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Computer Literacy in an information-rich environment

Weinberg

Memorial

Library

CYBER SEARCH STRATEGIES

USING “WEB BASED” DATABASES


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Paralyzed by Information Overload

  • The problem is not having enough information but having too much

  • In various formats

  • Not all of equal value

  • Lacking in focus


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WHY

  • Information on the World Wide Web doubles every three months.

    • Good

    • Bad

    • Ugly

  • Can YOU keep up?


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    Skills needed to Execute an Effective Search Strategy

    • Formulating a Search Statement

    • Identifying Key Words/Key Concepts

    • Combining Search Terms

    • Identifying Subject Heading(s)

    • Selecting a Database(s)

    • Interpret your search results

      if you find too much

      if you find too little


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    Identifying key words/key concepts

    • What is a keyword/key concept?

    • Identify YOUR keyword/key concepts.

    • Identify

      • synonyms

        • acronyms

          • variations in spelling


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    Demystifyingprojects/assignments/term-papers/speeches

    Select Topics

    Write out your thesis statement

    Analyze your thesis statement

    How does TV violence affect a child’s behavior?


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    First keyword/key concepts

    • TV

    • TV

    • Television

    • Television

    • TV or Television

    • TV or Television


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    Second key word/key concepts

    • Child

    • Children

    • Youth

    • Adolescent

    • Teenager


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    Third key word/key concept

    • Violence

    • Crime

    • Abuse

    • Bullying

    • Violence

    • Crime

    • Abuse

    • Bullying


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    Fourth key word/key concept

    • Behavior

      • Behaviour

        • Actions


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    Boolean Searching

    Boolean Searching allows you to combine key words/key concepts by using three “operators”.

    These operators are:

    • AND

    • OR

    • NOT


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    AND

    Using AND to combine two or more search terms will NARROW the search by retrieving only those records that contain all of the terms combined.

    FOR EXAMPLE:

    CHILDREN AND TELEVISION

    Our Catalog


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    Boolean Operator

    AND

    Television

    Children


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    OR

    Using OR increases the number of records retrieved. If you combine two or more search terms with OR the computer will retrieve all the records containing any of the search terms. OR is generally used to group synonymous terms or variations of spelling.

    Our Catalog


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    The OR operator is used to BROADEN a search.

    FOR EXAMPLE:

    TV OR TELEVISION

    TEENAGER OR ADOLESCENT

    BEHAVIOR OR BEHAVIOUR

    Our Catalog


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    Boolean Operator

    OR

    Television

    TV


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    NOT

    Using NOT, NARROWs your search by eliminating records that contain a search term you do not want in your search

    FOR EXAMPLE:

    TELEVISION NOT ADVERTISING

    Our Catalog


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    Boolean Operator

    NOT

    Advertising

    Television


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    Combining Search Term Results

    Consider the following search strategy that was put together by using a variety of Boolean Operators:

    (CHILDREN ORYOUTH) AND (TV ORTELEVISION) AND(VIOLENCE ORCRIME)

    Our Catalog


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    Records with Children and TV and Violence.

    Records with Children and Television and Violence.

    Records with Children and TV and Crime.

    Records with Children and Television and Crime.

    Records with Youth and TV and Violence.

    Records with Youth and Television and Violence

    Records with Youth and TV and Crime.

    Records with Youth and Television and Crime.

    Records with Children and TV and Television and Violence.

    Records with Children and TV and Violence and Crime.

    Records with Children and TV and Television and Violence and Crime.

    Records with Children and Youth and TV and Violence.

    Records with Children and Youth and TV and Television and Violence.

    Records with Children and Youth and TV and Violence and Crime.

    ETC. ...

    Retrieval ResultsThis search will retrieve records with any or allof the following combinations of terms:


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    Truncation Symbols

    Broaden your search by using “?”, “*” or “!” or “$”

    Example:

    Either format will retrieve the following variations:

    Educate

    Educated

    Educates

    Education

    Educational

    Educationally

    Educator

    Educators

    Note: Truncation symbols are not consistent in all databases, check the Help screens.

    OPC

    Educat? orEducat* orEducat** orEducat!


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    What Database(s) could you use?

    • ERIC/AskERIC

    • Project Muse

    • Proquest

    • Lexis-Nexis

    • Newsbank

    • PsycINFO

    • First Search

    • Wilson Web

    • ETC. ...

    • ERIC/AskERIC

    • Project Muse

    • Proquest

    • Lexis-Nexis

    • Newsbank

    • PsycINFO

    • First Search

    • Wilson Web

    • ETC. ...

    Electronic Databases


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    Appropriate Databases?

    Electronic Databases

    • Remember there isNO standard database.

    • * Databases may look alike, but their content can vary.


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    How do I identify sources?

    • PRIMARY?

      • SECONDARY?

        • TERTIARY?

    http://www.library.cqu.edu.au/learning-objects/levels-info.htm


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    Time Running out?

    • Need additional Help?

    • CONTACT (941-4000/4001)

    • Katie Duke

    • Betsey Moylan

    • Kevin Norris

    • Bonnie Oldham

    • Clara Hudson

    • Bonnie Strohl

    • Ask a Librarian

    • CTLE


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    COMPUTERINFORMATION LITERACYLAB SCHEDULE

    • You are personally responsible for:

      1. Checking the schedule for your lab date

      2. Attending the lab

      3. Doing the assignment(s)

    • The assignments are graded exercises that will become part of your Computer Information Literacy Lab grade.

    • One make-up class will be held –November 18, 2006 from 9:30-11:30am in Room 306, Weinberg Memorial Library.

    • Registration for make-up classes is REQUIRED.

      (Call Katie Duke at 941-4000/4001)


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    Computer Science/Information Literacy PowerPoint Presentation

    Consultants: Information Literacy Team,

    Weinberg Memorial Library

    Revised October 18, 2006


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