Think Like A Librarian


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Think Like A Librarian

  1. 1. Think like a librarian<br />Database tips & tricks<br />MILI 2009<br />LeAnn Suchy, Metronet<br /><br /><br />
  2. 2. Visible versus Invisible Web<br />“Visible Web” (often called “Surface Web”)<br />Stuff you find via search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.<br />“Invisible Web” (often called “Hidden Web” or “Deep Web”)<br />Things not searchable by regular search engines<br />Subscription databases<br />
  3. 3. Visible Web<br />Last year Google indexed its trillionth webpage (1 trillion unique URLs)<br />Google has indexed about half of the Visible Web<br />Results are relevancy ranked<br />Over 200 factors determine relevancy<br />Popularity is a large factor<br />Hits a page gets is another factor<br />
  4. 4. Invisible Web<br />Invisible Web is anywhere from 100 to 500 times bigger than the Visible Web (or even bigger?)<br />Search engines like Google can’t index the Invisible Web because:<br />Items found via a query<br />Passwords<br />
  5. 5. Invisible Web is important<br />Search engine relevancy rankings for Visible Web sometimes aren’t all that relevant<br />Some tools to help navigate Visible Web to find better resources:<br />Librarians Internet Index:<br />Infomine:<br />More for higher ed, but might be helpful<br />Invisible Web is way larger than Visible Web and has a lot more credible sources<br />
  6. 6. How do I find Invisible Web?<br />Think DATABASES<br />Database through the government, libraries and state of MN<br />Databases through your school<br />Today we’re focusing on: ELM databases (ELM = Electronic Library for MN)<br />
  7. 7. ELM -<br />
  8. 8. Searchasaurus<br />
  9. 9. Kids Search<br />
  10. 10. InfoTrac Junior Edition<br />
  11. 11. InfoTrac Senior Edition<br />
  12. 12. ¡Informe!<br />
  13. 13. Britannica Online<br />
  14. 14. ProQuest Newsstand Complete<br />
  15. 15. CAMIO<br />
  16. 16. Many more<br />Almost50 ELM databases<br />More databases available through your school, so talk to your media specialist<br />And now, think like a librarian…<br />
  17. 17. Before recommending, explore<br />Ask these questions of the database:<br />What type of content is provided?<br />How many publications are included? Years?<br />How frequently is it updated?<br />What navigational tools are provided?<br />Are there tutorials? A help section? Search tips?<br />How are search results displayed?<br />Can I save, email or print articles? RSS feeds?<br />Which students would best be served by this? <br />These questions and more are on Database Exploration Checklist<br />
  18. 18. Before recommending, explore<br />
  19. 19. Detailed Search<br />
  20. 20. Search like a librarian<br />
  21. 21. Search results<br />
  22. 22. Subject versus Keyword<br />
  23. 23. Limiting to type of file<br />
  24. 24. Individual record<br />
  25. 25. Between now and our meeting<br />Check out the information under Month 3 in the wiki, including the Database Exploration Checklist worksheet<br />Go into the ELM databases (or databases linked from your school library) and use the worksheet to analyze a couple databases<br />Blog about your experiences using the databases<br />When we meet in-person: Be ready to tell us about databases you think might be helpful for you and/or your students<br />