Image attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/galant/3268338756/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, images, reference books, primary sources and more School pays for access – has information you just can’t get free on the web Edited/fact checked (peer reviewed), so often more reliable than websites 5. Get bookmark from library with home-access passwords (or find on Library Home Page) Use your library card to access public library research tools Use a Database
6. How to Find the Databases A. Go to your school’s website B. Hover over Library in the menu, then choose Online Research Tools or Library Home Page You can also find link to database passwords on Library Home Page (must log in to Edline)
7. Which database do you think would best fit your topic? Pick one and write it here.
In keyword searching , you use any words that come to mind. The computer finds them anywhere in the article.
8. Keyword Searches
9. Think about your research topic. Brainstorm at least 6 keywords you could use in your search. Write the keywords in your journal.
In subject searching , you use the exact words that the catalogers use. The computer finds these phrases only in the subject field.
10. Subject Searches
Catalogers used controlled vocabulary – the same words or phrases to describe the same topic every time.
We need to find the Subject Headings for our topic. In Gale PowerSearch, they appear below the search box if you are on the right track.
Let’s try a keyword search – for example, Korean and immigration
Notice Content Types:
Related Subjects: These are the subject headings!
Use the Advanced Search to decide EXACTLY what you want.
Use one of your subject headings , the term AND , and then your other subject heading
11. Advanced Search
#1. I use OR to search two or more subject headings
“ Korean Americans” OR “Emigration and immigration”
#2. I use AND to search two or more subject headings
“ Korean Americans” AND “Emigration and immigration”
Which one will give me results that are more relevant to my topic?
Hold up 1 finger for example #1., 2 fingers for # 2.
Using OR produces more results , but they are less relevant
Using AND produces fewer results , but they should be more relevant
11. Subject Headings
Why limit to edited and peer-reviewed sources?
Peer Review: “. . .[S]cholars in the author's field or specialty critically assess a draft of the article . Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed journals) are scholarly journals that only publish articles that have passed through this review process.”
-- Cal Poly Library Services Research Guide
12. Peer-Reviewed Sources
A. Notice that you can generate citations for database articles for your Works Cited list