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  • Searching Electronic Databases
    Reference Site Search News Search Government Search Blog Search Newsgroups Discussion Forums Chat Rooms and Email List Searches Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Electronic Research Searching Electronic Databases There are a wide range of electronic databases on the Internet Some of them are free Most however are available only by subscription All university libraries pay licensing fees to a wide variety of selected databases in order to provide students faculty and staff with the necessary access These licensing agreements often allow access only through library computers or those connected to the campus network Contact your library to determine which databases you can access via the Internet Like library catalogs electronic databases are searchable by author title subject and keyword The first two are fairly straightforward An author s name or the title of a book journal magazine newspaper or multi media item is entered into the search field and the results are displayed in a new browser window Subject searches are more complicated and are often more successful when done in combination with a keyword search The following links will take you through the electronic steps used

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  • ERIC-Education Resource Information Center
    Information Center Steps to an ERIC search Step One ERIC is a public access database of journal and non journal education literature It is sponsored by IES the U S Department of Education s Institute of Education Sciences and its Web site contains more than 1 2 million citations dated between 1966 and the present The screen shot below illustrates the first step in a basic ERIC search for works by John Steinbeck Feel free to click on the visit the database page at the website for Colorado State University s Morgan Library and select E from the alphabet menu that appears scroll down to ERIC and become the researcher yourself or just click ERIC here to do the same As you can see the researcher has selected the Basic Search tab and entered the author s name in the search field Step Two This screen shot illustrates the ERIC results page returned after submitting the request Take a moment and study the page The Search returned 26 results Notice all the different pieces of publication information provided Especially note the descriptors section There will be some good subject heading suggestions to add to your keyword search criteria Step Three This screen shot illustrates what happens when you click the Search Within Results button at the top of the page As you can see a handy side bar allows you to further shape the criteria of your search The researcher has entered one of the descriptors from the basic search into the keyword field and selected a publication type as well as some thesaurus choices not visible in the screen shot Step Four This screen shot displays the results returned after the request has been submitted The results page now displays 1 2 of 2 sources that fit your previous

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  • FedWorld
    FedWorld is a public access Web site listing thousands of U S Government Web sites and over 1 2 million U S Government documents databases and other online information products The screen shot below illustrates the FedWorld homepage The purple links indicate the researcher has browsed both selections Feel free to click on FedWorld and become the researcher yourself as you follow the discussion below Take a moment to review the available options Step Two The screen shot below illustrates the results returned after the researcher selected the Top Government Web Sites option As you can see there are so many government Web sites that they have been further categorized and placed in drop down menus Step Three The following screen shot illustrates this same page with the first drop down menu opened and the choice of the researcher highlighted in blue Notice the many subcategory options FedWorld has to offer Another way to sift through the contents of a very large Web site is to examine the site map Check it out at the top of the page Step Four The screen shot below illustrates the resulting Web page after the researcher has selected the highlighted Science and Technology Resources option Notice that this website can be browsed either by topic or a keyword search Step Five The screen shot below illustrates the researcher s choice to browse the Energy topic AS you can see the researcher has further limited the topic by selecting the Energy Conservation option and restricting the resource choice to Bibliographic Databases Step Six The screen shot below illustrates the eight results produced by these choices Choice number three is grayed out indicating the researcher s next move Step Seven The screen shot below illustrates the result With each click the researcher has drilled deeper

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  • MLA International Bibliography
    for institutions of higher learning it indexes books and articles on language and linguistics literary theory and criticism world literature folklore and the dramatic arts This is a subscription based database and is not available outside of a university computer network Note Access is a benefit included in your student fees If you are attempting entry from a computer located off campus you will be required to enter a student ID and password before entering the database Step One As you read through this example feel free to click on the Databases button on the home page of Colorado State University s Morgan Library select M from the alphabet menu and scroll through the list to become the researcher yourself The screen shot below illustrates the first step in using the MLA International Bibliography As you can see this database is being hosted by EBSCO an electronic platform or database directory vendor and it has already selected Advanced Search at the top of the page and MLA International Bibliography from the drop down menu The researcher has chosen to conduct a two part Boolian Search and has entered steinbeck AND great depression in the Find Fields and selected Subjects from the search field drop down menus Notice also that all is selected in the Publication Type field This expands the search to its maximum potential Step Two The next screen shot illustrates the results page returned after submitting the search request Take a moment and study the page The search returned 6 results Notice that the left hand menu bar offers opportunities to narrow the search by subject and that from the drop down menu at the top of the page there are several ways to sort each result Step Three The next screen shot displays the results returned after

