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					Finding Articles

Chisa Uyeki
Library 150: Week 3
October 6, 2006
Getting Started

   In Class Exercise II
       Following directions
       Reference book from Reference
       Stop words
       Redo check minuses
Today’s Class:
   Database Searching
       Scholarly vs. Popular
       What is a database?
            Types of databases
       Choosing a database
       Article citations
       Using ILLiad to request articles
   Evaluating results
   Questions (anytime)
Broaden Your Search
   Use OR
       with synonyms, alternative terms
            teenagers OR adolescents
       to include related terms
            cigarette* OR smoking OR tobacco
   Use a more general term
       (go from coffee to beverage)
   Search by Keyword
   Use truncation
Narrow Your Search
   AND
       retrieves only items where the two concepts
          Example: smoking AND teenagers

   Use Advanced Search to limit by
       place (United States, California, etc.)
       format (printed materials, scholarly articles,
       time period (last 5 years)
       language (English)
       Person or group of people (girls, Asian
Scholarly or Popular
           How do you know if its scholarly?

      Magazines = entertainment, current events
          Journals = research and analysis

     Check the databases for information
     Bibliographies or reference lists
     Author (scholar? Professor? Analyst?)
     Affiliation and publisher? Scholarly association?
      University press?
     Abstracts
     Title can be a good hint.
Finding articles by subject
   The Catalog shows journal, magazines &
    newspaper we can access
    it   Does Not show the articles in them.
   To find articles, use a database to:
        Electronically search for relevant articles
        Note: the dbases cover more journals than the
         Library carries
What is a database?

A collection of information
organized for easy access
and searchable by specific
fields like author and title.
  Selecting the right Database
Commonalities       Differences
     Searching          Subjects
        Fields          Time period covered
        limiting        Items indexed
     Display            Searching capabilities
     Results            Citations, abstracts, or
        Print            full-text
        Email

        Download
Evaluating your Results
Critical evaluation:
 Who created it? (authority)

 For whom? (audience)

 When was it created? (currency)

 What does it include? (scope &
 How does it relate to other works?

 Does it help answer your question?
Adapted from Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe’s “Evaluation of Information”
1. How do you get to this database?
2. What types of materials can you find with this
   database? (e.g., journal articles, books, book reviews,
   web pages?)
3. What subject(s) or discipline(s) does this database
4. Can you browse journals contained in the database?
5. Are there basic search, advanced search and expert
6. Is this database searching by phrase or word by
   word? How can you tell?
7. Can you use Boolean Operators? Which ones?

8. Can you limit your search by material type?
Academic Search Premier
#1: Michelle, Miriam, Maria
#2: Noe, Jessica, Melissa

ABI Inform Global
#only: Luz, Lamar, Yelena

Social Science Abstracts
#1: Lekeith, Jessica, Esmeralda
#2: Karen, Deisy, Gabby
Exercise part 2
9. What field does this database search automatically?
  What are other search fields
10. Can you limit your search by certain journals or limit
  your search by journals of certain subject?
11. Can you choose how your articles are displayed?
12. How the article is displayed ( in HTML, Word or PDF
13. Can you get full text articles in this database? If not,
  how can you get the full-text article you need?
14. Can you email, save or print your search results?
15. Is there a help page?
16. Are there any unique features you would use?
Assignment 1
   Find 1 scholarly journal article and 1 popular
    magazine/or newspaper article on your topic.
   Full APA citations for both articles
   print out first page
   Compare and contrast the two articles in the
    following areas:
       Authorship
       Intended audience
       Language used
       Bibliography
       Publication schedule
       Purpose or use of article
Grading Criteria

   Worth 25 points
   Points awarded based on the following:
       Accuracy of citations
       Thoughtfulness, clarity and specificity of
       Adherence to categories and guidelines
       Overall considerations of grammar and

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