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  • Basically organized and collected Data is a Database, they can be both digital and on paper
  • Example if you are going to pick a lock on a bank vault you would need to know a few things about the vault first right? Model number of vault, is it digital or analog, does it require a retinal scan ect. The same is true for your search terms in a database!
  • Narrowing down search terms, can search for Orion project and get limited results, search Orion project 1960’s and you get a whole new set of results!
  • Databases and searching

    1. 1. Databases and Searching A CCC Introduction to Research
    2. 2. What is a Database?
    3. 3. Examples of Databases• Telephone Books• Address Book• Census Bureau Data• Library OPAC• EBSCO• Gale• Hotel/ Airline Booking System
    4. 4. What’s The Difference Between a Database and a Website?
    5. 5. How to Pick the Correct Search Terms• Keep your terms simple 2-4 terms• Add RELEVANT words to narrow down the number of results you get!• Try words a teacher or website would use!• Use only important words.
    6. 6. What is Boolean Searching?Boolean Search Operators• The Boolean search operator AND is equal to the "+" symbol.• The Boolean search operator NOT is equal to the "-" symbol.• The Boolean search operator OR is the default setting of any search engine; meaning, all search engines will return all the words you type in, automatically.• The Boolean search operator NEAR is equal to putting a search query in quotes, i.e., "sponge bob square- pants". Youre essentially telling the search engine that you want all of these words, in this specific order, or this specific phrase.
    7. 7. Tips…• Remember to use multiple search terms.• Don’t be afraid to use multiple databases!• You can use the abstract to find most of your citation information!• Too many results? – Add more search terms• Too few results? – Take away or change your search terms!
    8. 8. How Does Google Get Their Results?
    9. 9. Things You Don’t Have to Do With Database Results• Check for validity or credentials of article• Search ENDLESSLY for dates, authors, and other citation information.
    10. 10. …Tricks• Remember to copy and paste the URL of the article into a Word/Google Docs/email, file so you can return easily to your article• Son of Citation Machine works great for Citation and Citation questions!
    11. 11. Improve Your Skills…• Brush up on picking search terms withGoogle-a-day! • Start today’s challenge at –
    12. 12. Presented by: Jenny Montemorano M.L.S. &The Cayuga Community College Library Reference Staff 2012
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