Search
powerfully!

Find
information
quickly!

Document sources
correctly!

Secrets of Super Searchers: Advanced
Search & ...
Ways to improve your database search





Select most appropriate sources in multi-source
databases (JSTOR, ProQuest, ...
Choosing Sources
If you know of particular
magazines or newspapers that
are good for your topic, use the
“publication titl...
Choosing Sources
If you wish to search only scholarly and
professional materials (articles written
and selected by experts...
Choosing Sources

In JSTOR, it is often helpful to limit
your search by an area or
discipline(s) of research.
Limiting dates
If you’re researching a topic where
more recent information is more
valuable than older information
(e.g., ...
Limiting document types

You can also limit the document type to retrieve more targeted search results.
Choosing “essay”, ...
Limiting document types

Excluding “reviews” is especially
helpful when searching for scholarly
articles. Academics read a...
Modifying Searches
In databases, you can often modify your
searches right from your results page. No
need to go back to th...
Modifying Searches

If you find an article is helpful and
want to locate similar ones, take
advantage of features that wil...
Modifying Searches

Don’t forget to use the subject
headings for keyword ideas or to
search using the subject heading

You...
If you need a URL for your article
Most databases have links to
stable URLs at the bottom of the
article. Use these URLs t...
If you need a URL for your article

Some databases have the
stable URL on the top of the
article.
Finally….Remember to take advantage of the
citation tools in the databases.

Make sure to choose
MLA style

Choose the “ci...
Sometimes you will have to modify these
citations a good deal
JSTOR citations bear almost no resemblance
to MLA 7. However...
Citation Tools

Some databases (more all the
time) allow you to export citations
to EasyBib .
Remember, you will often nee...
Citation Tools
Note the problems with the publication date as well as the need
to remove the N/a and the document URL.

UR...
Citation Tools
You may need to access the Citation Tools in
order to access the export function (this is
true of the Gale ...
Citation Tools
Note disclaimer about
citation formatting. It’s up to
you to make sure that the
citations are correct.
If you have any questions….
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



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Contact your helpful librarians!
Use our new chat feature (located on the main
LibG...
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Secrets of Super Searchers: Advanced Search & Citation Features in Databases

  1. 1. Search powerfully! Find information quickly! Document sources correctly! Secrets of Super Searchers: Advanced Search & Citation Features in Databases Kris Jacobson, GBS Library
  2. 2. Ways to improve your database search     Select most appropriate sources in multi-source databases (JSTOR, ProQuest, etc.) Limit dates Limit document types Use keywords & subjects in search results to refine keyword searches (see also Advanced Keyword Searching tutorial)
  3. 3. Choosing Sources If you know of particular magazines or newspapers that are good for your topic, use the “publication title” search option in the advanced search screen and search for the publication by name.
  4. 4. Choosing Sources If you wish to search only scholarly and professional materials (articles written and selected by experts in their fields), check the “peer reviewed” box.
  5. 5. Choosing Sources In JSTOR, it is often helpful to limit your search by an area or discipline(s) of research.
  6. 6. Limiting dates If you’re researching a topic where more recent information is more valuable than older information (e.g., science research, current events/politics, social issues), you can limit your search by Publication Date.
  7. 7. Limiting document types You can also limit the document type to retrieve more targeted search results. Choosing “essay”, “feature” and “front page” documents will ensure that you will get in depth pieces and that you won’t get letters to the editor, book reviews, obituaries, or paragraph long pieces. Your document limits (if any) will vary with your topic and the nature of your project.
  8. 8. Limiting document types Excluding “reviews” is especially helpful when searching for scholarly articles. Academics read and write a lot of book reviews. In most cases, you will not want to use them, so it’s best to avoid them.
  9. 9. Modifying Searches In databases, you can often modify your searches right from your results page. No need to go back to the search page and redo everything! Here is a tool for limiting dates.
  10. 10. Modifying Searches If you find an article is helpful and want to locate similar ones, take advantage of features that will help you find similar articles. In ProQuest, use the “more like this” option: Look for synonyms and related terms for refining your search. In this case, “out of work” is a possible phrase to search along with our original term “unemploy*”.
  11. 11. Modifying Searches Don’t forget to use the subject headings for keyword ideas or to search using the subject heading You can limit by source type from your results screen in many of our databases as well.
  12. 12. If you need a URL for your article Most databases have links to stable URLs at the bottom of the article. Use these URLs to come back to the article later; the URL in the address bar is only temporary.
  13. 13. If you need a URL for your article Some databases have the stable URL on the top of the article.
  14. 14. Finally….Remember to take advantage of the citation tools in the databases. Make sure to choose MLA style Choose the “cite” or “cite this” tool from the taskbar You may have to modify it slightly. For example, the article title should not be in all caps and you would have to slightly change the date and drop the “n/a,” but the rest of the citation is excellent. Look at the GBS Citation Guides or ask a librarian for more information.
  15. 15. Sometimes you will have to modify these citations a good deal JSTOR citations bear almost no resemblance to MLA 7. However, all of the information you need to create a proper MLA 7 citation is included. See the GBS Citation Guides or ask a librarian for assistance.
  16. 16. Citation Tools Some databases (more all the time) allow you to export citations to EasyBib . Remember, you will often need to modify the citation.
  17. 17. Citation Tools Note the problems with the publication date as well as the need to remove the N/a and the document URL. URL not needed in MLA 7
  18. 18. Citation Tools You may need to access the Citation Tools in order to access the export function (this is true of the Gale databases & eBooks).
  19. 19. Citation Tools Note disclaimer about citation formatting. It’s up to you to make sure that the citations are correct.
  20. 20. If you have any questions….     Contact your helpful librarians! Use our new chat feature (located on the main LibGuides page) for real-time help during school hours. Visit us at the Reference Desk in the Library during school hours Email us anytime.

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