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  1. Computer Literacy in an information-rich environment Weinberg Memorial Library CYBER SEARCH STRATEGIES USING “WEB BASED” DATABASES

  2. 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

  3. WHY • Information on the World Wide Web doubles every three months. • Good • Bad • Ugly • Can YOU keep up?

  4. 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

  5. Identifying key words/key concepts • What is a keyword/key concept? • Identify YOUR keyword/key concepts. • Identify • synonyms • acronyms • variations in spelling

  6. 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?

  7. First keyword/key concepts • TV • TV • Television • Television • TV or Television • TV or Television

  8. Second key word/key concepts • Child • Children • Youth • Adolescent • Teenager

  9. Third key word/key concept • Violence • Crime • Abuse • Bullying • Violence • Crime • Abuse • Bullying

  10. Fourth key word/key concept • Behavior • Behaviour • Actions

  11. Boolean Searching Boolean Searching allows you to combine key words/key concepts by using three “operators”. These operators are: • AND • OR • NOT

  12. 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

  13. Boolean Operator AND Television Children

  14. 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

  15. The OR operator is used to BROADEN a search. FOR EXAMPLE: TV OR TELEVISION TEENAGER OR ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR OR BEHAVIOUR Our Catalog

  16. Boolean Operator OR Television TV

  17. 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

  18. Boolean Operator NOT Advertising Television

  19. 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

  20. 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:

  21. 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!

  22. 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

  23. Appropriate Databases? Electronic Databases • Remember there isNO standard database. • * Databases may look alike, but their content can vary.

  24. How do I identify sources? • PRIMARY? • SECONDARY? • TERTIARY? http://www.library.cqu.edu.au/learning-objects/levels-info.htm

  25. 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

  26. 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)

  27. Computer Science/Information Literacy PowerPoint Presentation Consultants: Information Literacy Team, Weinberg Memorial Library Revised October 18, 2006