Advanced Database Searching: Improve Your Search Results

GOLD.AdvancedSearvhingPlease bring a laptop to the workshop!

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

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

Basic Database Searching Workshop

"Although I did know about some methods of research already this workshop introduced me to even more effective methods that will be extremely helpful." Paula M.
“Although I did know about some methods of research already this workshop introduced me to even more effective methods that will be extremely helpful.” Paula M.

Please bring a laptop to the workshop!

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

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit] *Required Workshop

Update: Database issue workaround

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Update: My apologies for the wait on this workaround. I’ve been in close contact with the technical team at EBSCO to find the source of the problem.

You can access EBSCO databases using this link, which will get you to our A-Z list. All the links in our Subject Guides will work as well.

As always, please let me know if something isn’t working for you. Research is a messy process, but it’s my job to minimize frustration from working in different resources. Good luck with finals, and remember: tiny foxtato believes in you. You can do the thing!

-Angela Galvan

 

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Milne library subscribes to several dozen EBSCO databases. Reported problems range from slow load times to complete inability to access resources.

We know this impacts heavily used resources at Geneseo. We are in contact with EBSCO and will provide updates as we receive them.

Databases affected include, but are not limited to:
  • Academic Search Complete
  • America: History & Life
  • Anthropology Plus
  • Business Source Complete
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
  • Education Source
  • Environment Complete
  • ERIC
  • GeoRef
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Humanities Source
  • MEDLINE with Full Text
  • Military & Government Collection
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
  • Social Sciences Full Text
  • Teacher Reference Center
Please contact our Digital Resources and Systems Librarian, Angela Galvan, with specific questions: [email protected], or 245-5046.
 Update

Angela Galvan, Digital Resources & Systems Librarian

AngelaPerhaps you’ve noticed a new face or two here in Milne Library? As of September 10th, Angela Galvan is our new Digital Resources & Systems Librarian. She will be working in the Information Technology Services (ITS) department and is the lead administrator for our discovery services, collection of digital resources and our electronic resource management systems.  Angela has an extensive background in resource sharing and ILLiad management, in addition to other systems work.  Angela comes to us from the Ohio State University Health Sciences Library in Columbus, where she was Head of Interlibrary Services and Digital Reformatting Specialist.  Prior to that, she worked for Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library, also in Columbus. She is a fellow at this year’s Digital Library Federation Forum.

So what, exactly, does a “Digital Resources & Systems Librarian” do, you ask? We asked Angela this very question and she replied, “… in essence I establish, monitor, and further integrate digital resources and systems. This requires understanding everything that happens in the library, from circulation, to IDS activity, to how people search our materials, to how they’re taught in classrooms. In a practical sense, I’ve done well when users find what they’re looking for and don’t spend as much time struggling to learn an interface.  It’s one of those jobs where, when done well, no one notices because everything runs efficiently.”

Her interests are varied and include being “something of a gamer,” writing, and crafting handmade soap. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Angela is happy to have landed here in rural Western New York with her cat, Hallie, an 8-year-old domestic shorthair, and a rescue.

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She holds an MLIS from Kent State University, where she researched digital memorials and the impact of technology on bereavement. This area of study came about after a friend passed away suddenly and Angela found herself in a curious intersection of personal and professional demands; dealing with thanatosensitive materials. The concept of “thanatosensitivity ” is used to describe an approach that actively integrates the facts of mortality, dying, and death into HCI (human-computer interaction) research and design. She presented on the topic at Code4Lib Midwest and recommends Dying, Death, and Mortality: Towards Thanatosensitivity in HCI as one of the better papers on thanatosensitive information management.

Kanopy Streaming Video

KanopyHere’s a new resource to get excited about!

Milne library has recently acquired Kanopy; an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides access to more than 26,000 films. Over 80 subject areas range from Global Studies & Languages to the Arts, to Education (K-12); Technical Training to Career Development to LGBT.

Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more.

KanGuide

The site is pretty intuitive, but we’ve put together a guide that explains not only how to use the resource, but also how faculty might embed materials into myCourses for their classes, as well as pointing out features like transcripts and playlists.

Take it for a spin and let us know what your experience is. Is this something you’ll use? We want to know!

Getting the Most From Google Scholar, or, Squirrels are Friends, not Food

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SquirrelScholarEditor’s Note: This guest post was written by Geneseo alum and former Milne Library intern Margaret Craft, when she was a senior here last year. It’s always good to revisit this information!

