How to Search for Information in the Library – Webinar Archive (June 2018)

How to Search for Information in the Library – Webinar Archive (June 2018)


all right well thank you all for coming
in tonight my name is Matt Stevons, and I’m the Director of Library Services for the
Purdue University Global Library and tonight we’re going to cover how to
search for information in the library. I really intended this webinar to be kind
of an all-in-one if you didn’t want to go through all of our shorter videos and
tutorials and information and documentation what you could do is sit
here and in this 50 minutes by the end of it you should feel just much more
comfortable with what is in the library what is an online library what do we
offer what are you gonna find and some help with how to find some some sort of
common things that you might need to locate in your studies so hopefully
over these 50 minutes here to an hour however long it takes if you really love
it we can go hunger but you’ll probably be tired by then but my hope is spending
an hour or a little less here will save you many times that in the future I is
my hope so in terms of what we’ll specifically cover in the presentation
resources and services offered by the Purdue global library navigating the
library website navigating and searching library databases and finding articles
from peer-reviewed journals which is something a lot of people end up being
asked for it some point so we’ll cover what even the peer-reviewed journal is
and then how you can limit to that when you’re searching and other files and
other source types as well in terms of the organization of the presentation I’m
gonna start off with some basically some slides it’s gonna be a little bit of a
PowerPoint presentation at first we’ll go over some major points and statistics
and information and then I’m actually gonna share my screen life sharing your
screen live is where you’re sometimes begging for a little bit of a punch in
the nose but with luck we won’t have any connection issues everything will work
great but it’ll be live in-studio I and you’ll be able to you know ask
questions at that time too and we can try try out some things but I also have
some things I want to demonstrate as I show you how to use a library website
and some resources so when we talk about the library we’re really looking at for
you two major areas and then overall library services three and I wouldn’t
head I wanted you to know everything we do and I decided to represent that kind
of in three circles so if you’re going to sort of divide library services up I
kind of like this because everything and what we do kind of funnels into what
that means what does a library mean when you’re online when you can’t walk into a
building and see shelves of books and study spaces and actually see a
librarian you know what do we actually do then well we provide and link to and
help curate a digital collection of information so that’s our information
collections a lot of these are provided by databases so that’s academic search
complete Westlaw campus research research ProQuest central all those
information sources all those websites that might be pretty new to you that
link to scholarly research that’s you know the big thing people think of when
they think of the library they think of resources and information but we also
provide student support we have a small but mighty team of librarians here to
help you and we create and link to and and curate its recorded support as well
so we have quite a few videos and tutorials I support articles FAQ
all sorts of things to help you at any time of the day finding information and
then we also help support faculty so your instructor in the classroom and
staff and and others that Purdue University global we are also therefore
here for them as well and assist them so those are the three major things
basically you can think of it as we’ve got sources and we’ve got services
and that’s why we call ourselves library services I if you’re thinking about how
big is the library’s collection which is mostly we’re gonna go over finding
information in our collection tonight I’ll also cover our services for a
little bit so you know how to get help we’ll spend most of our time on our
collection well what how big is it we have over 270,000 ebooks
we’ve got about we link to about 39,000 serials that also include some open
access titles that way information available on the web and also that we
subscribe to is available in one place that includes those so we linked over
39,000 serials a serial is could somebody give me some examples of a
serial and the chat this isn’t a trick question by the way just gotta make sure
you’re paying attention make sure you’re awake it’s getting late exactly you got it magazine or
periodical is kind of like another word for serial exactly that’s a form of
publication exactly so in terms of these forms of publication or you’ll actually
see in our databases they call it source types so out of these source types we’ve
got ebooks and then serials are kind of the two ways we’d sort of divide it up
in a simple way so you can get an idea of what we got and then we’ve got about
79 databases we subscribe to most of those are from a few different
vendors exco ProQuest Westlaw Gale you’ll see those there they’re images
and a lot even though they’re different collections and excuse me
in terms of downloads we got plenty of downloads I’ve actually got a slide now
about how often people use it but it divides about 76% or article downloads
about 23% or book downloads which i think is pretty good I think that makes
a lot of sense a lot of the terms here are 10 weeks or 6 weeks so articles make
a lot of sense that that’s sort of our bread and butter but we still get really
good usage out of the ebooks they might be thinking well does anybody use the
library yes people really do use the library
i it is not overlooked I’m very happy to say 2 point 4 1 million downloads last
year all these numbers are from 2017 I which averages to about 200 and 1,000
downloads a month about 2 million website visits and 2 million unique
searches so basically everything’s hovering around 2 million 2 million
website visits lead to 2 million searches which lead to a little bit more
than 2 million downloads our most popular journal was the American Journal
of Public Health and the most popular keyword was diabetes I forget how many
times it came out though is quite a few over the course of the year so when
people are doing research that’s sort of you can kind of see that the most
popular are health topics but we get a lot of use from criminal justice
business really all across the spectrum IT psychology definitely psychology we
get we see a lot of research and so so you know even though those are the most
