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TSEM: Research Process and       Searching         LAKSAMEE PUTNAM       LPUTNAM@TOWSON.EDU  RESEARCH & INSTRUCTION LIBRAR...
Agenda How to formulate a search Finding Books: Cook Library Catalogs Finding Articles: Databases Citation Resources ...
How can I help you? In class session to learn how to use resources Phone help 410.704.3359. Chat help   Go to Library ...
Web “Pre-Searching” Why not start your search online?   The Invisible Web        http://goshen.libguides.com/beyond_goo...
Web “Pre-Searching” Why start your search online?    Find background information    Help solidify research topic    Fi...
Formulating a Keyword Search1.   Choose a Topic
Formulating a Keyword Search1.       Choose a Topic        Zero in mathematics
Formulating a Keyword Search2. Narrow/Broaden your search
Formulating a Keyword Search2. Narrow/Broaden your search   The role of zero in the development of mathematics
Formulating a Keyword Search3. Identify the key concepts
Formulating a Keyword Search3. Identify the key concepts   Zero    Mathematics    Development
Formulating a Keyword Search4. Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  Zero    Mathematics    Development
Formulating a Keyword Search4.       Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms        Zero        Mathematics   ...
Formulating a Keyword Search5. Formulate your search utilizing various     combinations of your words    String them toge...
Good searching starts with good keywords   Boolean “search connectors”         AND        OR           NOTFor example:zero...
Search Tip #1 Use AND when you need to combine more than one topic           zero                mathematics Zero AND ma...
Search Tip #2 Use OR to combine synonymous terms (to get results regardless of what term an author uses).  development   ...
Search Tip #3 Use truncation! mathem* finds   mathematic   mathematical   mathematics    Etc…
Search Tip #4 Phrase Searching…   Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be    searched in the speci...
Find a Book http://cooklibrary.towson.edu Towson Books USMAI Books Interlibrary Loan Demo!
Find an Article Looking for specific research about your topic The library subscribes to thousands of journals (but not ...
Find an Article Go to the Math Subject Gateway Recommended databases-   Academic Search Premier   ScienceDirect   Web...
Writing andCiting            Allows your readers to verify andResources         identify where the informationCook Librar...
Let’s start searching! Form keywords Then begin researching your own topic   Find a book and an article As you are fin...
Questions? Feel free to contact me:   Laksamee Putnam   lputnam@towson.edu   410.704.3746.   Twitter: @CookLibraryofT...
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  1. 1. TSEM: Research Process and Searching LAKSAMEE PUTNAM LPUTNAM@TOWSON.EDU RESEARCH & INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN
  2. 2. Agenda How to formulate a search Finding Books: Cook Library Catalogs Finding Articles: Databases Citation Resources Hands on database practice
  3. 3. How can I help you? In class session to learn how to use resources Phone help 410.704.3359. Chat help  Go to Library website and click “Ask a Librarian” One-on-one appointments Help at the reference desk
  4. 4. Web “Pre-Searching” Why not start your search online?  The Invisible Web  http://goshen.libguides.com/beyond_googling  Can you trust this information?  TED video:  Online filter bubble – Eli Pariser  http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bub bles.html
  5. 5. Web “Pre-Searching” Why start your search online?  Find background information  Help solidify research topic  Find new terminology to use as keywords  Find links and/or citations to other sources
  6. 6. Formulating a Keyword Search1. Choose a Topic
  7. 7. Formulating a Keyword Search1. Choose a Topic  Zero in mathematics
  8. 8. Formulating a Keyword Search2. Narrow/Broaden your search
  9. 9. Formulating a Keyword Search2. Narrow/Broaden your search  The role of zero in the development of mathematics
  10. 10. Formulating a Keyword Search3. Identify the key concepts
  11. 11. Formulating a Keyword Search3. Identify the key concepts  Zero  Mathematics  Development
  12. 12. Formulating a Keyword Search4. Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  Zero  Mathematics  Development
  13. 13. Formulating a Keyword Search4. Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  Zero  Mathematics  Math  Mathematical  Numerical  Algebra  Trigonometry  Development  History  Analysis  Role
  14. 14. Formulating a Keyword Search5. Formulate your search utilizing various combinations of your words  String them together using AND/OR/NOT  Truncate *
  15. 15. Good searching starts with good keywords Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOTFor example:zero AND mathematics • Combining >1 topicDevelopment OR history • Combining synonymous terms
  16. 16. Search Tip #1 Use AND when you need to combine more than one topic zero mathematics Zero AND mathematics
  17. 17. Search Tip #2 Use OR to combine synonymous terms (to get results regardless of what term an author uses). development history
  18. 18. Search Tip #3 Use truncation! mathem* finds  mathematic  mathematical  mathematics  Etc…
  19. 19. Search Tip #4 Phrase Searching…  Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)  Examples:  “golden ratio”  “Pythagorean theorem”
  20. 20. Find a Book http://cooklibrary.towson.edu Towson Books USMAI Books Interlibrary Loan Demo!
  21. 21. Find an Article Looking for specific research about your topic The library subscribes to thousands of journals (but not all of them) Databases help you search through multiple journals Use subject specific databases to help narrow your article search
  22. 22. Find an Article Go to the Math Subject Gateway Recommended databases-  Academic Search Premier  ScienceDirect  Web of Science Scholarly vs Popular  http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/helpguides/guides/scholarly_d emo/scholarly_demo.swf
  23. 23. Writing andCiting  Allows your readers to verify andResources identify where the informationCook Library and ideas in your paper originatedQuick Tools  Gives credit to the owners of theCiting Sources ideas (avoiding plagiarism)  Provides a connection between your research and the research of related sources
  24. 24. Let’s start searching! Form keywords Then begin researching your own topic  Find a book and an article As you are finding information on your topic please fill in your paper worksheet and this digital worksheet  http://bit.ly/VisualMath
  25. 25. Questions? Feel free to contact me:  Laksamee Putnam  lputnam@towson.edu  410.704.3746.  Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Or any reference librarian:  Visit Cook Library Reference Desk  410.704.2462.  IM – tucookchat

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