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Tex Share Homework Help Lesson 1


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This presentation goes along with the TexShare database "training in a box" on Homework Help. This PowerPoint covers the introduction through Lesson 1: the search process. The full curriculum is freely available here:

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Tex Share Homework Help Lesson 1

  1. 1. TexShare Databases Program   Using TexShare Databases for Homework Help Lesson 1: The Search Process
  2. 2. Reasons for using the TexShare Databases <ul><li>Access to high quality, accurate information </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Able to conduct focused searches using limiters and expanders </li></ul><ul><li>Has both historical and up-to-date information </li></ul><ul><li>No shelf space required </li></ul><ul><li>Search many sources at once </li></ul>
  3. 3. Reasons for using the TexShare Databases <ul><li>Portable information </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Save </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Copy/paste material </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate citations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Reasons for using the TexShare Databases <ul><li>Supports educational standards for all students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>According to TEKS Standards, students are expected to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Generate research topics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Formulate a research plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collect information from a variety of sources - including online searches. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Students are also expected to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clarify research questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate and synthesize collected information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve the focus of research as a result of consulting expert sources (e.g., reference librarians ). </li></ul></ul></ul>Reasons for using the TexShare Databases As a public librarian, you can assist students in meeting these educational standards.
  6. 6. Lesson 1: The Search Process <ul><li>Steps of the search process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct a reference interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formulate a search strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access the databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify appropriate databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform the search </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Conducting the Reference Interview <ul><li>Information need </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose or desired outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Type and amount of information needed </li></ul><ul><li>Types of sources needed </li></ul><ul><li>The patron’s knowledge of the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Previous searching efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Project deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher demands for types of materials, if any </li></ul><ul><li>Final product – report, essay, debate, poster, etc. </li></ul>Determine
  8. 8. 1. Interview continued…. <ul><li>Remember! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate with the patron in a receptive and polite manner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid using jargon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure the query you enter into the database is free of spelling or other errors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain the search strategy and sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help to narrow or broaden the search as needed </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Try it! <ul><li>Information need </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose or desired outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Type and amount of information needed </li></ul><ul><li>Types of sources needed </li></ul><ul><li>The patron’s knowledge of the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Previous searching efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Project deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher demands for types of materials, if any </li></ul><ul><li>Final product – report, essay, debate, poster, etc. </li></ul>As a group, develop a list of open-ended questions which determine:
  10. 10. Accessing the Databases <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate TexShare databases into your library electronic resource subscriptions. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer patrons access to all electronic resources from a single place. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact TSLAC if you would like your database descriptions added to the Library of Texas website. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Accessing the Databases <ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Search </li></ul><ul><li>Pick Collections to Search </li></ul><ul><li>View Results </li></ul><ul><li>View Items </li></ul><ul><li>TexShare Databases Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Click Login link. </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in User and Password . </li></ul><ul><li>Click Log in button. </li></ul><ul><li>Click TexShare Database Menu </li></ul>
  12. 12. Formulating a Search Strategy <ul><li>Keyword </li></ul><ul><li>Phrase </li></ul><ul><li>Subject or Subject Term </li></ul>
  13. 13. Try it! As a group or with a partner, brainstorm a list of keywords and phrases; determine possible limiting factors. Discuss your list and why you chose the words, phrases or factors.
  14. 14. <ul><li>How do our Thanksgiving Day celebrations compare to those of the past? (elementary school) </li></ul><ul><li>Should Pluto really be considered a planet? (elementary school) </li></ul><ul><li>Should people be allowed to build homes in an area prone to natural disasters? (middle school) </li></ul><ul><li>How is geometry reflected in nature? (high school) </li></ul><ul><li>How does the Electoral College work, and is it necessary? (high school) </li></ul>Try it!
  15. 15. Selecting the appropriate databases <ul><li>General Information and Periodicals </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Search Complete </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MasterFILE Premier </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funk and Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Net Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper Source </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>R eligion and Philosophy Collection </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Selecting Databases <ul><li>Homework and Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searchasaurus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EBSCO Kids Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EBSCO Student Research Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle Search Plus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ERIC - E ducation R esource I nformation C enter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development Collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher Reference Center Index </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>History and Genealogy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Texas Reference Center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>World History Collection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Handbook of Texas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HeritageQuest Online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Texas Digital Sanborn Maps </li></ul></ul></ul>Selecting Databases
