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University Library Keys to Effective Searching. Jian Guo English 102 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Carol Elsen University Library February 10, 2006. University Library Keys to Effective Searching. Why Library instruction? How will instruction help me? Why can’t I just surf the Web?.

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University Library Keys to Effective Searching

Jian Guo English 102

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Carol Elsen

University Library

February 10, 2006


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Why Library instruction?

  • How will instruction help me?

  • Why can’t I just surf the Web?


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Why Library instruction?

    • To maximize your research time and efforts


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • How will instruction help me?

    • Developing library skills is a long-term investment in your career at UW-W & beyond


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Can’t I just surf the Web?

    • The Web doesn’t always yield authoritative sources

    • When writing a paper, professors want you to use books and articles written by experts


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Fact or Myth?

    • All information is available on the Internet


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Fact

    • Only a fraction of the world’s information appears on the Internet

  • Fact

    • The Library holds many physical items (books, journals, etc.) that aren’t available online


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Fact or Myth?

    • If I search Google, I can find the same stuff that the Library has online


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Fact

    • The Library buys article databases and other sources of online information that can’t be found via Google

  • Fact

    • Your tuition $$ help to pay for Library products


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Search Connectors

    • Use And, Or, Not to connect concepts in a search

  • Truncation

    • Use truncation to find a variety of word endings


Global warming

emissions

University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • AND searches

    • global warming (finds 192 results)

    • emissions (finds 463 results)

    • global warming and emissions (finds 18 results)

      And makes searches more specific

      Use And when you get too many results


global warming

greenhouse effect

University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • OR searches

    • global warming (finds 192 results)

    • greenhouse effect (finds 145 results)

    • global warming or greenhouse effect (finds 266 results)

      Or makes searches broader

      Use Or when you don’t find enough results


Bilingual education

Spanish

University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • NOT searches

    • bilingual education (finds 151 results)

    • bilingual education not spanish (finds 104 results)

      Not makes searches more relevant

      Use Not when you find irrelevant results


University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Truncation

    • democracy (finds democracy)

    • democra? (finds democracy, democracies, democrat, democrats, democratic, etc.)

      Truncation expands searches

      Use Truncation to find multiple forms of a word


income words

group words

University Library Keys to Effective Searching

  • Complex Searches

    • combine synonyms with OR and put them all in parentheses (wages or salar? or income or compensation)

    • Here’s a sample complex search: (wages or salar? or income or compensation) and (race or gender)


University Library Keys to Effective Searching


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