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TalkingToDbs

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Carol Skalko

on 25 September 2013

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Transcript of TalkingToDbs

Talking to Databases
What is a database?
any large collection of information
Oxford English Dictionary
Keyword v. Subject
any significant word
all or numerous fields
relevance varies
specific word
subject field
highly relevant
Constructing a search
What are the health effects of global warming on humans?
("global warmng"
global warming
health effects
humans
Boolean Logic
AND
OR
NOT
synonyms or related word and terms
global warming - climate change
health effects - illness - disease
humans - people - human beings - Homo sepiens
Come up with a question/topic
Pick out important terms
Put the terms together
Think of other useful terms
Other limits
Other tools
quotation marks
capitalization
truncation
wild card
proximity limiters
scholarly
date
math
mathematics
mathematical
mathematician
math*
math?
wom?n
"climate change")
health
humans
OR
AND
AND
near
n4
within
w8
n/4
w/8
Carol Skalko
Reference Librarian
St. Catherine University
St. Paul, MN
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