popular we see use across the board now that’s not to say though that the
library is in competition with other forms of information that you might use
we like to think of ourselves as complementary and sort of a piece of the
puzzle in terms of your overall information network so we’re something
available to you during your academic studies
that’s especially made to help you in academic study so it’s we provide
sources that are generally provided to by a university for their Sturt students
and faculty during their studies because you know after you graduate unless you
go into academia you probably don’t need a heavy duty of an information sources
the library well you certainly have your Public Library and and other collections
and sources of information afterward but we academic libraries and academic
librarians really try to cultivate information specifically the
well it’s it’s at its most useful during for students in university getting their
undergraduate or graduate or doctoral degrees so we’re a piece of that puzzle
for a student but that you’ve also got information from your textbook your
personal experience websites search engines you know google class
information provided you to you in the classroom by your instructor can you
think of like any other sources of information that might be in your
information network exactly other students that was what I was fishing
forward Nancy you you win Denise yeah tutors and other staff at the University
exactly yeah yeah so you really got people that was the one that was the
become kind of question mark I was leaving in there you know I you know
friends and family your personal library so really your personal sources and
personal experience I you know any personal subscriptions you get favorite
things you already have so everything in there is is available to you and we
think we’re a key piece but you know don’t don’t forget we’re not the only
piece and sometimes even when you contact a librarian you know if it’s
maybe for a specific statistic sometimes will lead you to a website you know
sometimes we really do to the library it depends on your information meeting and
what you’re going for so you may think of like when do I use the library now
there’s more options than this but I tried to keep it to five or less because
if I wrote 20 things we would get really bored really fast reading all those 20
things but or more things but some kind of like major reasons you might come in
and use a library when you need evidence to prove your points using facts and
information is going to help you prove your arguments to the reader now your
reader most of the time is either fellow students if it’s a discussion board or
if it’s an assignment I that you put in the assignment drop
box than your instructor but you’ve gotta prove your points how do you prove
your points evidence and where can you find some of the best evidence in the
library because we have peer-reviewed research journals ebooks and all sorts
of information that you can’t find elsewhere
when you need to read literature in your field this is really important one and
I’m almost kind of kicking myself for not listing it at first because I think
that’s really if you get anything out of us it’s able to freely interface with
literature written by professionals in your actual field if you’re going into
criminal justice being able to read criminal justice publications written
for people that you’re going to be when you graduate by professionals for
professionals I it’s a great opportunity maybe even find some favorites along the
way and really see what people are writing about today so not just what’s
in your textbook but they’ve already taken those classes what do they write
about today what’s of concern to people doing business today in health sciences
today really reading professional literature is so important during during
your studies when you need to read peer-reviewed research articles so not
only is it in your field but it’s also peer reviewed peer reviewed research can
be challenging but there’s also very rewarding it’s usually on the cutting
edge and it’s going to be most people consider that to be the highest level of
evidence you can cite so sometimes a newspaper is fine depending on the
subject but if you cite something from a peer-reviewed journal especially once
you get to the graduate level or upper level undergraduate courses like 300 and
400 level you might certainly really need to cite peer-reviewed research
articles you can also use this when you need a book as you saw with the other
slides we have a lot of books so if you need a book hit us up we could help you
with that and and and I also wanted to admit when they make you sometimes
assignments make you cite something from the library it’ll say go find one thing
from the library but this is really an opportunity
because uh you know I I made this slide years ago and I keep using it I because
I just think it’s true reading it’s like that old saying Reading Is Fundamental
so reading smart things written by smart people it’s gonna make you smarter some
of that smart it’s gonna rub off I if you’re reading a book or if you’re
reading a peer-reviewed article or maybe from a trade publication which is like a
professional journal or even sometimes newspaper articles I mean you know in
York Times or something you’re if you read these things you’re gonna learn
that’s why we read that’s why we go to study at university and just so just
don’t forget that so when you read something that’s really dense and really
difficult I feel you you know I’ve read some really difficult journal or coals
in my day I had to wrap my brain around it or maybe I had too hard time
researching a specific thing uh but it’s really beneficial so don’t don’t forget
that you’re gonna get something out of it even if you don’t feel like it at the
time uh now you can get help with the library we have a search support site we
have a videos and tutorials section of our site course and subject guides and
we also have documentation that we link to from vendors and I’ll show you that
once we get in the demo section but basically if we’ve got all that
information we’re also here to help you too to help you connect with it and not
only do we try to link to and provide a lot of documentation but I
there’s also a staff to help you so like I said the beginning I’m the director I
also have two librarians on my staff and if you send us an email or you chat with
us when we’re available or set up an appointment we can do a phone call by
appointment if you like we can help you research your topic find the best
sources locate a specific citation like if you’re told to find something we can
