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Transcript - Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! Databases - Aug 20 1018

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>>    KIMBERLY:   We're going to start in about a minute, but before we do I was wondering if somebody could just type in the questions panel if you can hear us to make sure the audio is working.  Great.  Thank you.  We are at 8:30 and we have a lot to go over so we're going to jump in and get started.  I will hit the, start recording button.  Welcome everybody to today's webinar.  My name is Kim Burton.  And with me is Andrea Lemieux and we are here to do our webinar on ministries of the library revealed databases.  Before I do that, we are going to go through some housekeeping but Andrea and I will turn off our videos just because it may slow down webinar a little bit, but we wanted to say hi and let you know we are real people and show you what we look like.


  During this webinar I will be showing my screen with you with the PowerPoint presentation and we will be doing some life demos in the library website.  This PowerPoint is in the handouts section of the GoTo Webinar toolbox so if you would like that you can click on that now and it will download to your computer.  There are a lot of great links and there she may want to do that now so you have this later on.  The session is also being recorded.  You will be receiving a recorded version of this webinar in about 1-two days and that will come directly from GoTo Webinar.  We would like you to submit questions, if you have something to submit other than the databases use our ask a librarian service, that is a great way to answer questions.  But for questions related to the webinar please submit your questions.


Tonight we are talking about library databases.  Our goal tonight is to help you understand the library databases in depth.  Since we cover topics such as peer review and full text in other mysteries webinars we will not go into too much detail on those aspects but we will point some of those features out to use specifically,what a library databases, understanding what this is.  We will identify different types of databases, discuss how to effectively search the databases and answer any questions that you may have regarding databases.


With that, I'm actually going to turn the presentation over to Andrea and she will get started.


>>     ANDREA:  So you all should see a screen that says Google scholar on it.  If you don't, let me give some perspective of what all library database can do for you as a student at Walden.  I want to start were a lot of students begin their research, which tends to be Google Scholar.  Then we will compare the same certain elaborate database.


Right now you should be seeing my screen which has Google scholar up, and let's assume that we have a discussion post where we need to research a topic related to women in entrepreneurship.  We need to find Fulltext articles that are peer-reviewed for the discussion post.  I'm going to enter in, women and entrepreneurship into the search box.


Let's look at the results.  We can see is going to be overwhelming to begin with.  We have 536,000 results.  And each entry on the result page looks a little different.  Some have links, you can see, and some do not.  It looks like some of these results might be coming from journals but if you scroll down you can see this may look like a repository of some kind, it looks like it is coming from a conference.  And the only way it looks like we can manipulate the results at all is based on date, over here on the left.  So there's not a lot of options that we have.


Given that, we can figure out what is going on, it will just take a little bit of time and energy.


Let's do the same search in the library database so we can compare the results.  If we go to the Walden library homepage, this is what the library looks like.  You almost always direct students to this box.  Here you will see all the programs that Walden offers.  This topic is related to business so we will click on, business at management.


All of our research homepages look really similar, so if you learn to navigate one, you will be able to navigate the others as well.  This first drop-down box lists our popular most popularly used databases.  I will click on, business source complete, this is one I use frequently and empty milli- with.  And I will try the same search.  And you can see there's a lot more ways we can control our search because there are a lot of options the database offers.


I will type in, women in the first search box.  Entrepreneur in the second and I will see what kind of ways we can limit our search.  On the left-hand side you can click on fulltext and peer-reviewed journals, so we already know that we will be looking at articles we can read right away and fulltext journals.  I will click on, search.  We are doing a little bit better, not a ton better because we still have 1200 results here.


But you can see in the results list that everything is pretty much structured the same.  If the article title, we have the journal information and then we have this year, which is subjects.  These are the subjects that are assigned to the article because these are the main topics the article is covering.  Remember the assignment, we have to talk about an aspect of women in entrepreneurship.  1200 results is way too many to sort through.  If I scroll through the results I can see what piques my interest.


This article is also about social networking.  And so I have read and heard some things about that in the news lately so I'm going to go back to the top and type in social networking.  And refined my search little more.


Now you can see I have 26 results and I can easily look through the titles of the articles and read the abstracts to find a couple of articles about women and entrepreneurship that will support my post picks out it is a lot less frustrating and quicker to do it in the databases rather than in Google scholar.  We have to figure out how we get the full text, what we are looking for, if we are even looking at a journal and if it is peer-reviewed.


Let me show you a quick and easy chart you can look at after the webinar, so you should be seeing my PowerPoint now.  You can see in this column in the middle that there are a lot of options that the library databases offer you when you compare it to Google scholar, that they just do not offer.


