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1 Search Strategies Language Kills!

2 Keyword Searching

3 The Search Process

4 Maximize Your Use of Language

5 175,000,000?

6 Maximize Your Use of Language

7 10,500,000

8 Maximize Your Use of Language

9

10 + ?  Global Keyword Search  “+” means AND (boolean)  Narrows the results  You can use boolean with specific fields!

11 Be a detective! Titles Abstracts Subject Headings Text (as you read) Bibliography for more resources

12 Other Services  Interlibrary Loan  TexShare  OneSearch  HBU Answers  JIT – Just-in-time Service at the Reference Desk  Detailed one-on-one research help (appointment)

13 Review  How do you limit results?  Use specific synonyms  Use unique terms  Add more terms  Utilize limiting options (options will vary by database)

14 Sample Searches  Dog and cat  Native American  Art in France  Indian art  What is truth?  poodle and callico  Cherokee and war  French painters  Ram Kamur and abstract art  Truth and objectivity Not As GoodBetter Searches

15 Search Planning Augustine’s View of Just War  Augustine and –  War and morality  War and religion War and relig* (includes religion, religions, religious). This would also capture phrases such as “religious aspects.”  War and nationalism  War and catholic* (or other religions)  These are all global keyword searches.  Augustine and (SU) just war (more narrow)

16 Prepare Your Searching Thesis: The United States should stop all activities in Afghanistan because it is not a wise investment with our budgetary resources, the persistent threat of Al-Qaeda, and that democracy will be tenuous in an Islamic state.

17 Evaluating Resources

18 Critical Thinking Required

19 Evaluating Resources  Consider the source (the writer and the web site).  Consider the motivation (biases?).  Consider the quality of the writing.  Consider the documentation.  Consider the currency (not necessarily true in philosophy).  Can you corroborate anything?

20 Corroboration Pays!

21 Plagiarism

22 Libguide for PHIL 1313  http://hbu.libguides.com/phil1313

23 Conclusion  Learn the databases, journals, authors.  Start with the library web site and LibGuides.  Save time and plan ahead before diving into a search. Prepare good search strategies, use of language.  Limit your results.  Think. Evaluate. Corroborate. Cite.

24 LibAnswers

25 Questions/Discussion

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