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Class notes for academic database search lecture and search strategy project

Class notes for academic database search lecture and search strategy project

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  • 1. Monday, February 10 2014 DTC 356
  • 2. First Order “A Geography of Knowledge” Physical objects can only be in one place at a time Forced choice
  • 3. Problems of Scale What happens when you get more books than will fit on the shelf? What happens when you have too many shoes to fit in your closet? What happens when you can’t remember what you put in the boxes in your garage?
  • 4. Second Order Making a list helps solve problems of scale Inventory Tables, records, fields
  • 5. Text Scholarly Databases information in silos CC Attribution Share-Alike photo by Leaflet
  • 6. What is Scholarship? Independently verifiable results requires independent verification Epistolary Scholarship Oldenberg and the Royal Society / Journal de Scavans
  • 7. Journals & Disciplines People studying the same things published in the same journals As scholarship grew, disciplines built around these journals When it scaled up: we got academic databases (People read all the journals in a discipline and created a searchable database of that scholarship.)
  • 8. Sample Record (see the entire record)
  • 9. Searching a Scholarly DB Once you know the fields in the record, you can find what you need. Full-text searching wasn’t available at first. (Only search what is in the record.) Indexing and Abstracting
  • 10. Searching a DB Field Searching Controlled Vocabulary Citation Analysis Search Operators: (Boolean, Wildcard, Truncation, etc.)
  • 11. Search Strategy Project 3 parts: 1500 word analysis of a WSU library database 500 word search narrative Media guide to using the database Assignment Instructions