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LIBR1111 Assignment III October 2016

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LIBR1111 Assignment III October 2016

  1. 1. Academic Search Complete from EBSCOhost A tutorial for LIBR1111 and assignment #3 Dean Giustini, Instructor
  2. 2.  On many platforms – such as: EBSCOhost, Gale, Proquest  Here are the many databases available for searching in EBSCOhost
  3. 3.  We have a few subscription databases at Langara Library  Let’s search with Academic Search Complete
  4. 4.  From the Langara Library Homepage http://langara.ca/library/  Click on “Articles in Journals” first  Then, click on either link!  Articles in Journals Article Databases: A to Z  Articles in Journals by Subject
  5. 5.  Your search screen will look like the one below.  What do you put in the highlighted boxes?  Hint: there are many right answers  You might have to try many combinations of your keywords to get the articles you want …
  6. 6.  Example search question: ◦ What are the effects of cell phone use on college students?  Consider the use of Boolean operators, AND & OR  Arrange your keywords into facets of your topic..  Think of alternatives and synonyms to group together (using OR) for searching  Imagine the type of articles you want to find in the database for your patron….
  7. 7.  In this example, I organize keywords into a chart similar to assignment #3’s search planning worksheet  Print out the assignment worksheet and organize or at least think of your concepts & keywords in “blocks” ◦ What are the effects of cell phone use on college students?  Write in AND between keywords …
  8. 8.  Use Boolean OR on the lines between synonyms  Have you thought of a few synonyms? If you need ideas, see a few relevant papers for synonyms
  9. 9.  Note I put words I need together in quotes: “college students” to force the phrase  This tells the database you want articles that have that exact phrase somewhere  Organize keywords or concepts  You are ready to put them into Academic Search Complete… for your search!
  10. 10. • See how I’ve transferred the keywords with the search words AND & OR into the library’s database fields. • Use your quotation marks as needed, and put a main keyword group in each search box, separating the similar words with OR. • Each search box is already connected with the word AND, highlighted above. Use this feature to help organize your search.
  11. 11.  You won’t always need ALL of your keywords.  The point is: ◦ You don’t know without trying which words will work in subscription databases ◦ The “perfect” article may not exist ◦ This is OK. Students have to say something original and the articles in the database should be similar or related but not exactly on target in some cases…
  12. 12.  How many search results did you get?  Typically, when searching Google or related sites, you only look at the first few pages of results  If you get a LOT of results, you want to narrow your search  Here are some ways to narrow:
  13. 13.  42 Results are much easier to deal with!  Full Text is your friend – always check this box first to see what is available in the database.  I also altered my dates to only include magazines articles published since the year 2000.  Now… what if you have the opposite problem?
  14. 14.  If you’re getting no results or just a few, you should look at your keywords again: ◦ Remove some of your AND words. Remember: adding another facet narrows your search ◦ Add some more OR words or synonyms to broaden your search ◦ Look at quotation marks you use. Are you putting quotation marks around words that aren’t that common? ◦ Think of broader keywords. ◦ In my example, I include ‘technology’ with OR “cell phones.” This is a much bigger group of stuff and broadens my search considerably.
  15. 15.  Once you have a manageable number of results, look at what you’ve found.  Like Google, each article has a clickable link in the title to get the article/item.
  16. 16.  This article was written in Time magazine, and two pages long  See subject terms (headings)  Think of these as keywords that may work better for your topic  Try the subject terms in combination with your keywords
  17. 17.  At right, the tool box will help you manage results  Print out the article  Email article to yourself so you don’t lose it.  Use the Cite function to grab information for the MLA citation.  Copy/Paste it somewhere for later (Word doc?)  Use Permalink to grab a web address that will work if you want to share the article with someone
  18. 18.  Research can be time consuming. Expect to spend time: ◦ Reading articles and finding ones that both work and those that don’t. ◦ Brainstorming alternative keywords and plugging them into the database. Try and try again. ◦ Asking for help if you get stuck. ◦ Reconsider your research question/topic. It may not be the same as when you start searching.
  19. 19.  Complete one (1) question for assignment #3.  Use Academic Search Complete @ Langara Library’s website.  Organize your keywords. Try subject headings.  Scan some articles for relevance...  Find ones you believe will add to your assignment.  Print out/Email results to yourself.  Ask Dean for help or your ‘study buddy’!

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