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LIS 6120 Working With Databases Fall 2008

LIS 6120 Working With Databases Fall 2008

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Published by Michael Sensiba
Presentation to Dr. Hermina Anghelescu's LIS 6120 class, Sept. 15, 2008
Presentation to Dr. Hermina Anghelescu's LIS 6120 class, Sept. 15, 2008

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Working with Databases

LIS 6120 Michael Sensiba

Articles and Databases at WSU

Some Key Terms
Citation Abstract Full-Text Scholarly Peer-reviewed

Keyword vs. Controlled Vocabulary Searches
KEYWORD Relevant Irrelevant Include Some Yes Exclude Yes No
Keyword searches are a useful, but sometimes blunt tool. Information professionals use controlled vocabulary when appropriate.

CONTROLLED VOCAB Include Exclude Relevant Yes No Irrelevant No Yes

Controlled Vocabularies in Practice
General Database

Example: Proquest Research Library Example: ERIC (FirstSearch) Example: ERIC (CSA)

Subject-Specific Database
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Federated Searching
Searches more than one database at a time We use “Central Search” by Serials Solutions (and Research Pro in Encore) What do you gain? What do you lose? Example: Search for “Magellan.” Note clustering of results

Strategies for Searching
Conduct a Reference Interview (even of yourself) Begin with the user’s terms Number of terms is proportional to focus Number of terms is inversely proportional to quantity of results Learn about the topic (web, reference works) Massage your search terms
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Read abstracts for clues Break problem down into concepts and alternate terms Use and understand controlled vocabulary

More Strategies for Searching
Use Search History function, if available Exclude unwanted contexts Use truncation, wildcards and alternate spellings Find similar material from an example (“citation pearl growing”) Refine your search Document the process

General Databases
Proquest Research Library Academic OneFile Wilson Select Plus LexisNexis Academic Universe Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center CQ Researcher SIRS Researcher
General databases are a result of the rise of the electronic database. They did not really have an analog in the print world.

Resources for the LIS Profession
WorldCat FirstSearch Books in Print Proprietary Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory
Proprietary

Library Literature HW Wilson Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) CSA Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) Ebscohost

Subject-Specific Databases
ERIC (Education) FirstSearch and CSA BioOne (Biology) Proprietary Sociological Abstracts (Social Sciences) CSA ACM Digital Library (Computer Science) Proprietary ABI/INFORM (Business) Proquest America: History and Life (History) Ebscohost ScienceDirect (Science) ScienceDirect MLA Bibliography (Literature, Languages) CSA Engineering Village (Engineering) Proprietary MathSciNet (Mathematics) Proprietary Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Arts, Humanities) ISI MEDLINE (Medicine, Psychology) Proprietary PAIS International (Political Science) CSA Web of Science ISI

Working with Databases
Find appropriate databases (and alternatives) for the task Note the database’s user interface
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For beginners For advanced users Learn the interfaces of the major vendors

Explore and use controlled vocabulary functions Find help/tutorials, and use them Use test searches Know about the “extras” offered, including printing, emailing and exporting Work with your link resolver (e.g., ArticleLinker)

Article Linker

ArticleReach
ArticleReach allows sharing journal articles between each institution quickly and with little library staff intervention allowing you to get your information more directly. It also allows us to deliver articles from journals within the WSULS collections, saving you a trip to the library shelves. Joining Wayne State University in this project are Michigan State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oregon, Washington State University, Washington University in St. Louis, Georgetown University, Glasgow University (Scotland), and the University of Liverpool (England). The consortium will soon expand to include the University of Queensland (Australia), and the Australian National University.

Encore – A new discovery tool

More information...

Library Homepage: http://www.lib.wayne.edu LIS Subject Guide: Library & Information Science LIS Orientation: “ 20 things LIS students should know about the Library ” Library Catalog Widgets: Example Resource Sharing in Michigan: Google Docs

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