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Search Query's

  1. 1. Searching!! <ul><li>The Good Hunts --- and why they save you time! </li></ul>
  2. 2. Search Query's <ul><li>How do you start a search? </li></ul><ul><li>A good strategy is to work out your search on paper before going to the computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Select the major concepts to be searched. </li></ul><ul><li>Use these keywords to find search terms that match. Try using the database thesaurus to find appropriate search terms. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Some Problems with ‘Google’ Searches <ul><li>Google’s “strategies” are not universal </li></ul><ul><li>There are good Google searches and bad Google searches </li></ul><ul><li>Searching rules are not really rules </li></ul><ul><li>The rules are really for databases and advanced search screens </li></ul><ul><li>Most people don’t find or use the advanced screens or the databases </li></ul>
  4. 4. Boolean Search Terms: Here’s how they work <ul><li>When using AND, you only receive pages including both of your search terms, though not necessarily next to one another. </li></ul><ul><li>When using OR, you receive pages containing either one or both of your search terms. </li></ul><ul><li>The NOT operator is used to find pages including only the first term and excluding the second term. </li></ul><ul><li>Boolean Machine courtesy of Rockwell Schrock </li></ul>AND OR NOT
  5. 5. The Boolean Machine by Rockwell Schrock <ul><li>AND </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>NOT </li></ul>Try This Yourself
  6. 6. “ Phrase searching” <ul><li>One of your best searching tools! </li></ul><ul><li>Use only for legitimate phrases, names, titles </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Best example -- “vitamin A” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ John Quincy Adams” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Titles “An Officer and a Gentleman” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ to be or not to be” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Phrase searching is sometimes overused: not every group of words is a phrase </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes “ANDing” is a better strategy </li></ul>
  7. 7. Keyword Searching <ul><li>You are a detective and the only clues you have for a missing persons case are the words &quot;red,&quot; &quot;blue,&quot; and &quot;green,&quot; these people could be a match. This is keyword searching. </li></ul><ul><li>RED + BLUE + GREEN </li></ul>
  8. 8. Field Searching <ul><li>If instead you knew your person had a red tie , blue shirt , and a green beret , you have a better chance of finding the right person. This is field searching. </li></ul><ul><li>Tie:RED and Shirt:BLUE and Beret:GREEN </li></ul>
  9. 9. Search Query Exercise <ul><li>Click here to try the exercise </li></ul><ul><li>From the UW Will program </li></ul>
  10. 10. Topic : Contemporary music and teaching reading and/or writing <ul><li>Major concepts : </li></ul><ul><li>Select the concept terms that would best fit this search : </li></ul><ul><li>Classical music and classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Music and teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary music and teaching and reading/writing </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching rock music and reading/writing </li></ul>
  11. 11. Search terms that can be used to find the three main concepts <ul><li>Contemporary Music Teaching Reading/Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Popular music Instruction Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Rock and Roll“ Learning Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Techno Music Pedagogy Composition </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy Metal Music Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Rap Music </li></ul><ul><li>Hip Hop </li></ul><ul><li>Try it yourself! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Choose the right search engine for your information need! <ul><li>Choosing the Best Search Tool (Debbie Abilock) </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Started: Selecting a Tool for your Search – Even Google has choices! </li></ul><ul><li>Google Print - Search the full text of books </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar - Search scholarly papers </li></ul><ul><li>Google Directory for a subject approach </li></ul><ul><li>Google Images </li></ul>
  13. 14. Search Tools – which is best?
  14. 15. Our Resources <ul><li>Check out the library database page! It’s the home of the good stuff!! </li></ul>
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