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Alphabetical list of databases accessible to all IU Bloomington students:
Things to keep in mind:
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You wouldn't want to rush into the big game without a plan, or hike into the woods without a compass and map, right?
It's easy to get lost in the amount of information that can be found in databases. You may pick out the perfect keywords only to find little to no results related to your topic. Does that mean the information you need isn't out there? Not necessarily!
Think about your research question, the scope of your investigation, and the keywords you may have begun generating for your topic.
In order to find and use information, you may need to take a step back and think about what you've already identified.
You can also modify your results using various search strategies. The default of search engines and most databases is to separate keywords and search for them separately.
In a library database, you can control your results by connecting keywords with AND, OR, NOT, and by using other search strategies like putting "quotation marks" around phrases to keep them together in the search.
Use AND to narrow your results. Your results must include each term.
Use OR to broaden your results. Your results could include any one of the terms.
Use NOT to exclude terms from your results.
Quotation marks narrow your results by keeping words in a phrase together.
We can often do research without really thinking about it. But how do we know if our research strategy is the best or most efficient? What if we can't remember what's worked well or what hasn't in the past?
A research log is a document that helps you keep track of and think about how you search for sources. A research log can be as informal as jotting down keywords and notes informally, or it can be more structured like writing annotations or summaries of sources and how they might fit into your project.
Materials from the Information Literacy Toolkit by Meg Meiman, which adapted materials from Maria Accardi & Tessa Withorn's Canvas module Access & Use.