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Search Strategies & Catalog Instruction. Frederic Murray Assistant Professor MLIS, University of British Columbia BA, Political Science, University of Iowa Instructional Services Librarian Al Harris Library frederic.murray@swosu.edu. Library Instruction in the Information Age.

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search strategies catalog instruction

Search Strategies & Catalog Instruction

Frederic Murray

Assistant Professor

MLIS, University of British Columbia

BA, Political Science, University of Iowa

Instructional Services Librarian

Al Harris Library

frederic.murray@swosu.edu

library instruction in the information age
Library Instruction in the Information Age
  • New Search Strategies are required
  • Critical evaluation is more important than ever
catalogs databases search engines
Catalogs, Databases, & Search Engines
  • A comprehensive list of the books, periodicals, maps, and other materials in a given collection.
  • A large, regularly updated file of digitized information related to a specific subject or field.
  • Computer software designed to help the user locate information available at sites on the World Wide Web by selecting categories from a hierarchical directory of subjects (example: Yahoo!) or by entering appropriate keywords or phrases (Google).
search techniques
Search Techniques
  • Keyword
  • Basic Boolean
identifying keywords
Identifying Keywords
  • Identify the significant terms and concepts that describe your topic from your thesis statement or research question.
  • These terms will become the key for searching catalogs, databases and search engines for information about your subject.
thesis statement
Thesis Statement

Advances in digital communication

have made online social networks an

integral part of daily life.

thesis statement1
Thesis Statement

Advances in digital communication

have made online social networks an

integral part of daily life.

how do i pick the right keywords
How do I pick the right keywords?
  • Here is an example of a visual word search tool:
    • Visuwords
    • Use Subject Headings
    • Use the suggestions made in the databases
    • Use keywords provided by abstracts
keyword phrases
Keyword Phrases
  • Single concept, multiple words
  • Some electronic resources require keyword phrases be enclosed with punctuation
    • Quotation marks – SWOSU Catalog
    • Parenthesis
thesis statement2
Thesis Statement

Advances in digital communication

have made online social networks an

integral part of daily life.

boolean
AND = Narrow

OR = Expand

Boolean
  • NOT = Exclude
boolean operators
Boolean Operators
  • Connect keywords only
  • Must be placedbetween keywords
  • AND
    • Narrows your search
  • OR
    • Expands your search with synonymous terms
  • NOT
    • Excludes words from your search
    • If used too much, it can work against you!
catalog finding books
Catalog: Finding books
  • Relevance
  • Keyword searching with Boolean operators
  • Limiters/Filters
  • Subject searching (hyperlinks)
dewey
Dewey
  • All of human knowledge is broken into Ten Major Categories
e books ebrary ebooks
E-Books: Ebrary/eBooks
  • 24/7
  • Full Text Searching*
  • Highlight Markup
  • Note Taking
  • Changeable Font Size
  • Online Bookshelf
  • Multiplicity of Use
exercise
Exercise
  • Catalog worksheet
    • SWOSU
    • WorldCat
    • Ebrary
credo reference
Credo Reference
  • Credo is easy to use
  • Locate background resources as well as books from the catalog and database articles.
  • Find it on the library web page

( Hint -Look Under the Fast Facts column)

( On the Right side of the screen)

questions
Questions?
  • Contact me:
    • Frederic Murray
      • 774-7113
      • frederic.murray@swosu.edu