help you find it and overall just reduce your search time try to save you time
just like how I said at the beginning spending time in here is gonna save you
time in the future you can also email us and that’ll save you some
headaches especially if you’re stuck now I’m going to in this next section this
is the last slide well second to last slide before I start sharing my screen
and just sort going around the website and showing you stuff so this is the TEL
part now I’m gonna do the show part if you remember anything though so these
are sort of instant notes before I start sharing my screen some my instant notes
for you are if you just remember anything out of this you can get to the
library from the portal or you can just go directly to library that Purdue
global that edu in fact if you just google Purdue global library I think we
should be the first result so we’re easy to get to number one the search section
is where you find information the support section is where you find help
and you can contact librarians directly for assistance but we also have plenty
of different videos tutorials and guides to help you – to help find the answers
on your own for those who like just sort of figuring it out yourself and there
you go so if you remember those things you’re gonna do pretty well and I
sometimes like to give a cheat sheet at the end but I’m gonna flip it we’re
gonna do it first and then that way you can if you need to take notes you can
but those are really sort of the essentials there so what I’m gonna do
search sharing my screen with Adobe Connect that’s sort of the the web
meeting software we’re using today it’s pretty neat because it does allow me to
share my screen however I’m gonna I might try to go a little slow every once
in a while because the audio I sometimes the video and audio fight if the audio
cuts out just let me know I can repeat what I just said i if at any point
especially if it’s happened already a few times if you do lose audio close out
and come back and that will usually take care of it and if something horrible
happens now this is only happened once and it happened to faculty so it was
really embarrassing because I was trying to impress them but my I just might web
browser crashed this is all through web browser
and software on my Mac and it exploded so if that does happen
just be patient I’ll be back in about three or four minutes it’ll take me
about three to four minutes to come back now that’s only happened once in 10
years that have been a librarian but it did happen that one time it happens to
you just be patient I’ll be back all right so now that I got that PSA out of
the way let’s start sharing my screen and that should show up there we go so
what you should see is the library homepage is that what you’re seeing
right now great all right so like I said before you can get to the library
website just by going to library that Purdue global ddu I’m also going to show
you it’s right on the portal homepage as well you can find us on the portal
homepage just click the little library link right next to it now there’s a
third place and I’m not going to show you that right now but if you go into
your classroom if you go into your classroom from your classroom click
content so that’s kind of how you get to all your units and then click academic
tools and you’ll see a library link there so that’s a third place you can
get to the library link there will actually be a short customized subject
guide or maybe a guy customized directly to your course – and sometimes we linked
at things like assigned readings there if we have some time at the end maybe
I’ll try to get in there show you that or at least I’ll show you how to find
those same subject guides through our Site Search but that’s the third part so
directly campus or from your classroom you can find us any
which way there now once you’re on the library homepage we’ve got the top
navigation right here with all the sort of different buckets that you can find all of our services and sources in we
also link to those same things over to the right these are pretty much the same
links that are under search I just put them in two different places so it’s
easy to get to so there’s no way you can miss where all the search links are we
also have a support section other services so things that kind of didn’t
fit into either of those and then information just about us like we have a
blog that we link to things to information about the library team
resources specifically for faculty and of the library site search so we have
you know those four sections really it’s just these two you need to pay attention
to I’m gonna end with search but I am gonna take just two three maybe four
minutes if I talk too much to go over the support section so if you click
support you’ll see that you can actually search library support at the top so if
you have a specific question you can type that in I we’ve also got links to
videos and tutorials guides ask a librarian service and actually link then
to search support so I go to videos and tutorials I’m just gonna go through each
of these sections real quickly in the support section with videos and
tutorials we sort of divided these up in different skills so there’s getting
started with research or maybe not skills but also concepts or sort of
ideas so getting started with research sources of information searching for
information navigating databases evaluating information and using
information ethically all of these are different skills that make up a student
whose information literate now what that means in library speak information
literacy the what librarians talk about a lot what we
mean by that is you’re a person who can assess what information you need you
know how to go find that information and you know how to use that information
effectively and you’ve also evaluated it to make
sure it’s the best information possible and reliable and if you can do that
whether it’s in school and university in your courses or out on the job there’s
gonna be great skills to have and each of these videos goes over kind of a
specific facet of that now the first video is a website overview is basically
a five minute version of what we’re doing tonight if you think I talk too
fast right now I talk really fast in this video all right I really don’t
really but I keep it down pretty short and then the rest of it are you know
specific things like choosing a topic how to narrow your topic how to write
thesis statement or develop a thesis statement how to find reliable sources
primary and secondary sources the difference in there what peer review
researchers and so on so anyway explore those sections if you’re having a hard
time maybe you’re you on your paper your instructor is criticizing the quality of
