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    Introduction to Monty Tech Databases Introduction to Monty Tech Databases Presentation Transcript

    • Agenda:  An Introduction to DatabasesToday You Will:Learn about our Library’s Databases for QualityResearch
    • Three Sources for ResearchWhere do I go for: BooksBooks – Library CatalogWeb – Search Engine (free) WebDatabases – Through the Library DatabasesWebsite (subscription only)
    • Research DatabasesWhat They Are: What They Aren’t:• Subject specific • Free• From experts or journalists • Searchable in Google or other• Designed for students search engines• Magazines, newspapers, book articles, radio & television broadcasts• Reliable
    • What Subjects Do They Cover? History Current Events Literature Science Issues Health
    • Tips for Using  Examine each one  Use Advanced Search, tabs, search within results  Email to self, print-friendlyhttp://ithacalibrary.com  Citations provided  Choose words wisely (less words = better results)
    • Database Searching vs. Google SearchingDatabases need precise keywords in order to conduct a decent search.You may also have to think of – like – words if you fail the first time.Take a question like:
    • What are the different breeds of dogs? What keywords would you search?
    • Dog or dogsBreed or breeds
    • What are the differences in care of poodles versus huskies? What keywords would you search?http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/toypoodle.htm http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/siberianhusky.htm
    • poodle huskie careor or orpoodles huskies food or diet
    • How Do I Get to Them?• Go to the Monty Tech Home Page: www.montytech.net• Click on Curriculum - Library Media Center – Research Databases.• Start the worksheet!• Take Home the Logins and Passwords Bookmark.
    • Website Evaluation • Authority: An accepted source of information or advice • Currency: Up-to-date • Coverage: Informative, relevant • Objectivity: Based on facts (without prejudice or bias)9/17/2012