Bec in the library

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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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