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Advanced Features In Ebsco And Infotrac


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Advanced Features In Ebsco And Infotrac

  1. 1. Using Advanced Features in EBSCO and InfoTrac Databases<br />November Library LibLearn<br />
  2. 2. EBSCO: Advanced Features<br />MyEBSCOhost personal account: save articles, images, searches. Houses personal folders.<br />Search history<br />RSS feed: search and journal alerts<br />Custom and shared folders: create individual folders. Have ability to share folder with team.<br />Cited references: identify researchers in field (can also be done in Google Scholar, Google Books and Arts and Humanities Citation Index)<br />Thesaurus: MeSH, CINAHL Headings, Business<br />Subject, people, places, image search<br /><br />
  3. 3. EBSCO: My Account<br /><br />
  4. 4. InfoTrac: Advanced Features<br />Gale User personal account: create individual folders within your personal account<br />Mark items (searches and articles); bookmark persistent link<br />Search history and search lists: view past search queries and rerun searches<br />Search and journal email alerts and RSS feeds<br />PowerPack Collections<br />Listen to articles and convert to MP3 file<br />Subjects and subdivisions: topic search<br /><br />
  5. 5. InfoTrac: Gale User Account<br /><br />
  6. 6. Power Searching<br />Both EBSCO and InfoTrac (One Search) allow researchers to search all databases.<br />Boolean operators: use AND, OR, NOT<br />Wildcard - ?: replaces letter, wildcard - # replaces alternative spelling<br />Truncation - *: finds all forms of word<br />Proximity : use N5 or W8 (you can use any number) to find words within the number of words of within another<br />Nesting : use parenthesis for more complex Boolean searches<br />Quotation marks : use double quotation marks to search for exact phase.<br /><br />
  7. 7. PowerSearching Examples<br />Boolean: education AND technology; college OR university; Saturn NOT planet<br />Wildcards: ne?t=neat, nest, next; colo#r=color, colour<br />Truncation: comput*=computer or computing; midsummer * dream=midsummer night’s dream<br />Proximity: tax N5 reform=could find tax reform as well as reform of income tax; tax W8 reform=would find tax reform<br />Nesting: (dog OR cat) AND (show OR parade)<br />Quotation marks: “core library values”<br /><br />