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“It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer”.   ~Albert Einstein. EP004 Information Literacy & Research Skills. Semester I , 2012 Week 7 / Lecture 6. Outcomes. Refine library catalogue and summon searches Use a basic database search and refine it

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Ep004 information literacy research skills

“It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer”.  ~Albert Einstein

EP004Information Literacy &Research Skills

Semester I, 2012

Week 7 / Lecture 6


  • Refine library catalogue and summon searches

  • Use a basic database search and refine it

  • Explain the difference between an abstract and full text

  • Identify the purpose of using an abstract and a full text article

Review referencing direct quotes and paraphrases
Review Referencing Direct Quotes and Paraphrases

  • What is a quote?

  • Find the examples of how to reference a quote in your reference guide.

  • What is a paraphrase?

  • Find the examples of how to reference a paraphrase in your reference guide.

Refining library catalogue and summon searches
Refining Library Catalogue and Summon Searches

Show and Tell


Database searches
Database Searches

  • What is a database?

  • How are can they be accessed through the Library page?

  • How are they organised?

    • Subject Guides

    • Database search


  • A database contains a large collection of Journals and journal articles.

  • It is like a huge catalogue

  • The Journals and articles must go through rigorous reviewing to ensure the content is academic, reputable and properly substantiated by research (empirical evidence)

  • Databases may contain content for a large variety of subject areas or they may focus on particular subject areas (Medicine, Law, Education etc)

Searching databases
Searching Databases

Library page

How many ways can you search databases on the library page?

Where are they?

Which database do you use?

Refining the search cont d
Refining the Search cont’d

Class Questions:

  • What is the difference between abstracts and full text

  • Which would you use – when & why?

Abstracts vs full text 1
Abstracts vs Full Text [1]

  • An abstract is a structured summary of the article. It includes

    • A description of area being researched and why

    • Brief summary of the research methods and sample

    • The findings or outcomes of the research

  • Full Text – means the whole article is available online for your to download/read/use

Abstracts vs full text 2
Abstracts vs Full Text [2]

  • Use abstract to select your relevant article.

    • Does thesis statement support your topic?

    • Is it researching the area you are focusing on?

    • Do the results/findings support the view of your essay?

    • Collect citation information for referencing

  • Use full text version to gain information, quotes, evidence etc.

    • Gain new and deeper understandings of the topic.

    • Use understandings to support the ideas in your essay (paraphrase new understandings).

    • Obtain quotes and information for referencing.

Refining the search
Refining the Search

You have skimmed through your abstracts and find that your search is too broad or not getting the results you want.

  • What are the ways you can refine your search?

  • Go to a basic database search and list the ways you can refine a search.

Nicis teams


  • Form teams of four

  • Each person will choose a different database

    • Conduct a search

    • Compare results – who came up with the most relevant results?

    • Now find out how you can refine your search

    • Conduct your refined search.

    • Compare the methods you used and the results you got with your team members

    • Who had the most effective search and why?

    • Choose an article and find the citation/reference details


  • Find EBSCO

  • What is EBSCO?

  • Find the EBSCO tutorial on how to conduct a basic search.

  • Use this to conduct a basic search – use your EP003 topic.


  • Explain the difference between an abstract and full text

  • How can the abstract help you when searching?

  • What a some ways you can refine a catalogue, summon and database search?

  • How can you learn to use EBSCO more efficiently?

Assessment details
Assessment Details


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Directed study homework
Directed Study / Homework


Each student will write a task that will help them review one aspect or skill we have covered (including this weeks tasks)

Upload to Edmodo or your class wiki/blog