  18. 18. <ul><li>Health and Medical </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health Source: Consumer Edition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural and Alternative Treatments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Health Complete </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health and Wellness Resource Center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health Reference Center Academic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Salud en Español </li></ul></ul></ul>Selecting Databases
  19. 19. <ul><li>Business Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced Business Search </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business Source Complete </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Economia y Negocios </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>InfoTrac Custom Newspapers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Business News </li></ul></ul></ul>Selecting Databases
  20. 20. <ul><li>Books and Literature </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>20 th Century Poetry Collections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contemporary Authors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contemporary Literary Criticism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dictionary of Literary Biography </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Literature Resource Center with Scribner and Twayne’s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WorldCat </li></ul></ul></ul>Selecting Databases
  21. 21. <ul><li>Still can’t decide? </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Complete List of Databases </li></ul>Selecting Databases
  22. 22. <ul><li>Choose a database. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on more info </li></ul>Selecting Databases
  23. 23. <ul><li>Informational paragraph pops up. </li></ul>Selecting Databases
  24. 24. The Search Process
  25. 25. The Search Process <ul><li>Basic Searches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contain one or more keywords or phrases. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quotation marks keep words within a phrase together when searching. </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Advanced Searches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search using keywords or phrases. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May be narrowed by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limiters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Narrow down the number of results </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Makes the list of results more useful </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Boolean operators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Field codes </li></ul></ul></ul>The Search Process
  27. 27. <ul><li>Limiters in Advanced Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publication date range </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publication type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia images </li></ul></ul>The Search Process
  28. 28. The Search Process Boolean Operators … AND… … OR… … NOT…
  29. 29. The Search Process
  30. 30. <ul><li>Subject Search </li></ul><ul><li>Generates a list of publication types </li></ul><ul><li>May show hierarchy of subdivisions </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Term Search </li></ul><ul><li>Generates list of related terms </li></ul><ul><li>May contain a scope note – how term is used </li></ul><ul><li>May provide lists for broader terms, narrower terms, related terms. </li></ul>The Search Process
  31. 31. Try it! Discussion questions What were some of the controlled vocabulary words and phrases? Did any of the words or phrases seem as though they would help to narrow the results? A parent wants to know more about learning for children with Down’s syndrome. The keywords she has been trying have yielded too many results. You recommend that she use a subject term search to generate some possible search terms to help narrow the results.
  32. 32. Interpreting the Results <ul><li>Product: result list of articles </li></ul><ul><li>View the detailed citation/summary. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use abstract </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Go to full text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Limit or expand results? </li></ul>
  33. 33. Citation <ul><li>Detailed citation contains: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Article abstract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Article </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dissertation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use it! </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Narrowing, refining, revising Narrow subject using Source types or Subject
  35. 35. Narrowing, refining, revising <ul><li>Search the Subject Thesaurus </li></ul><ul><li>Add limiters </li></ul><ul><li>Use Advanced Search option </li></ul>
  36. 36. Narrowing, refining, revising <ul><li>Too many results </li></ul><ul><li>Use more specific keywords, phrases, and/or subject terms </li></ul><ul><li>Apply limiters such as full text and/or date range </li></ul><ul><li>Use Boolean operators </li></ul><ul><li>Use quotations marks around phrases </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>Too few results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use broader keywords and/or phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use different keywords and/or phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid using plurals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the spelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use different Boolean operators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove some or all of the limiters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use expanders </li></ul></ul>Narrowing, refining, revising
  38. 38. <ul><li>Irrelevant results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use different keywords and/or phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search in a different database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the “more like this” feature </li></ul></ul>Narrowing, refining, revising
  39. 39. Brainstorm and Suggest <ul><li>As a group, brainstorm additional techniques for narrowing results, expanding results, and irrelevant results. Add the techniques to the above list. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Viewing the Final Results
  41. 41. Viewing the Final Results <ul><li>Click the article title in the Results list. </li></ul><ul><li>Click the full text link for the article. This article can be HTML or PDF. </li></ul><ul><li>Alternatively, click on the results page, click Full Text under Citation </li></ul>
  42. 42. Viewing the Final Results <ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Save </li></ul><ul><li>Cite </li></ul><ul><li>Export </li></ul>a. b. c. d. e. f. g.
  43. 43. Viewing the Final Results <ul><li>EBSCO folder </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a folder by signing in </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Save material up to 18 months </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Add </li></ul>
  44. 44. Lesson Summary <ul><li>Components and importance of the reference interview </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic databases vs web search engines or print sources </li></ul><ul><li>How to access all TexShare databases </li></ul><ul><li>Search strategy: types of searches, database limiting, basic and advanced search techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Search: interpretation, refinement, and disposition of search results </li></ul>