This tutorial provides a video explaining what boolean logic is and how to effectively use it to search a database.
This tutorial will assist students in searching databases by teaching them the basics of using boolean logic
Target Student Population:
undergraduate, high school
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Evaluation and Observation
This tutorial provides a good introduction to boolean searching. It clearly explains how to use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT), parentheses, and how to use an "exact phrase" search. It can be used individually or in a class setting.
The tutorial is useful for understanding boolean,. In practice, however most databases provide tools for doing boolean searching that may confuse some students. Ideally, the material in this tutorial will be used in conjunction with classroom instruction.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The tutorial is short, covering the basics of boolean searching. The learning objectives are identified at beginning of tutorial. A lot is learned in a short time by viewing this tutorial. The last page provides an excellent summary.
The tutorial has little introductory information explaining why this information is relevant to students. However, this may not be necessary on a tutorial of this scope. It is not interactive.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The tutorial is a short flash movie. It is easy to use, colorful and well laid out. The use of the symbols make it easy for anyone to understand. It is not tied to a certain database.
The tutorial has no interactivity and requires no participation on the part of the viewer. The video lacks voice narration.