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!
Subject / Topic
When might you use each?
Use the language and structure of the database to gather relevant material!
headings and database structure!
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
List of English “stop words”
Google ignores stop words and assumes an AND between words.
OR is generally used for synonyms or related words.
adolesc* child* teen*
BE CAREFUL when you stem: cat*
How many buffalo remain in the United States?
Can you create an effective
“two word” search?
From David Barr, formerly of IMSA
(Also phrase searching
Search / filter by media type
What types of sources does your instructor want you to cite:
and for full text
Librarians can really help!