We will talk about some of these things later in that webinar, but this is a quick and dirty handy chart to show you what you can do in the library database.  Kim, what are some of the reasons you would choose a library database over Google scholar?


>>    KIMBERLY:  Obviously, you were talking about how you got that database to bring back really focused and relevant results to research.  But one of the best features that I like -- about the database is you can limit it to peer review because that is a lot of the assignments you are looking at, your instructions are asking for resources out of peer-reviewed scholarly journals.  In the databases you can just limit to that.  And you don't have to worry about finding an article in Google scholar and verify the peer review elsewhere and finding out it was not a peer-reviewed journal or article you could use.


>>     ANDREA:  And all of those points that Kim made a great.  As a student, becoming a researcher, you're going to be using different types of resources that allow you to do that much better than just an everyday person that was to look up quick and dirty information on the Internet about a particular topic.  This is much more focused and based on what you are going to be doing as a student.  So let's talk a little more about what an actual databases.  What is it exactly?


Essentially databases a searchable collection of material.  If you struggle with understanding what he databases, you can think of it as an electronic version of a physical library.  Or a bookstore.  Visualize that you go into the library or the bookstore and you might have business books in one section, health books in another section, you might even have business videos in a separate section.  So you know when you go into a library things are sorted, they can be sorted by subject, types of materials.  The thing is, is you have to go through and browse all of those and be there physically.  What is great about the database is it is organized in a very similar manner but it is all electronic and you can get to it from your computer.  And it is much more searchable that it is if you were to be in a physical library.


Not only can you search by topic, you can search by author, a search an abstract. let's go back and look at One of the articles that we just pulled up in our results list.  If we were interested in looking up-- we can see this articles about social innovations and networks, and women's employment.  We click on the article title it will give us information about the actual article itself.  If you want to read the full text of the article, you can click on the PDF full text or you can click on the HTML link, if there is one.


All of these things you see here on the screen are searchable.  You can search the article title, you can search by author, you conceit is a journal.  And here you can read the abstract of what the article is about.  All these fields are searchable.  So this much more precise when compared to Google scholar.  There's one other piece of information that I want to share about databases.


We choose the types of databases that will best support your work as a student.  As a scholar, these are some of the resources you can use as a student but whatever you continue on in your professional career.  It is important to know you can get the full text article which would not be possible going through Google scholar but it is through our databases.


Let's talk about the different types of databases. if we go back to the Walden library homepage, everything you see here is arranged by books, dissertations, types of materials or by subject.  If we are going to go into business management, were going to see all kinds of resources related to business and management.  This first drop-down menu is business source complete.  There are case studies, company profiles, reports, all of that kind of information as well.


When we go into business source complete, you can see the database title up here.  Kim, I think we can pick up a little bit of your keyboard --


>>    KIMBERLY:  Sorry about that.


>>     ANDREA:  We can see that the database name is at the top.  Students often confuse that EBSCO host is the database company.  We have a lot of EBSCO databases.  Especially for dissertation students in the webinar, you are going to need to expend what you searched and in what way you searched.  So it is important to note what databases you are searching, as opposed to the vendor.  Said to give you a little perspective on this, let me show you another database.  If we go back to the business homepage and click on this database it is very similar information to business source complete.  It overlaps a little bit but it also has unique information practices trade publications, business news, reports and working papers.


But if I click on ABI Inform you will see the landing pages different than the EBSCO database.  If you look at the left this database comes from a company called ProQuest. So we purchase our databases from different vendors.  But ABI Inform is a type of database. It is good to know the difference between the database you are using and the vendor and the company.  So EBSCO and ProQuest are the companies that sell us these individual databases and we have other vendors as well


Let me talk about a few other types of databases that we have.  When I went to the homepage, I showed you you could also browse by books and dissertations.  Those are just organized by the type of material they are.  So if you click on dissertation we have a whole database that has information just on Walden dissertations.  We have another entire database that is not only Walden dissertations but dissertations from across the world and all kinds of universities.  If you are a psychology student, we have a psychology video databases that have actual counseling sessions and psychological experiments, information on that type of thing in a video format. Again, it is the same thing is your library or bookstore but just an electronic format.


One other thing I want to point out before I turn this over to Kim is that on the library homepage, often a lot of students use this search box up here at the very top of the homepage.  You can see I little box it says Thoreau.  It is really going to be tempting to use that main search box because it looks a lot like Google.  It does not have a lot of boxes you can click, but Thoreau is actually not a database.  What Thoreau does is search across many databases at the same time.


So if we are searching women in entrepreneurship, we don't necessarily want results per se that has a really heavy nursing our psychology influence.  We want things that are really business-oriented.  So again, it is best to always start here in the middle under subject resources, because Thoreau will make your search more complicated.


