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Prevett Boot Camp Spring 2014: Google vs The Library


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Presentation as part of the Alvin Sherman Library instructional Boot Camp series.

Presentation as part of the Alvin Sherman Library instructional Boot Camp series.

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  • 1. VERSUS Trisha Prevett Reference Librarian Library Boot Camp Series Spring 2014
  • 2. TOPICS COVERED How search engines and Google work Google Scholar How library databases work Similarities & Differences When to use Google or Library tools Tips & Tricks to searching
  • 3. GOOGLE SCHOLAR Same algorithms as regular Google, focuses on locating “academic papers” Journals (open access especially) Conference papers Theses & Dissertations Books Technical reports NO PEER REVIEWED OPTION How is this information reviewed for inclusion?
  • 4. GOOGLE VS GOOGLE SCHOLAR  How do they compare to each other? Let’s try it!  Search smoking and teenagers and depression in both:   GS tab (5th)
  • 5. LIBRARY DATABASES  Paid for collections of information that are searchable  Library pays vendors like ProQuest, Ebsco & Gale for their searchable databases that contain publishers’ information  eBooks  Dissertations  Articles from newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals  Encyclopedias, dictionaries  These types of information are NOT viewable from Google
  • 6. SEARCHING LIBRARY DATABASES  Most default to advanced search pages with multiple boxes  Can do keyword searches by using AND OR NOT  Direct database where to search for these keywords  Anywhere in the text  Title  Abstract  Author  Many many options to control and limit searches  Date  Publication type  Scholarly & Peer Reviewed  Methodology and others  Let’s try it with the same smoking teenagers and depression topic!
  • 7. SIMILARITIES  Both have keyword searching capabilities  Both use algorithms to sort results  Provide access to information
  • 8. DIFFERENCES  Never see the payment page for information (if you do it’s a fluke, let us know)  We can get you a copy through Interlibrary Loan  Our resources are “librarian approved”  Google just indexes information does not “judge” it  Google’s algorithms look at your location, previous searches and other histories to target and push you results
  • 9. USES  Need reliable information? Use LIBRARY RESOURCES  Need to locate obscure information and can’t find it? Check Google Scholar then regular Google  Looking for statistics? Check out government websites  Education Statistics  Health Statistics  Do a Google search with topic site: .gov  Looking for peer reviewed journal articles? Use library databases!
  • 10. RECAP Google & GS is OK when looking for government information or obscure information Library databases are best when you need high quality, peer reviewed information Our databases provide access to many publications that you can only get through publishers Our resources provide free and equal access to information, not like Google