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Think Like A Librarian


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This is a slightly modified version of Think Like a Librarian for a different school district I'm working with.

This is a slightly modified version of Think Like a Librarian for a different school district I'm working with.

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  • 1. Think like a librarian
    Database tips & tricks
    MILI 2009
    LeAnn Suchy, Metronet
  • 2. Visible versus Invisible Web
    “Visible Web” (often called “Surface Web”)
    Stuff you find via search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
    “Invisible Web” (often called “Hidden Web” or “Deep Web”)
    Things not searchable by regular search engines
    Subscription databases
  • 3. Visible Web
    Last year Google indexed its trillionth webpage (1 trillion unique URLs)
    Google has indexed about half of the Visible Web
    Results are relevancy ranked
    Over 200 factors determine relevancy
    Popularity is a large factor
    Hits a page gets is another factor
  • 4. Invisible Web
    Invisible Web is anywhere from 100 to 500 times bigger than the Visible Web (or even bigger?)
    Search engines like Google can’t index the Invisible Web because:
    Items found via a query
  • 5. Invisible Web is important
    Search engine relevancy rankings for Visible Web sometimes aren’t all that relevant
    Some tools to help navigate Visible Web to find better resources:
    Librarians Internet Index:
    More for higher ed, but might be helpful
    Invisible Web is way larger than Visible Web and has a lot more credible sources
  • 6. How do I find Invisible Web?
    Database through the government, libraries and state of MN
    Databases through your school
    Today we’re focusing on: ELM databases (ELM = Electronic Library for MN)
  • 7. ELM -
  • 8. Searchasaurus
  • 9. Kids Search
  • 10. InfoTrac Junior Edition
  • 11. InfoTrac Senior Edition
  • 12. ¡Informe!
  • 13. Britannica Online
  • 14. ProQuest Newsstand Complete
  • 15. CAMIO
  • 16. Many more
    Almost50 ELM databases
    More databases available through your school, so talk to your media specialist
    And now, think like a librarian…
  • 17. 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
  • 18. Before recommending, explore
  • 19. Detailed Search
  • 20. Search like a librarian
  • 21. Search results
  • 22. Subject versus Keyword
  • 23. Limiting to type of file
  • 24. Individual record
  • 25. Between now and our meeting
    Check out the information under Month 3 in the wiki, including 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 using the databases
    When we meet in-person: Be ready to tell us about databases you think might be helpful for you and/or your students