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Tips for this Tutorial
1) Keep your focus. Click on the "What's the point?" links to get more information. Try the one below:
What's the point?
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3) Answer the questions along the way.
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5) If you are working off campus you will need to sign in with your student ID and PIN to complete this tutorial.
Select the Advanced Search link below the search box.
We'll begin by looking for information on genetically modified foods.
Type the phrase
genetically modified foods
into the first search box and click on Search.
If you are off campus, sign in with your SRJC ID and PIN after you receive your research results.
1) How Many Search Results?
Look at the top of the search results screen for the number of search results.
How many search results did you get?
2) What Type of Information Sources?
Scroll down to the Source Types box.
View the different types of information sources. Notice how many each type has on our topic.
Which Source Type had the most information on genetically modified foods?
There is a lot of information on this topic. To save time, let's pinpoint the results with two strategies.
1) Use quotation marks to focus results and increase precision.
Try the search again, but this time put it in quotes:
"genetically modified foods"
Look at the search results. Much lower than before but more on target.
How many results did your search return?
2) Limit search results by Source Type.
Look at the Source Types box on the left side of the screen. Limit the search results to "eBooks".
Click on the Show More option to find the "eBooks" limiter.
Select eBooks as a limiter and click Update.
The search results are limited to e-books that contain "genetically modified foods"
Quickly investigate whether the book is useful for your research topic with these features.
Click anywhere in the Table of Contents to open the e-book. Or, return to the top of the page and click on the PDF Full Text or EPUB Full Text link to open the book.
Now you can read the e-book. Navigation options are at the bottom of your screen.
1) Searching within an e-book:
Click on the Search within link to find specific information about a topic:
Type in one aspect of the topic from the list below. For example, you might search one of these terms:
What search term did you try?
You can take notes in your e-book! Click on the My Notes link.
Click on the New Note button. A text box will appear at the left side of the e-book for you to take notes.
To permanently save your note, you'll need an account, which is easy to create from the Sign in to store notes link. Now you can Edit, Print List or Delete the note.
If you use an e-book for a research paper, speech, or project, you will need to cite it.
Click on the Cite link at the top of the page to learn how to record the e-book in the citation styles you need.
Double check the citations: they aren't always correct, but they can help you find the pieces needed to build a citation for your bibliography.
Now you're ready to start your own e-book searches in Smart Search!
Click on the Cite button. How many ways does Smart Search show you how to cite?
You will take a brief quiz to review key points of the tutorial.
Is your instructor offering credit for taking this tutorial? Follow your instructor's directions if you are receiving credit for this assignment.
After taking the quiz, enter your full name and e-mail address to receive a copy of your quiz results. Confirm that you have received the email.
1) You can forward the certificate to your instructor if requested.
2) Use the Print / Send email button to send or display your certificate on the screen. You can also copy the results to your favorite word processing software or email editor.
Select the best answer to complete this sentence: "Smart Search allows you to search for..."
What happens when you put quotation marks around a search phrase?
What do the "Most Relevant Pages from the eBook" and "Table of Contents" preview features do?
What tool will help you keep track of the key points you've discovered in an e-book so that you can quickly revisit important information when writing your paper?
Not sure how to capture the information about the e-book for your paper's list of works cited or references? What tool will help you with the citation process?
Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.
You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.