FOR EXERCISE #6
Due November 19, 2007 by 11:59 p.m.
Please answer the following questions by searching two of the Big Three plus at least two search
engines for Internet research. Search as many files, databases, publications or Web site as you
Be sure to capture enough of your searches to show me where you searched, how you searched,
and what you find.
I’m looking for sources that will help guide me through the process of installing ceramic
tile in a shower.
We would lik
e a list of trade journals and newsletters that cover the biotechnology and
I’m looking for sources of student loans and scholarships and am interested in federal,
state, and private funding sources.
I work at a nature center
and would like examples of how nature centers or botanical
gardens do their fundraising.
Answer one question of interest to you or your work colleagues.
I’m looking for sources that will help guide me through the process
of installing ceramic tile in a
install, how to
Librarian Internet Index
ed my search with Google and used the string
install ceramic tile shower
the search to the url only, I set a one year date limit and set up a 30 hits per page. I decided that
in my searches I would look only to hits in the first page. I found a
couple of good sites but not
satisfied I changed my search to
and searched all the fields. I found six more sites
with plenty of information.
Then I searched Worldcat. I still tend to look at in
print materials as a basic support for my own
nrichment therefore I wanted to see if there where books on the matter. I searched
then restricted the search to
finding one entry. I then modified my original search
adding a date range
and retrieved 14 records.
I selected three books that look
to me on target among these books. I conducted one more search in Worldcat;
tile shower how
this search retrieved pertinent media material (five records.)
Curious about what more could be out there that my previous st
rategies and the database
searched so far had not unraveled I searched also: The Librarian Internet Index, About.com,
Ask,com. Each of the databases provided one more link of interest. I had not worked with Ask
after their “remodeling” and I was pleasantly
surprised by the new functionality of the tool.
Especially for what concern the feature of suggesting search term and search delimiters. The
ExpertRank algorithm used by Ask(Teoma’s Subject
Specific Popularity) is useful in gathering
relevant results in t
he first page of 10 results.
I chose to search Factiva next. I searched home improvement in Subject and Industry consulting
the smart index feature. My search strategy was
((install* or how w/2 to) and ceramic tile* and
shower* and (ns=GLIFE or in=i648 or
in=i6483 or in=ihimpro)) and wc>1500
, I added the
word count limiter trying to obtain better records, ie records that would be focused on providing
complete and thorough information. All and all I did not feel satisfied of my results.
The next search wit
h Dialog had somehow a similar outcome. I started doing some prospecting
of which file to use and after few dry
runs I resolved in files 47,743, and 426. I entered a simple
tile()installation and shower
which retrieved a 13 records set. Few of this
Even considering the “noise” of the web searches, I think that the search subject lent itself to a
web search better then to a subscription databases search.
We would like a
list of trade journals and newsletters that cover the biotechnology and
biotechnology & pharmaceuticals
searchmash.com by google
I first started searching
with a generic term
to see what I would
get back in the first page of 30 results I selected to links that had some of the re
information. I attempted two more rounds using google directory and using
but my results looked to commercial and spread out, so I turned to a the search
Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals industries journal list
database. In the
first 30 hits I found few very good hits, amongst them one of note is Thompson's Biotechnology
Citation Index, listing 283 journals.
I looked further to the topic in the
FDA web site
using their snazzy Web 2.0 interface they
dubbed Entrez. I searched
Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals journal
, the journal page had 140
I wanted to see what difference would make searching using
compared to google
proper. I used a similar search string
d biotechnology trade journals
the first three pages hits (for a total of 30) had similar sites to those I had already found
using google with the exception of four noteworthy links, I then modified the search to
biotechnology trade journals lis
retrieved one more link that looked dead on but
provided what looked like a partial list.
IXQUICK contributed an exceptional source
the University of Cambridge Chemistry Journals
master's list organized by journal vendor, the list seem to have intersper
sed biotech and pharma
I did not have much luck with any of the subscription database, I could not come up with either a
good strategy or the right file to search. When you suggested to search file 469 in Dialog I
dumped the garbage I had collec
ted until then and searched that file with
in retrieved set I found many directories and purged them out of my final
set. I mainly obtained newsletters.
I thought that the question would be better
answered by a subscription based database but I could
not find good parameters to execute the search, therefore I had to fold back on a web search. The
web search provided appropriate material.
I’m looking for sources of student loans and scholarships and am interested in federal, state, and
private funding sources
I have direct experience in the topic and my quest was trying to find impartial information
easy, I thought I could a
chieve that if I concentrated my web search on governmental website or
I started searching google's main database with
"student loans" scholarships funding agency
and retrieved many commercially oriented sites, I then turned to go
ogle directory and searched
financial aid education
, finding the mix of governmental and nonprofit organizations I was
Clusty offers the opportunity to progressively focus your search. I started with
and then focu
sed it on Department of education
6 records and Education
records. Then I searched
"student loans" scholarships "funding education"
and focused the
search on .org sites, retrieving 34 records.
