Navigating the research Databases<br />UNIV 106<br />
What are the 4 steps in the Research Process?<br />1. Pick a topic<br />2.<br />3.<br />4.<br />5.<br />6. Write the paper...
What are the 4 steps in the Research Process?<br />Pick a topic<br />Where to search (databases)<br />How to search (keywo...
Pros & Cons of Research Databases<br />
Where to Start Searching<br /><ul><li>Academic Search CompleteMulti-subject database that covers a both scholarly and popu...
ProQuest Research LibraryMulti-subject database that covers a both scholarly and popular journals</li></li></ul><li>Subjec...
Getting the Article…<br />Step 1:  Is the article available full-text in the database? No. Then follow these steps.<br />S...
HKANDR<br />R<br />HK<br />Basic Search Concepts: Connecting Your Search Terms<br />Hurricane Katrina AND rebuilding<br />...
Let’s try searching…<br />Start at library homepage http://library.gmu.edu<br />Click on Research Databases<br />Choose th...
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  • Pros &amp; Cons:More specialized searchingNot every database has the same search optionsBetter for current topics (vs. books)Same database may change its look (ex: JSTOR)More recent information (shorter publishing time)Refining your search can be complicatedInterdisciplinary &amp; subject databasesNot always intuitive Many articles are full-textNot every article is full-textFree access as Mason students
  • Search Academic Search Complete OR ProQuest Research Library You can try using the earlier search example of Hurricane Katrina AND rebuilding Or feel free to use your own search example Highlight the basics: refining searches, trying different search terms, getting the article, etc. Show search page of subject-specific database if time allows in order to show pros &amp; cons
  • UNIV 106: Searching Databases

    1. 1. Navigating the research Databases<br />UNIV 106<br />
    2. 2. What are the 4 steps in the Research Process?<br />1. Pick a topic<br />2.<br />3.<br />4.<br />5.<br />6. Write the paper<br />
    3. 3. What are the 4 steps in the Research Process?<br />Pick a topic<br />Where to search (databases)<br />How to search (keywords)<br />How to get it (find the article)<br />Is what I’ve got any good<br />Write the paper<br />
    4. 4. Pros & Cons of Research Databases<br />
    5. 5. Where to Start Searching<br /><ul><li>Academic Search CompleteMulti-subject database that covers a both scholarly and popular journals
    6. 6. ProQuest Research LibraryMulti-subject database that covers a both scholarly and popular journals</li></li></ul><li>Subject Databases<br />Search topic more in-depth<br />Specialized journals not in general databases<br />Not as many “off-topic” results<br />Unique search options<br />Not sure where to start?<br />Research Databases by Subject<br />InfoGuides—Find Articles/Core Databases<br />
    7. 7. Getting the Article…<br />Step 1: Is the article available full-text in the database? No. Then follow these steps.<br />Step 2: Mason Link <br />Step 3: Go to the E-Journal Finder if no Mason Link<br />Step 4: Mason Library Catalog<br />Step 5:WRLC Consortium Loan Service<br />Step 6:Interlibrary Loan (ILL)<br />
    8. 8. HKANDR<br />R<br />HK<br />Basic Search Concepts: Connecting Your Search Terms<br />Hurricane Katrina AND rebuilding<br />*Do Not Use:an, for, in, of, the, with<br />*Other search options<br />
    9. 9. Let’s try searching…<br />Start at library homepage http://library.gmu.edu<br />Click on Research Databases<br />Choose the category Basic Topics<br />Choose Academic Search Complete from list<br />Follow along with the librarian’s search example<br />

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