BFIT Guide to the Library Databases

BFIT Guide to the Library Databases

Hi and welcome to the BFIT guide to the
library databases. in this video you’ll learn how to access the databases how to
search the databases and how to use the tools within the databases to cite the
information that you find. So why should we use the databases? When writing scholarly
papers we can’t just make up the information we want and call it a day, we have to
use credible information. When something is credible that means it’s trustworthy
and we can take the information contained within it as true. When we use
credible sources in our writing it makes our own work more credible, and it allows
us to build upon what other people in the field have been saying about a
particular topic. Finding credible information about a particular topic can
be tricky but one way we know we can find credible information is by using
the library databases. We know that most of the information contained within the
library databases is going to be credible and we can use that information
to make our papers better. If you want to get information from the databases you
must first know how to access them. Only BFIT students can access the databases
so you will need to go through the link on your student portal or the BFIT
website. Start at the BFIT homepage, click on academics in the center of the
page. When the drop-down menu opens select library by clicking on it. This is the library homepage if you look
to the left the first thing under the library menu is search for database
articles. Click on this link and it will bring you to the list of databases the
library offers. The library has many different databases but today we’re
going to learn about one of our general databases: EBSCO Omnifile. To access this
database all you have to do is click on the link. Because only BFIT students are
able to use our databases when you access them from off-campus you’ll need
to login with the number on the back of your student ID. This number should be 14
digits long and start with a 2. If you have a problem logging in please see
a librarian for assistance. Once you enter your ID you’ll be taken to the database
search screen. This is the database search screen. we will use the search box to find articles on whatever topic we are researching. Though it may look
simple to use the fact is that searching a database is a bit complicated because of the way that it searches.
In order to get the information you want you need to use keywords to tell the
database what you are looking for. Picking a keyword can be tricky! Think about what information you’re
searching for: Can you think of one term or phrase that can describe it? Let’s say I was looking for information
on kittens, there are a number of terms I could use to search: kittens, cats, felines,
baby cats, pets, so i should try out a few to see which gives me the results
closest to what I’m looking for. Once I put in the search term and click search
the database starts looking for articles that mention kittens and shows the
results screen. There a few important things to note on the results screen. The first thing is that not all of the
results include the entire article some are only abstracts that tell you what
the article is about. You can click on full-text in the left menu to assure
that you only get results that contain the article’s full text so you can read
it right away. Second, you should look in the middle of the screen. These are the articles the database was
able to find given your search term. As you can see there are 353 results. Each
one of these results is an article. In each of the results there is a short
summary of what the article is about. by quickly skimming these you can easily
tell if you’re on the right track or if you’re getting results that are not what
you’re looking for. Once you find an article you are
interested in the easiest way to read it is by clicking on the PDF full text
button at the bottom of the entry. This opens a copy of the article as it
was originally printed. You can also choose HTML full-text will usually just
be a text copy of the article. Remember, if you want to quote or
paraphrase from the information you find when doing research you need to give
credit to the original author by properly citing their work. The database
makes it really easy to cite the information that you find! All you have
to do is click on the citation button in the toolbar and then select MLA format
from the list. You can copy the citation and paste it directly onto your works
cited page Congratulations! Now you’ve learned the
basics of doing a simple keyword search of the databases. Remember, when doing
research, to select a keyword choose full text and cite your sources. If you
need help you can always ask a librarian in the BFIT library!

Danny Hutson

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