Ever been frustrated when you use a library database or an Internet search engine, and your results list features a lot of irrelevant results? Here’s a quick tip for increasing the relevance of your search results: If you are searching for a string of words and you want them to appear together, put quotation marks around them. For example: “time management” or “intellectual property law.” In almost all databases or search engines, when you put quotation marks around search terms, you are conducting what’s called an Exact Phrase search. That means your results will only include, for example, “time” and “management” right next to each other, rather than including results which feature those words but have them located in different sections of the text.
Using an Exact Phrase search will increase the relevance of your results; however, note that it will also reduce your number of results. So a good strategy might be to try searching both ways: “intellectual property law” and intellectual property law. Doing this will allow you to see some results that may not have come up during the Exact Phrase search.
Try to avoid searching for long phrases or strings of terms together, like: “intellectual property law in the United States.” It would probably be extremely rare for an article or e-book page to feature such a long string of words in that exact same order. If you want to search for results on that topic, a good way to do so would be to search for: “intellectual property law” United States. Leaving United States outside of the quotation marks ensures that those words will be searched under a basic Keyword Search, where the words are found anywhere in the document.
As with online searching in general, if at first it doesn’t succeed, try to change up your search terms altogether, or eventually you may need to try a different database.
If you have any questions about searching our databases or anything else related to your research or class assignments, please feel free to contact the EU librarians!
Webinar: Using the EU Libraries’ New Business Databases: Business Source Elite and Small Business Reference Center
DATE: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
DESCRIPTION: The EU Libraries recently added two excellent new Business research databases: Business Source Elite, and Small Business Reference Center. Business Source Elite (an EBSCOHost Business database) offers full-text, printable and downloadable articles from nearly 1,000 business publications, as well as over 10,000 company profiles. Small Business Reference Center provides information about entrepreneurship, how to start new companies, how to write business plans, and more. Along with full-text, printable and downloadable content from nearly 400 periodicals and over 450 reference books, Small Business Reference Center features “how-to” videos, lectures, and interviews. Learn all about how to use these library databases during this live, one-hour webinar, presented by Pamela Erickson, a professional trainer from EBSCO.
INSTRUCTIONS: To register for this webinar, go to: http://bit.ly/Wv9JNS
After registering, you will get a confirmation email sent to your Inbox. Five to ten minutes before the webinar’s start time on April 17th, go to the attendee link that you received in your confirmation email.
Questions? Contact your librarians!
Hello students! Did you know that you can use LexisNexis to find information on companies including news, company profiles, and information about their competitors? This is obviously helpful for business students, but aviation, construction, alternative and renewable energy students and anyone who wants more insight into businesses in their industry would be able to use LexisNexis for this helpful information.
In order to access LexisNexis, log-in to the EU Library splash page at: http://www.evergladeslibrary.com. Your username is your seven digit student ID# and the password is the last four of your SSN.
LexisNexis is located in the blue box under “Databases”.
Once you’re at the LexisNexis main search page, locate the box for “Get Company Info” in the top right corner.
Type in the name of the company you’re interested in learning more about. Example: “Apple” or “Pizza Hut”. Click the blue “go” button.
Choose the result you want from the list. (The first one is usually the most relevant.)
The navigation bar on the list gives you options for financial information, news, company hierarchy, competitors and more.
The main box gives company information including the address headquarters, contact information, a business description, and stock information.
The box to the right gives a list of executives, quick glance financials, and links to the top three competing businesses.
Additional questions? Ask your librarians!
Attention Alternative Medicine Students!
Natural Standard, one of our premier EU library databases for Complementary and Alternative Medicine research, made a 9-minute video that covers the basic elements of what you can find on the database. The nice thing about this video is that it offers a concise overview of the website, yet it goes into a bit more detail than we do on our 5-minute library video tutorial about our Alt Med resources (you can watch that video and our other library videos at http://www.screencast.com/users/Twilight14).
Here is the direct link to the Natural Standard video and video website URL:
To access Natural Standard and our other EU library databases, you must first log in to our EU library website. Go to: www.evergladeslibrary.com, then enter your Username (student ID number) and password (last four digits of your SSN; if the first digit is a zero, replace it with a one). For faculty members who have set up library accounts, your username is your first name followed by the last four of your SSN, and your password is your last name. Once you are logged in, our library databases are located in the left-hand column in the big blue box.
Questions? Contact your librarians!
Have you ever wanted articles from a specific date range, but didn’t know how to find them? Maybe you want things that were super of the minute and published within the past week, month or year or you were looking for articles relating to a certain time frame. Below, I’ll show you how to limit your search by date using the Gale InfoTrac database.
Log-In to the Library splash page at http://www.evergladeslibrary.com.
- Username: your seven digit student ID #
- Password: the last four of your SSN.
In the blue box, underneath the heading “Everglades University Databases” click the link for LIRN (Library Information Resources Network).
Next, click the button that says “Connect to Gale InfoTrac”.
When the list of databases comes up, you can perform a Power Search and search them all at once by clicking “Continue”. (You can also choose a particular database to search, if you prefer. The next few steps will be the same either way.)
From the search page, click the link for “Advanced Search”.
On the Advanced Search page, you can limit the search by publication date.
You can also limit the search results by date range after you’ve already begun to search. From the results page list, simply navigate to the section on dates using the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen that says “Limit Search By”.
Questions? Want to know how to limit a search by date range in another database? Contact your librarians!
AOPA Pilot is the official magazine of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The magazine features articles about new airplane technologies, industry and private ownership best practices, and aviation news. It’s a great resource for our aviation students that want to keep abreast of news specifically for pilots and owners.
If you’re an EU Orlando on-campus student, you can view and borrow the print version ofAOPA Pilot in the library. On another campus or an online student? You can still view the full text of some of the stories (including this month’s cover story) online at http://www.aopa.org/pilot/.
While we always prefer you use the EU Library Databases for finding research and articles, sometimes a website will have some great information on a current event or organization. We’ve compiled a list of these free resources here on the blog! You can reach them by going to the tab labeled “Resources” and then choosing your major. From there the resources are divided by topic.
The librarians have thoroughly researched and evaluated these websites, so they are fine for supplementing your paper on providing you with additional information. Just remember that the majority of them aren’t scholarly or peer-reviewed, so you’ll need to still use the databases for those. For more information on evaluating websites, check out our post on Smart Searching Strategies!
A great example of a time when it would be appropriate to use a website for some additional information is while searching for resources on Aviation Safety and Regulations. If you head over to this section on the blog (Hover Over “Resources” in the Top Right Corner, Then Click “Aviation”, Then Click “Safety and Regulations”) you’ll see the following list of links:
The FAA, NTSB or TSA websites would be great resources if you’re interested in knowing about regulations and safety precautions today. There are also some links in there regarding professional associations, wikis, and current news resources.
Do a little exploring and then come back and tell us which one was your favorite and why!
Questions? Contact your librarians!