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General Library Research Tutorial

Fundamental concepts and vocabulary used in library and information research.

Learning Objectives for Module 3

'Searching a Database'

The student will:

  • Define the terms database, record, and field
  • Define 2 types of information databases: catalog and article database
  • Determine the subject scope and years of coverage of a given database
  • Compare and contrast a subject search and a keyword search
  • Build a search strategy using AND, OR, NOT (Boolean operators)
  • Define truncation, nesting, field-specific searching, and phrase searching
  • Identify the main concepts of a research topic and generate a list of search terms

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