I’m sure when you think of Google, you think of fuzzy dogs, craigs list, and the strange questions Google helpfully fills in for you, including

and the deepest most applicable question lingering at our core:

When can you eat squirrel?

…which a truly desperate college student on Geneseo’s campus might start to wonder, as the meal plan dwindles and you keep losing staring contests. (Vegans: it’s okay. Keep reading, it gets better, maybe.)

Squirrel

Day after day, eventually you start to wonder what you couldn’t eat those little buggers on. Pizza? Other squirrels?

This might require some research. For all you know, studies at Geneseo may have found a significant portion of squirrels have secret identities and should therefore be protected, not baked.

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What you, the savvy Geneseo student, would thus benefit from using is the mind-bogglingly awesome part of Google devoted to this need, sneakily hidden under products. Yes, indeed this grail of searching is none other than GOOGLE SCHOLAR, a versatile research tool that looks for your search terms in articles, patents, and book citations.

On the homepage it tries to be modest and say it only looks for articles, but it will search for books as well. Such results will appear with a [BOOK] designation at the beginning of the citation.

Once you’ve typed a search term in, such as “squirrel,” you’ll be shown a master list of all results.

Google Scholar search results

You may note that the third result on the list concerns movement representations in squirrel monkeys, which, while adorable are not a viable food source on Geneseo’s campus and thus not your concern.

To get rid of squirrel monkey results, you can exclude the word “monkey” in the advanced search. Clicking on the arrow next to the search box pulls up the advanced search functions.

Advanced search

To get rid of squirrel monkey results, you can exclude the word “monkey”:

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You can further narrow results down by using the exact phrase option:

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and now the top result (no superhero squirrel research in sight, sadly) based on my choice to sort by relevancy  is:

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Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 12.31.59 PMBummer. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a not so fun thing where your brain degenerates through infection by proteins called prions. Apparently it is possible to contract the disease through eating the brains of squirrels that are infected with these prions. However, when I look at more recent results by asking Google to only look for results in the last 14 years, I get this article, which is directly available for free through the link for Springer at the right:

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It concludes that it is unlikely that infectious prions will appear in red squirrels. Whew. But maybe we have gray squirrels…

Underneath the citation and excerpt, you can see how many times it has been cited, none in this case, and how many websites have the full text available (All 11 versions). The link for “Related articles” at the far left will show related materials that includes others more recent than this article, these may include other types of squirrels. There is also the option to cite the article directly or save it to “my library,” which is a personalized memory bank that will keep track of citations you’re interested in.

Now the varied danger of eating squirrel brains is corroborated by another article that talks about more than just red squirrels:

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It has been cited by 11 other more recent articles, which could be useful for further research into the topic. Additionally, there is no link to a free version to the right of the citation, meaning none of the 8 versions showed are available for free download. Boo.

You could cry, but wait! There should be, if you are on Geneseo’s wifi network or using an on-campus computer, a “Get It” link to the right of all articles. It may also be listed under “More” under the citation as well. This will take you to the glorious IDS request page, which should get you the article within 48 hours! REJOICE PEOPLE.

And if you are not on-campus, there is an alternative. Click “Settings” on this menu:

Google Scholar settings

What will appear is this:

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Type, as I have, SUNY Geneseo and hit search.  Check the box next to “Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo – Get it”.

Now hit “Save” and you will return to your search.  Now when you look to the right of a citation, you should see the Get It next to it, or More below the citation itself.

Happy searching*!

*Just remember to research before you eat. You never know.

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*Vegans: it’s okay. Keep reading, it gets better.

 

New Access to Experian’s Credit Data Reports

business_research-400x300Our ABI/INFORM database now has access to the Experian Commercial Risk Database, containing over 40 million credit data reports for both private and public companies, allowing researchers to see details such as contact information, size, industry, MSA, sales range, business type, bankruptcy information, credit risk, and more. These reports are full-text with coverage from December 10, 1980 to the present.

ABI/INFORM can be found under recommended databases on both the Business/Economics and Accounting/Auditing library research guides.

To find these reports, search ABI/INFORM for a company (e.g.“Ford Motor company”), then limit to reports (or limit further to just experian reports under publication title).

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For more info on the new content, see the announcement on ProQuest’s blog.