“A word or combination of words
entered into the search input field
(or search box) to find information
on a particular subject or topic.
Also known as a query term”
Queensland Government. (2011, April 19). Search term. In CUE Standard Definitions. Retrieved from
Which terms to use
How much does an
(weight or weigh)
Is Pluto a planet?
Pluto and planet
Speak like a caveman
Think it, don’t search it words:
Effect / Affect
Advance / Improve
Help / Aid
Pro / Con
Selecting the Right Number
of Keywords (Video Link)
Limiters are extra controls you can place on
your search parameters to zero in on the
specific information you are looking for.
Be careful! You can place too many limits on a
search and end up with no results.
When quotations are placed around a group of words, the system
will only search for instances where those words appear in the
same word order.
Example: If a student enters King of the Hill into a search bar,
the system will look for the words king, of, the and hill
anywhere in any article, regardless of whether it is next to the
other words. If the student enters “King of the Hill” the
database will only retrieve instances of the phrase appearing as
WillDillDaBoss. (2012, September 22). A very overlooked character [Digital image]. Retrieved February 26, 2013, from
Make sure everything is spelled correctly
Start out broad and add terms or limiters one at a time
Do not use punctuation
Do not use abbreviations
Discovery – Also known as “Search All” is a system
that allows you to search for everything the library
offers (books, articles, images, films, maps, etc.) all
in one place.
While it looks like Google, it behaves differently!
Discovery (Search All)
LibGuides are collections of useful information
on a particular topic. They are usually created by
a librarian and make researching easier.
• They may contain:
• A list of suggested
• A bibliography
• Suggested databases
• Journals and websites
• Notable authors
• Any other pertinent
• Common website extensions
.com – Commercial
.biz – Small business
.net – Network
.edu – Education
.org – Organization (charity)
.gov – Government
• Examples: .eu; .cn
Fresh venture. (2009, May 19). Domain extensions [Digital image]. Retrieved from
The Opte project. (n.d.). Map of the internet [Map]. In The Opte Project. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from http://opte.org/maps/
• Do you need current information or historical
• When was the piece published?
• Have their been any revisions?
• When was the latest edition published?
• Does the information speak to your topic?
• Who is the intended audience?
• Is the scope sufficient?
“Scope - extent or range of view, outlook, application,
operation, effectiveness, etc.”
Random House, Inc. (n.d.). Scope [Def. 1]. In Dictionary.com. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scope
• Who is the author?
• Have they written on this topic previously?
• Do they hold a degree in the topic?
• Are they a part of any professional organization?
• Do they provide contact information?
• Who is the publishing company?
• Have they published pieces on similar topics before?
• Is the information supported by another source?
• Do the conclusions the author develops seem
• Has the article been cited in any other published
• Is it from a peer-reviewed source?
• Are their spelling and/or grammar mistakes?
• Why do you think the author wrote this piece?
• What is the goal of the publisher?
• Is the source biased?
“Biased - an inclination of temperament or outlook;
especially : a personal and sometimes unreasoned
Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Bias [Def. 3b]. In Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/bias
How many search terms should you
normally use in a search?
How will adding quotations to a search
term effect your search?
What are limiters?
What is a LibGuide?
• Please go to
• Scroll to the bottom of the page
• Click on the link on the left hand side
titled “Librarian Class Instruction
• My name is Susie Bloom
Library Instruction Survey