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The hidden web August 22, 2013

ETL505 Module 3 – tools and systems

Periodical databases

I’ve really enjoyed using the CSU databases for my assignments. I just love the “all in one place” nature of them. It takes away all that “is it worthwhile?” factor of using a random internet search – all the credibility has pretty much been done for you. Truth be told, I also REALLY love that the referencing is also done in-site. Well, the database and BibMe… Hate referencing!

Required reading

‘Periodical databases’ and ‘citation databases’ on page 46 of Hider, P. (2012). Information resource description. London: Facet.


Federated search systems

Do a search on Primo or Trove to see the wide range of sources that are brought together by these federated search engines. 

Hey, WOW, how cool is Trove?! I did a search for Father Bob McGuire as I just love him. I used VERY loose parameters just to see what would get thrown up and, as expected, i did have to do A LOT of trawling but it was fantastic to see all the different hits in different places – lots of varying sources. So interesting. Definitely a place I would recommend for students to use (upper school, not my age group) for research.

Required reading

‘Federated search systems’ on pp. 46-48 of Hider, P. (2012). Information resource description. London: Facet.


Digital libraries

“A challenge for teacher librarians is how to integrate, and provide access to, selected external digital collections through the library to best serve the needs of their school community.”

This is absolutely true at our school. We have subscribed to so many amazing databases and digital libraries but because the teachers don’t have enough knowledge about how to use them, the kids rarely access them. The reall key to utilizing these amazing resources is teacher PD. Hider also makes the interesting point in his section on library catalogues and how they could/should incorporate results from databases and digital libraries when searched. I wonder how this could be possible when the databases are subscription based?



‘Digital collections’, pp. 51-52, of Hider, P. (2012). Information resource description. London: Facet.

Explore ‘The scope of digital libraries’, pp. 7-9 and ‘Metadata: Elements of organisation’ pp. 285-286 of Witten, I. H., Bainbridge, D., & Nichols, D. M. (2010)

. How to build a digital library. Burlington, MA: Morgan Kaufmann. Available from CSU eBooks.

Scootle is an example of an Australian educational digital library for schools.


Using CSU’s library databases March 1, 2011

Excitement plus – my timetable has been sorted and I now have time for making dinner, eating it, putting my baby to bed and exercising for 45 minutes, all before 7:30 whereupon I *attempt* to study for 2 hours! I’m so not a night person so we’ll just see how that all works out…

Topic 1- using the library’s databases

Whilst at work today, I watched the online tute and gained some helpful reminders about language use and general tips to make searching online databases so much easier.

It’s been awhile since uni but watching the tute reminded me of many hours spent slaving away at the Alice Hoy Education Library computers attempting to find journal articles to back up my instinctual thoughts around education.

As recommended by other wonderfully helpful 401ers, I did Activity 3 first. It really did make organising what I found in activity 1 and 2 so much easier!

Activity 1 – searching Ebsco host

At first I was a little perplexed as to why I had to add all the articles first then sort within the folder window – I was thinking,  “is there a short cut I didn’t see?” and then I realised, “ah, computer has a slow connection, see the floating window that allows you to allocate the article to a folder?”. Problem sorted and life is easy again.

I thought the articles outlining the TL role almost had me salivating – the challenges are enormous but the possibilities are endless! I mostly chose articles that were centred around primary education, language and literacy teaching and the TL as part of a team with families as these are all areas I believe are most relevant to my work as a TL in a primary school.

Disappointingly I found the resource based learning search yielded mostly old articles. I refined the publication date but still really only found two suitable articles.

My main gripe with Ebsco is this: why are the search parameters only til 2008 – is there no new research in the last 2 and a half years?!

An interesting little point for me: the first post was not always the most useful – depends on your particular focus; as mine was primary, I sometimes had to search a little lower down on the list. “primary’ as a search function didn’t help narrow the findings either. Mmmm.

Activity 2 – searching Informit

[steepled fingers] Hmmm. Whilst this database had plenty of good fodder up for grabs, I found it to be far less user friendly as it was less modern and more cluttered. Through filtering the articles that my searches popped up, I realised how useful the tags were on Ebsco- helped give me a better idea of what the article was about, rather than just guessing from the title.

Question: where are the folders in Informit?

I did feel that Informit had some great articles I’d like to refer back to (with all my spare time…) but for ease of use, I’m going to use Ebsco as my main database.


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