Keywords, Synonyms, and 360 Link

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Keywords, Synonyms, and 360 Link

  1. 1. Sarah Schmidt Reference and Government Information Librarian Keywords, Synonyms, & Interlibrary Loan
  2. 2. @ the library: get access to the info you need that isn’t freely available online Library resources are free and only for ASU community members, including students!
  3. 3. U-Search searches the full text of SOME of the electronic information at the library
  4. 4. Let’s say these are ALL the databases the library owns
  5. 5. What’s a database? • A little electronic library with books, articles, videos, reports, etc – based on a subject like history, math, science, art, music, and so on.
  6. 6. U-Search Searches HALF the databases the library owns… AND
  7. 7. RamCat, the library’s catalog. RamCat searches the records of every item the library has access to
  8. 8. Your turn! Let’s work on #1
  9. 9. Advanced Searches: 1. Formulate a research question 2. Tinker with the question in the database How? Play around with: • Your words • Information type • Subjects tagged on to articles
  10. 10. Formulate a research question Think about: • What you want to learn from the project • Your current thesis statement
  11. 11. Formulate a research question -Why is it bad for athletes to use steroids in the first place? -How widespread an issue is this, anyway? -Should Major League Baseball have better drug testing procedures? -Should the federal government step in? -What other solutions are there?
  12. 12. How to get more targeted results Tip #1: Use Synonyms
  13. 13. How to get more targeted results Tip #2: Take out the seaweed
  14. 14. How to get more targeted results Tip #3: Limit by information type
  15. 15. How to get more targeted results Tip #4: Limit by subject
  16. 16. Subjects • Are between 1-4 words that describe the main topics associated with a book, article, etc. • Are an excellent tool for finding more books, articles, etc. on a topic • You can find subjects…
  17. 17. On an item record
  18. 18. On your list of results
  19. 19. Your turn! Let’s work on #2, 3, & 4
  20. 20. 360 Link Tells you which other databases have the full- text of an article
  21. 21. Let’s say these are ALL the databases the library owns
  22. 22. U-Search searches HALF the databases the library owns
  23. 23. 360 Link will link you to MORE of the databases the library owns
  24. 24. If there’s time at the end…
  25. 25. You could get this page…
  26. 26. Or you could get this page…
  27. 27. Things to keep in mind Electronic items are sometimes faster and easier to get than hard copies of items Some libraries only ILL items for short periods of time – so start your research ASAP! Make sure you request items we don’t own
  28. 28. Your turn! Complete the worksheet

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