Deciding where to look draft demo

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Deciding where to look draft demo

  1. 1. Searching Step 1 <br />Deciding where to look<br />
  2. 2. Deciding where to Look <br />The main places we commonly turn to locate information in the library are:<br />Article Databases<br />MNCAT (the Library Catalog)<br />The Web<br />
  3. 3. What do we mean by Article Databases?<br />In Libraries, we tend to use the terms Indexes and Databases interchangebly to mean databases which include records, each of which represents an individual journal article.<br />Many article databases also include related materials, including dissertations and book chapters.<br />Sometimes, but not always, the full-text of the article will be included in the database.<br />
  4. 4. Article Databases<br />Article Databases may be specific to a specific discipline, or cover a broad range of disciplines.<br />Some examples are:<br />Academic Search Premier<br />Google Scholar<br />PubMed<br />
  5. 5. Article Database<br />Use an Article Database to find articles about a topic.<br />Depending on the company we get it from, each Database will be searched using their search engine, e.g., EBSCOHost, OVID, CSA, or Web of Knowledge. <br />
  6. 6. Article Database<br />To search Databases effectively, you will need to learn to leverage some simple, but powerful tools, like Boolean operators and Truncation. <br />Later exercises will develop your skills, and help you to teach these skills to library users.<br />
  7. 7. What is MNCAT?<br />MNCAT is our library Catalog <br />Pronounced “Min-Cat” <br />It lists what we own in the Libraries, and where those items are located.<br />Two versions: MNCAT Plus and MNCAT Classic; both contain the same content, but have different interfaces.<br />
  8. 8. What is MNCAT?<br />Use MNCAT to find books, journals, videos, government documents, sound recordings and most everything else we own.<br />
  9. 9. What is MNCAT?<br />Don’t use MNCAT to look for articles, only journals.<br />If a person were looking for this:<br />Little, B. R. 1983. “Personal projects: A rationale and method for investigation”. Environment and Behavior 15 (3): 273.<br />You would look in MNCAT to see if we own the journal Environment and Behavior.<br />
  10. 10. The Web<br />The World Wide Web contains a myriad of information sources, of varying quality. But it would be a mistake to discard it as a scholarly resource.<br />The Web can be especially effective in gaining an overview of a topic before starting a more strategic search of Article Databases.<br />
  11. 11. The Web<br />Governments, especially, often share information via the Web.<br />Statistics<br />Laws and regulations<br />Reports<br />

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