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This tutorial will teach you the search skills you need to use the Library Search engine
To get started:
Discuss effective communication skills in the workplace
What are the main search words or phrases?
Let’s identify some other search words! Why?
Let's identify some other words or phrases.
1. Are there words or phrases you can use instead of - "communication skills"?
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2. Are there words or phrases you can use instead of - workplace?
Well done, you have identified a number of search words for this topic.
Let’s start searching!
Click here to enter the Library search engine. Login with your username and password. (More info.)
Select the the 'Advanced Search' link
Combining search words with AND will find results containing ALL the search words.
Combining search words with OR will find results containing ANY of the search words.
Enter the search words as depicted in the image below. (Click on the image to enlarge)
Let's look at the search results!
The number of results appears just above the first result.
How many results did you get?
Searching is a process
Sometimes you will get too many results and other times you will get too few or none at all.
If you have too many search results, you will need to refine your search. One way to do this is to add or change your search words.
Now let's refine and change your search!
Look for words in your results to see if you can improve your search.
Click on the image below and consider:
Let's practice changing your search.
Let's limit the results by date!
Limit the results to the last 10 years.
Refine to Books.
Let's add some results to 'My Folder'!
You now have a list of books and ebooks relevant to your search words, published from 2007 onward.
it's important to keep track of the resources you find. Why?
Click on the folder icon next to one eBook and one book.
Great! You have added those resources to a temporary folder which will appear on the far right side of your screen. (See image below.)
How can you read the books or eBooks you have found?
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Let's save some journal articles to 'My Folder'!
Limit your search to 'journal articles'
Now limit to the last five years
Let's look at the results!
The results are:
Save two or three journal articles
Great! You have added the results to your temporary folder, along with your other resources.
How can you read the journal articles you have found?
Now let's go to 'My Folder'!
You have now saved four or five journal articles and/or books in your temporary folder.
Go to 'My Folder has items' on the far right of your screen.
Well done! You have now found and emailed a number of relevant and up-to-date academic resources to yourself. You are well on your way to using the Library search engine effectively.
To save your searches, set alerts, and keep journal articles and other references in one place, you will need to register for your own EBSCOhost personalised folder.
Click here for video instructions on how to set it up. (Opens in new tab.)
Practice with your own topic. Remember you can use these skills for any assessment task!
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