your sources go to evaluating information I’ll show you how to
evaluate and make sure you’re finding the best stuff so library guides we have
a few specific resource guides for example the nursing guide goes over all
sorts of different topics and nursing those the the navigation sort of blows
up and there’s a lot of different subtopics there so you sort of click on
whatever’s useful there and the ask a librarian services just as described you
can email us you can chat with us laura is on chat right now I could be really
mean and type in something really hard but I’ll be nice and leave her alone and
you can also schedule an appointment with us so all that information is right
there Kristina that’s fine this is being recorded so you should be able to check
it out later and if you ever have a question you know
I and then we can also search support so you know if I forget every if you forget
everything I mentioned tonight you can go in and basically type in how do I use
the library and find a support article that links to a lot of the basics I just
showed here and I might even link to tonight’s recording at the end so so
basically the library search is where you can search for specific questions
sometimes we actually put link to examples with APA there so if you type
in APA you’ll get a lot of different examples you know how to say web page
and a link to examples and tutorials within source that we link to called APA
style central and show you that if you have a troubleshooting issues sometimes
we put tech help in here we live into all of our different videos in here so I
would really try to make it so that if there’s something you find a service you
need to find our information you need to find you can do both in the other
services area just to highlight we do have a really neat source called APA
style central it does link to a lot of different tutorials and videos and
examples in there we also have a document delivery service if there’s an
article that you want that we don’t have will actually go out and get it for you
all you gotta do is tell us what it is you fill out the form we’ll get it for
you and then we also link to other academic services like tutoring and
basically friends of the library we also try to support them and link to them as
well and then finally about the only thing I’ll click on the About section is
the blog we try to put news in there whether it’s a new resource maybe
highlight videos and services we really try to only post one or two things a
week I that we think are really valuable and put it in there so why don’t I pause
for questions I know I tried to go in sections I’ll probably that’s the way I
tend to present I try to talk for about 10 minutes or so and then pause I kind
of already did that once a little bit here
but let’s go ahead and slow down here so Laurie asks what are some of the reasons
for scheduling an appointment with a librarian compared to using the website
well scheduling an appointment would be if it’s really just your preference so
if you wanted to email us because you prefer email great just send us an email
we’ll e-mail you back if you like chat we’re on chat Monday through Friday
during most of the day during the during the day so you can send us a message and
you know if we’re on will message you back if we’re on you’ll see this gold
live chat button and scheduling an appointment the difference there is
really just we’ll be able to talk to you on the phone really in-depth and that’s
us if you prefer talking on the phone uh-huh so it’s really just kind of like
your preference did I answer your question hopefully I understood it now while you type I’m gonna answer Paul so
when we do research are we required to use the Purdue global library are we
allowed to go find our own sources well Paul that kind of gets back to now I
can’t show my presentation again without taking too much time I with this with
the presentation software flipping modes takes a little bit too long but I have
to slide up about kind of like your overall information network and maybe
you came in after that but basically the library is a part of a puzzle piece of
all the information you have available so sometimes you’ll have assignments
where you’re required to use the library and then sometimes you might want to use
it because you’re gonna find really good Evans there for your paper but sometimes
maybe you need to get a statistic from the bureau of labor or or a web source
or some other source so we’d like to think we’re there to augment the sources
that are already your favorites so hopefully that makes sense but sometimes
you will be required by your assignments but if not still check us out you might
find something really good Laurie is our time frame within making appointment now
you can usually make an appointment on the same day if we’ve we basically put
our times available there the times available or like when we’re
not monitoring email and chat so we try to like work it in
with our other responsibilities and make ourselves available so we’re usually
available at least a couple times a day but uh and you can take usually we
schedule them for a half an hour because that’s about all you need but if you
want to schedule another one or if it goes longer we don’t just stop it at a
half an hour and kick you out of the call if you have more questions that’s
always fine yeah yeah no thanks for asking about it it’s kind of you know
we’re really only good a couple of appointments a week so you know I’d love
it if more people use it so you can kind of see here you know we’ve got available
here and basically once you find a time there’s a quick form to put your email
and number and everything and then you can get in eventually we will be using a
web meeting software right now we just use phone but before the end of the year
our plan is to move on to a platform so any other questions
because now what we’ll do for the last half an hour is do sources all right now
no judgement but are for everybody here have you used the library before or as
maybe this is your first time looking at it are you kind of like wanting to look
at a webinar before you dive in so we have a few yeses if you knows mostly
yeses at least once first time using it daily cool we got frequent-flyer great
so we’ve got kind of got the spectrum here perfect
great well you know Laurie that that’s actually why I scheduled this webinar on
a Monday night because I know assignments are due Tuesday nights and I
thought maybe anybody in here even if you didn’t ask your question during the
webinar you might be inspired to shoot us an email or or chat with us and then
we can help you out or maybe you’ll get a tip in during the webinar and be able
to figure it out so searching now you can do that right
