XU.tutor FIND: Formulating a search and searching databases

This tutorial will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Student Learning Outcome

The information literate student will be able to construct a variety of high-quality, efficient searches.

This tutorial will teach you how to:

  • Review different types of sources
  • Identify keywords that describe the topic
  • Construct and implement effectively designed search strategies using keywords.
  • Use library resources to find books, articles, etc.

Table of Contents

  1. The research process
  2. Types of sources
  3. Scholarly vs. Popular
  4. Scholarly vs Popular Comparison
  5. Scholarly vs Popular Examples
  6. Primary vs Secondary Definitions
  7. Primary vs Secondary Examples
  8. Begin your research
  9. Developing keywords
  10. Using keywords
  11. Internet vs. Databases
  12. What is Search@XU
  13. Searching for sources
  14. Boolean Logic
  15. Using AND
  16. Using OR
  17. Using NOT
  18. Using Truncation
  19. Finding Articles
  20. Finding Books
  21. Location Numbers
  22. OhioLINK
  23. Helpful Resources
  24. Quiz

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