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Improve your searching Some useful tips
What this presentation is NOT about How to find the databases How to log in Athens difficulties Contents of the different databases Simple keyword searching Marking and printing records All these subjects are covered in the first presentation
Searching within Fields The search box automatically offers to search for the words you type in two places: the title and the abstracts of the millions of records in the database. It is possible to tell the database to look elsewhere.
An unusual search Your team’s dietitian recommends an excellent research paper. However, you’ve lost the piece of paper on which you wrote down the full reference. All you can remember is that the title of the paper was something about sandwiches, and it had been written by someone named Rolls.
You alter the IN selection by deleting Title and Abstract and ticking Title instead
I use the search term sandwich* to find papers which mention sandwich or sandwiches
Next we search for Rolls as an author. We untick Title and Abstract and tick Author
Note the special way we enter the author’s name: “Rolls*”
Why? 1. Authors names and names of journals must be written in quotation marks. 2. The asterisk after the name - Rolls* - represents the missing initials of the author
Combine the two elements of your search together with AND:
Could this be the one?
A fine example of research in action.
Searching within a particular journal title 1 The same rules about inputting author names apply for searching the Journal Name field for papers that appear in a specific paper 2 In this next example I’m looking for papers written by John Addison which appeared in Health information and libraries journal
As I’m absolutely sure that the author declared his name as Addison J, that is what I search for
I’m also positive about the precise name of the journal
Note that if I wasn’t too sure about the journal’s name I could have tried “health*” or “health information*” or “health information and librar*” depending on how much of the journal name I was certain about. In each case I’d set the database to search only in the Journal Name field
The final step
Four results, demonstrating…
…evidence-based librarianship in action.
Using Limits Use of the Limits function allows you to filter your results to show only those papers which meet specific criteria which you select from several lists.
This simple search has found 395 results
To start using Limits I click on the words Apply Limits that appear
Notice that the Limits tab has turned blue to show that is now active, and the limits appear:
The Date limit is blue indicating that you can set a limit here if you wish
I set this limit to show only papers published between 2008 and 2013
If I click on the Search button at the bottom this screen…
The original 395 results are reduced to just 106.
You can add several different types of limits simultaneously:
Clicking on the Article Type Limit offers me some interesting options
I set this to Clinical trials
Age Groups provides a different way of filtering the results
I select All children (0-18 years).
Having made my decisions I click on the Search button at the bottom of this screen
3 results, suggesting I’ve been a bit too clever. If this happens you may wish to…