Presentation on theme: "How to… Research Like An Expert!. Today’s Goals By the end of the period, I will: understand Boolean search operators have created a successful search."— Presentation transcript:
How to… Research Like An Expert!
Today’s Goals By the end of the period, I will: understand Boolean search operators have created a successful search string, using my key terms have found at least two journal articles from a research database for my review of literature
It’s all about process! 1. Choose a topic…i.e. BROWSE! 2. Find general/background information. 3. Focus and narrow your topic. 4. Determine what information you need. 5. Plan your search strategy. 6. Search!
Online research databases full-text articles, from a variety of sources academic journals, books, magazines, etc. full access from home! access from your Assignments page
Power Searching… Cross-searching search multiple databases at once Click on “Continue” button at the list of databases First determine the “subject” the database uses to describe your topic choose Subject Guide search
Subject Guide searching… Subdivisions narrow your results by providing sub-categories of each subject Related Subjects broaden your results by providing other subject terms related to your topic Example: Sibling Rivalry…
How to… Use BOOLEAN Search Operators
Boolean Operators AND OR NOT exact phrases truncation
AND Must contain BOTH terms e.g. dating AND teens datingteens Only the articles with BOTH terms will appear in your results list
OR Must contain EITHER term use for synonyms or spelling variations e.g. teens OR youth; color OR colour teensyouth ALL of the articles would appear in your results list.
NOT Must contain one term but NOT the other sometimes AND NOT e.g. dating NOT violence datingviolence Only those “dating” articles that do not contain “violence” will appear in your results list.
Exact Phrases use quotation marks “ ” or parentheses ( ) to search for an exact phrase e.g. “Prime Minister”
Truncation Searches for multiple forms of a word either ? or * e.g. Canad* will retrieve… Canada Canada’s Canadian Canadians
Search strings Combine Boolean operators for more powerful searches fewer, but more accurate results e.g. you're looking for information on teen dating habits, but not about date rape/violence (teen* OR youth) AND (dating OR relationships) NOT (rape OR violen*)
teen* OR youth dating OR relationships rape OR violen* Only these articles will appear in your results list (teen* OR youth) AND (dating OR relationships) NOT (rape OR violen*)
Keywords for Searching Let’s try some examples… Database “articles” Sweets Chocolate Bar Bubbles Sweets Chocolate Bar Wafer Sweets Chocolate Bar Wafer Coffee Sweets Chocolate Candy-coated Sweets Berry Chewy Sweets Chocolate Sweets Bar Chewy Sweets Wafer Vanilla
Using Boolean in the databases… Go to the Advanced Search tab There are 3 main types of searches: Subject – searches a specified list of descriptive terms used to categorize articles (find these terms with your “subject guide search” Keyword – searches title and description of articles (the citation and/or abstract) Full text – searches full text of the articles Choose the appropriate Boolean search operator Each search box represents a single idea (i.e. you can type Boolean terms in yourself – e.g. teen* OR youth) Example: teens’ self esteem
Today’s task… Strategize create a list of key terms map out your search strategy, including Boolean search strings Collect info don’t spend too much time reading only determine whether it might be useful just gather articles & information to evaluate and read through later