Eric Thesaurus Basics

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Eric Thesaurus Basics

  1. 1. A Doherty Library Information Literacy Tutorial
  2. 2. Goals:After viewing this tutorial, you will understand:1. What the ERIC Thesaurus is2. How to get Thesaurus terms from search results3. How to browse the Thesaurus4. How to get library help
  3. 3. 1. What is the ERIC Thesaurus? Professional indexers add Subjects (also called Descriptors) to articles in the ERIC database. Subjects describe what the article is about using standardized terms. The Thesaurus is the list of all these Subjects, what they stand for, and how they relate to each other.The Thesaurus is ERIC’s organizational system for all article topics. Learn the Subjects for your research topic!
  4. 4. Goals:After viewing this tutorial, you will understand:1. What the ERIC Thesaurus is2. How to get Thesaurus terms from search results3. How to browse the Thesaurus4. How to get library help
  5. 5. We’ll start with a keywordsearch for classroomconditions.
  6. 6. Looking at the Subjects listed in theseresults, “Classroom Environment” seems themost relevant.
  7. 7. Checking “classroom environment” inthis list will limit your results to articleswith that Subject. That will make yourresults list more relevant.
  8. 8. In the article record, you can search theSubjects by clicking these links.
  9. 9. Goals:After viewing this tutorial, you will understand:1. What the ERIC Thesaurus is2. How to get Thesaurus terms from search results3. How to browse the Thesaurus4. How to get library help
  10. 10. Access the Thesaurus with this link, atthe top of every ERIC screen. Search for a topic. With Relevancy Ranked searching, ERIC will suggest the most relevant Subject for your search term. These are all terms that relate to the Subject, “Reading Comprehension,” in the Thesaurus. Reading this list might help you refine your search.
  11. 11. Select any checkbox and click “Add” toadd the Subject term to your search.
  12. 12. Now you have all the articles in ERIC with“Reading Comprehension” as a Subject.Add keywords to your search, or use theSubject limiters on the left to refine yourresults.
  13. 13. Goals:After viewing this tutorial, you will understand:1. What the ERIC Thesaurus is2. How to get Thesaurus terms from search results3. How to browse the Thesaurus4. How to get library help
  14. 14. Go to askus.stthom.edu to get help using library resources

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