from the home page we’ve got this big blue box and that’s generally how I
refer to it other librarians my team they’re not so crazy about me calling it
the big blue box I think but I like it it’s easy for me to remember this is
where you find our all-in-one search it’s actually powered by a service
called EBSCO discovery service and a lot of our you’ll knows a lot of our
databases come from EBSCO but they are all different collections but you can
search them all at the same time and also search open on the web access
journals and you can also search information from other databases like
heinonline all all in this one place so that’s like option one to find to find
information you can also find in the big blue box specific publications so you
can type in for instance yeah that’s actually remembering things I’ve already
typed in so you know the New York Times what else’s came up I journal of
experimental analysis of baby you know so like very specific journals you can
type in there and you can find it and then we also have on the third tab a
site search so this is where you can search I’ll actually search for the name
of the database so you can search for a specific database if you know the name
you can search for a specific topic and basically instead of searching like what
about to see instead of searching articles and ebooks I even though it
does a little bit of that there it searches all of our library guides it
searches all those support documents and FAQ use it all
searches our databases list so if you needed to find Westlaw for instance you
can’t find on the site maybe you can type in Westlaw and it comes up with the
link and then launches that database so those are the three different modes so
in case you’re wondering what do each of these tabs do that’s kind of what they
do so this is the all-in-one search this is the publication search and this is
for the website so kind of everything we’ve reviewed here now Paul I’m sorry
you keep losing audio I did try to kind of did a preamble at the beginning
apologizing for that there’s a sort of the limitations of Adobe I did stay in
the office tonight usually I go home around 6 o’clock and it’s 7:30 now
because I wanted to make sure I had the best connection possible so I did really
try but if you if anything if you need to me to repeat something if you totally
miss something let me know and I’ll try to repeat it otherwise if it gets really
bad this is being recorded and generally the recordings don’t have any audio
issues if your connections having issues so alright well with all that said let’s
actually do a search and then after we get done searching in EBSCO discovery
service will dive into just what the different links you’ll find in the
search section are and then we’ll be done so I’m gonna do a search here now
we had students from across the spectrum I’ll try to do a few examples one
example I like doing in these webinars is a kind of a serious you know
condition a heart attack but I think it makes for a good search example now the
screen I’ll let that load here now the screen we just saw there to login I
if you’ve already logged into the student campus portal it might not ask
you for your user name and ID started using him and password which is what
happened to me I already logged in as you saw at the beginning so it didn’t
ask sometimes it’ll ask just type in your regular old username and password
you normally do it let you write in all right so we’re on
the results page so it’s this blue box webscoe discovery service I typed in a
heart attack where do I get well I get 1 1 million four hundred ninety eight
thousand six hundred ninety five results that’s a lot of results so what we want
to do is figure out how we bring that down now sometimes if you’re beginning
with the topic you might not really know what to search yet in that case one of
the things I really like about obscure discovery service is that if it’s a
topic it has an article for it’ll show what they call these research starter
articles these are pretty neat because they’ll give you the maybe specific
language to use for it and also tell you what it is in case you’re not really
sure what it is or need some basic information about it kind of give you
some background information now what I like about this is from the first result
that kind of tells me well maybe I need to be more specific in my search one way
to be more specific is to use the phrases professionals use now this is
probably more common with health than it is other topics but it still brings up
the fact that you’ve kind of got to think about the keywords that you type
in because that will really affect the search results that come up so even
though this is a big topic and there’s a lot written about it it didn’t there are
search down a little bit we’re down to a million now and don’t worry it will will
keep going now it’s important to think about keywords and even just the the
word keyword because if you think about it what what is a keyword it’s an
important word and so when you’re thinking about keywords and thinking
about what to type in because that’s kind of our number one question I’m in
the library I’m in EBSCO discovery service I’m trying to find information I
don’t know what to type in or what I’m doing is getting zero results or too
many like in this one well when you’re thinking
of a keyword to type in really try to think of words somebody would use in an
article you really want to read so you kind of think of you try to almost
visualize a golden article like your perfect citation and if you can think of
your perfect citation well what would that be titled and a lot of times
they’ll kind of lead you on the way now another way you can do it is do some
simple searching like this and then go through and if you look in the results
it’ll list the major subjects for an article and I think there might be some
questions here go ahead and type them in now and I’ll get to them as soon as I
can but I’m kind of gonna finish my little section here and then I’ll pause
and take questions so if you want to wait you can if you type them in now
that’s fine I’ll get to them in just a minute so if you look in the results
it’ll list subjects now the subjects are the sort of major topics covered in the
article they’re almost like the topics genres but it so like if you go to
Netflix and it says hey find some more movies like this or here’s some horror
movies or here’s some action movies or here’s some 80s movies I it’s kind of
like that except that’s for research so it’s all about boring but it is very
helpful and I would really pay attention to these because you might be like oh
you know what I maybe am more interested in a specific you know date range like
we age range like we see here maybe Oh complications maybe that kind
