Information Literacy Week 7: Database Searching


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  • Database Information will give you the most scholarly information available, but it also includes popular info as well. Databases are credible by authority
  • Newspapers Magazines Journals All have articles within the publications
  • Academic Search Premier: Powered by EBSCO, this is our general database that covers a wide range of topics. You will most likely use this database the most. LexisNexis: This is our law database that can be used to find court case information, as well as news information. Opposing Viewpoints: Powered by GALE, this database is a great source when needing general information on a given topic. The database details both the pros and cons of topics. Reference USA: This database is useful to our business students and gives detailed company information. CINAHL: This database, powered by EBSCO is a popular database used for medical students doing research on medical topics. Credo Reference: You should remember this one from Week 3’s concept mapping lesson. Credo is a bit different in that it gives you encyclopedia and dictionary info (What is an encyclopedia…is it a magazine, journal, or newspaper?) **Each icon links to the database so students can see the interface**
  • Academic Search Premier run through The picture links to the database to do search examples with “cyber crime” AND teens Explain Show limiters/narrowing of topics Show how to locate a popular article Give students 10 minutes to practice with this database
  • Opposing Viewpoints Runthrough The picture links to the database to do search examples with cybercrime Show limiters/narrowing of topics Show how to get to the list of topics under the Issues Tab Give students 5-10 minutes to explore this database.
  • Journal Finder enables you to search within a specific journal or magazine publication. This comes in handy if you know the exact journal you want to search within for information. Consider using the Article Finder when you know the actual name of the article. Instructors sometimes require you to read a specific journal article. The picture links to the journal finder web page for a brief run through showing both Journal Finder and Article Finder.
  • I would HIGHLY recommend using Academic Search Premier.
  • Explain the pieces of the citation in accordance with the research log.
  • Information Literacy Week 7: Database Searching

    1. 1. LRC INF1100 – Week 7 RESEARCH STEP #2 – Find the Info, cont.
    2. 2. VS. D a t a b a s e s
    3. 3. Databases Contain… Newspapers Magazines Journal Publications
    4. 4. Popular LRC Databases…
    5. 5. eywords Database Searching: <ul><li>Use quotation marks around 2 word phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Think about your research questions to determine the best keywords </li></ul>
    6. 6. keyword keyword Remember to use 1 word keywords in the search boxes, stringing them together with the Boolean Operators. Searching Academic Search Premier
    7. 7. When searching this database, think keyword topics. Searching Opposing Viewpoints keyword topic
    8. 8. Journal Finder Name of Journal
    9. 9. <ul><li>Search for 5 journal articles in the databases </li></ul><ul><li>All sources MUST come from the LRC databases </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the SOURCE area when gathering your detailed information </li></ul>Final Project Assignment #3: Database Searching
    10. 10. APA CITATION EXAMPLE Journal Article Example: Cowan, J. (2010). Why we'll never escape Facebook. Canadian Business, 83 (10), 28-32. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier. OR Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2006). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24 (3), 225-229. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225
    11. 11. <ul><li>Complete Final Project Assignment #3: Database Searching </li></ul><ul><li>Read Chapter 4 and Prepare for Quiz Next Week </li></ul>For Next Week …