Exploring Smart Search

Open http://www.santarosa.edu/library/#discovery in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.

Introduction

Smart Search is a discovery tool that lets you search for books, e-books and articles at the same time.

In this tutorial, you will learn to:

  • Use basic keyword and phrase searches to find information
  • Narrow and limit your searches to improve your results
  • Use a variety of search tools

Tips for this tutorial

1) Keep your focus. Click on the "What's the point?" links to get more information at different stages of the tutorial. Try the one below:

What's the point?

2) Move through the tutorial. Click on the Next arrow to move forward. Click on the Previous arrow to review earlier pages.

3) Answer the questions along the way.

4) Maximize your screen to fully see the tutorial. Watch for scroll bars and use them to see all information.

5) If you are working off campus you will need to sign in with your student ID and PIN in order to complete this tutorial.

Searching in Smart Search

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We’ll begin with a basic keyword search.

Type offshore wind energy into the search box to the right and click Go.

If you are off campus, sign in with your SRJC ID and PIN after you receive your search results.

QuestionHow many results did your search return?

Searching in Smart Search

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Type "offshore wind energy" again, with quotation marks.

The quotation marks let you search for a phrase, ensuring your search terms appear together, exactly as you’ve entered them.

What's the point?

QuestionHow do these results compare to the keyword search you performed?

 

Interpreting Search Results

Take a closer look at the result list from your phrase search.

Offshore Wind Energy

The Source Type icons circled in red identify material types.

Use Academic Journals to find scholarly articles. Select Magazines to find popular magazine articles.

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Limiting and Refining Results

Search limiters are located to the left of the result list. Use limiters to narrow results by date, source type, subject, and database.

Play around with the available limiters to see how they change your search results.

The Full Text limiter guarantees you can see the entire article immediately.

The Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals limiter eliminates popular magazines and newspapers.

What's the point?

QuestionWhat limiters would you use to find current, scholarly information on a topic?

Detailed Records

Click on a title to access more information about it.

This takes you to the Detailed Record, where you find

  • an abstract or summary
  • subject terms, and
  • information needed to cite the source.

Click on one of the search results and view the abstract. Reading the abstract can help you quickly determine how relevant an article is to your topic.

If the article is a good match for your topic, view its subject terms.

Adding or revising your original search to include these terms is a great way to locate additional relevant articles.

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Tool Bar

In the item's Detailed Record, you can access a number of Tools.

Tools

Use these Tools to e-mail, save, and cite articles.

You can also create your own account and save articles to a personal folder.

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Accessing Articles

Access an item’s full text from either the result list or Detailed Record. Simply click on the PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text link.

Once the text opens, you can save or print articles.

PDF and HTML

Get Credit for Your Work

Is your instructor offering credit for taking this tutorial? 

Take this brief quiz to review key points of the tutorial.

At the end of the quiz, enter your full name and e-mail address to receive a copy of your completed quiz.

You must enter your instructor's e-mail address to send your instructor a copy of your quiz results. Make sure it is correct!

Separate the two email addresses with a comma. For example:

me@yahoo.com,instructor@santarosa.edu

Quiz

Select the best answer to complete this sentence: "Smart Search allows you to search for..."


Unlike keyword searches, phrase searching:

Detailed Item Records contain:

Source Type icons help you quickly identify different kinds of information resources. What type of information might you expect to find in academic journals?

Subject Terms are:

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.

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