Search Strategies: Worksheet (In-Class)


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Search Strategies: Worksheet (In-Class)

  1. 1. LIBRARY INFORMATION COMMON Search Strategies: In-class WorksheetConstructing a Search Strategy Guide: Research Research Strategy Worksheet: Locating Resources in Five Steps1. State your research topic as completely as you can. __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________2. Think about your topic and circle two or three of the most important concepts in your search topic above.3. Write each concept in a top space, then list synonymous or related terms, if applicable. If a thesaurus is available for your database, use appropriate terms from it as well.Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3AND/OR AND/OR AND/ORAND/OR AND/OR AND/ORAND/OR AND/OR AND/ORExample: I would like to find literature on academic achievement of children of single parent families. Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3 academic achievement children single parentAND/OR grades AND/OR adolesce*n? AND/OR sole support*AND/OR performance AND/OR youth AND/ORSearch statement: (academic achievement or grades or performance) and (children or adolescen?) and (single parent+)4. Select the database(s) that best cover your topic. __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 1Created by Julie Anne Kent, Hons., B.A., M.L.I.S.: Updated January 2011
  2. 2. LIBRARY INFORMATION COMMON Search Strategies: In-class Worksheet Write down your Example: How does violence in the media affect young children? research question. Research Guide: Underline two or1 three concepts that are essential to the question. Example: violence Example: media Example: children Write each concept2 in its own box. AND AN D Example: aggression Example: television Example: teenagers Use these columns _________________ _________________ _________________ to list synonyms or other words that3 have similar OR _________________ AND OR _________________ AN D OR _________________ meaning for each concept. OR OR OR _________________ _________________ _________________ Construct your search using Boolean operators, truncation, and parentheses. Use this search in steps 5 and 6. Example: (violence or aggression) AND (media or television or movies) AND (children or youth or teenagers) Tips for Searching4 Too many records? Add an additional concept with AND (Example: poverty AND crime) Too few records? Add another search term with OR (Example: college OR university) Too many records on an unrelated topic? Eliminate a word with NOT (Example: virus NOT computer) Use a truncation symbol (* ? !) to search for variants of a word. Right-hand truncation is the most common form of truncation. It allows you to search for the first few letters of a word and retrieve additional letters to the right. Examples: (violen* OR aggressi*) AND (child* OR teen*) Need Articles from Journals, Magazines, or Newspapers? Search Databases (Loop, Library Tab, FIND SUBJECT, open Subject Guide, FIND ARTICLES TAB, review list of databases available to you)5 Which databases are most relevant to your topic/question? List the names of relevant databases. 1) 2) 3) 2 Created by Julie Anne Kent, Hons., B.A., M.L.I.S.: Updated January 2011