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LOIS and a few databases at Sacramento City College

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  • Finding research materials in LOIS and library databases ENGWR 300 (Hansen), Fall 2008 Jeff Karlsen, LRC Librarian
  • Doing research in LOIS and text databases: Getting started
    • What is your topic ? You should be able to summarize it in a single phrase
    • What are keywords ?
    • Ideas, phrases, topics
    • When you search for information, you can combine them
  • SCC Library Home Page: Gateway to Books and Articles http://scc.losrios.edu/~library
  • Using LOIS: beginning the search
    • When searching for books on a particular topic, you have a choice of searching by keyword or by subject
    • Keyword searching
    • Ideas, words, phrases—found in title, subject, author, chapter titles
  • LOIS Reading a LOIS record Good subject headings; click on one to see more books on the same topic Your keywords are highlighted
  • LOIS Search by Keyword, or Subject?
    • Keywords: more results, less precise
    Subjects: fewer results, more precise
  • THE ANSWER: Use Both
  • The Next Step
    • Try different keywords
    • Truncate (*):
      • politic* (political, politics, politicians)
      • government* (government, governmental)
      • corrupt* (corrupt, corrupts, corruption)
    • Use AND and OR
  • Important search tips: Boolean logic AND finds only those materials that contain BOTH terms OR finds materials that use EITHER term (more results) NOT (sometimes AND NOT ) finds articles that contain one term, but not the other. politic* AND corrupt* corporat* OR business* corrupt* NOT africa*
  • Databases
    • Articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, some reference sources (including the Oxford English Dictionary)
    • Over 40 available @ SCC
    • Many publications simply not available on the Web
    • SCC pays $$$$ for your access to them
  • Choosing a Database
  • CQ Researcher: In-depth reports reasonably current information Start with simple keyword search
  • JSTOR: Advanced Search screen Leave unchecked JSTOR has lots of reviews
  • Academic Search Premier: Advanced Search screen check these if you’re not getting enough results (and)
  • Questions? Need more help?
    • E-mail me: [email_address]
    • Find handout and other info for this session at http://scc.losrios.edu/~karlsej/instruction
    • Call the reference desk: 558-2461