Discovery Searches, Library Catalogs and Journal Databases - Study Guide. You Will Need To Read And Apply The Textbook For This Course.
1. What is discovery search? What are its advantages and disadvantages?
2. In a library catalog, when would you use controlled vocabulary subject headings, and when would you use keywords?
3. How can hierarchies help you when you are searching a library catalog for a topic?
4. Why is it futile to believe that the electronic full text of every book you want will be available to you for free?
5. How are journal databases created, and what are they intended to do?
6. Explain the difference between "data" and "interface".
7. Identify each part of the following journal citation:
Badke, William. (2010). Why information literacy is invisible, Communications in Information Literacy 4(2), 129-141.
8. In journal database searching you should be prepared for ____________________. How does such preparation help you?
9. Why should you resist the urge to fill the search box with words?
10. What are the advantages of thinking before you search?
11. Why is it often better to stage (facet) your search with keywords as well as subject headings and other limiters rather than simply to do a one-stage keyword search?
12. Many journal articles are availablel in electronic "full-text" format. What are some of the advantages and difficulties with accessing full text?
Using The Mandarin Library Catalog System @ SCU
Academic Journal. Scholarly Article. Article Database.
Go To Online Databases On The SCU Library Website: http://swcu.libguides.com/databases.
Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines
Assignment For A Project Of Your Own
1. Choose a topic of interest to you.
2. Choose two journal databases (http://swcu.libguides.com/databases).
3. Do a search for journal articles on your topic with each database.
4. Indicate what subject terms or keywords you used in your searches.
5. List 6 articles from each database that are relevant to your topic - author, data, article title, title of journal, volume number, page numbers. Be sure the databases you use are relevant to your topic.