Pop culturecritics productivesearching
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Productive SearchingFinding Sources for Your Paper
What do you want to find?• Relevant sources ▫ Related to your thesis statement• Reliable sources ▫ From a trustworthy place (databases & news sources)• Recent sources ▫ Information gets old quickly these days. Find the most up-to-date info you can.
Where should you look?• Databases are the best option. ▫ Information has been reviewed by an editor ▫ Someone was (likely) paid to write & research for each article• News sites and search engines are good backups. ▫ Try http://news.google.com
How do you find it?
Keyword Searches• user enters the words they’ve come up with• search looks for words anywhere in the record• same process you use when you “Google”
WARNING!• Keyword searches can produce A LOT of results.
Keyword Search Strategies to Focus Results• Use quotation marks. ▫ Surround words with them to search for exact phrases. i.e. “global warming” instead of global warming
Keyword Search Strategies to Focus Results• Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) ▫ AND will search for entries that contain both keywords ▫ OR will search for entries that contain one of, the other, or both keywords ▫ NOT will return results that have the first keyword, but not the second
How would the results of thesesearches be different from each other?1. Teens and pregnancy2. Teens or pregnancy3. Teens not pregnancy4. “Teen pregnancy”
Subject Heading searches• User clicks on or searches Subject Headings, which are predetermined categories in which databases place each article• Subject headings must use terms as they are found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) list
Subject Heading Search Strategies• Select Subject from the search options and type the beginning of the subject heading.• Subheadings are listed alphabetically after a main heading: Examples: france--history--revolution women--italy censorship--united states—encyclopedia
Subject Heading Search Strategies• If you dont know the correct subject heading… ▫ find at least one record relevant to your topic by doing a Keyword search. ▫ Select a record from your search results and look at the Full record display. ▫ Then use the subject heading(s) found in the record that most closely matches your topic for additional subject heading searches.
Use advanced searches to help youmanipulate the results so that youfind what you’re looking for!
What do you do once you’vefound it?
Cite it!• Use your planner, easybib.com, or Noodle Tools.• Use MLA format.
Works Cited“Keyword Search.” Columbia University Libraries Online Catalog. Columbia University. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.“Subject Search.” Columbia University Libraries Online Catalog. Columbia University. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.