Power Searching 501 (?): a crash course. The stuff you need to know about searching, but may have forgotten along the way! (And, the stuff I want you to know before you go off to college!). But we’ve heard this all before, Mrs. V!.
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The stuff you need to
know about searching, but may have forgotten along the way!
(And, the stuff I want you to know
before you go off to college!)
Sorry.This important review won’t hurt too much! I promise!!!! And it will help you in college and beyond!
Yeah! Okay. We love databases and searching!
searching and databases!
You make me proud!
What is the difference between free Web search tools and subscription databases?
Choosing the Best Search Tool (Debbie Abilock) http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html
Getting Started: Selecting a Tool for your Search
It’s about power!
Click here for more precision and power!
And within your database, you will often have to make another choice!
Subject / Topic
This is an important choice! another choice!
When might you use each?
Subject headings or descriptors in databases another choice!
Use the language and structure of the database to gather relevant material!
More about another choice!
headings and database structure!
Databases have information hierarchies another choice!
Subject structure behind the database another choice!
You can open these categories! another choice!
Search engine clusters help you find relevant documents and suggest search terms
Stop using stop words in your searches!
in, of, the, a, to you, why, who, what, on, than, then, their, an, his, her, be
Using stop or noise words instead of a Boolean operator suggest search terms
List of English “stop words”
Google ignores stop words and assumes an AND between words.
Using the operator “AND” gets more results! suggest search terms
OR is generally used for synonyms or related words.
Time for parentheses? suggest search terms
adolesc* child* teen*
How many buffalo remain in the United States?
Can you create an effective
“two word” search?
From David Barr, formerly of IMSA
Searching by media type and using phrases suggest search terms
(Also phrase searching
Search / filter by media type
Don’t forget the tabs across the top of the page! suggest search terms
What types of sources does your instructor want you to cite:
and for full text
When to use Wikipedia and other wiki sources suggest search terms
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_fried_Mars_Bar suggest search terms
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_programming_language suggest search terms
A very powerful dictionary source! suggest search terms
Librarians can really help!
Habits of mind apply to research suggest search terms