Article Databases Advice
(Badke p. 93-94)
– Stay calm
– Stay focused
– Read the directions
– Plan your strategy
– Ask for help if you need it
Strategies for Article Databases
– Have your keywords and subject headings ready
– Choose a database: general or subject-specific?
– Use your advanced strategies: Boolean, truncation (*), quotation marks
– Use the database limiters to narrow your results
InterLibrary Loan for Students
The Library now offers InterLibrary Loan (ILL) for Students. If you are interested in an article that is not available in full text in our databases, click the Find It button to see if it’s available in another database we own. If not, you can request a copy using ILL.
To use ILL you’ll need to create an account, which takes a few minutes. Link through the Find It window or you can create an account on the Library’s website by clicking Student Services –> InterLibrary Loan –> signup. Or go directly to the sign up page: http://citytech.cuny.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/FirstTime.html
If you have any questions about ILL, please ask me!
If you’d like to refer back to our class discussions on the research process, here are the powerpoint notes:
Thu 10/14: LIB1201_1014
Tue 10/19: LIB1201_1019
Also, here’s a link to Bubbl.us, the online tool we used for creating concept maps in class on 10/14: http://bubbl.us. It’s a great tool for brainstorming, too, which might be helpful as we begin to create search strategies.
And speaking of search strategies, here’s the information search worksheet we used in class on 10/19: LIB1201_infoworksheet
In class we discussed search mechanics: databases, search engines and a bit on search strategies (we will spend more time on this in the coming weeks).
• How Google Works is a short video by Google which works well with the content of the Liddy article: http://www.google.com/howgoogleworks/.
• This image may also be useful for understanding how Google searches the internet: http://ppcblog.com/how-google-works/
• Yippy is a clustering search engine (mentioned in Badke Ch. 4 as Clusty): http://www.yippy.com
• Quintura bills itself as a visual search engine: http://quintura.com/
• Searching the library catalog from the Queens Public Library returns 3 kinds of results: a visual depiction of subject headings (like Quintura), the list of books/other media themselves, and a list of subject headings, formats, dates, etc. (similar to Clusty): http://queenslibrary.org/
• During our searching session in class, Richard found a search engine called Zuula that aggregates results from many search engines, including Google, Yahoo, etc.: http://zuula.com/
Here are the powerpoint notes from the first part of the class: LIB1201_1007 (PDF)