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Computer Literacy in an information-rich environment W einberg M emorial L ibrary CYBER SEARCH STRATEGIES USING “WEB BASED” DATABASES Paralyzed by Information Overload The problem is not having enough information but having too much In various formats Not all of equal value

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computer literacy in an information rich environment

Computer Literacy in an information-rich environment

Weinberg

Memorial

Library

CYBER SEARCH STRATEGIES

USING “WEB BASED” DATABASES

paralyzed by information overload
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?
skills needed to execute an effective search strategy
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

i dentifying k ey words k ey c oncepts
Identifying key words/key concepts
  • What is a keyword/key concept?
  • Identify YOUR keyword/key concepts.
  • Identify
    • synonyms
        • acronyms
          • variations in spelling
demystifying projects assignments term papers speeches
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?

first keyword key concepts
First keyword/key concepts
  • TV
  • TV
  • Television
  • Television
  • TV or Television
  • TV or Television
second key word key concepts
Second key word/key concepts
  • Child
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Adolescent
  • Teenager
third key word key concept
Third key word/key concept
  • Violence
  • Crime
  • Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Violence
  • Crime
  • Abuse
  • Bullying
fourth key word key concept
Fourth key word/key concept
  • Behavior
    • Behaviour
        • Actions
boolean searching
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

combining search term results
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:
t runcation s ymbols
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!

what database s could you use
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

appropriate databases
Appropriate Databases?

Electronic Databases

  • Remember there isNO standard database.
  • * Databases may look alike, but their content can vary.
how do i identify sources
How do I identify sources?
  • PRIMARY?
      • SECONDARY?
          • TERTIARY?

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

time running out
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
c omputer i nformation l iteracy lab schedule
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)

c omputer s cience i nformation l iteracy p ower p oint p resentation

Computer Science/Information Literacy PowerPoint Presentation

Consultants: Information Literacy Team,

Weinberg Memorial Library

Revised October 18, 2006