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?
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