UNIV001C: Introduction to University Life Information Competency Assignment Choosing the Right Database A successful researcher knows WHERE to look for information and how to access it! Use the Meriam Library ReSEARCH Station. Choose “Search for Journal Articles” Choose the BEST database to answer each of the questions below. Write the database name below the question with a one-sentence explanation as to why you chose that database. For TWO of the questions (your choice which two) pick the best database and actually do a search for an article that would be useful. Find the useful article and print out the first page. Most of these will NOT be full text databases so you will have to find the journal in the library. !DO NOT USE ACADEMIC SEARCH! 1. The guy across the street says he spent time in Vietnam and keeps mentioning something about the Tet offensive. What database can you check to find an article to tell you what this was? 2. You are studying to be an elementary school teacher and are doing your student teaching at East Biggs Elementary. Yesterday the kids were shooting spit wads at you. Name the best database to find articles on how to control your classroom. 3. You are getting ready to interview for a job with Nike. You don’t know anything about the company or the sporting goods industry. Name a database you could use to find articles about the company and the industry so you don’t look stupid during the interview. 4. Your friend, Hans, has been looking pretty pumped up lately. Turns out he’s using steroids. He says they’re not dangerous. Name a database you could search to find articles that will prove him wrong. 5.You have to do a debate in your speech class on cloning. You are going to argue the pro side and convince the class that several clones of you would be a good thing. Name a database you could use to help you argue the moral and ethical implications of cloning. 6. Great Aunt Agnes called to complain about her bunions again. You’re so tired of listening to her you’ve decided to email her some articles about bunion surgery. Name a database you can use to find the medical information you need to help her so she’ll take care of the problem and stop calling. 7. Your roommate has an idea to save money on the PG&E bill by building or buying a windmill for the backyard. He knows you’re taking UNIV001C and has asked you to direct him to an article about how to use a windmill. What database would you send him to? 8. You are dating the son of a prominent pig farmer. You would like to appear knowledgeable about raising pigs in order to impress him. Name the best database you could use to find articles about pig raising and pig nutrition. 9. At Bidwell Perk the other day some people at your table were talking about a sculptor named Noguchi and you didn’t want to admit you had never heard of him. You want to make sure you have a little more information, in case the topic comes up again. Name a database you could use to find information about the artist Noguchi. 10. Your Mom thinks your little brother is going to be a juvenile delinquent because he spends a lot of time playing Mortal Kombat and other violent video games. Name a database you could use to find articles that will either make her feel better or confirm her worst nightmares. 11. Your English teacher keeps quoting poetry from some poet by the name of Yeats. She is going to give extra credit to anybody who can discuss the poem Leda and the Swan with her after class next Tuesday. You read the poem but still don’t have the slightest idea of what it’s about. Name the best database to find critiques of the poem so you sound like you know what you’re talking about.