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1 Database Searching Jane Long MLIS, University of Oklahoma MA, Wright State University Reference Services Librarian Al Harris Library

2 How do I get started?

3 Boolean Operators AND = Narrow OR = Expand –(Used with synonyms) NOT = Exclude

4 Finding Articles We find articles in periodicals. This includes magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers Many of these resources are available in print Many periodicals are available for your use through our library databases

5 Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals What is the difference?

6 Difference Between Scholarly and Popular Periodicals POPULAR MAGAZINES USUALLY SOMEWHAT SLICK AND ATTRACTIVE IN APPEARANCE RARELY CITE SOURCES. INFO. IS USUALLY SECONDARY, REPORTED FROM SOURCE ARTICLES SHORT, WRITTEN IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE AND FOR A MINIMAL EDUCATION LEVEL USUALLY LOT OF ADVERTISING AND PICTURES PAGINATION RESTARTS IN EVERY ISSUE SCHOLARLY JOURNALS HAVE A SOBER, SERIOUS LOOK ALWAYS CITE THEIR SOURCES IN FOOTNOTES/ ENDNOTES AND INCLUDE BIBLIOGRAPHIES ARTICLES WRITTEN BY A SCHOLAR OR RESEARCHER “HORSE’S MOUTH” PEER-REVIEWED BY SCHOLARS LANGUAGE OF JOURNAL ASSUMES SOME SCHOLARLY BACKGROUND ON THE PART OF READER ADVERTISING IS SPECIALIZED TO THAT DISCIPLINE PAGINATION IS USUALLY CUMULATIVE

7 Periodicals are available for use through the library, but where are they located? Take a look in the databases!

8 Databases are: Large, regularly updated files of digitized information related to a specific subject or field. They are the place where we find articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. They are where most of your research will take place.

9 Databases 101: Differences Between Brands & Products EBSCOHost –Academic Search Complete –ERIC –Newspaper Source –CINAHL –MEDLINE Plus –SPORTDiscus Nike –Shoes for… Men Women Children Basketball Baseball/Softball Running Soccer Golf

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11 Full-text articles Full-text articles indicate the entire article can be found within the database, no physical searching is necessary. Full-text articles are accessible in the following ways: HTML (displays like a web page) PDF (displays like a photocopy; best for citing info) Linked (hyperlinks to full-text in another location)

12 Periodicals List A directory used to identify the location of journals, magazines and newspapers accessible through the library regardless of format Formats: –Electronic (article database) –Paper (soft or hard bound) –Microfilm (reel) –Microfiche (card)

13 Periodicals List

14 Article Databases

15 Setting up an EBSCO folder

16 Next Step

17 Now you are ready to save documents as you begin searching for sources.

18 It’s time to begin searching! 1.Review Search Techniques 2.Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals 3.Periodicals List 4.Databases… 5.Folder Prepared 6.Topic Selected

19 Citing Database Articles – newspaper Bernstein, Fred. “A View of Modernism Through a Vegas Lens.” New York Times 3 Jan. 2010: 11. Academic Search Complete. Web. 20 Jan

20 Citing Database Articles – journal source Rozsa, Lajos. “A Psychochemical Weapon Considered by the Warsaw Pact: A Research Note.” Substance Use & Misuse 44.2(2009): Academic Search Complete. Web. 20 Jan

21 Citing Database Articles – magazine source Kinnon, Joy Bennett. “Why Children Are Killing Children.” Ebony Jan. 2000: Academic Search Complete. Web. 20 Jan

22 Questions? Contact me: –Jane Long

23 Thank You!


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