I was wondering what IPL selection would look like and s
earched the site using Grokker the
retrieved 172 records, but when focused on financial aid it returned
What would the difference be when Grokker was used "in the open," not within IPL's website.
Searching with the
returned 188 records, and when focused on financial aid
dropped to 42 records.
The ability to focus general searches is a valued tool(Ask, Grokker). I am not sure how the
process is achieved and therefore the confidence on the results i
(student loan* or scholarship* or financial aid) and wc>1500
using Factiva in the
banking industries. I retrieved a lot of articles concentrating on the difficulties of the sector and
on inquiries of the appropriateness of the b
usiness procedures. Some articles had information on
how to get your education funded.
A search of LexisNexis database offered a similar result. I searched
aid)) and length>1500
and then selected few articles I though pertinent.
It seemed that was easier to find general information on the web based search whereas the
subscription database offered more insight on topical issues, at least with the searches I
conducted. Only recently I realized I could look up news i
n Google News although some of the
articles may not be free the search is, a model that I strongly endorse. At the same time I realized
of the capability of searching Blogs with my subject (your UK presentation helped in that.)
I work at a nature center and would like examples of how nature centers or botanical gardens do
fund raising, fundraising, funding,
examples, how to, initiatives, plan
I thought to start my search looking for a book in my friendly library network. I therefore
searched Worldcat wi
fund raising nature center
and retrieved 2 relatively recent books and
fund raising botanical gardens
retrieving one thesis I thought would be interesting to look
Google provided five relevant links but the search
fundraising nature center
unfocused results, ie the number of links with examples of how to do fundraising for nature
centers was not immediately evident.
fundraising nature center
could be then focused in Fundraising Ideas, returning
30 records, of which few
"fundraising ideas" "botanical gardens"
returned 175 records two links had
As found in the previous problem Factiva search
(((funding or financ*) and atleast5 botanical
gardens) or ((funding or financ*) a
nd (atleast5 nature center*)) and wc>800
articles focused on the financial difficulties of nature centers and botanical gardens. Some
articles reported on fundraising methods.
A similar result was obtained when searching LexisNexis with
fund raising) or
hlead(fundraising)) and atleast5 (nature center! or botanical garden!))
which returned a 15
Answer one question of interest
to you or your work colleagues:
Find documentation on soy
soy milk, soy bean
perl growing term >>> isoflavones
(dropped: articles too technical)
Although Dialog’s search results are last in the list of searches I begun my search from it. I
begun file 155
and expanded the term SOY I then focused on two headings
. I collected the 34 records domain
of these two descriptors and TYPED them in format 8. I selected those articles I thought would
be of i
and TYPED them in format 9,
. I wondered if
there could be articles that pertained to intolerance of soy products but were not in the searched
adverse effects subheading and searched the db with
soy milk/de and adv
retrieved a 16 records set which I TYPED in format 8, looked at them and picked two more
articles (NO.2, NO.16) which I then TYPED in format 9. I folded the Medline search.
I then started my web based search. The search of
several links were of interest but two stood above the
The www.drmcdougall.com for its lengthy and detailed description and
http://www.foodheadache.com/ because provided links to directories
on the subject.
I then searched Ask.com using the previous search strategy,
soy food intolerance
. Narrowing the search using Ask sidebar did not improve my results, so in the
general search page I looked at the first three page o
f results and selected three links of interest.
One of the link was for a well written WebMd article.
Would Clusty return something different? Probed with the above search Clusty returned two
links particularly interesting, one from nutrion.gov the other,
although was addressing kids
health, had some interesting general information.
What about a good book? Worldcat search
soy foods allergy
returned 15 records (not only books
course). The database did not return any result when using
t seemed that
four of the 15 hits had the right blend of specificity and non technical approach.
When I searched Entrez I looked to articles of the same kind, topical but not technical. I found
three of them searching
soy food allergy
and then selecting P
ubMed Central category.
I concluded my search taping into LexisNexis with the following search strategy
and (atleast5(soy))) AND (INDEX
CODE((GASTROENTEROLOGY OR FOOD
ALLERGIES))) and length >800
from which I selected eight relevant article
I feel dissatisfied with my subscription databases search techniques. I basically need much more
time (even though I well exceeded the forecasted search time for this class) to be able to retain
each database’s specificity and impro
ve my ability to find what I am looking for. However, the
experience of searching gave me an overall understanding of the difficulties involved in
searching effectively. Finding good terms for your searches can either be taught through a
proach or it has to be learned through practice. In the second case, possibly a
daily application to the effort needs to be put in place, but you would still need to confront your
findings with someone on a one
one basis. In the first case, mirroring th
how of an
expert teacher is the best option (through any way available,) as it is demonstrated from
thousands of years of arts and craft development. In Online Searching the craft part is where you
know your tools (the science part some would say),
the art part is where you learn how to
channel your energies and intuitions.