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Think like a librarian 2010

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This is an updated slideshow I used in a webinar for our MILI program, the program for teachers and media specialists. This slideshow is about using databases that are provided in the state of MN.

This is an updated slideshow I used in a webinar for our MILI program, the program for teachers and media specialists. This slideshow is about using databases that are provided in the state of MN.

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  • 1. THINK LIKE A LIBRARIAN ELM databases for beginners MILI 2010-2011 LeAnn Suchy, Metronet leann@metronet.lib.mn.us http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabi_k/3546466770/
  • 2. Visible versus Invisible Web  “VisibleWeb” (often called “Surface Web”)  Stuff you find via search engines like Google,Yahoo, Bing, etc.  “InvisibleWeb” (often called “HiddenWeb” or “DeepWeb”)  Things not searchable by regular search engines  Think subscription databases
  • 3. Visible Web  Last year Google indexed its trillionth webpage (1 trillion unique URLs)  This is only half of theVisibleWeb  Results are relevancy ranked  Over 200 factors determine relevancy  Popularity is a large factor  Relevancy rankings aren’t always credible
  • 4. http://www.ipl.org/
  • 5. Invisible Web  InvisibleWeb is anywhere from 100 to 500 times bigger than theVisible Web (or even bigger?)  Includes more credible sources  Search engines like Google can’t index the InvisibleWeb because:  Items found via a query  Passwords
  • 6. How do I find Invisible Web?  Think DATABASES  Database through the government, libraries and state of MN  Databases through your school  Today we’re focusing on: ELM databases (ELM = Electronic Library for Minnesota
  • 7. ELM http://www.elm4you.org/
  • 8. Searchasaurus
  • 9. Kids Search
  • 10. Academic Search Premier
  • 11. InfoTrac Junior Edition
  • 12. InfoTrac Student Edition
  • 13. ¡Informe!
  • 14. Britannica Online
  • 15. ProQuest Newsstand Complete
  • 16. Student Resources in Context
  • 17. CAMIO
  • 18. Many more  Almost 50 ELM databases  More databases available through your school, so talk to your media specialist  And now, think like a librarian…
  • 19. Before recommending, explore  Ask these questions of the database:  What type of content is provided?  How many publications are included?Years?  How frequently is it updated?  What navigational tools are provided?  Are there tutorials? A help section? Search tips?  How are search results displayed?  Can I save, email or print articles? RSS feeds?  Which students would best be served by this?  These questions and more are on Database Exploration Checklist
  • 20. Database Exploration Checklist
  • 21. Detailed Search
  • 22. Search like a librarian
  • 23. Between now and our meeting  Check out the Database Exploration Checklist worksheet  Go into the ELM databases (or databases linked from your school library) and use the worksheet to analyze a couple databases  Blog about your experiences  When we meet in-person: Bring an assignment with you where you had to have students research something