There are very specific reasons why you want to use throughout, so in that case you want to come to one of our other Mysteries webinars in two months' time in October.  Third Monday of the month and then you can learn all about, you can become a pro searcher because once you know how to do things we're going to talk about tonight and Thoreau, you read much are going to be an expert researcher.


>>    KIMBERLY:  I preferred the EBSCO databases, I find them user-friendly and they have a nice interface.  I like to start my searches in there and build out to other databases.  With that being said, I am also the education subject liaison librarian and EBSCO has a lot of really good education databases. ProQuest has a really good criminal justice database, so maybe if I was doing more research on that topic I would prefer ProQuest.


>>     ANDREA:    We will go more in depth about the search that we did at the beginning and I'm going to turn that over to Kim.


>>    KIMBERLY:  Great.  So do you see my slide here?  On the screen?


>>     ANDREA:  Yes.


>>    KIMBERLY:  Now that you know what databases are and how they work, how do you use it, how do you find articles in them?  I will just go over some of the things you need to do when you search the library databases.  I have them outlined here on this slide but I think the best way to do it is to really just jump out there and show you.  Before I can do that, we have to talk about Boolean operators.  And this is how we will start our search.


The first thing we will do is come up with a topic.  So let's say our topic is parent involvement in elementary schools -- excuse me is related, is parent involvement at elementary schools related to student success.  Now we have to break the topic into concepts.  You are allowed two or three concepts.  If you don't have enough concepts, it will be too broad and you will get too many results.  And if you have too many concepts you will get not enough results.


This topic has three concepts.  We will use Boolean operators to expand and narrow our search is.  What are Boolean operators?  These are terms that the databases understand.  They help to  get those focused results and it helps you perform complex search strategies. I specifically want to talk about two of the Boolean operators AND and OR.


When I use AND in my searches, say parent involvement and elementary school, I am telling the database I want both of these concepts in resources it finds for me.  So it will bring the overlap to me.  This narrow overlap. 


When I use the OR Boolean operator, it is going to expand my search or bring back more because it is going to bring back all of these plus all of these, not just the overlap.  We are going to get everything in here.


So we are going to jump out to the database and I will go over all of those steps in the prior slide for you.  Since I am the liaison to the education college, I'm just going to go into some of our education databases here.  The first one is education source.


This is a database provided to us by EBSCO, so it looks like the database entry it was in.  I will pick my topic up at one concept in each box.  It is already set up with those Boolean operators.  So the first concept was parent involvement.  And then the second concept was elementary.  And the third concept was student success.


I have my concept in there, I am telling the database I need articles or resources that have parent involvement in it, it has to also have elementary in it, and it has to have student success in add. now I want to go down and limit my results.  This really depends why am doing the search.  Is it for discussion post, for a final project due at the end of the term. I want to make sure that full text is checked out because I want full text access to this article, but I am told I need peer-reviewed articles, so I will check that Opera can also eat articles within the past five years.  So I will put 2013.  I don't need to put an end date in it because the database will search through the present.


I hit, search, and I only find eight articles.  That is really not that many.  I am pretty sure there must be other articles out there on the topic.  So I will expand my results by adding additional search terms an alternative keyboards to this search.  This is where I will start using the OR Boolean operator.  I will look in the titles and then I'm also going to look in the subject lines here.  All the databases use the subjects.  Sometimes they call them subject headings or keyboards.  You can look in your to find additional terms for your search.


This first article has the subject, parent participation and education.  That is actually another term I could put in here.  So I'll put parent involvement or parent participation.  And I can even expand this with this many other alternative search terms as I want, as long as they are all synonyms.  Parent involvement, or parent participation or family involvement or family Participation.


I see another one for academic achievement, which is another term for student success so I will add that here.  Another thing we can do is brainstorm.  What's another term for elementary school. in the UK they call it primary school.  So I will put primary education in there.  Now that I added this OR to the concepts, we should expand our research and find more articles.  I will hit the search and see how many we get.  We get 109 articles.  This is great.  I keep going through and looking for subject terms, looking for words in the title, I can even click on the title and I get a detailed record.  This time I can read the abstract to see if there are any other terms there that I might want to add to the search.  And to get back to my results I go back to this result list.


109 is a lot of results.  So, Andrea, if you had this search, what is something you can do to narrow it down to get more specific relevant results?


>>     ANDREA:  That is a great question.   like a touch on before there is so much precision in database.  I might try searching the words in the title, because of those words are in the title of the article, then that is probably mainly what the article is about.  You can also search in the abstract of the article, again, that is a description of the main ideas of the article.  So those are two ways you can narrow down your results.


>>    KIMBERLY:  That is a great idea.  The abstract has the key components of the article in it, so if these terms are in the abstract you know the article will be added.  So let us try that.  Let's do the first two in the abstract.  Now we are telling the database to only find articles that have any of these terms just in the abstract.  Same with the second concept with elementary or primary education.  So hit, search, and it narrows it down to 13.  Now I'm getting very focused results.


I saw this academic achievement in the subject line, so I can even tell the database to only look for student success for academic achievement as a subject.  This will narrow it down more because not that many articles will have that tag, you only get the academic achievement of that is exactly what they are talking about.  I will hit, search, and I have nine very relevant focused results.


I know we are coming close to the top of the hour.  But I just want to show you this search in another database so I am going to go down -- I'm going to go back to the library main page and go into the databases A-Z button.  I will click on E. I'm just going to go into ProQuest this way. ProQuest Central. When we were talking before about ProQuest and EBSCO being vendors, if you click on, change databases here, you will get a list of all the databases that ProQuest gives access to.  I will scroll down, look at all these databases, these are all of the databases I am now searching -- if I just want to narrow this down, I can click, select all and then click it again and it will clear all of those out and I can just scroll down and only search in the education database.  I could also, if I wanted to in psychology, I could search the psychology database, if I was in nursing I could search the nursing database, I could go ahead and use the database and set the search exactly as I did in EBSCO.


I can add a row, limit to peer review, I can limit my dates -- that is just an idea, you've seen how to do it in one database, this does not look like EBSCO, but has the same functionality and you can receive the same results.  You won't achieve the exact results because these databases search different journals, there may be some overlap but you want to try as many different databases as possible.


Okay, we have -- one of the final slides we have in our PowerPoint as a lot of great links on learning more about databases, all of these links will take you to the library resource.  We have some quick answers like frequently asked questions on how do I find a database by subject.  Had I find library databases with a specific type of material or content, how do I select and use keywords in a database, those are all the quick answers then we have links to our guides, how to limit by fulltext, that is when you are looking for fulltext articles out to limited by peer review and how to search with some subject terms.  I'm just going to switch back over to Andrea for a minute and she is going to go over the next webinars in the Mysteries series.


>>     ANDREA:  Thank you Kim.  So everybody should be seeing on the screen, a list of the upcoming webinars in the series.  Next month is time-saving tips and tricks.  Just think with the fall quarter starting, you will probably be at that point where were going to be running out of lots of time because that is the most important to most of us.  So make sure you attend the webinar.  Remember I talked about the row earlier and that is one way to become a really great researcher.  And so you might want to attend that one in October. 


We really just covered the surface of searching databases.  Because we could not do the webinar without showing you how to manipulate your results and search within the database.  So, we have other Mysteries webinars that will talk more in depth about searching, broadening your search, narrowing your search, so that is something you might want to check out which is on the last link there.


Before we end, wanted to show you really quick on the library's homepage, all of our social media icons are here at the bottom.  So Facebook, Twitter, if you want to know tips and tricks about searching the library, those are all great things you can follow and subscribe to, To see what is going on here.  The library that is new.  And so we are going to stop the recording and wrap up now.  We have a few extra minutes to take some questions.  So, I am going to go ahead and stop the recording.  Thank you all for coming.


>>    KIMBERLY:  Thank you everybody and thank you, Andrea.


>>     ANDREA:  And if there are any other questions we can hang around for a couple more minutes.  I don't see anything, but if you are thinking of anything before you head out, just go ahead and quickly type that into the questions box.  And we will see if -- there are any questions.


>>    KIMBERLY:  The last link that Andrew just showed you to that Mysteries Of the Library Revealed series, there's a lot of half-hour webinars you can watch, finding course readings, peer review, finding fulltext, Searching for dissertations -- that is a great link if you want to explore some of those, some of the series we've done.


>>     ANDREA:  If you follow the link on a PowerPoint there was a mysteries webinar on Google Scholar.


>>    KIMBERLY:  I will put that in the Google chat so everyone can get that one. I put a link to the Google scholar one in there in the chat box.


>>     ANDREA:  There was another question about the list of all the bouillon parameters.  Kim, do you want to go ahead and share the guide to keyword searching? We have various guys that talk about different search skills.  And Boolean operators are one of those that is addressed in that, so Kim will put that in the chat as well.  We will link to that keyword searching guide.


>>    KIMBERLY:  There is a whole section on Boolean in much further detail.


