Searching as Strategic Exploration

Using Pubmed - Intro to the Advanced Search Builder

Get to know the new PubMed's Advanced Search Builder! Check it out to learn more about how to: * Find articles on a topic or by subject * Access full text versions of articles * View your PubMed search history, including key words * Use search filters to get the best results!

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Finding Images with the UCLA Library

This interactive comic is your introduction to finding digital images at the UCLA Library and beyond! It covers how to find image databases and online exhibits, as well as how to approach searching for and citing online images. Check out the comic’s embedded links for additional info!Learning Outcomes:Use the UCLA Library website to find and cite image resourcesExplain the difference between copyright and creative commons licensing

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Get Started with Zotero

With Zotero, you'll never have to stress again about making a properly-formatted bibliography! Zotero makes collecting, organizing, and analyzing your research sources easy. This tutorial will help you navigate the application and offer some neat tips and tricks for utilizing Zotero!Learning Outcomes:Create Zotero AccountOrganize your LibraryGenerate a bibliography in a chosen citation style (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)

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Using Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar to find sources for your research can yield you a lot of articles, journals, books, and more. But how do you find the right sources? Here are some tips and tricks for maximizing Google Scholar’s potential.Learning Outcomes:Adopt new strategies for improving a Google Scholar searchUse Google Scholar's Advanced SearchUse quotes in their searchUse AND, OR, NOT, and Parentheses in their search.Use Cited By and Related Articles to find relevant articlesAccess relevant articles

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Find and Use Review Articles

Looking for an efficient way to get an overview of a body of research on your topic? A review article is a great place to start.A review article provides an analysis of the state of research on a set of related research questions. Review articles often:summarize key research findings;reference must-read articles;describe current areas of agreement as well as controversies and debates;point out gaps in knowledge and unanswered questions;suggest directions for future research.

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Finding Sources with the UCLA Library

Navigate your research with ease and pick out the best sources for your project! In this module, you'll explore the library research guides, learn strategies for finding the information you need, and find out about research consultations.By the end of this workshop, you'll be able to:Find research guides related to your projectFind sources using the UCLA Library catalogFind scholarly articles using online databases

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Developing Research Questions and Creating Keywords

In this interactive online workshop, you will learn strategies for generating research questions and turning those questions into keywords. Coming up with keywords will help you craft more effective searches!By the end of this workshop, you'll be able to:Develop specific research questions from a topicTurn questions into keywordsConstruct a preliminary search for your specific research questionThe workshop includes interactive videos and self-assessment questions.

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Mathematics class assignment for evaluating Wikipedia

The information literacy in class assignment was introduced to Sophomores and Juniors in STEM during a math class. Concepts such as types of information sources and critical evaluation of information sources were introduced.  The remainder of time is devoted to a group assignment on evaluating information sources both on the Web in comparison to the information resource.Students worked in groups to complete the assignment which was handed out on paper.  The first part explained again criteria for evaluating information sources while the second part gave 3 example sources from a Wikipedia article.  Students were asked to identify the type of information source (scholarly journal, news, book, website) and the authors with their credentials.  Then the students were asked to infer the intended audience for the information source and the usefulness of the information for their coursework later in the semester.  Finally, the students were asked to located an item in the library’s discovery search interface that was of high quality in the characteristics they had explored.

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Do, or Do Not, Make Them Think?: A Usability Study of an Academic Library Search Box

This usability study explores whether patrons prefer and are well-served by specialized, format-based searches or simpler, single-box searches, and the implications of these practices and preferences for information literacy. Qualitative data suggest that format-specific searches can confuse and slow down users and single-box searches are often faster and more successful. These findings highlight the potential conflict between user experience (UX) design and traditional conceptualizations of research and library-based search.

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