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FSMLG 201: Professor Briana Lewis  

Spring 2017
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Class Outline

Review some research tools you know:

Using AND to intersect your concepts
     television AND women

Using OR to broaden your concepts
     (women or mother* or girl*)

Using the * to truncate your words-let the end of the word vary
     democra*--->democracy, democratic, democratically etc.

What database am I connected to?

     What subjects does it cover?  What items does it contain? (full text articles, citations, or both? or something else?)

I will give a brief overview of two databases:

Web of Science

Proquest Central

you might also consider JSTOR

Preparing your search

     You have done this is groups; now apply the process to your personal topic(s)
      Take a few minutes to think about your topic, then
 Make lists of terms that represent your concepts: 

      Example: " I am looking for images of the military in the media and examining how sex roles are    depicted."

Concept 1 Military              Concept 2  Media                        Concept 3  sex roles

militar* or weapons             television or                                  women or feminis* or masculin* or sex roles or....
or soldier* or army..            film or advertis*

If you know of any subject headings or find them later in the process of searching, jot them down as well.

I will give you a 2 minute warning-please scan your worksheet after class or send an email with the text if you prefer to and cc

Spend some time researching your personal topic using any combination or databases you wish.

During this time, think about your research process-too many results?  Not enough results?  trouble settling on a topic?  problems using the databases?  We will have a brief discussion on your research process at the end of class.

As you search, find one article (if you can) that you could recommend to the whole  class.  Post this article using the comments link for this box.

Discussion of exercise.

 Read for Thursday:

Humans, robots and values 


Links to Some Databases and Services

Database Links

  • Web of Science
    Subjects: Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences
    Contains: Citations and abstracts. Citation mapping
    Coverage: Sciences: 1990 to Present
    Social Sciences 1900 to present
    Arts/Humanities 1975 to present
  • ProQuest Central
    Subjects: Social Sciences, Business, Humanities, Literature
    Contains: A comprehensive databases that indexes articles from journal, magazines and newswires. Depending on journal titles, full-text articles are provided
    Coverage: Varies, depends on the journal title
    Subjects: All disciplines
    Contains: Full text articles from scholarly or academic journal titles.
    Coverage: Varies; NOT current, generally 3-5 year delay.
  • Research Help
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