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					HIST 300: Search Strategy
 April Duncan, Reference Librarian
         Langsdale Library
        aduncan@ubalt.edu
          410-837-4269
     Originally presented by Tamara Smith, on 9/11/08
         Plan for Today
• Search Strategy
• Historical Research
• Getting Articles
• Activity: Learn a Database
• Wrap-up
• 5-minute Evaluation (for library)



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Traditional Search Strategy
Research Question:


How has women’s suffrage
 changed politics in 20th
 century America?



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 Traditional Search Strategy
  Women’s      politics      20th     America
  suffrage                 Century

voting       elections     1900’s    U.S.

Women’s      legislation   modern    United
rights                               States
19th         politicians             Americans
Amendment




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      Search Statement

“Women’s suffrage” AND politic*

suffrage AND politic* AND twentieth
century

“Women’s rights” AND legislat* AND
america



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      Boolean Operators
• AND: joins concepts/ideas together
  (both/all)
• OR: combines synonyms or related
  terms (either/any)




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    Combining Keywords
• Nesting: combine like terms in
  parentheses; used to combine
  synonyms
• Truncation (*): special symbol
  used to represent missing
  letters; used in place of retyping
  an entire word

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   Combining Keywords

(“women’s suffrage” OR “women’s
rights”) AND
(politic* OR legislat*) AND
“twentieth century” AND (“United
States” or America*)




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     Historical Research
Research Topic:


Write a biographical essay about
 Lucy Stone and her place in
 American History.



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     Historical Research
What we know:
• American
What we need to know:
• Where in America?
• Known for what?
• When in history?


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     Historical Research
Where to start?
• Textbook
• Encyclopedia
• Wikipedia
• Search engine
• Database


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      Historical Research
Lucy Stone
• Born 1818
• Grew up in Massachusetts




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 Historical Research
Not finding what you want?


           +



      Get creative!

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       Historical Research
Keywords
• Names
  – Lucy Stone
  – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.
    Anthony
  – Alice Stone Blackwell
• Places
  – Massachusetts; New Jersey
  – United States
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      Historical Research
Keywords
• Events
  – 1869: Schism between feminist parties
• Topics
  – Suffrage
  – National American Woman Suffrage
    Association
  – Women’s rights movement


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   Finding Journal Articles
Subject-Specific Databases:
• America: History and Life
• Humanities International Complete
• JSTOR (full text access for part of
  the database)




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   Finding Journal Articles
General Databases:
• Academic Search Premier
• Historical Newspapers
• Lexis-Nexis Academic




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   Getting to the Full Text
Do we own it?
• Find It button
• Journal Finder




If we don’t own it, use ILL

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Questions?
 In-Class Exercise:
Learning a Database
             Wrap-Up
• If your topic is too broad, add
  another concept (AND)
• If your topic is too narrow, add
  synonyms and related terms (OR)
• When doing historical research, be
  creative (related people, topics,
  places, etc.)
• Different databases = different
  results (try more than one)
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           Thank You!
Reference Help:
 Phone: 410-837-4274
 E-mail: langref@ubalt.edu
 IM: ublangsdale

HIST 300 Course Page:
http://langsdale.ubalt.edu/howto/cour
  se_websites/fa08/hist300_nix.htm
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         Photo Credits
Lucy Stone:
Encyclopædia Britannica. 2008.
 Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
 15 Sept. 2008 <http://www.search.
 eb.com/eb/article-9069801>.




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