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Database Tutorial: "Women And Social Movements In The United States"


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A user-created tutorial for the Alexander Street Press database "Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000."

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Database Tutorial: "Women And Social Movements In The United States"

  1. 1. Wo me n and So cial Mo ve me nts in the Unite d State s, 1600-2000 A TUTORIAL BY Diana J. Matthews
  2. 2. Introduction Women and Social Movements in the US (WASM) is an Alexander Street Press database devoted to the impact of American women on politics and everyday living from 1600-2000. This resource contains primary source material as well as other reference materials for scholars and students. This is a good source for researchers in women’s studies, American history, social sciences and the humanities.
  3. 3. What Types of Material Are There? WASM offers many historical items that are of value for researchers. A listing of the types of materials follows: Primary Secondary Sources Sources Audio recordings  Document projects  Books  Document-based questions  Images  Review  Journal articles  Teaching strategies  Manuscripts  Microform  Pamphlets  Transcriptions  Video recordings  Web sites 
  4. 4. Getting to the Database WASM is available through the USF Libraries. If you are on-campus, you may skip to the next slide. Otherwise, pick one of the two following methods: Through Blackboard/MyUSF: Through the USF Libraries Website: 2. Go to 2. Go to 3. Log in. 3. Near the upper left corner there will be an icon that says “Not 4. Click on the ‘USF Libraries’ Connected – Log in Here.” Click tab it. 6. Now click the “USF Libraries” 5. You may then log in with your link. NetID (Blackboard) log-on or with your library number. You should see this icon Now you are ready to continue. on the library homepage:
  5. 5. Getting to the Database After logging on, you will need to navigate the library’s website: 1. Click the “Databases by Title/Subject” link under the “Resources” tab (this is the default tab, and the link is the third one down). 4. In the search bar, type “women and social movements” and click the “GO” button. 6. It is the only result. Click on the title to open up the database.
  6. 6. Exploring the Basic Edition The default is the basic edition. We will discuss another edition later. The blue side bar gives you options in exploring what WASM has to offer.
  7. 7. Navigating As you explore through the database, WASM provides a persistent navigating toolbar at the top of the screen. This “Search Navigation Bar” allows you to switch between options. Your current location is shown in gold. We are currently in the advanced search.
  8. 8. Finding Out About WASM If you’d like to learn more about WASM, click the “About” link to find out about citing, navigating, the people involved, errata, technical requirements and more.
  9. 9. Current Issue WASM is not just a database—it’s also an online journal called Women and Social Movements. The journal is published four times a year and includes document projects, book reviews, archive news, a listing of new documents added to the database, lesson plans, and more. You can also browse previous issues at the bottom of the current issue.
  10. 10. Chronology WASM has created a timeline of important events documented within the database. Along with this timeline are links to related documents (if any). This chronology is great for seeing the complete history in the database.
  11. 11. Browsing WASM gives you multiple options for browsing, based on specific types of information. You can look at anything from images to document projects, social movements to subjects. Browsing is great for exploring what WASM has to offer, and is recommended for novice users.
  12. 12. Browsing When you click “Browse” you will receive a list of the items in the database, organized by whichever browse facet you chose (e.g. browse author). You are also able to sort in a variety of ways (depending on the facet) and go to designated sections. There are nine different ways to browse.
  13. 13. Browsing Sources A complete list of every source (work or manuscripts) in the database.
  14. 14. Browsing Authors A list of every major author in the database.
  15. 15. Browsing Documents Every letter, speech, diary entry, chapter in the database organized by year
  16. 16. Browsing Images A listing of major images in the database
  17. 17. Browsing Document Projects A complete list of all Document Projects in the database
  18. 18. Browsing Teaching Tools A complete list of lesson plans, document based questions and teaching websites in the database
  19. 19. Browsing Social Movements A list of major movements described in the database
  20. 20. Browsing Subjects A detailed subject listing for all primary and secondary materials in the database Note that the subject terms include organizations, people, and publications.
  21. 21. Browsing the Bibliography This allows you to view all items in the database
  22. 22. Finding Another search option is to “find” by three different aspects: sources, authors, and social movements. This allows you to specify criteria to limit your searches. This can be used when you have a specific item in mind or if you wish to view items that have specific characteristics in common.
  23. 23. Finding Sources When finding sources, you have a multitude of options to search by. Not sure what to pick? Click the “Terms” button to see a listing of all acceptable search terms. You may add more than one term into the list at once.
  24. 24. Finding Sources This is the results screen.
  25. 25. Finding Authors You may try to find authors fitting specific criteria, such as female African American authors in New York in the early 19th century. Again, search terms are available to you.
  26. 26. Finding Authors You may also click on one of the highlighted letters in order to see all authors with last names beginning with that letter.
  27. 27. Finding Authors The results screen for authors allows you to view biographical details or view their works. You may limit by primary author or by secondary author. Primary authors are the authors of primary documents; secondary authors are the authors of document projects, teaching tools, or other secondary sources.
  28. 28. Finding Social Movements You may also wish to find items related to a certain social movement, such as the Society of Friends or the Jewish Women’s Congress. Again, search terms are available to you.
  29. 29. Finding Social Movements Here is a sample search results page for Catholic social movements.
  30. 30. Help While Finding If you find yourself confused at any point while trying to “find” items, you can always click on one of the criteria names to be taken to a help file about it. The help file will give you a description, instructions about use, examples, and notes.
  31. 31. Searching The final way to find items is to search the available texts for a specific word or phrase. You may do a simple search or an advanced search.
  32. 32. Simple Searching The simple search gives you 8 different criteria to search in. You also have the “terms” option.
  33. 33. Advanced Searching The advanced search gives you 24 criteria to search in, while continuing to offer the “terms” option.
  34. 34. Searching Regardless of how you choose to search, your results will always show your search term in red, so you can see it in context.
  35. 35. Searching If there is too much text (especially when you get a large amount of results), you may view line by line to see more quickly how relevant the item is.
  36. 36. Help If you’re having problems, an extensive help screen is available. The Help File is split into six parts: Guided Tour (link is currently down), Introduction, Finding Tools, Searching, Fields and Their Descriptions, and Results.
  37. 37. Scholar’s Edition We’ve been looking at the Basic Edition of WASM. There is also a Scholar’s Edition available. What’s different about it? According to Alexander Street Press, it contains everything from the Basic Edition, plus 75,000 additional pages. To get to the Scholar’s Edition, click on the link in the text on the main page.
  38. 38. Scholar’s Edition Navigation remains the same in the Scholar’s Edition except for the addition of the “Women’s Commissions” link, which also causes “Current Issue” and “Chronology” to be on the same line.
  39. 39. Women’s Commissions The Women’s Commissions page is currently indexing 75,000 pages of reports published by commissions in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The publications include reports, pamphlets, posters, and ephemeral materials. Navigation is identical to the Basic Edition, just with slightly different terms.
  40. 40. End of Tutorial