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4-Searching for information

Topic 1    Introduction

This section should help you to:

  • identify some of the search features that different tools have in common;
  • apply techniques such as 'phrase searching' and 'combining search terms' to different tools;
  • understand some of the different ways of finding information on the World Wide Web.

In this section we introduce how to translate your search statement into the language of databases. We will look at the basic principles of searching, which apply whether you are searching databases, library catalogues or the Web. You will practise these techniques before being introduced to the specific databases in your subject area.

NB – This is a very practical section – you will be practising search techniques in real databases and catalogues. Most of these resources can be accessed using your OUCU but occasionally it will be necessary to get a password – you can find out more from the Open University Library pages.

Some activities will require you to use paper and pen to make notes or record your thoughts.

If you do all the activities in this section, you might need to allow between two and three hours to complete it.


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