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Research and the Library: Using Resources WISely: Module 3: Revision

This tutorial and module will guide you through the process of library research.

Module 3: Revision

As you use the strategies from these modules to find and use available sources, you may need to go through a Revision process to fine-tune your search to get the best information or additional perspectives. This includes moving beyond basic keyword searches and using multi-discipline databases. Often when you’re researching one aspect of a topic, you will find other important resources in related areas.  Searching for sources is not a one-time affair, it is a process that requires revision and strategic searching. 

First, read the learning outcomes below. When you are ready, click the "NEXT" button on the bottom to begin the module.  In previous modules, you learned how to use keyword searches and Boolean Operators.  In this module you will learn advanced searching strategies, including grouping, truncation and wildcards, subject headings, controlled vocabularies, and how to use the advanced search in the databases. 

A. Advanced Searching
B. Choosing the Right Database

C. Google vs. Google Scholar vs. Library Database
D. Test Yourself

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will:

  • Use Boolean Operators to group search terms and use truncation and wildcards to find variations or alternative spellings of words.
  • Search databases using subject headings and controlled vocabulary.
  • Distinguish between different types of databases to select the best ones for your search.
  • Identify the best search option for your research assignment.
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