Perhaps one of the most difficult steps in conducting research is selecting the right resource.
Here are some activities to help your students better understand the difference between a library database and an internet search engine, how to select the appropriate database regarding their topic as well as how to effectively use a database in their searching.
- Jen Klaudinvi, “What is a Library Database?,” Western Oregon University, n.d., http://www.wou.edu/provost/library/clip/tutorials/lib_database.htm.
Michelle Mach, “CSU Libraries: Choosing a Database,” Colorado State University, n.d., http://lib.colostate.edu/tutorials/database.html.
- Students will learn what sort of information they might find in library databases and will understand when to use them appropriately for research.
- This brief, self-paced Flash tutorial first reviews the different types of information found in article databases (citations, abstracts, full text articles). Then it teaches students how to begin selecting a database based on the type of information they need.