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Assignment-Related Research Sessions: Descriptions and Objectives

Searching Basics [hands-on] (50 min)

Description: This session is a hands-on experience for undergraduate students tailored to meet their needs for completing a specific research assignment. Students will be introduced to relevant online databases for finding materials (the library catalog, e-books and articles) and provided tips and effective strategies for searching and retreiving materials. This session does not include on overview of Document Delivery services.
Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, students should know:
  • How to access the libraries' online databases from home
  • How to develop an effective keyword search using key terms and synonyms, the Boolean 'and' and truncation devices if needed
  • How to locate relevant books and e-books using the library's online catalog
  • How to locate relevant articles using article databases
  • How to retrieve full-text articles
  • How to use 'FindIt!' to locate articles that might be full-text in another database or in our print collection
  • How to e-mail citations or articles to themselves
  • How to find 'Scholarly' or 'Peer-reviewed' articles
  • How to use limiters to limit searches by such things as date, type of material (newspaper, periodical, book chapters) or full-text

Specialized Research (50-75 min)

Description: A more advanced session for upper division courses. This session is tailored to meet students' needs for completing a very intense research project or assignment. Students will be given a thorough review of more specialized subject databases, provided tips and effective strategies for searching in those databases and shown how to place an order for materials (Document Delivery) not available in our library collections.
Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, students should know:
  • How to access the libraries' online databases from home
  • How to develop an effective keyword search using key terms and synonyms, subject terms (descriptors), Boolean Operators 'and' 'or' 'not' and truncation/proximity devices
  • How to locate and use specialized subject databases
  • How to retrieve full-text articles
  • How to use 'FindIt!' to locate articles in another database or in our print collection
  • How to order articles not full-text using our Document Delivery service
  • How to e-mail citations or articles to themselves
  • How to locate 'Primary,' 'Peer-reviewed' or other specialized materials
  • How to use limiters to limit searches by such things as date, type of material (newspaper, periodical, book chapters) or full-text

Specialized Database (50 min)

Description: This session is focused on introducing students to the more complex and advanced features of a specific subject database such as SciFinder or Naxos Music in order to complete an assignment or project.
Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, students should know:
  • How to access the online database from home
  • Any special set up required on their computer for accessing the database
  • How the database is organized and the various searching methods (not just keyword) available for finding materials
  • Tips, devices and limiters for searching the database
  • How to retrieve full-text material when available
  • How to use 'FindIt!' to locate articles in another database or in our print collection
  • How to order articles not full-text using our Document Delivery service
  • How to e-mail citations or articles


 

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