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Building Blocks: Techniques for Searching Online Databases These study notes are intended to introduce you to the "building block" technique for searching online databases. The "building block" technique is applicable to most online databases. In doing a "building block" approach to searching online databases, you will use the following tools: Boolean operators The search history Truncation Viewing the results of searches Keeping the results of searches Our hope is that, by the time you are ready to tackle your formal report, you will be skilled enough to find valuable scholarly research with relative ease. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with Galileo. Galileo Tutorial Conducting a sample keyword search in Academic Search Premier (ASP). Choose a topic that relates to your intended area of research for your formal report project After you have finished conducting the search, take a moment to think how you might be able to apply the technique to searches for information about your research interests. Do not reduce this to a “just get it done” exercise. Plan to apply incorporate it into your personal library toolbox. Make a mental note of the number (not exact!) of times you do NOT see “HTML Full Text” or “PDF Full Text” appended to the citation in the list of results. If the “… Full Text” does not appear, the article is not available online in full text. o Which format makes it easier for you to skip to specific sections of the article? o Which one displays the tables better? o Which one loaded more quickly?
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Searching Online Databases: An All-Purpose Guide Searching a Database Is NOT a Linear, One-Shot Process 1. Break your research topic into two or three basic concepts. 2. Decide which database is most likely to provide appropriate information on your topic. 3. Learn the "conventions" of the database(s) you plan to search. Study the database screens, use the "Help" section of the database itself, and/or ask your KSU librarians for suggestions. 4. Find words or phrases to express each of the concepts.
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