of describes the type of information I’m trying to find better than just the
phrase itself and in fact all kind of add that to the search and basically you
can go through there kind of get some ideas think about what you actually want
to know and then add it to the search and every time you add a keyword it’s
gonna shorten up the results does anybody know why that is why adding more
keywords will get you less results every time right exactly
it’s more specific there you go I think you’re gonna have more words that has
the cross search for because when it’s searching it’s kind of doing this
secretly but not telling you so it’s in this case it’s actually searching for a
myocardial and the word infarction and the word complications so and the more
specific the term and the more terms there are the less results you’re going
to get but the more specific they’re gonna get they’re gonna be more on topic
too to what you typed in and so that’s something to keep in mind when you’re
using that search box that’s kind of how it’s how it’s searching now one trick
you can do I’m going to show you three tricks and then I’ll stop for questions
so trick number one is if you want a specific phrase I use quotation marks so
in this case it did a pretty good job of kind of thinking like well you probably
meant that as a phrase sometimes it does that but sometimes it can really narrow
down your search results it sort of just depends on what the situation is in this
case it didn’t lessen our results too much but it did refine them a little bit
but basically what it’s doing is it’s searching for this exact phrase and then
and the word complications in this example so that’s one thing you can do
the quotations trick actually works in Google too so you could do that that
exact thing and I do that in Google all the time to sort of tighten up my search
results it’s especially handy if you ever get a tech error you can actually
copy and paste the error message put in quotation marks put in at Google and see
if somebody’s figured it out but I use it in other situations too and a lot of
time for research now that’s one example now another trick
you can do is use this drop-down menu you can actually only search the titles
of articles and sometimes that can be really helpful in this case I actually
took away a word but I still have less results than I had with the phrasing and
keyword combo there so you can search only the titles of things you can also
search for author 2 now if I switch to the author I’m gonna get 0 cuz no author
was named myocardial infarction unless their parents really hated them but the
title it’s it’s a cheap trick I like it it’s really easy I and then the last
thing you can do is limit use the the refine results column to the left and
that’s where you can do a lot of different stuff so for instance you can
limit by publication date let’s say you see a lot of results they’re too old you
need stuff in the last decade at least well you can do that and then I’ll
reload the results an update and only show you articles within that range you
can also go to source type and limit to just academic journals or just magazines
or just other types of publications depending on what came up in your
results so in this case let’s say I just want news and click on news and there we
go I just see news articles so so those are those are the tricks I use quotation
marks for phrases you can use the drop down menu to search by title and then
use the refine results options on the left to narrow by date or many other
things so let’s go ahead and look at any questions anybody’s typed in I know I
might not go in order but don’t feel insulted if I don’t Judy asked a great
question do you add the word and no you don’t Judy and sorry if that was
confusing I was actually doing that for demonstration purposes so the word
and it automatically does it so typing in I see a example here is up and
exercise this or taking it away have the same results it’s the same thing
yeah does that make sense or help answer your question great I’m gonna go up I
think somebody an apologist typed in a question but let me see Paul asked at a
little early on so sorry Paul and thanks for being patient that I had to ignore
you for a second does Purdue Globe will use only Westlaw
or do they have Lexus we haven’t had Lexus in over five years so we does that
Westlaw and sometimes schools have both sometimes it’s one or the other we’re
one or the other place and we have Westlaw so yeah and for anybody who’s
not in legal research West law and Lexus are like the Coke and Pepsi of legal
research there’s they’re kind of the two options sometimes sometimes you go to a
restaurant they have both you know we have we have West law what I would think
is the coca-cola and that’s just my opinion based on nothing Paul asked are
all library sources from here credible that is a great question and if you want
to know more about not to be cheesy but if you want to know more about
evaluating information if that’s really interesting to you we actually do have a
lot of tutorials on just like what types of bias evaluating sources choosing the
best web source their debunking fake news so we have some information in
there if you one know more but basically everything in here has been published in
some way so it’s published in a peer-reviewed journal a book a newspaper
article and and by that nature it’s gone through some sort of editorial process
but even so so basically what I’m trying to say is it’s not like Twitter or a
personal blog or you know reddit or something like anybody can make an
account on reddit and type in whatever they want this stuff somebody’s reviewed
it and they wanted to publish it to inform the public or you know even you
know make money you know like a lot of these are for-profit publications you
know all newspapers are there to make a profit so or most of them are I you know
so in that sense it’s automatically more reliable than a lot of information out
there however there is sort of a hierarchy so you know an article written
by a scientist in a peer-reviewed journal is probably going to be seen as
a better source by your instructor than a newspaper article now that’s not to
say a newspaper articles garbage it’s not you know especially if it’s from a
really well-regarded paper so so they answer your question yes I you know but
there’s levels of credibility and also sometimes you might find sources from an
author you don’t like and that’s and that’ll be interesting as you develop as
a researcher you might actually find there’s voices out there within business
or within criminal justice or somewhere where you know you maybe you don’t like
that publications particular point of view and certainly some of these
