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Step 1 – Navigate to EBSCO database.• Method 1 – On any computer at home or at school. – Go to search.ebscohost.com – Sign in: User ID: oakhallschool; Password: library.• Method 2 – On any computer at home or at school. – Sign on to Edline – Go to Library class page – Click on EBSCO database link under Links – Sign in: User ID: oakhallschool; Password: library.• If you choose Method 2, you also have easy access to several other links to resources, such as the school library catalogue.
METHOD 1GETTING LOGGED ON TO THEEBSCO DATABASES
GO TO search.ebscohost.com Do not use www first. USER ID: oakhallschool PASSWORD: library
METHOD 2GETTING LOGGED ON TO THEEBSCO DATABASES
• GO TO www.edline.net• Sign in with your screen name and password.
Go to My Classes & Shortcuts Oak Hall Middle/Upper SchoolLibrary
USER ID: oakhallschool PASSWORD: library
SEARCHEFFECTIVE SEARCHES ON THEEBSCO STUDENT RESEARCH CENTER
• Choose the database that’s best for you. • Lower School Searchasaurus • Middle School Student Research Center • High School EBSCOhost Research Databases or Student Research Center
Not getting the results you want?• Try the following:• Consider your initial search terms. We typed junk food and schools. This phrase narrows the search to only articles with both the terms junk food and schools in them.• What other terms could you try? Would your choice narrow or broaden your results? – “junk food” – “nutrition and schools” – “junk food and schools and ban” – “junk food and school and debate” – “junk food and ban or debate”
Speaking of Junk Food• Let’s learn about using Boolean logic with flavors of ice cream.• What’s Boolean logic?• The principle of Boolean logic lets you organize concepts together in sets. When searching computer databases, including keyword searching of the online catalog, these sets are controlled by use of Boolean operators OR, AND, and NOT.• Let’s forget computers for a minute. Think about ice cream. http://www.ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/boolean
• Imagine all the possibilities an ice-cream machine could make if it offered chocolate, strawberry, and , and could mix together any and all combinations of those flavors. There are seven possible combinations of ice cream flavors available: each flavor by itself, three combinations of two flavors in a swirl, plus all three flavors mixed together. http://www.ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/boolean
OR• In Boolean logic terms, a set The Venn diagram for this that included any of these combination would look like this: flavor combinations would be expressed: strawberry OR vanilla OR chocolate.• In database searching OR expands a search by BROADENING the set. It is often used to combine synonyms or like concepts. http://www.ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/boolean
AND• If you dont wish to try every possible flavor combination the machine offers all at once, you must narrow your The Venn diagram for this selection. You might want to choose an combination would look like this: individual flavor or one combination of flavors. To order a swirl of all three flavors combined, all three must be included.• In terms of Boolean logic, a set that includes all of three elements would be expressed as: strawberry AND vanilla AND chocolate.• In database searching AND narrows a search. It is often used for linking together different concepts. Searching a database with the search statement strawberry AND vanilla would retrieve records only if both the word “strawberry" and the word “vanilla" http://www.ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/boolean appear. Think of AND as only if also.
NOT• Pretend you hate chocolate. When you order ice cream, if The Venn diagram for this you do NOT want chocolate, combination would look like this: that would leave you with only three possibilities, strawberry by itself, vanilla by itself, or a swirl of strawberry and vanilla.• In other words, youre subtracting a concept out of it. The resulting set would be (strawberry OR vanilla ) NOT chocolate• In database searching, NOT is used to get rid of an unwanted concept. http://www.ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/boolean
Search Results with Boolean operators applied• chocolate OR vanilla OR • 77, 800,000 strawberry• chocolate AND vanilla • 1,840,000 AND strawberry• strawberry • 13,000,000• strawberry AND vanilla • 5, 420, 000• strawberry NOT chocolate • 8,010,000
PRINTPRINT YOUR RESULTS WITH MLACITATION.
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• Don’t trust the generated citation completely.• Check it against teacher handouts.• Click on online citation help above for more information on citation.
• Online citation help.• Specify MLA Style
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SAVESAVE YOUR RESULTS IN A FOLDERFOR LATER ACCESS
• Fill out the form.• Return to your results.
• Save helpful resources in your folder by clicking on Add.• You can print and email these resources!
BUT WAIT!!!!!WHAT ABOUT GOOGLE?
Google Guide to Evaluating Resources• Sure Google is fast and returns tons of results, but not all resources on Google are good ones.• Even Google admits this is true!• If you use Google, evaluate your results carefully.• Anyone can – Create pages – Exchange ideas – Copy, falsify, or omit information intentionally or accidentally• Many people publish pages to get you to buy something or accept a point of view. Google makes no effort to discover or eliminate unreliable material.• So be . It pays to be !• Consider Authority, Accuracy, Objectivity, Currency, Coverage (AAOCC) when evaluating a website. http://www.googleguide.com/evaluating_results.html
• Authority Who are the authors? Are they qualified? Are they believable? With whom are they associated? Do their associates affect their credibility? Who is the publisher? What is the publisher’s reputation?• Accuracy Is the information accurate? Is it reliable and error-free? Are the interpretations and conclusions reasonable? Is there evidence to support conclusions? Is the evidence verifiable? Do the authors properly list their sources, references or citations with dates, page numbers or web addresses, etc.?• Objectivity What is the purpose? What do the authors want to accomplish? Does this purpose affect the presentation? Is there an implied or obvious bias? Is the information fact, opinion, a spoof (a joke), or a prank?• Currency Is the information current? Is it still valid? When was the site last updated? Is the site well-maintained? Are there any broken links?• Coverage Is the information relevant to your topic and assignment? What is the intended audience? Is the material presented at an appropriate level? Is the information complete? Is it unique? www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENGI/eval_criteria.html