Searching Step 1<br />Deciding Where to Look<br />
Deciding Where to Look <br />The main places we commonly turn to locate information in the library are:<br />Article Databases<br />MNCAT (the Library Catalog)<br />The Web<br />
What Do We Mean by Article Databases?<br /><ul><li>In Libraries, we tend to use the terms Indexes and Databases interchangeably to mean databases which include records of journal articles.
Many article databases also include records of related materials, including dissertations and book chapters.
Sometimes, but not always, the full-text of the article will be included in the database.</li></li></ul><li>Article Databases<br /><ul><li>Article Databases may be specific to a discipline, or cover a broad range of disciplines.
PubMed</li></li></ul><li>Article Database<br />Use an Article Database to find articles about a topic.<br />Depending on the vendor we get it from, each Database will be searched using their search engine, e.g., EBSCOHost, OVID, CSA, or Web of Knowledge. <br />
Article Database<br />To search Databases effectively, you will need to learn to leverage some simple, but powerful tools, like Boolean operators and Truncation. <br />Later exercises will develop your skills, and help you to teach these skills to library users.<br />
What is MNCAT?<br />MNCAT is our library Catalog <br />Pronounced “Min-Cat” <br />It lists what we own in the Libraries, and where those items are located.<br />Two versions: MNCAT Plus and MNCAT Classic; both contain the same content, but have different interfaces.<br />
What is MNCAT?<br />Use MNCAT to find books, journals, videos, government documents, sound recordings and most everything else we own.<br />
What is MNCAT?<br />Don’t use MNCAT to look for articles, only journals.<br />If a person were looking for this:<br />Little, B. R. 1983. “Personal projects: A rationale and method for investigation”. Environment and Behavior 15 (3): 273.<br />You would look in MNCAT to see if we own the journal Environment and Behavior.<br />
The Web<br />The World Wide Web contains a myriad ofinformation sources of varying quality. But it would be a mistake to discard it as a scholarly resource.<br />The Web can be especially effective in gaining an overview of a topic before starting a more strategic search of Article Databases.<br />
The Web<br />Governments, especially, often share information via the Web.<br />Statistics<br />Laws and regulations<br />Reports<br />
The Web<br />Other sources commonly found on the Web include:<br />Open-Access journals.<br />Items hosted in an institutional repository, including our University Digital Conservancy.<br />White Papers and Reports from foundations and think tanks.<br />