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COMP I Search Strategies Interview Techniques. Frederic Murray Assistant Professor MLIS, University of British Columbia BA, Political Science, University of Iowa Instructional Services Librarian Al Harris Library [email protected] Catalogs, Databases, & Search Engines.

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Comp i search strategies interview techniques

COMP ISearch StrategiesInterview Techniques

Frederic Murray

Assistant Professor

MLIS, University of British Columbia

BA, Political Science, University of Iowa

Instructional Services Librarian

Al Harris Library

[email protected]

Catalogs databases search engines
Catalogs, Databases, & Search Engines

  • A comprehensive list of the books, periodicals, maps, and other materials in a given collection.

  • A large, regularly updated file of digitized information related to a specific subject or field.

  • Computer software designed to help the user locate information available at sites on the World Wide Web by selecting categories from a hierarchical directory of subjects (example: Yahoo!) or by entering appropriate keywords or phrases (Google).

Search techniques
Search Techniques

  • Keyword

  • Basic Boolean

Identifying keywords
Identifying Keywords

  • Identify the significant terms and concepts that describe your topic from your thesis statement or research question.

  • These terms will become the key for searching catalogs, databases and search engines for information about your subject.

Research question
Research Question

What degree should I pursue to live well in San Francisco?

Research question1
Research Question

What careershould I pursue to live well in San Francisco?


AND = Narrow

OR = Expand


  • NOT = Exclude

Boolean operators
Boolean Operators

  • Connect keywords only

  • Must be placedbetween keywords

  • AND

    • Narrows your search

  • OR

    • Expands your search with synonymous terms

  • NOT

    • Excludes words from your search

    • If used too much, it can work against you!

Class exercise
Class Exercise

  • Keyword Building Exercise

    Topic: Cyber Security Careers in California

Cyber security careers
Cyber Security Careers











  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)


  • Business Source Complete (Career)

    Databases are Subject Specific

Class exercise1
Class Exercise

  • Using Business Source Complete locate three articles on Cybersecurity Careers

  • Archive them in your online Folder

Outline 5 steps
Outline: 5 Steps

  • Setting up the interview

  • Preparing for the interview

  • Coming up with Questions

  • Meeting with your interviewee

  • Following up on your interview

Setting up the interview
Setting up the Interview

  • Contact the potential interviewee in advance & set time & place

  • Identify the topic that you will be discussing during the interview

    • Family History/Hometown/Career

Preparing for the interview
Preparing for the Interview

  • Prepare a list of questions in advance

  • Find background information about the interviewee

  • Prioritize your questions and ask the most important questions first

  • Decide your goals for the interview

Coming up with questions
Coming Up with Questions

  • Ask yourself: “What do I need to know?”

  • Write a list of things you want to find out

  • Write a list of questions that will help your interviewee discuss this information

How to ask good questions
How to ask good questions

  • Ask leading questions rather than asking yes or no questions

    • Is Uncle John crazy ? (yes or no question)

    • Why did Uncle John live alone in that shack for so many years when he owned three houses? (leading question)

  • The response to a leading question will give you more detail to support your research

Developing good questions
Developing Good Questions

  • Do as much research as possible in advance on the person and/or topic you are working on

  • Sources might include

    • Online Catalog (Ebooks)

    • Databases

    • World Wide Web

  • Prepare your questions in advance in writing and bring them to the interview.

Meeting the interviewee
Meeting the Interviewee

  • Always bring a stiff-backed notebook (and Pencils)

  • If you wish to tape-record your interview, always ask before doing so!

  • Keep notes on the interview, but make sure that you are still talking to the interviewee, not just scribbling

Recording apps
Recording Apps


Library equipment resources
Library Equipment Resources

  • Circulating Multimedia Equipment & Useful Software

  • PMD620 is a rugged yet lightweight digital recorder (2)

    • Tabletop Microphone Included

  • Checkout for one day only

Meeting the interviewee1
Meeting the Interviewee

  • Bring your prepared list of questions to the interview

  • Try to stick to the topic at hand, but be flexible if your interviewee brings up unexpected but valuable information

Following up the interview
Following up the Interview

  • Always be sure to thank your interviewee, orally and in writing

  • Write your results soon after the interview while they are fresh in your mind

  • Let your interviewee review your findings in order to confirm that you have represented him/her accurately

Conducting an interview1
Conducting an Interview

  • Conducting a successful interview involves attention to each of the following steps:

    • Making contact to setup the interview

    • Preparing for the interview

    • Meeting the interviewee

    • Following up on the interview

Class exercise2
Class Exercise

  • Team up groups of 2-3

  • Imagine you are interviewing someone from a county you have never visited.

  • Locate information on that country using:

    CIA World FactBook

  • Develop Three Leading Questions

    • Try them out on each other

Designing a good ppt
Designing a Good PPT

  • 5 minute speech use 5-8 slides maximum (1 minute per slide)

  • Less is More ( only use 3-4 elements per slide)

  • Rely on visuals not text

The world of knowledge
The World of Knowledge

  • Evolving History of Writing

  • Evolving History of Libraries

  • Evolving History of Education

Libraries old new
LibrariesOld & New