Searching exercises

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Searching exercises

  1. 1. Searching Exercises These activities are teacher or librarian-led. Students will perform the searches individually and instructor will guide them through discussion of results. Boolean Searching- Pick a database and perform these search strings: 1. music How many results: ___________ 2. music NOT classical How many results: ___________ How are these results different? 3. music AND brain How many results: ___________ What types of results do we have with this string? 4. music OR brain How many results: ___________ How is this different than the music AND brain string? Other Operators- Pick a database and experiment with these operators: 1. truncation: nurse How many results?____________ nurs* How many results? ____________ What does the * appear to do based on the results? __________ 2. wild cards: woman How many results? ___________ women How many results? ___________ wom*n How many results? ___________ What does the ? do? __________ 3. nesting: women and nursing How would you eliminate the breastfeeding results? women and (nursing not breastfeeding) 4. exact phrase: global warming and controversy “global warming controversy” How are these search results different? Google- 1. immigration 1800..1900 What does this appear to pull? 2. Immigration site:gov What does this do to the search results? 3. Jaguar –cars –football What does this do to the search results?

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