Academic Search Premier - Introduction

Open https://lib.asu.edu in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.

STEP 1

Using the library homepage to your right, go to Frequently Used Resources at the bottom of the page and click on Academic Search Premier.

You may be prompted to enter your ASURITE ID and password.

You are now in Academic Search Premier.

Click on ADVANCED SEARCH and we will begin.

Your Assignment: You have to write a research paper using library resources. You have chosen the topic:

Should what you post on social networking sites such as Facebook affect your ability to get a job?

Turning your topic into keywords

It is important to use keywords in library databases, because library databases do not work like Google.

Your topic is Should what you post on social networking sites such as Facebook affect your ability to get a job?

Which of the following are the best keywords for your topic?

Searching in Academic Search Premier (ASP)

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Now let's try your keyword search in the database.

1. Type facebook job into the top search box on the page.

2. Click the Search button.

How many results did your search return?

Searching in ASP

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That result seems a little small, doesn't it? ASP has millions of articles in it! So how can we make our search better?

Remember: library databases do not work like Google!

Instead, they use "connector" terms. Let's see what that means!

Using the connector term AND

By using the word AND between our search terms, we can greatly improve our search.

1. Clear your search using the yellow Clear button.

2. Type facebook into the top search box and job into the middle search box.

3. Click the Search button.

How many results did your search return?

Evaluate your search results

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1. Skim the article titles and locate the article: Job Hunting on Facebook by Kaitlin Pitsker. (approx #6 on the list)

2. Read the article summary, known as the Abstract.

Based upon the abstract to this article, is it likely to be helpful in writing your research paper answering the question:

Should social networking sites such as Facebook affect your ability to get a job?

Evaluate your search results

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1. Now skim the article titles and locate the article: Will Your Facebook Profile Sabotage Your Job Search? by Martha C. White. (approx #16 on the list)

2. Read the summary/abstract.

Based upon the abstract for this article, is it likely to be helpful in writing your research paper answering the question:

Should social networking sites such as Facebook affect your ability to get a job?

Synonyms in ASP - using the connector term OR

We used facebook AND job as our search. But are those actually the only relevant keywords? Think back to our paper topic. What about using the synonym social networks?

By using the connector OR, we are expanding our search because it will pull up articles that include either facebook OR social networks.

1. Type facebook OR social networks in the top search box.

2. Type job in the middle search box.

3. Click Search

How many results did your search return?

Using the connector term OR

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Evaluating your results!

1. Now skim the article titles and locate the article The New Online Job Hunt by Francine Russo. (approx #5 on the list)

2. Read the summary/abstract.

Based upon the abstract to this article, is it likely to be useful in helping you write your research paper answering the question:

Should social networking sites such as Facebook affect your ability to get a job?

Limiting your results

With a topic like this, you would certainly want only the best and most recent information. Looking at the left-hand column under Refine Your Results, you can see the date range of the articles you found. Some are more than twenty years old!

Move the date range tabs so that you are only receiving the articles from 2008 through now, then click Update.

How many results do you have now?

Reading an article record

It is important to pay attention to the details of the article record.

Let's continue by looking at the article record for The Writing on the (Facebook) Wall by Victoria Brown and Daly Vaughn. It's approximately #10 on the list.

What is the title of the journal the article is published in?

How many pages long is the article?

What is the purpose of the Abstract?

Subject Terms

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Let's continue looking at the article record for The Writing on the (Facebook) Wall by Victoria Brown and Daly Vaughn.

When you find an article that is relevant, like this one, it's helpful to look at the Subject Terms. This may give you ideas for other (and perhaps better) keywords to search on your topic.

For example, this article uses Subject Terms like Online Social Networks and Employee Selection.

Subject Terms

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Though these terms are more specific to the topic, it is doubtful that many of us would have come up with those as keywords! Let's see what happens when you do a search using Online Social Networks AND Employee Selection.

How many results did you get?

 

Limiting your results

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You may also want to limit your results to a particular type of article. For instance, you may want to use articles from newspapers or popular magazines you might find at the grocery store.

Or, you might want to use material written by scholars. That type of material is found in academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed journals.

Limiting your results

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Looking at the left-hand column under Source Types, you will see the types of articles available and a check-box next to each one. Click the box next to Academic Journals and click Update.

How many results do you have now?

Notice how different these articles are from magazines and newspapers? They're longer, and use more scholarly language

Now un-check the box for Academic Journals and select Magazines instead.

How many results do you have now?

Limiting your results

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There is also an option to limit your results to only articles with full text, but keep in mind that means you might miss some great articles for your paper.

We'll discuss how to get the complete article - also known as full text - next!

 

Getting the complete article (full text)

1 of 2Once you identify sources that might be useful for your paper, you need to locate the full text of those articles.

In some cases, this will be easy, as you might see one of three types of full text links in the article record:

1. PDF full text: this is a scanned version of the paper journal, and always the best option you can choose.

2. HTML full text: this is a simple text version of the original article that has been re-typed into a webpage for you to read.

3. Linked full text: this link will take you to a PDF version of the article that exists somewhere other than in ASP.

Getting the complete article (full text)

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If you don't see any of those as options, you will see the GetIt@ASU button.

The GetIt@ASU appears when ASP does not have the full text for an article. It searches our other databases and journal subscriptions to see if the article is available somewhere else.

GetIt@ASU

1. Return to your previous search (you may do so by clicking on Search History) and let's look again at The Writing on the (Facebook) Wall by Victoria Brown and Daly Vaughn. (approx #6 on the list)

2. Click on the GetIt@ASU button.

3. In the new window that opens, you should see that there is a link to get the article through SpringerLINK Contemporary.

4. Click on Get Article to retrieve and read the full text.

5. Look for a link to the PDF version of the article.

What's Next?

You've completed the Introduction to ASP tutorial!

To take the quiz and report your results to your instructor, click the arrow for the next slide.

To learn about the advanced features of Academic Search Premier, such as saving, citing, and emailing your articles, go to the ASP Bonus Features tutorial.

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Academic Search Premier Quiz: Question #1

You are looking for articles on how violent video games affect aggression levels in children. Which keywords will be best?

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Academic Search Premier Quiz: Question #2

You are looking for information about Native Americans in Arizona. Which search works best?

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Academic Search Premier Quiz: Question #3

You want to expand your search for information about Native Americans in Arizona. Which search do you think would give the best result?

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Academic Search Premier Quiz: Question #4

Do a search on the keywords vegetarianism AND protein. Locate the article Becoming a Vegetarian. (approx. #18 on the list) How many pages long is the article?

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Academic Search Premier Quiz: Question #5

Continuing with the article Becoming a Vegetarian, where was this article published?

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Academic Search Premier Quiz: Question #6

Click on the PDF Full Text link for the article Becoming a Vegetarian. Based on the text of the article, do you think this article would help you answer the research question:

Is becoming a vegetarian good for your health?


 

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