RIAs Summer Workshop

Monday, Aug. 28 - Afternoon pt. 1
(What's out there/search limiting, tour of library)

What's out there?

a strategy for finding your way
+ a brief tour of the unknown
 

"I’ve used algorithms to explore a big dataset, and the search process may well have shaped my way of framing the subject, or my intuitions about the representativeness of sources."

--- Ted Underwood (2014) - Theorizing Research Practices We Forgot to          Theorize Twenty Years Ago

The Known, The Unknown

"In practice, a full-text search is often a Boolean fishing expedition for a set of documents that may or may not exist..."

(i.e. why search matters)

Let's start with...

pirates

Intentional Searching
a strategy for finding your way

1. Get a mental map of initial search results


2. Filter results based on the
     purpose of your search

 

3. Pivot as needed

Intentional Searching

1. Get a mental map of initial search results


2. Filter results based on the
     purpose of your search

 

3. Pivot as needed

Intentional Searching

1. Get a mental map of initial search results

 

Intentional Searching

Consider:  
How do these results relate to your goal?

• What is the purpose of your search?

• What change(s) would improve results?

What do you need?

Currency   (new, relatively recent, historical)

Type   (text, audio, video)
Genre   (fiction, exhibition catalogs)
Author & Audience   (scholarly, popular)
Depth   (short article vs. entire book)
Scope   (narrower, broader)

When and how?

Availability   (now, okay w/ short wait)
Format   (online, print, streaming, DVD)

1. Get a mental map of initial search results


2. Filter results based on the
     purpose of your search

 

3. Pivot as needed

Intentional Searching

2. Filter results based on the
     purpose of your search

 

A tale of 3 Swatties, searching for pirates
same keyword, different goals

Class / Subject International Economics English Sociology
Interest Current maritime policy issues Representations of criminality in literature Folk music to counter anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe

 

More recent, scholarly

Historical, poetry

Specific musical
recording

Filters

2. Filter results based on the
     purpose of your search

 

Class / Subject International Economics Art History Sociology
Interest Current maritime policy issues Representations of criminality in literature Folk music to counter anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe

 

More recent, scholarly

Historical, poetry

Specific musical
recording

Filters

Topic Exploration

Known-Item

What do you need?

Currency   (new, relatively recent, historical)

Type   (text, audio, video)
Genre   (fiction, exhibition catalogs)
Author & Audience   (scholarly, popular)
Depth   (short article vs. entire book)
Scope   (narrower, broader)

When and how?

Availability   (now, okay w/ short wait)
Format   (online, print, streaming, DVD)

1. Get a mental map of initial search results


2. Filter results based on the
    purpose of your search

 

3. Pivot as needed

Intentional Searching

3. Pivot as needed

 Ways To Pivot

  Where

  How

 What

Change your
research tool

 

(try a different    database or
 search engine)

Search a different index or sources

 

(e.g. titles instead

  of keywords)
(e.g. filter to Special

  Collections)

Adjust your search terms + syntax

 

(e.g. pirates AND (crime OR theft) )

Tri-College Consortium

E-Z Borrow
Academic libraries
in PA, NJ, NY

InterLibrary Loan

Libraries all over
the world

   Penn      Drexel     Temple     NYU      Rutgers

  Swat          Haverford      Bryn Mawr

 Oxford              Columbia              Sciences Po  

Harvard       Stanford     Museum of Natural History

Knowing What's Available to You

Books

Books in
Tripod

To find more books (music, etc.)
on a topic, search
Worldcat.org

Articles

Articles in
Tripod*

* and other library resources
   (e.g. JSTOR, Proquest)

You can request
a PDF
of any article
(journal, news, magazine).
 

RIAs Summer Workshop | Monday Afternoon (pt. 1)

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RIAs Summer Workshop | Monday Afternoon (pt. 1)

What's out there / search limiting, tour of the library

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