material:</li></ul>Books<br />Patents<br />Cochrane Systematic Reviews <br />State and federal court cases<br />
    16. 16. Disadvantages of Google Scholar<br /><ul><li> Much of the material indexed is not available as full-text except with a fee
    17. 17. No list of materials indexed is available, so it is unclear what exactly is in the database</li></li></ul><li>Searching the Google Scholar database<br />Google Scholar offers several operators to help refine your search<br /><ul><li>Author Search
    18. 18. Publication and Date Restrict
    19. 19. Legal opinions and journals with Jurisdiction Restrict</li></li></ul><li>JSTOR highlights <br />JSTOR, acronym for journal storage. <br />An interdisciplinary archive of over 1200 full-text scholarly articles, primary sources and citation references. <br />CCBC Library subscription consists of one module, The Arts & Sciences II Collection <br />Module content: economics, history, archaeology, classics, linguistics, literature and various multi-cultural disciplines. <br />
    20. 20. JSTOR benefits & limitations<br />CCBC users can access over 127 journal titles<br />JSTOR is expanding to include current scholarship citations within the same interface. <br />MyJSTOR allows customizable content access: <br /><ul><li>saved searches
    21. 21. email /RSS alerts
    22. 22. citation exporting
    23. 23. Google Scholar searching/multi-media
    24. 24. social networking via Facebook </li></ul>Limited/no ability to link to related articles with controlled vocabulary and many articles are not full-text. <br />
    25. 25. SciVerse/ScienceDirect highlights<br />SciVerse is an expanded suite of research tools and products for technical and scientific content.<br />ScienceDirect, the major component SciVerse, is a leading information database for full-text information in science, technology, medicine and health sciences.<br />ScienceDirect is a vast journals and ebooks collection spanning several disciplines including social sciences. <br />
    26. 26. SciVerse/ScienceDirect benefits<br />SciVerse contains a rich body of knowledge tools, white papers and various resources for users. <br />CCBC users can access enriched content that often overlaps and/or exceeds information that is found in other databases. <br />Many enhanced content management tools are available by customizing settings in a personal account: <br /><ul><li>Downloadable application tools for mobile phones, PCs and laptops
    27. 27. Favorites links, saved searches & custom search macros
    28. 28. Document and citation alerts </li></ul>Content sharing and topics features allow collaboration <br />