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Developing a Search Strategy

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Kelly Boivin

on 20 August 2012

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Transcript of Developing a Search Strategy

Research, Step
Clarify your assignment Identify your information needs
Know where to look For factual, background, and overview information, try these sources: For in-depth information, research, and case studies, look for: Are you required to use certain types of sources? Are there some resources you are not permitted to use? Do you need
to use scholarly
or peer-reviewed journal articles? How current does your information need to be? What type of information are you looking for? (Such as books, articles, newspaper
articles, statistics, Web pages?) (For example: textbooks or Wikipedia.) Finding scholarly sources tutorial:
http://umf.maine.libguides.com/scholarly Keep in mind that information in
recent journals, magazines, and
newspapers will be more current than
the information in books. Factual?
Broad overview?
In depth?
Research or case studies?
Statistics? Does your topic cover more
than one subject or discipline? Who has the
you need online? Government (.gov)
Corporation (.com)
Organization (.org)
News Agency books
statistical resources Topic specific books
Research reports
Journal articles Developing a Search Strategy Do you need access to original, primary source documents? Archives
Special Collections Now that you know what you're looking for, To find books: To find
journal articles,
newspaper articles,
research reports: Which
should you search? library homepage URSUS
Catalog tab Databases tab A to Z list of databases Other ways to choose a database: You might want to start with a broad, general database JSTOR
Academic Search Complete ...but don't forget about subject specific databases. For complete results, search databases specific to all elements of your research. In the A-Z list, clicking on the icon next to the database will give you more information about the topics covered. (Art, History, Music, Medicine, Military, Psychology, Literature...we have all those and many, many more.) Still not sure which databases to search? Look for recommended databases in your course's library guide. Need more help finding and using resources? Ask us! If your course does not have a guide, look for a course with a similar subject, and refer to that guide. (It's what we're here for!) http://library.umf.maine.edu/ (Our online catalog) Such as: http://umf.maine.libguides.com/content.php?pid=129630&sid=1112031 Let's say you are researching marriage customs. Let's look at a quick example. Marriage Customs Sociology
Psychology Religion
Legal Anthropology
Philosophy Different
perspectives =
different resources. Information on marriage customs could be found in many places, depending on how you're looking at it. Step Step Step 1 2 3 here's how to find it. Not in the library? You will need a library card to access databases or request books online. Student id + library bar code = library card. Yes, you do have to come in to the library to get your bar code. 2 Our Finding Books Tutorial covers searching, ebooks, interlibrary loan, and more : http://umf.maine.libguides.com/FindBooks Mantor Library University of Maine at Farmington
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