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Module 3: Basics of Database Searching
This tutorial introduces students to electronic
databases and the concepts of basic and advanced searching, limiting
search results, stop words, and provide them with the basics that
they need to search a variety of electronic resources successfully.
To successfully complete this tutorial, a student will score at
least 8 out of 10 on the quiz at the end.
Upon completing this tutorial, students will be able to:
define what a database is
identify various ways to limit their search
construct a search using truncation, Boolean operators, and/or
define what stop words are
identify the difference between keyword and subject searching
Relevant ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards
for Higher Education:
2. The information literate student accesses
needed information effectively and efficiently.
2.2.d. Constructs a search strategy using appropriate
commands for the information retrieval system selected (e.g.
Boolean operators, truncation, and proximity for search engines;
internal organizers such as indexes for books.)
2.2.e. Implements the search strategy in various information
retrieval systems using different user interfaces and search engines,
with different command languages, protocols, and search parameters.