Leaders, scholars, and professionals all have one thing in common: they have complex information needs. This workshop will teach participants to leverage the power of online search tools by applying filters, citation tracking, and other techniques rarely used by casual researchers. You’ll be expert researchers after this workshop! Instructors: Bonnie Swoger – Library Faculty, Milne Library; Sue Ann Brainard – Library Faculty, Milne Library
Tuesday, October 25th
1:00 – 2:00 pm
GOLD Leadership Center,
MacVittie College Union, Room 114
Great leaders gather information and critically analyze the facts before making good decisions. Attendees at this workshop will discover helpful tips and strategies that are used in any kind of database to help improve their searches, save time and determine the best quality resources for their research. Instructor: Dan Ross – Academic Excellence, Milne Library
Basic Database Searching* Monday, September 12th
2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Room 322/323
Users who have become familiar with the CSA interface for the following databases will expect some changes over the next month or so:
ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts)
Physical Education Index
Social Services Abstracts
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
CSA purchased the ProQuest family of databases in 2007 and is finally moving all their interfaces to the new ProQuest platform so all databases have similar layouts, help menus and navigation. At the end of March 2011, CSA will be discontinuing the search interface through its CSA Illumina website and only using the ProQuest platform. We want to inform you of the upcoming changes with enough time to give all users experience testing the search capabilities of this new platform. All “old interface” links to the listed databases will be available through the end of March. If students or faculty encounter problems with the new search interface, please inform library staff immediately and we will troubleshoot any problems.
For more information about the new search interface, go to the ProQuest website.
Or, please contact Kate Pitcher, Head of Technical Services and Collection Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 245-5064 for further details.
On Monday, April 14, representatives from Elsevier Publishers will be in the Milne Library Lobby from 10:00am to 12:00pm demonstrating the citation database Scopus, a recent addition to Milne Library’s research resources. Scopus covers a wide variety of articles related to the physical sciences, biomedical sciences, and social sciences.
In addition to keyword searching, this database allows users to track down the citation history of a known publication.
For example, if you found a really great article for the term paper you have due next week, you can use Scopus to locate other articles that cited your really great article.
Scopus also provides the ability to easily narrow your search by subject area, publication year, and keyword.
Stop by the library on Monday morning (April 14) to learn more about this powerful new resource.
The Google Operating System Blog recently polled its readers about which search they prefer. The twist was that they had users perform searches using each service in a modified form, so that is was impossible to tell (based on appearance) which search was which. Preferences were (theoretically) based purely on search results. You can read the original post, and the poll results. Google won with 1041 votes, followed by Windows Live with 711 and Yahoo! with 604. (Users were allowed to vote for more than one if they felt that the search results were equally good.)
This poll isn’t scientific, and there are numerous flaws with the methodology, but it raises some interesting questions. Google searches account for about 53% of all searches performed (see Search Engine Watch). This falls in line roughly with the results of this poll, but not with the public perception that we “google” everything. The poll results are also surprising given the Google-centricity of the blog: Google won, but not by a lot.
So, why do you use the search engine you do? Convenience? Ease of use? Quality? Force of habit? Format?
Why not take a few minutes to try out some other search engines and think about what you like? Try a visual search like KartOO or check up the updated features on Ask.com. If you decide to stick with your old search engine, what makes it a better engine for you?