Research Skills-. Important information for tackling your 1st Research Skills paper! By Mrs. Ricker. Searching PHS’s Catalog & Databases & the Internet. Keywords-Using them to search the library’s online catalog, databases and the internet. How to use the library’s online catalog.
Important information for tackling your 1st Research Skills paper!
By Mrs. Ricker
How to use the library’s online catalog.
How to find a book on the shelf after finding it on the computer.
What is an index?
How do you use an index?
Website through city/school: http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/school/phs/library.htm
New library wiki: http://portsmouthhighschoollibrary.wikispaces.com/
Library Moodle: http://moodle.portsmouth.k12.nh.us/
Basic Research:-Try using the encyclopedias for beginning research on a topic for background information-When using subject encyclopedias and books/reference materials that include a lot of general information look for the table of contents or the index, in the back or front of the book to help locate your specific topic or keyword
Economy Job creation
Human Rights Genetic Engineering
War Teen Pregnancy Global Warming Religion
Endangered Species Obama
What other keywords could you use?
For example, if you are searching for a person or event and cannot find it, try searching the keyword that is the UMBRELLA for the person or event you are trying to find. Cannot find results for “energy efficiency”, try another search with the broader umbrella term.
What is a Boolean Search/Operator?
AND example: Portland and Oregon
OR example: liberal or democrat (like synonyms)
NOT example: Oregon not travel
New York Times Google Search-
NYT uses the Google search engine to search their own site, not outside the NYT site www.nytimes.com
The Google search allows more results, Boolean searching, book searches, scholar (journal articles), patents, images, blog searches etc. And the results pages are collected by popularity
--100s of factors such as the ones mentioned above are included in the Google searching
Primary Sources-Information/documents created during the time period the event occurred or the person lived
Examples: legal documents, speeches, diaries, interviews
*Ebscohost has some Primary Sources and many public and academic libraries have these sources or access to them as well
Remember to Click on “Full-Text”
Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources
Pro/Con articles on controversial issues
Both sides are represented in multiple articles
Search using keywords
Good resource for background information or common opinions on your topics
New York Times