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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Ten Essential Information Retrieval Tools This infographic contains essential search tools for new MLIS students in the Dominican University GSLIS program. These tools are both free and password protected, and search scholarly resources, the web at large, social media, online web traffic, health and business information, and more. See below for introductions to their collections and important search tips. Enjoy! KEY Password Protected - Access through Crown Library! Free Online! Humanities Sciences Social Sciences Health Music/Audio Scholarly Material Web Traffic Data Business Social Media Data Video Software Web Pages See at a glance what a resource is best for! Google is an ubiquitous search engine, used by many people to search a vast array of sites and pages on the internet. However, Google is not often utilized to the fullest extent of its powers. Use the tips below to take your Google search skills to the next level. The site operator, site: allows you to search only the pages of a particular site. For example, including restricts the search to pages on the New York Times website. Putting the operator “~” before a word will search related words. For example, searching “~university will also search for college. Putting terms in quotation marks will search for that particular phrase, rather than the words it contains individually. Putting a minus sign before a search excludes that term from the search. For example, searching for bird -ostrich will return sites containing the word bird, but not ostrich.The operator filetype: allows you to search for a specific kind of file. For example, if you want a pdf copy of an article instead of its HTML version, try searching for the title and filetype:pdf. The operator intitle: allows you to search for a particular word in the title of a document. For example, searching for intitle:geography will return pages with geography in the title. 2. GOOGLE SCHOLAR More specific than Google, Google Scholar searches scholarly literature across disciplines and sources. You can find abstracts, articles, theses, books, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other places on the web. The resource itself is free, but the articles it links to may be password protected. Using Google Scholar in tandem with other databases at Dominican (like ProQuest, Web of Science, and JSTOR) helps users first find, then access locked resources. TIPS 1. GOOGLE TIPS Click the drop down arrow in the search box to use advanced search features and make your search more specific. You can search by title, author, phrase, restrict your search by date, and use Boolean operators (and, or, not). Once your search results appear, you can search for similar resources by clicking Related Articles under your article of choice.The column on the left side of your search results also offers ways to narrow your search, such as by date or how the results are sorted. 3. PROQUEST ProQuest offers databases in the arts, business, dissertations and theses, health and medicine, history, literature and language, news and newspapers, science and technology, and social sciences. Dominican offers access to 14 of the databases in ProQuest, but as a GSLIS student, you can access all 90 ProQuest databases for FREE through their Graduate Education Program! Talk to your advisor or this years ProQuest Intern for more details.
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