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  • Search Description Ask an ipl2 Librarian Digital Reference Student and Volunteer Training
  • Search Description
    • Include a succinct and informative description of your search strategy
      • allows the user to repeat the search if necessary
      • shows evidence of the effort you put into the question
      • teaches users about effective search techniques
  • Rules to follow when providing your search description
    • keep the search description as short as possible without compromising the meaning
    • include only the relevant steps that led you to the sources you recommend
    • number or separate the parts of your response or steps in your searches if they are particularly long (especially for responses to school-age users)
  • Rules to follow when providing your search description
    • When you use the ipl2's subject collection, link to the subject directory's heading, not with the ipl2's homepage, and then explain to the user the steps you took to locate the subject collection from the ipl2 homepage.
    • Example:
    • I began my search at the "Health & Medical Sciences" section of the ipl2's "Resources by Subject" collection: http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&tid=6840&parent=0 I found this section by going to the front page of the ipl2 website (see link below), clicking "Resources by Subject," and then clicking "Health & Medical Sciences" link. http://www.ipl.org
  • Rules to follow when providing your search description
    • If you used a search engine to locate sources, explicitly say so and provide the full URL of the search engine, as well as the exact search phrase you used. Type the search phrase on a separate line or set it off with brackets or other punctuation. Include an explanation of any search conventions you used (i.e., Boolean operators, phrase searching, etc.).
    • Example:
    • To find these sites, I used the search engine Google. You may access it here: http://www.google.com I searched the terms <&quot;unemployment rate&quot; california>. I used quotation marks around &quot;unemployment rate&quot; to search for those words together as a phrase.
  • Rules to follow when providing your search description
    • If you used a print, subscription, or other source (such as a phone call, etc.) provide basic details and tips for how the user could conduct a similar search.
    • Example:
    • To find a resource on corruption in King Lear, I searched the phrase &quot;corrupt* AND King Lear&quot; in a database called Academic Search Premier. Using the * at the end of the word &quot;corrupt&quot; tells the database to search all forms of that word.
    • This is a licensed print and/or electronic resource that we are recommending to you. You will not be able to access it or get a copy of it without a paid subscription.
    • We encourage you to take this citation to your local library, which may have a subscription and be able to provide this resource to you for free. Your library may also be able to obtain this resource through interlibrary loan services or some other means.
    • Hoover, Claudette. &quot;Women, centaurs, and devils in King Lear.&quot; Women's Studies 16.3/4 (1989): 349. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 29 July 2010.
    • To find a library near you a good resource to try is LibWeb, found online at: http://lists.webjunction.org/libweb/
  • Rules to follow when providing your search description
    • If you went directly to the source, inform the user how you know that source and describe the source's authority and quality for answering the question. This is true for sources like Medline Plus, for health information, or American FactFinder, a Census portal, when looking for statistical information on the U.S. population. But, you do need to detail how to maneuver within the source to locate the web page.
    • Example on next slide
  • Example
    • Another source that I have used before is the New York Times, and the online version of the newspaper has a searchable archive for past issues. Knowing that they have a vast online archive, I thought they may have some information relevant to the founding of the New York Public Library.
    • I located an article published on March 14, 1895 titled &quot;Astor Trustees Agree: Ready to Consolidate with the Lenox Library and the Tilden Trust&quot;, which discusses the planning of the &quot;new&quot; library. You may view this article here:
    • http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9F0CE0DC103AE533A25757C1A9659C94649ED7CF
    • The article can be opened in PDF format and when it does, you are looking at it exactly as it first appeared in the New York Times in 1895. You may also save or email this article, if you choose.
    • I found this article by using the search box at the top of the New York Times website:
    • http://www.nytimes.com
    • I entered the search terms &quot;Tilden and library&quot; in the search box (quotation marks are not necessary when you actually type it in).