Welcome to the virtual guide for EDUC 246! This guide will not only cover topics discussed in class, it will also contain helpful information to complete the assignment. The library class will be a hybrid with half the class time devoted to a lecture, and the other half of the class time devoted to an independent activity. Located below is the word document that you will need to complete and email to both Librarian Sarah Rhodes and your instructor Jenna Turner.
When you are creating a search query to use when locating resources in databases, it is helpful to brainstorm multiple keywords.
For example, let's say my topic is the effect reading at a young age has on adolescent literacy development.
Typing the whole topic into a search box will not be effective. While Google tends to use more natural language searching, databases are much more specific. If you are doing a keyword search with the whole topic written in, the database will look for every single word in that phrase and pull up anything that has the word "effect" in it. Thus, you see many results that are not helpful.
To have a more successful search, you will want to keep in mind three things.
The first thing to keep in mind is to brainstorm as many synonyms as possible. If I were looking at my topic and trying to think of ways to describe adolescents, I might come up with the following words: adolescent, teen, young adult, youth
A keyword search in a database will only pull up the words that you are searching. By generating multiple words to describe the same thing, you can try different search phrases to get the best results. If adolescent is not bringing up many results, switch it out with young adult and run the search again.
The second thing to keep in mind is to use more concise language. A better search query for the topic listed above might be "effect and reading and toddlers and literacy". When I search that in a database, my results will only pull up sources that have the words effect, reading, toddlers, and literacy in them.
The third thing to keep in mind is to use boolean operators. The three main operators are and, or, not. Each serves a purpose in a search query. Read more about the different types of Boolean Operators in the box labeled "Boolean Operators" below.
Boolean operators are words or symbols that are used in conjunction with words to refine searches.
Here are six helpful ones to use:
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There are many databases that will be helpful for finding resources for your text sets. To access a list of databases, go to the library homepage and click on the link for Databases listed in the left hand side navigation menu. You can then use the drop down subject menu located in the top left to browse databases by subject. Or you can use the alphabetical listing to access specific databases.
Below you will find a list of databases that will be helpful for finding materials for your text set. The list is a general guide to get you started. It is not exhaustive.
While the library has a great selection of resources, sometimes you may need to venture outside the library's virtual collection depending on your topic. Below you will find a list of websites that may prove useful for your text set.