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Module 6: Using Academic Search
This tutorial will focus on how to do a basic search
within the Academic Search Premier database, how to narrow the
results by suggested subject headings, how to retrieve the articles
found in the search, a variety of ways to expand and narrow search
results. Skills learned from this tutorial will be able to be
applied to a number of other databases, including all EBSCOhost
products. To successfully complete this tutorial, a student will
score at least 8 out of 10 on the quiz at the end.
Approximate time to complete: 30
Upon completing this tutorial, students will be able to:
navigate through the Academic Search Premier database
construct a search using truncation, Boolean operators, and/or
identify common ways to narrow and/or expand search results
identify the difference between a basic and an advanced search
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.
2.3. The information literate student retrieves information
online or in person using a variety of methods.