Introduction to Monty Tech Databases

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Introduction to Monty Tech Databases

  1. 1. Agenda:  An Introduction to DatabasesToday You Will:Learn about our Library’s Databases for QualityResearch
  2. 2. Three Sources for ResearchWhere do I go for: BooksBooks – Library CatalogWeb – Search Engine (free) WebDatabases – Through the Library DatabasesWebsite (subscription only)
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. What Subjects Do They Cover? History Current Events Literature Science Issues Health
  5. 5. 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)
  6. 6. 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:
  7. 7. What are the different breeds of dogs? What keywords would you search?
  8. 8. Dog or dogsBreed or breeds
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. poodle huskie careor or orpoodles huskies food or diet
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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

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