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These exercises have been provided to help students learn about library services and researching. They may be used by an instructor as an assignment.


Exercise: GALILEO for Your Research

Recording your own search process

Learning Objective: Implement and report on your own research process using GALILEO.

PART 1:

Record the following information:

  1. What is your research question?

  2. What search option will you select to locate an appropriate database?

  3. What database(s) did you select, and why did you select it/them?

  4. What keywords will you use to search for articles on your topic?

  5. Write down your search statement as you would enter it to search the database.

  6. Run the search you entered. How many results did you get?

  7. Select an article that looks relevant and record the following information.

    1. Author
    2. Title
    3. Journal name
    4. Volume, Issue, and Date

  8. Are there terms in the Subjects or Descriptors for the article (recorded above) that you could use to refine your search?

  9. Where can you find this article? How do you know?

PART 2:

Select another database that seems appropriate for your topic.

Record the following information:

  1. What search option did you select, and why did you select it?

  2. Write down your search statement as you would enter it in the database.

  3. How many results did you get?

  4. Select an article that looks relevant and record the following information.

    1. Author
    2. Title
    3. Journal name
    4. Volume, Issue, and Date

  5. Are there terms in the Subjects or Descriptors that you could use to refine your search? Are these subjects the same as or different from the subjects used in the first database you searched?

Submit the results of your two searches to your instructor if required.

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