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In this tutorial, you will learn how to find articles using Library Literature & Information Science Full Text.
This database is a key resource for anyone studying library and information science. It includes articles and book reviews from over 400 journals, as well as book chapters, library school theses, and conference proceedings.
We will be looking for information on how college students use e-books and their attitudes towards them.
You should have around 4500 results.
How relevant are these results to our original topic of college students and e-books?
Similar to Google, using just one keyword will not get you the results you need.
However, unlike Google, how you combine your words in most library databases is paramount.
Opps! Now you only have two results. Let's use Boolean operators to create a better search.
Using AND makes a big difference. You should have around 140 results.
Another useful Boolean operator is OR.
There are several different words we can use instead of college including university and academic.
Let's add these.
e-books and students and (college or university or academic)
What happened to your results?
Keywords are just one way you can search library databases.
You can also search subject headings or terms which are supplied by the database. Subject searches usually yield more relevant results.
First, let's find out what vocabulary this database uses.
You will now search the thesaurus to locate subject terms.
We will first look for the correct terms for college libraries.
Instead of college libraries, this thesaurus uses Academic libraries.
Now look at the top search box.
Academic libraries was added as a search term. Note that DE was also added. This abbreviation tells the database to search the subject fields for this term.
Let's repeat this step for e-books
Take a look at your results. Which subject term should you use?
Your main search should now look like this:
(DE "Academic libraries") AND (DE "Electronic books")
Take a look at some of your results.
Although these are somewhat related to our original topic, we can get even more relevant results by changing the sorting order.
Although some of these results are more relevant, too many are off-topic.
We need a few more keywords.
Although you only have 20 results, they are all more relevant to our topic.
However, you are looking for peer reviewed articles, so let's limit to this.
What is peer reviewed?
Now how many results do you have?
There are number of things you can do once you find an article that looks promising.
Scan this page to answer some questions about this article.
What is the name of the peer-reviewed journal?
According to the abstract, when both choices are available do students prefer e-books or print books?
Is the citation format MLA represented here?
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