Library 150: Week 3
October 6, 2006
In Class Exercise II
Reference book from Reference
Redo check minuses
Scholarly vs. Popular
What is a database?
Types of databases
Choosing a database
Using ILLiad to request articles
Broaden Your Search
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
Narrow Your Search
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)
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?
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
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
Fields Time period covered
limiting Items indexed
Display Searching capabilities
Results Citations, abstracts, or
Evaluating your Results
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,
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?
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
Purpose or use of article
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