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The Kenton County Public Library databases are a good resource for students doing research for homework assignments. Topics include deciding which database to use, how to access them, how to cite......

The Kenton County Public Library databases are a good resource for students doing research for homework assignments. Topics include deciding which database to use, how to access them, how to cite them, how to save information, and more.

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  • 1. Kenton County Library DOES YOUR HOMEWORK!
  • 2. Using library databases for research
    • Introduction to the library’s databases
    • 3. Deciding if a source is authoritative
    • 4. How to get the most relevant search results
    • 5. Which databases will get me the better result?
    • 6. Ways to collect information
    • 7. How do I cite this information?
  • To begin, go to the library’s website:
    Click on “research and homework”
    on the blue bar (you will get a drop down menu)
  • 8. On the drop down menu click on “databases”
  • 9. The library has more than 60 databases.
    What you see on this slide is a search tool for finding things in all of them. This will be at the top of the page when you click “databases.”
    Below this is will be a listing of the individual databases.
  • 10. You can search by:
    Or a combination of all of those
    You can specify the date of publication. This would be good if you are talking about a current subject, for example.
    You could also choose a subject category.
  • 14. Choosing a suitable database
    As you can see, the library has a number of excellent databases. These are subscriber only databases which the library purchases from the publisher for your use.
    Databases cover a wide variety of subjects, and so choosing the best one for your project can involve some trial and error.
    We will look at a couple of examples to get you started.
  • 15. These are few of the databases you might choose:
    Junior Authors & Illustrators
    KCPL Catalog
    Kentucky Post
    Kentucky Virtual Library
    Language Learning - Mango
    Learning Express Online Testing
    Librarians Index to the Internet
    Literature Resource Center
    Middle & Jr. High Core Collection
    Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index
    Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
    Oxford Reference Online
    ProQuest Newspapers
    Public Library Catalog
    ReferenceUSA Business Database
    ReferenceUSA Residential Database
    Senior High School Core Collection
    Student Research Center
    World Book Advanced
    World Book Online
    America's News Magazines
    America's Newspapers
    American Slave Narratives
    Ancestry Library Edition
    Biography Reference Bank Select
    Children's Catalog
    Childrens Lit Comprehensive Database
    Cincinnati/KY Enquirer - Proquest
    CultureGrams Kids Edition
    CultureGrams States Edition
    CultureGrams World Edition
    Daily Life Online
    EBSCO Academic Search Premier
    EBSCO Masterfile Premier
    EBSCO Student Search
    Famous First Facts
    Fiction & Nonfiction Catalogs
    Greater Cincinnati Memory Project
  • 16. Let’s start by choosing a database from the list:
  • 17. To You will need your library card number and the last four digits of your phone number (your pin #) To find the number look on the back of your card.
  • 18. Notice that you can check a box which allows you to search the library’s catalogue while you search databases. This can be helpful if the teacher requires book sources to be included in your bibliography.
  • 19. Another way to limit search results would be by choosing the database that seems most likely to answer your question. For example, let’s say that your assignment is to write an essay about Miley Cyrus. Since she is a not an historical figure but a modern one, she may appear in current magazines and newspapers:
    Or she may appear in a biographical index:
  • 20. Sometimes teachers may prefer sources that are books. Many databases also appear in published form, such as:
    Oxford Reference is actually several authoritative encyclopedia, dictionaries and other reference works, all of which appear in print, including the famous Oxford English Dictionary.
    World Book Online has the same entries and information as does World Book in book form.
  • 21. Sometimes it is tricky to find just the right database.
    Say you are doing a science fair project about photosynthesis.
    You could choose to use Access Science. It is a good source covering many topics, but can be very technical.
    You may decide that your project involves greenhouse gasses. In that case you may want to use Greenfile, which is more oriented to ecological concerns.
    You could choose to search news magazines to see if they have reported on any developments in this subject. You would choose the database America’s New magazines. They are less technical, but tend to be brief.
  • 22. Within each database, there are options for narrowing the terms of your search. In the database below, AccessScience, there are:
    • directory of categories
    • 23. a choice of featured articles
    • 24. an alphabetical browse
    • 25. image galleries.
  • In a search for the subject zooplankton,
    the first result was an encyclopedia article.
    Within this result you could look at a number of sub-topics.
    It even shows illustrations of various types of zooplankton.
  • 26. If this looks like something you would like to keep, there are several options. You could print it, you could e-mail it to yourself or someone else, you could bookmark it on your computer at home, or you can even share it on one of several social networking sites.
  • 27. Looking at the heading of the database listing, we can see that a search could be done of all the databases at once. This, however, will give too many results, many of which might not apply to your subject.
    Instead, note the box that narrows databases by subject categories
  • 28. As you can see, sometimes a little trial-and-error is needed. However, the more you look at the various databases, the more familiar they will become. On your next assignment you will know more about which databases to use.
  • 29. Collecting Information
    As we discussed in the previous example, you may wish to save information to write your paper later.
    Most of the databases have ways to e-mail whole papers, entries and citations. You can save whole articles to a portable USB drive or disk.
  • 30. Here’s another example. Let’s look at Famous First Facts:
    We’ve searched for “Grand Canyon” using quotation marks to make sure we are getting results for the giant canyon and not just anything with the words “grand” and “canyon” in the result.
    We chose the first result and notice just below the thinner blue bar…
  • 31. …you can print the information, e-mail it to yourself, or save it to a storage device
  • 32. Let’s use another example
    I searched for “Franklin Roosevelt” in EBSCO Student Search. Notice that in the left column, I can choose subject to narrow my search. I can also choose format: books, periodicals, images, or source documents.
  • 33. Notice also that I could choose only items where the whole article is available. It also lets you choose “peer reviewed” articles which are more scholarly or professional sources. If I wanted something from a particular time period, I could specify that too.
  • 34. Using the advanced search (see below the search box) will give you even more ways to narrow your search. (We’ll leave that for another discussion!)
  • 35. This database gives you the same options to print the article, e-mail it to yourself or others, save it to a storage device (flash drive, cd-rom, etc.). Notice in the upper left corner the option to see the citation only (the screen we’re on) or the full article.
    This one is in HTML Full Text, which the whole article on a different page on the internet. Sometimes you will see a full text article as a .pdf or PDF document, which is a separate file (not a web page) which is created and opened by Adobe Reader (a separate free software which you can download from the internet).
  • 36. Citing your sources
    We’ll look next at a result in Oxford reference about Leonardo da Vinci.
  • 37.
    • Many of the results you will see are citations, which are only a brief description of an article or book. For these you will need to research further to obtain the whole source.
    • 38. This result is a full text article, it has all the information given. It is a complete resource. and will give you an entry on how to cite it. Citing your sources completely and accurately is an important part of writing a research paper. Usually the information on a full text article is at the end of the item, as shown above.
  • Library databases are an excellent way to supplement your research for school assignments. They are available at the Kenton County Public library, and most (with a few exceptions noted in red on the website)
    are available from your computer at home.
  • 39. We’ve learned how to find information in the Library’s databases, narrow a search, ways to evaluate which database to use, options for saving information, and the method for citing sources.
    The library’s databases are a great source of information, but nothing beats asking a…
    If you have any questions, call us at 859-962-4003.