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Power Basi Ccv


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PA Power Library
CVMS Presentation
October 2000

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Power Basi Ccv

  1. 1. ACCESS PA POWER Library for Public Librarians & School Library Media Specialists
  2. 2. ACCESS PA POWER Library (Pennsylvania Online World of Electronic Resources) for Public Librarians & School Library Media Specialists ©Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2000 Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries Bureau of Library Development Prepared by: Marilyn Parrish, Library Consultant Bonnie Popdan, West Shore School District Julie Straub, Ephrata Area School District Development of this workshop was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries
  3. 3. POWER Library Resources <ul><li>AccuNet/AP Photo Archive </li></ul><ul><li>EBSCOhost </li></ul><ul><li>Searchasaurus </li></ul><ul><li>SIRS Discoverer </li></ul>Today’s training includes:
  4. 4. The search for information in your library--developing information literacy skills <ul><li>Define the information need </li></ul><ul><li>Select the database that matches the information need </li></ul><ul><li>Use the databases efficiently and effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Examine and extract relevant information from sources </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis & Evaluation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Information Literacy Requires The Searcher To: <ul><li>Identify possible sources </li></ul><ul><li>Use a variety of sources </li></ul><ul><li>Construct good searches </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the best sources </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze the validity of information </li></ul><ul><li>Apply information to the solution of real problems </li></ul>
  6. 6. POWER Library Overview <ul><li>Types of databases in POWER Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliographic ~ citations in EBSCOhost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full text ~ SIRS Discoverer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Image ~ AP Photo Archive, EBSCOhost, SIRS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combination ~ EBSCOhost </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. For each database <ul><li>background, update schedule, audience </li></ul><ul><li>search functions/strategies </li></ul><ul><li>truncation, unique features </li></ul><ul><li>exercises </li></ul><ul><li>suggestions for use/lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>sharing results and strategies </li></ul>
  8. 8. Power Library Information Center
  9. 9. To Report A POWER Library Technical Problem
  10. 10. Basic Searching Skills
  11. 11. What Is A Database? <ul><li>A collection of organized, related data </li></ul><ul><li>Arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: telephone book, cookbook, address directory, organizer, ATM </li></ul>
  12. 12. Parts of A Database <ul><li>Record </li></ul><ul><li>Each individual item (article, picture,graphic) in the database </li></ul><ul><li>Field </li></ul><ul><li>Each category of information, i.e. title, author, subject, summary or abstract, etc., within a record </li></ul><ul><li>Need to know what fields are searched </li></ul><ul><li>Some databases allow specific field searches: EBSCOhost, AP Photo Archive </li></ul>
  13. 13. Search Strategies <ul><li>Using the Power of Boolean Logic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AND </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NOT </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Boolean Logic : AND <ul><li>Narrows search by connecting parts of search statement </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces number of hits </li></ul><ul><li>Sample search in EBSCOhost: </li></ul><ul><li>“ death penalty” and pennsylvania </li></ul>
  15. 15. Boolean Logic: OR <ul><li>Expands search </li></ul><ul><li>Increases number of hits </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ soviet union” or russia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ death penalty” or “capital punishment” </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Boolean Logic: NOT <ul><li>Narrows search </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer results </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminates a specific term </li></ul><ul><li>Example: marathon not boston </li></ul>
  17. 17. Types of Searches <ul><li>Keyword </li></ul><ul><li>May search title, author, note or summary, text, subject fields </li></ul><ul><li>Broad search </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized field searches </li></ul><ul><li>Searches specified field (s), i.e. subject, title, phototype </li></ul><ul><li>Fast and target </li></ul><ul><li>Controlled vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the indexer </li></ul>
  18. 18. Searching Hints <ul><li>Use quotes around phrases, i.e. “white house” </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use STOP words, i.e. a, an, the, and, or </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling and typing count </li></ul><ul><li>Use unique, specific terms </li></ul><ul><li>Use truncation (wild cards) i.e. teen* </li></ul><ul><li>Does database automatically search plurals? </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use capital letters unless appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation - hyphen, apostrophe </li></ul><ul><li>Special options - search near or within # of words </li></ul>