By the end of today’s session you will be able to:
Find magazine, newspaper, and journal articles on your topic
HOW TO DO KEYWORD SEARCHES When using any type of search engine, do not type whole sentences, questions, etc. into search boxes. INSTEAD: DETERMINE WHAT YOUR ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS ARE
DETERMINING ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS Essential concepts Usually verbs or nouns They describe your topic Topic : How can social networking sites help people find jobs? What are the ESEENTIAL CONCEPTSin this topic??????
A command you give to the database
It is put between the essential concepts in the search
Ex: social networking AND jobs
It tells the database to only find articles which include each of these terms
EXERCISE 1 Pretend you must find 6 articles on finding jobs using social networking sites. You look for articles by typing “social networking and jobs“ into the database. There are dozens of articles in the database on this topic just in the last 6 months. How many of them would you retrieve by the search you did? Look through the articles and create two piles. (1) those that would be retrieved (2) those that would not.
EXERCISE 1 How many articles would you retrieve? Which ones? Which ones would not be retrieved? Why wouldn’t they be retrieved?
What’s the Point? What is the point of doing this exercise?
BOTTOM LINE There are many words in the English language to describe the same/similar concept We limited ourselves too much by not incorporating synonyms into the search
BRAINSTORMING SYNONYMS Synonyms/related terms for social networking: Synonyms/related terms for job:
OR Another command you give to the database It is put between synonyms EX: job OR employment It tells the database to look for articles in which either of the words appear
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Formula for search statement: (all synonyms for key concept 1 with OR in between each) AND (all synonyms for key concept 2 with OR in between each)
OUR SEARCH STATEMENT
EXERCISE 2 Look at the article abstracts and determine how many we would retrieve now with our new search statement. How many?
Using article databases When you want to find newspaper, magazine, or journal articles on a topic use an article database These are specialized search engines available thru the SCC library website These search engines are not available freely thru the web (i.e. by googling) Databases vs. Googling
Suggested databases Academic Search Premier Academic One File National Newspapers Opposing Viewpoints
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FINDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLES Use a newspaper specific database National Newspapers OR Use Academic Search Premier or Opposing Viewpoints w/ the newspaper limit.
FINDING MAGAZINE ARTICLES Use Academic Search Premier or Opposing Viewpoints with the magazine limit.
FINDING SCHOLARY JOURNAL ARTICLES Use Academic Search Premier with the “scholarly (peer reviewed) journals limit Use Academic One File with the “limit to peer reviewed publications” Use Opposing Viewpoints with the “academic journals” limit