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Seeking Information: Web vs. Library Databases

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This brief Flash tutorial compares results from searching Google vs. an online library database. The learning objectives include deciding when to use a search engine versus a library database, and an overview of the types of information resources found with these tools. There is a brief overview of how to search the EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier database. A cartoon character introduces the tutorial and audio is included.
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Material Type: Animation
Technical Format: Website, Flash
Date Added to MERLOT: February 12, 2008
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 21, 2017
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Submitter: Susan Frey
Keywords: information literacy

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Language: English
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Avatar for Staci Wilson
6 years ago

Staci Wilson (Librarian)

Good tutorial on seeking information.  Information presented in this tutorial is given in a clear, easy to use fashion.  ADA compliance is provided with the options to listen to the presentation or read along as it plays.  The links to furher tutorials at the end will be very helpful to students using the tutorial.

Technical Remarks:

Requrires flash player.  Instructions for downloading flash are included on the title page of the tutorial.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 mintutes

Avatar for Dorinne Banks
7 years ago

Dorinne Banks (Librarian)

Tutorial is short enough to keep learner's attention, but long enough to cover the subject matter.  Content could include the academic branch of Google--Google Scholar.  It does a good job at highlighting what a library database is and what it can be used for.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 min.

Avatar for Lani Smith
7 years ago

Lani Smith (Faculty)

Great comparison of google searches to library databases. Wonderful animation goes through the steps, making comparisons and tips on how to do a database search. Nice summary page before the video reviews how long it takes, what it covers and technical requirements.

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I wish there was a way to pause it. Links to other amazing animated tutorials ("Choosing a Database" and "Evaluating Web Site")
Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes