Join Elsa Loftis for an in-depth discussion in this video The web vs. databases, part of Information Literacy.
- As you probably already know,…the World Wide Web hosts a staggering amount of information.…With the help of a search engine and a few keywords,…you can find a great deal.…A lot of what you find on the free internet…will be useful to you,…and can be a great place to start.…So why use your databases?…We talked about this in our last chapter,…what you find on a search engine is not all there is.…It's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.…Your library subscribes to databases.…Silos of information not available on the free web.…
Usually, you are able to unlock their potential…with the barcode of your library card.…But inquire at your university or public library…if you have questions about access.…So, you have the Web and you have Databases.…What's your incentive to use them both,…and what is the difference between…what you will find there?…The Web will generate millions of results, or hits,…when given a search term,…and a Database will likely give you less.…Is that a bad thing?…Well, no.…If you're using the right Database,…
Artist or designer? Elsa explains how creative professionals can use informational searches for inspiration and professional development. Whatever your background, this course is designed to help you become a better, faster, and more thorough researcher.
- Understanding the information cycle
- Working with books, periodicals, databases, and web resources
- Identifying your information needs
- Choosing search terms
- Evaluating resources
- Citing sources
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2. Search Strategies
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4. Ethical Use of Information
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