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  • Academic Search Premier
    sources spanning every field of study This is a subscription based database and not available outside of a university computer network Note Access is a benefit included in your student fees If you are attempting entry from a computer located off campus you will be required to enter a student ID and password before entering the database Step One Feel free to click on the Databases button on the home page of Colorado State University s Morgan Library select A from the alphabet menu and Academic Search Premier at the top of the list to become the researcher yourself as you follow the discussion below The screen shot below illustrates the first step in using Academic Search Premier As you can see this database is being hosted by EBSCO an electronic platform or database directory vendor and it has already selected Advanced Search at the top of the page and Academic Research Premier from the drop down menu The researcher has entered renewable energy resources in the Find field and selected Abstract in the Search field Step Two This screen shot illustrates the results page returned after submitting the search request Take a moment and study the page The search returned 203 results Notice that the left hand menu bar offers opportunities to narrow the search by subject and that across the top are choices that limit by publication type Step Three This screen shot illustrates what happens when the search is limited to results returned from the Wind Power selection As you can see some of the 15 available choices are followed by the FindIt CSU search button and some simply by links to Full Text HTML or PDF Files Notice that the word energy is presented in bold italics throughout highlighting one of the original keywords in your

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  • Searching the Web
    Meta Search Deep Web Search Web Directory Search Reference Site Search News Search Government Search Blog Search Newsgroups Discussion Forums Chat Rooms and Email List Searches Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Electronic Research Searching the Web There are billions of pages of information on the World Wide Web a daunting figure when it comes to searching its contents But don t let that be an obstacle Luckily it s searchable with keywords and Boolean methods in the same way as an electronic library catalog or database Using a variety of Web site search engines the guides at the link locations below will explain some of the most useful tools and methods for locating information on the Web First a few words about Surfing The sections below outline some very deliberate intentionally designed search methods but discoveries are often made by veering off the well traveled path Web sites relevant to your topic usually include related links leading to information and sources that are equally relevant and which you may not discover if you stick to the straight and narrow Be mindful of your research time but spend

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  • Simple Search
    search engine to look only for those results containing that exact phrase This comes in handy when you want to narrow your search If you prefer a wider initial search do not use the quotation marks Steps of a Simple Search Using Google Step One Most Web site search engines operate in the same way In this demonstration the researcher uses Google to look for the first word on the list above Feel free to click on Google and become the researcher yourself The screen shot below illustrates the home page after first step has been taken The researcher has entered the word tolerance into the search field Spend a moment studying the page Notice that the Web link is in bold black letters and is not underlined as are the other links That s because Web is Google s preset default option If you wanted to find an illustration related to tolerance you would click on the Images link before clicking the search button Notice also that there is an Advanced Search option to the right of the search field In the next guide we ll take a look at how to use this type of option Step Two For now click on the Google Search button The results for will appear in a new browser window as illustrated in the screen shot below As you can see the first ten out of 118 000 000 results for the word tolerance are displayed Each of the blue underlined phrases is a clickable link leading to an individual website or page that may provide useful information The link will turn purple after you have made a selection helping you identify which sources you have already examined Step Three In theory the first ten results are the most relevant to your

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  • Advanced Search
    material on the role of education in promoting tolerance A preliminary list of keywords might include the following words and phrases tolerance teaching tolerance acceptance tolerance based education diversity conflict resolution training Steps of an Advanced Search Using Yahoo Step One The researcher uses Yahoo to look for the first word on the list above Feel free to click on Yahoo and become the researcher yourself The screen shot below illustrates the home page As you can see the advanced search option is a link located to the right of the Yahoo Search button Step Two The screen shot below illustrates the results after the keyword tolerance has been entered and the search parameters or conditions that refine the search have been carefully defined As you can see the researcher has been very specific Take a minute and study the page The results are to include only those where the words tolerance and education appear in the title of the page and any one of the words tolerance education and teaching appear somewhere on the page Notice also that the researcher has restricted the search to eliminate any results that may have to do with conflict resolution which is closely related but not included in the scope of the research task Step Three The researcher has also requested source material that is no more than one year old and that comes only from educational domains those including an edu extension The screen shot below illustrates the results As you can see the advanced Yahoo search yielded some very specific results Notice that there are only thirteen Often you will receive more but this is a very manageable number Notice the Boolean search terms in the light blue search results bar at the top of the page and the minus sign

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