Getting Started In Class Exercise II Following directions Reference book from Reference Collection! Stop words Redo check minuses
Today’s Class: Database Searching Scholarly vs. Popular What is a database? Types of databases Choosing a database Article citations Using ILLiad to request articles Evaluating results Questions (anytime)
Broaden Your Search Use OR with synonyms, alternative terms teenagers OR adolescents to include related terms cigarette* OR smoking OR tobacco Use a more general term (go from coffee to beverage) Search by Keyword Use truncation
Narrow Your Search AND retrieves only items where the two concepts overlap Example: smoking AND teenagers Use Advanced Search to limit by place (United States, California, etc.) format (printed materials, scholarly articles, etc.) time period (last 5 years) language (English) Person or group of people (girls, Asian Americans)
Sophisticated Searching Techniques Keep a record Consider alternative perspectives Discipline-based resources And, Or, Not, & Truncation Subject terms Citation searching/chasing Diversify types of materials Refine & revise search terms
Scholarly or Popular How do you know if its scholarly? Magazines = entertainment, current events Journals = research and analysis Check the databases for information Bibliographies or reference lists Author (scholar? Professor? Analyst?) Affiliation and publisher? Scholarly association? University press? Abstracts Title can be a good hint.
Finding articles by subject The Catalog shows journal, magazines & newspaper we can access it Does Not show the articles in them. To find articles, use a database to: Electronically search for relevant articles Note: the dbases cover more journals than the Library carries
What is a database? A collection of information organized for easy access and searchable by specific fields like author and title.
Selecting the right Database Commonalities Searching Fields limiting Display Results Print Email Download Differences Subjects Time period covered Items indexed Searching capabilities Citations, abstracts, or full-text
Evaluating your Results Critical evaluation: Who created it? (authority) For whom? (audience) When was it created? (currency) What does it include? (scope & treatment) How does it relate to other works? Does it help answer your question? Adapted from Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe’s “Evaluation of Information”
Exercise 1.How do you get to this database? 2.What types of materials can you find with this database? (e.g., journal articles, books, book reviews, web pages?) 3.What subject(s) or discipline(s) does this database cover? 4.Can you browse journals contained in the database? 5.Are there basic search, advanced search and expert search? 6.Is this database searching by phrase or word by word? How can you tell? 7. Can you use Boolean Operators? Which ones? 8. Can you limit your search by material type?
Groups Academic Search Premier #1: Michelle, Miriam, Maria #2: Noe, Jessica, Melissa ABI Inform Global #only: Luz, Lamar, Yelena Social Science Abstracts #1: Lekeith, Jessica, Esmeralda #2: Karen, Deisy, Gabby
Exercise part 2 9. What field does this database search automatically? What are other search fields 10. Can you limit your search by certain journals or limit your search by journals of certain subject? 11. Can you choose how your articles are displayed? 12. How the article is displayed ( in HTML, Word or PDF format)? 13. Can you get full text articles in this database? If not, how can you get the full-text article you need? 14. Can you email, save or print your search results? 15. Is there a help page? 16. Are there any unique features you would use?
Assignment 1 Find 1 scholarly journal article and 1 popular magazine/or newspaper article on your topic. Full APA citations for both articles print out first page Compare and contrast the two articles in the following areas: Authorship Intended audience Language used Bibliography Publication schedule Purpose or use of article
Grading Criteria Worth 25 points Points awarded based on the following: Accuracy of citations Thoughtfulness, clarity and specificity of answers Adherence to categories and guidelines Overall considerations of grammar and spelling