journals have different points of view on things so I so yeah so overall answer
your question it positions you in a way to find credible information more
quickly and easily I think and we link to really high highly credible
information that’s available to you without you know hinder so if you find
it in the results list you can read it immediately which sometimes out on the
web sometimes you can find things in Google Scholar that you can read
immediately maybe somebody’s posted the article maybe the author did but a lot
of times you have to pay per article and with us all these sources are available
to you as a student so you log in and anything you find in the results as long
as you click the full text filter you should be able to
read immediately with the default settings to only look at full text
articles so did that help answer your question I felt like I got a little
rambley okay great I gave you answer good all right
Oh Paul change it definitely not Wikipedia you know I actually don’t mind
Wikipedia the thing with Wikipedia is you
definitely don’t want to cite it so I would add to the end of your statement
definitely don’t cite Wikipedia however Wikipedia like other
encyclopedias for instance we actually have a source we haven’t checked this
section out yeah but it’s our databases A to Z list I’m gonna come back here
later but I just wanted to show you quickly Gale virtual reference library I
it’s a collection we’ve got a hundred or so encyclopedias and handbooks even
these even though these are pretty thoroughly researched and most of them
actually have a citation list at the end like they’re pretty well researched
stuff but still like a lot of times this is for background information and you’re
really trying to inform yourself so you can maybe help understand what’s in your
text book better and that’s sort of like what Wikipedia is they’re you know if
you’re reading your textbook you’re like what is this guy talking about so you
might look up a specific a word or a specific phrase and kind of inform
yourself and that’s okay the only thing is you don’t want to actually probably
cite it you want to find a better source so and hopefully that distinction makes
sense and it kind of helps but yeah I don’t think you know you’re not gonna
catch on fire using Wikipedia it doesn’t you know cause blindness or anything I
but at the same time most instructors I know don’t allow you to cite it but
using it’s good also a lot of times Wikipedia citations at the end that can
be really useful you can cite those if they’re to a good source okay so back to
searching in EBSCO what other things so I showed you three tricks there with
the phrase searching with quotation marks title drop down you can actually
find more options if you click advanced search now I know advanced search
I know advanced search sounds intimidating but I kind of wish they
would call it extra mode because it’s really just a bunch of extra options
it’s actually searching the same way as before except now instead of only
keyword title and author now you can limit to subject terms so
those were those phrases we saw in the results sort of the official topics the
major topics covered in the article you can only search those if you want you
can do combos so let’s say I want an article where this is the major subject
covered but I also don’t mind if it mentions maybe like treatments or and I
also like how it suggests phrases that’s one of my favorite features I don’t even
have to think it actually just suggested a bunch of stuff and then I can click
search and and do a combo there and there you go I could even now select a
field is like keyword and I kind of wish they would call it keyword I don’t know
why they don’t but anyway I but if I wanted to I could limit to title you
know in this case so you can’t combine things there another thing you can do is
it adds this drop-down with and or and not I actually think this is now you
don’t have to type in and but another thing that can be really useful is
knowing what or does what or does so I type in or here it searches for either
word so in this case it’s only showing us articles they have the phrase
myocardial infarction as the subject term and it mentions one of the four
words in the second box it mentions treatments or interventions
or therapy or support or some combo it’s not mentioning all of them at once so
that can be really helpful if you have a bunch of synonyms so like terms I that
you want to try and that’s really where the we’ll call it extra search even
though it’s called advanced the extra search page can really help with because
you can sort of do these more sophisticated searches and that they can
really be lifesavers when you’ve got a really specific topic and you’re trying
to cast a wide net this is specially helpful if you’re getting ten results
and you’re really trying to get do a literature review find as much as you
want and then get there so so that’s kind of like what the extra search mode
the advanced search mode allows you to do is you know gives you those extra
options for power users I could also call it power search that’s another way
you also have some other options down at the bottom one of those in the advanced
search page is limiting to peer-reviewed journals now a peer-reviewed journal as
promised I would review it and we’re kind of reviewing it at the end maybe
save best for the last here peer reviewed journal is basically a research
journal that typically does a blind peer reviews of it so the research author or
or authors of the article so the researchers they submit their paper to
the editorial board and then they don’t know who wrote it and then they review
it and if it’s good enough then they say yes we’ll publish this sometimes often
even they’ll actually make comments and it back maybe do it back and forth and
then say yes eventually it’s not always you know a media that they say yes they
might say well you need to edit this first and that’s why it’s called peer
review it’s reviewed by other experts in the field in a fair way ideally and once
those other experts in the field review it and say great let’s let’s publish it
that’s a real achievement for the author and that’s why
kurz tend to view it as the highest level research now that’s my summary of
it you can find lots of different explanations like the videos and
tutorials section I think has a really good explanation but that’s a way I try
to think about it it’s kind of it’s a simplification of the process but if you
remember anything about it basically it just means smarty pants –is reviewed
another smarty pants –is paper and said it’s super smart so that’s that’s what
that’s kind of what it is and all you have to do is click the check mark there
