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Welcome to CUW! Your Librarian Elaine Gustafson has designed a set of activities for you to complete during your residency to help you build or brush up on your database searching skills.
This page includes videos and guides for the activities I would like you to complete. Depending on your current experience level, some activities will be easy or challenging. Take this opportunity to explore databases and bring questions to our second session.
Task 1: Identify your concepts and keywords
Keywords vs Subject Terms (2 min)
Choosing Keywords (2 min)
Task 2: Identify Subject Terms in Databases
Subject terms: standardized terms for different topics or source types assigned by librarians.
Subject terms are specific to each provider but are often based on Library of Congress or MeSH Classification. Look for your topic in a database thesaurus to find the best subject terms.
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Task 3: Sample Searching
ProQuest Advanced Search (1 min)
ProQuest Search Results (3 min)
Ebscohost Advanced Search (2 min)
Task 4: Create A concept Map
Many of the research questions you explore in this program will be interdisciplinary. Learn why this is important, and how it affects your research process with this video clip.