Advanced Database Searching

CC. 11-12. SL.1.d-2/CC. 11-12. W.7, AASL 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.4.1, 1.4.3
  • Read over the TIPS below.
  • Sign into a google account.  If you do not have a personal google account, sign in to My Plan, go to the dashboard, in the applications box click on Google Apps. 
  • Once signed into google, click on  Advanced Database Search Worksheet.

TIPS for Advanced Searching:

Boolean Operators
 Phrase Searching
 Truncation  Subject Headings

AND  birds AND Africa

results would include an Ostrich but not a California condor

OR  soccer OR football

would give you articles about soccer as well as articles about football.

NOT  DUI NOT drugs

results would include DUI and alcohol but not any DUI articles with drugs.

Do not type in your search question.

Use synonyms to broaden your search.

Use the database thesaurus to find broader, narrower or related search terms.

When searching a group of words put quotation marks around the phrase e.g.
"California condor"

Most databases use * at the end of the word to search for everything that begins with that group of letters, e.g. comput* will give results including computing, computers, compute.

Use ? within a word to include multiple spellings, e.g. wom?n will find woman and women.

Using Subject Headings will get you to articles expressly about those subjects, not just mentioned anywhere in the text of the article or database record. 

To get to the Subject Headings, look carefully at your keyword results and find a great article.  Then look at its record to find the Subject Headings for that article. 

For example the subject heading that is associated with should college athletes be paid is
COLLEGE athletes -- Salaries, wages, etc
For further explanation:

Boolean Operators from University of Auckland Library

Doing Research Interactive Tutorial from UA

For further explanation:

Generating Keywords for Online Searching from ASU Libraries

How Many Keywords from Kimbel Library (caution contains large does of humor).

For further explanation:

NAIT Phrase Search Tutorial

For further explanation:

Searching Effectively Using Truncation by CSU

For further explanation:

Finding Articles Using Subject Terms from UMUC

What is Controlled Vocabulary and Why Do I Need It from Gonzaga U.

Evaluating Information Sources

Standards Addressed: CC.11-12.R.I.7, AASL Std 1.1.5
  • Learn about how to use the CRAAP test (created by Meriam Library, CSU Chico) by watching the video below. 
  • Complete the Evaluation Worksheet on one internet (not database) source you will use in your Works Cited.
  • Turn in the completed evaluation worksheet to your English teacher

Click on link below to view via YouTube when off campus:
Evaluating Information Using the CRAAP test (Video by Lori Micho, Johnson & Wales University Library, Denver, CO)

Or for further explanation view this Western University graphic explanation of the CRAAP test. 
Explore additional Tips and Tricks on Evaluating

Ethical Use of Information

CC.11-12.W.8  AASL Std. 1.3.1

Optional:  Goblin Threat

Test your knowledge of plagiarism and its ramifications by playing the game:

Goblin Threat
Goblin Threat (created by Mary Broussard, Snowden Library, Lycoming College)

 Hint: tab to find all the goblins in a room.