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Introduction to Power Searching Workshop: 3. Discovery Guidelines

Guideline One

Know what  PART of the Academic Conversation you want to identify.

  • Which Disciplines?
  • Limits: Year range? Language? Narrower or Broader Aspects of the topic? Population? Methodology? Venue? Sector?

"Used with permission from Microsoft."


Guideline Two

"Right Tool for the Right Job"  : Know which tool has the capacity to answer your inquiry's parameters

  • All Library Discovery Tools have strengths and weaknesses
  • Every inquiry does not require the same search tool. 

"Used with permission from Microsoft."


Guideline Three

 "Know what is under your cursor"

What tool are you using? e.g. which Bibliographic Index and why ?

What is the editorial bias of this particular Discovery Tool? Inclusion rule?  Search Syntax? Quality criteria? 

"Used with permission from Microsoft."