if you go to our website with the big blue box we actually put a shortcut link
there so you can actually limit to it at the beginning if you need it no question
is stupid hasn’t a teacher told you that or your mom yet come on the it’s not a
stupid question was a boolean phrase actually we’ve been doing that without
saying it so boolean phrase that’s where the Advanced Search page comes in
boolean phrases are referring to this and or and not I didn’t go over not yet
because it’s not not is not that useful I have used not ten years being a
librarian ten years maybe ten times I hope I’m not lying there and somebody
shows me video of me using not all the time I can’t remember when I did
occasionally it can be helpful though like let’s say you want articles well
let’s actually say you want articles that or or or I think this is maybe a
little bit different so you see you want articles that mention this phrase but
not another phrase you can do that it’s kind of helpful like the classic example
in library land that people tend to use is if you needed articles about either
President Bush but not or actually the opposite is what they usually use so
like let’s say you want articles about bushes and shrubberies but not President
Bush so you might put in like not President Bush but bushes if that makes
sense so so sometimes when you have like the same word is used to describe two
very different things you can use not but most of the time it’s not very
useful I you’re gonna use and or or though those are the two no that’s what
they mean by boolean so yeah I think every librarian everywhere Judy was
really happy when President did just for the examples they’re like great we’ve
got an example for at least thirty years before people in the far future did it
forget for forget those presidents but the last a long time as an example so
that kind of brings us towards the end here in the last two minutes I just want
to say that even though obscure discovery service is there oh that’s a
great question I’m gonna get some results up in a second but for anybody
who has to leave right on the hour in case you’re wondering why we have a
search section if we’ve got emsco discovery service in this all-in-one
search box well the thing is if you go to the individual databases they have
their own search interfaces and sometimes you might be able to dig deep
and find more of their information and sometimes PepsiCo discovery service
tries to link to articles especially but sometimes like in in this database
they have industry and market reports commodity reports and company reports
and other information that’s not indexed by EBSCO so obscure might link to most
of the articles in here but if you want some unique information why specific to
the database you might need to go directly in there however don’t be too
scared I’m just gonna do a very simple search just to show you some results in
ProQuest database here we have 40 databases from ProQuest but if you know
how to use one you know how to use all the others and there’s actually one that
searches all them at the same time that I’ll show you but if we look for some
similarities here we got a search box at the top it lists our results we can
limit to peer review right there and on the Left we have all those same options
we saw in EBSCO we could limit to specific things like reports newspapers
we can limit by date so it’s got all the same
tools and they’re in the same place so even though it looks a little different
at first a lot of times a lot of these databases they function very similarly
so that’s why you might check out the other sections in the search section we
do have an all databases A to Z list you can actually limit by subject so you can
actually just see business databases or you can see just you know legal studies
in that case that kind of highlights West law there so you can also search
for the name of a database or you can just browse so between the two most of
the time you’re just going to use X Co but if you need some specific things you
might check out some specific sources now I’ll go ahead and get some get our
search results back up pull us about how the citation finder works and I’ll go
ahead and show that maybe a way Oh citation finder I actually thought
you were talking about something in the search results sorry citation finders so
if you have an APA style citation like an instructor gives you one I don’t have
any what I’ll do is I’ll grab an example from here so let’s imagine this was
assigned to you what you could do is click citation finder and I’ll try to
help you it’ll break it down and there you go it it kind of it basically if
copy you can usually copy and paste the citation so if you have an APA style
citation from a book or from an article or that your instructor told you to go
find there’s a lot of ways to find it sometimes copying and pasting works so
if I do that in here it just sort of comes up in this case
however the citation finder kind of kind of help
you find it and will guide you through if you don’t immediately find it so you
saw on my screen a red box that came up and it said hey did this come up are you
having trouble finding it they don’t sort of guide you through the process
but there’s plenty of ways to find that I think we actually have a video with
tips on finding an article you know the title of so you can do that one last
thing about opening things this was actually what I thought you were talking
about the citation finder basically sometimes it’ll say full text like this
and in those cases the article will open immediately so like in this example
however sometimes the citation it might link out to an intermediary page all you
need to do is follow the link and then a little try it’s best to connect you to
the full text of that item sometimes it’s within the database
sometimes it’s a website basically it’ll just try to get you to it so those are
the two different citations finders once the full text finder and the other is
the citation finder search so you’ve got two answers for one yeah well we’re out
of time I can stick around though i if you have any more questions but for
everybody else if you need to take off that’s the end of the presentation you
know how to contact us you know how to get to us and you know what we offer and
even though I can’t possibly cover every inevitability in this presentation
hopefully you feel more comfortable and hopefully feel a little bit more
confident using the library and hopefully it will save you a lot of time
in the future yeah totally no problem and for anybody else
I’ll stick around for another couple minutes in case anybody thinks of any
questions but for everybody else take care and good luck you

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