Published on February 18, 2014
Randall’s Initial Research Question I want to study how nonprofits use Electronic media to solicit donations http://www.flickr.com/photos/crystaljingsr/3915514014/
Parse the Question • Pick out keywords – Nonprofits – Electronic media – Solicit – Donations • Consider relationship between the concepts – All of these are unique concepts – Link with AND
“nonprofits AND electronic media AND solicit AND donations” 1 hit in EBSCO “Trio” Nonprofits 1 result at the intersection of these 4 concepts Electronic media solicit 1 donations http://guides.lib.unc.edu/matc716
Yipes! 1 result?? • We know intuitively that there should be some articles out there … • How can we refine & get results? http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1058971
How Do We Get More? Truncation / wildcard * – donat* = donate, donates, donation, donations – nonprofit* = nonprofit, nonprofits Look at EBSCO subject terms & add to above – ENDOWMENT* – Internet More synonyms – E-mail* OR email* – fund-rais*
In English / CMMC-ese • (nonprofit* or non-profit*) AND (electronic media OR email* OR e-mail* OR Internet ) AND ( donation* OR endow* OR fund-rais* )
Boolean Search with Synonyms 1,511 articles in EBSCO “Trio” nonprofit* or non-profit* 1,511 results at the intersection of these 2 concepts donation* OR endow* OR fund-rais* 1,511 electronic media OR email* OR email* OR Internet
Is That a “Good” Number? • Hmmm • Probably not. • That’s too many to go through – Too many “false positives” or articles that aren’t relevant http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1058971
How Do We Get More Refine? • Use the “Subject: Thesaurus Term” on EBSCO’s left
Narrow by Source Type and/or Database
DO NOT Refine by Full-text Why? Full-text via Find @ UNC
Use Find @ UNC if no pdf, html link Full-text of article somewhere else Options for getting full-text via Interlibrary Loan
If article is not online …
Lather, Rinse, Repeat • Try in different databases – PubMed – PsycINFO • Try with new search terms http://www.sxc.hu/photo/110154
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