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Searching Strategies. Walden University Library. Introductions!. Nykol Eystad (speaking) Sommer Berg (chatting) QUESTIONS? Type them in the “Questions” box. This presentation is a live webcast of my computer

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searching strategies

Searching Strategies

Walden University Library

introductions
Introductions!
  • Nykol Eystad (speaking)
  • Sommer Berg (chatting)
  • QUESTIONS?
  • Type them in the “Questions” box
slide3
This presentation is a live webcast of my computer
  • I’ll switch between PowerPoint and the Internet so you can watch me search databases
  • You will not be able to interact (click, scroll, type, etc.) with the browser
  • GoTo Webinar menu buttons will stay on the right side of your screen
  • This webinar will be archived for later viewing
agenda
Agenda
  • Computers can’t think
  • Keyword searching in context
  • Indexes and Subject Headings
  • Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT)
  • Q & A
computers can t think
Computers can’t think
  • Search engines have gotten better, but no search tool is as smart as you
  • Computers don’t understand the context or meaning of human language
  • Search engines are “literal minded” – what you put in is what you get out

Nonprofit

Nonprofit

Nonprofit

Not for profit

when searching for pop
When searching for “pop”…

You find:

You miss:

Soda

Coke

Pop

Soft

Drinks

Soda

Pop

Pop

Music

Mom &

Pop

Corner

Stores

keyword searching
Keyword searching
  • Keyword searching – the default almost anywhere – will look “everywhere” for your search terms, including: author names, summaries and sometimes even full text of an article (or book or website, etc.)
  • Keyword searching ignores context – unless we tell it otherwise…
i indexes
I ♡ Indexes
  • Sometimes a successful search is all about finding the right word or phrase to describe your topic
  • Subject indexes can be an invaluable tool for searching on a topic
boolean operators
Boolean Operators
  • AND
    • Will only return results with both terms
    • Always makes a search more specific – fewer results
  • OR
    • Either term is OK, they don’t have to appear together
    • Always broadens your search – more results
  • NOT
    • Will not return search results that have the term listed after “NOT”
    • Good for narrowing searches; getting rid of results you don’t want
review
Review
  • Keyword search: the issue of context
  • Subject Headings: explore terms
  • Boolean operators: complex searches