How to search databases

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How to search databases

  1. 1. Starting your search Say that you are given a topic: Define how Harry Potter has changed teaching, using scholarly articles. How would you start looking for articles?For effective searching, try to pull out the major nouns in the prompt Harry Potter teachingyou’ve been given. Search with these first.Next, try to make words as simple or as close to the root word as Harry Potter teachpossible—from “shapes” or “shaping” into “shape”. Try the search again.Try using a wildcard symbol, *, for words that could have multiple Harry Potter teach*endings— stor* will bring up both “story” and “stories”, and “story*” willbring up “storybook” and “storytime”. Harry potter education,If you can’t find anything with your modified words, try looking for Harry Potter learning,similar, related words— “global” instead of “universal” or “no-cost” JK Rowling learninginstead of “free” With these searching tips in mind, let’s look at what Academic Search Premier looks like when searching for articles.
  2. 2. This search gave us 25 results, which means it was specific enough to be effective. Try to aim for between 1 and 100 results for a manageable search.This article is Make sure to check offavailable in full-text the “scholarly (peerPDF from this reviewed) journals”database, so just button if you want toclicking on this find articles you canbutton will take you cite in your papers.to the full article. You can also choose to search for full text articles, which means searching only thoseThis article was found whose full text is storedby the database, but it on Academic Searchisn’t stored in it. Premier. This will limitClicking this button your results, but it canwill search the save time spentschool’s catalog for searching otherthe article. Turn the databases.page for what thatsearch looks like.
  3. 3. This is what clicking the “search for full textin other databases” in Academic SearchPremier will bring you to. If the article isavailable in another database, then therewill be links in the area circled. Clicking onthe link marked “article” will take youstraight to the article you searched for. Ifyou’d like to browse articles in the samejournal, click the “journal” link. If you’d liketo just explore the new database, click“database name”.If it’s not available in the library, you canrequest a photocopy of the article fromanother library using this link.
  4. 4. You will be given a topic by your instructor.You will have to search for articles about this topic in Academic Search Premier.What words will you use to search? What are some synonyms of the words you want touse?How many articles did you find that were scholarly? How many did you find that werenot scholarly?Did you find something within Academic Search Premier, or was it stored in anotherdatabase?

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