Could you use a refresher on searching the library databases? Do you need help finding useful articles for your assignments? Check out some of the Library Tutorials. Two new tutorials just added to the page come from the folks at EBSCOhost. Many of our databases are owned and managed by them. Viewing these tutorials would help you understand how to search a large number of our article databases:
If you need to know how to search the Web of Science, these resources would be useful for you:
Searching in many databases requires a knowledge of Boolean logic. This deals with the usage of the words AND, OR, NOT between search terms. One of our library pages discusses these useful operators in straightforward term, including images to illustrate the concepts.
Additionally, the Colorado State University Libraries have created a useful tutorial titled “Boolean Searching.” It is not a video, allowing learners to advance from slide to slide, but the flash component keeps it from being bare and boring. It will assess your learning to check for comprehension of the material. Their “Advanced Boolean Searching” tutorial follows the same pattern, only it goes into greater specificity on Boolean searching. These two tutorials do not take long to complete. Take a look at them.
Many Boolean videos have been created and posted on YouTube. Some of them are amusing, others may be obnoxious, but most of them are informative on the topic.
For brevity, this “Boolean Logic” tutorial takes the cake. It is only 27 seconds. During that short time frame it quickly introduces George Boole, then it displays Venn diagrams that illustrate how AND, OR, and NOT work.
This entry was submitted by Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction, Assistant Professor, Eli M. Oboler Library.