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Library - Information Literacy Workshop

Get better search results in Questia with these tips!
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Roxy Yuen

on 15 October 2014

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Database Search Strategies
How does this look in EBSCO?
How does this look in EBSCO?
Boolean Operators
Connect your search terms to narrow or broaden your set of results.
1. "OR" operator
2. "AND" operator
Using AND
Use AND in a search to:
narrow your results
tell the database that ALL search terms must be present in the results
Example: Gun Control AND Violence
Gun Control
Violence
Gun Control
AND
Violence
You may want to use phrase searching (quotation marks) to make your results more specific.
Using OR
Use OR in a search to:
connect two or more similar concepts (synonyms)
broaden your results, telling the database that ANY of your search terms can be present in the resulting records
Example: Firearm OR Gun
firearm
OR
Gun
all results will contain one, or both, terms
Questions? Ask a Librarian!
Visit us at Phillips Library
Chat with us online: http://aurora.libanswers.com/
Text us: 630.708.6135
Call us: 630.844.7534
Email us: libref@aurora.edu
Ask Yourself
1. What do you need?
This Workshop will cover:
- Getting to know "database v.s. online resources"
- Going through the research process
- Doing the searching effectively
2. Where will you look?
3. How will you find it?
4. Get the material
Identify the Type and level of Information You need
Let's look at some sources that you may rely on!
Textbook
Reports
Researches
Websites? Google? Wiki?
Level of Information Required?
- to fill in your understanding
=>Introductory Material

- Expand the points in your argument by data
- Illustrate related theories
=> Critical and Overview Sources

Where can you find them?
Define your research topic

= Create a Project
Search for relevant resources
Read the materials, make notes, highlight interesting passages
Write your paper, create Citations
Data analysis,
View Markups,
Draw Conclusion
SHOULD U.S. CITIZENS BE BANNED OR SHOULD EVERY CITIZEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO CARRY A FIREARM?
Current Situation in US?
Many ideas generated......
firearm
United States
Gun Control
USA
FBI
Safety School
homicide
Crime Prevention
To narrow down your search
To connect various pieces of information to find exactly what you're looking for
Scholarly reviewed Articles
Too many results?
Use subject Search
V.S.
Subject Search V.S. Keyword Search
80 - 20 Principle (Pareto principle)
80% time spent researching, developing, organizing, planning,data gathering
20% of time spent writing; 100% of mark comes from this.
3 Methods to
modify the search results
1. Subject Search
2. Boolean Operators
3. Citation Searching
You get more Ideas....
Relationship between Firearm Prevalence and Social Capital among the teenagers in USA
SHOULD U.S. CITIZENS BE BANNED OR SHOULD EVERY CITIZEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO CARRY A FIREARM?
Historical Aspect
Econ Aspect
political Aspect
psychological Aspect
Social Capital Theories
Tell yourself that the results should be less than 5 pages. Otherwise, you will spend thousands years to read.
Sociological Aspect
Again....
Theories -
Social Capital
- Formal Connectedness
(e.g. attend Rotary Club)

- Information Connectedness
(e.g. Playing cards, chitchat with your friends)

- Mutual Trust

Data Gathering-
Questions to Ask
- "Frequency on community
Project meetings"

- "Time you spend with your friends everyday"

- Do you agree on "most people are honest"?

- Control variables: "Do you own a gun?"
Your Analysis and Conclusion
Questions? Ask Roxy!
Visit the Library!
Email us: library@hk.ycef.com
To modify your search here
Citation
A written reference to a specific work or portion of a work (book, article, dissertation, report, musical composition, etc.) produced by a particular author, editor, composer, etc., clearly identifying the document in which the work is to be found. The frequency with which a work is cited is sometimes considered a measure of its importance in the literature of the field. Citation format varies from one field of study to another but includes at a minimum author, title, and publication date. An incomplete citation can make a source difficult, if not impossible, to locate. (ODLIS, 2013)
Citation Searching
1) Backward citation searching

2) Forward citation searching
1) Backward citation searching
The list of works cited by a scholar gives you a snapshot of the thinking and research available at the time the research was published. It tells you what sources, ideas, theories have shaped and influenced a researcher. Looking at the list of all sources cited by an author is called 'backward citation searching'.
Google
EBSCO host database
2) Forward citation searching
Finding out whether an article was cited by authors after its publication will help you assess the importance of that article and how it has shaped subsequent research and scholarship.
Google Scholar:
www.questiaschool.com

ID: XXXX@hk.ycef.com
PW: hkycis
http://infoweb.newsbank.com/
ID: yewchung
PW: yewchung
http://www.questiaschool.com/
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