>>     ANDREA:  The webinar will be archived in about one week but you all in the next day or two should be getting an email to a link to the recording.  So don't wait for it to be archived, keep an eye on your email, you will have a link to the recording and you can rewatch it if you want.


>>    KIMBERLY:  That email will come from Susan and GoTo Webinar, so you won't see our names on it so that is where it will come from.  So look for that in case it goes into your spam folder.


>>     ANDREA:  Angeline had a great question.  If the journal publication says 2018 and I need the one that was published in the last six months, how would I know the month it was published?  So, there are a few different things.  When I showed you the results page, and I am actually -- I will share my screen really quick.  There are a few different ways -- is my screen still being displayed?


>>    KIMBERLY:  It is not.


>>     ANDREA:  I only have the option to make you the presenter.


>>    KIMBERLY:  I can show you my screen.


>>     ANDREA:  If you can show them in the results list where they can see the date where the article was published.  On the results list that I initially showed, this may be answering your question affectivities not then you can use our "ask a librarian" service and we can answer it in depth.  But when you get your results list, if you limit it to the last six months, when you click on the article title or in the results list you will actually see the date of the journal and it will often have the month that it was published.


So --


>>    KIMBERLY:  You can see how some of them it says spring 2014, but this one does just say 2018.  And when I click on it, it is just saying 2018.  So what I will do is I will click on the source and I will see how often this journal is published.  I'm clicking on the actual source of it.  It is only published twice a year.  So if this 2018, let me see -- I will go back and look at the results.  So issue...2 is the earlier one.  Issue three -- this one was published after June, because 2018 issued two will be the first half of the year, the second issue would be published in the second half of the year.


>>     ANDREA:  Can you scroll down a little bit because it might actually have the series -- sometimes the journal information, it will tell you how often on the screen it is published.  And sometimes it does not.  It depends on how often the journal is published, if it is quarterly, annually.


>>    KIMBERLY:  When I opened this one up and clicked on the journal -- that told me that it is published twice a year, right there.


>>     ANDREA:  Right.  So you will get one, the last six months.


>>    KIMBERLY:  Another question was about the DBA -- let me go down to that one -- what we have in our databases, if it is sufficient for everything that you need -- when you are working on your dissertation, you're going to want to use the Walden resources.  These are wonderful resources we have picked for students.  These resources are here to help you complete your program.  But we do not have everything.  When you get to that level of search, when you are doing research at the doctoral level you will want to step out and do some searching outside of the library.  And that is when if we go to the library main page under subject resources, and click on business, you will see we have the business databases here but we also you can see we have a picture of the  liaison, you can schedule an appointment with her and she will help you expand your resources outside the library.


If you have questions -- student support is a good place to go for questions when we're having trouble accessing a database or things are not where they used to be.  Student support can be accessed in the footer of the library pages.  You click on, student support, you can search in there. And where to go when you have technical problems with anything.  On the library.  If it is a technical issue, they are the ones you will need to contact.


>>     ANDREA:  If you are having a display issue, the display might change based on how the website is set up just like databases and other websites, sometimes the display is a little bit different on a desktop then it is on your phone or a tablet.  So if you have, if you continue to have problems, maybe we should show them the "ask a librarian"--that is probably the best place to send your question because then we can email back and forth and help you troubleshoot as much as possible and decide if this is a student support issue.  It is sometimes hard to tell.  So if you use the ask a librarian service we can help you that.


>>    KIMBERLY:  It is on the banner on all of the librarian pages.  You can chat with us if chat is open.  The date will be highlighted and the hours we are live.  You can call us, we will not return your phone call.  When you call us you leave a voicemail and it will go into the email queue and we will answer it in the order that it came in.  And we answer all voicemails -- because of logistic issues we have in place in every time zone, so phone calls can be difficult.


And here is where you make a doctoral research appointment with the subject liaison librarian.  Someone also said they are having trouble registering for the October 15 webinar.


Let me just show this to you again.  It only shows the first six that are coming up.  Let's go into October, and there it is for you should be able to click right there -- you can click here for more information and to register for this webinar.  And you should be able to register for it.  And you'll get something like this and you just sign up.  It is showing the wrong month here.  What happened there?  All right.  Let me go in and see what is going on.  We did switch the order of things, so maybe something did not go through when we asked to have that switch, so thank you for pointing that out.  I will look at this and see why it is not bringing up the October 15 registration.


>>     ANDREA:  That is it for questions.  Again, if you have any further questions, Kim showed you the ask a librarian link.  So go ahead and send us an email, we are prompt getting back to students.  You can chat with us or leave us a phone message and we will get back to you via email.  So thank you everybody for coming and I think that we will call it a night.


>>    KIMBERLY:  Thank you everybody, have a good night.


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