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Database searching

  1. 1. EFFECTIVELY SEARCHING LIBRARY DATABASES<br />
  2. 2. HOW TO DO KEYWORD SEARCHES<br />When using any type of search engine, do not type whole sentences, questions, etc. into search boxes. <br />INSTEAD: <br />DETERMINE WHAT YOUR ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS ARE<br />
  3. 3. DETERMINING ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS<br />Essential concepts <br />Usually verbs or nouns<br />They describe your topic<br />Topic : How can social networking sites help people find jobs?<br />What are the ESSENTIAL CONCEPTSin this topic?????? (social networking and jobs)<br />
  4. 4. AND <br /><ul><li>A command you give to the database
  5. 5. It is put between the essential concepts in the search
  6. 6. Ex: social networking AND jobs
  7. 7. It tells the database to only find articles which include each of these terms</li></li></ul><li>Broadening your searching<br />Just using the search string:<br />Social networking and jobs<br />May not be that effective because you haven’t included alternative terms (synonyms in your search)<br />You can improve your search by adding these..<br />
  8. 8. OR<br />Another command you give to the database<br />It is put between synonyms <br />EX: job OR employment<br />It tells the database to look for articles in which either of the words appear<br />
  9. 9. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER<br />Formula for search statement:<br />(all synonyms for key concept 1 with OR in between each) AND (all synonyms for key concept 2 with OR in between each) <br />
  10. 10. EXAMPLE SEARCH STATEMENT<br />To search most effectively for your topic you might try:<br />(social networking OR Facebook) AND (jobs OR employment)<br />NOTE: synonyms are always connected with OR and placed in parenthesis<br />

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