Screenshot of a section of the massive Pubmed Bioethics Subset Search Strategy. Click the image to see more.
Can you describe your search strategy?
I don’t mean something like, “I type words in a box and a computer shows me things.” That’s a description of what we do sometimes when we search, but that’s not what I mean by a description of a search strategy.
What I mean by a search strategy is an approach to answering critical questions about the research process: What kind of information would help to answer the research question? How could that information be produced? Who would have an interest in producing that information? Where might that information be stored? How might the information be identified? How might different sources of information be combined to address the research question?
Mason Brown and I ask students taking our library research assignment to analyze and describe their search strategies for us in clear, natural language addressing questions like those listed above because we think that good critical thinking supports good research and clear communication supports success in collaborative environments.
We recently made a five-minute video in which we share some advice on developing strong search strategies for students working on our library research assignment. You can watch it here.
Blank on Blank is a new series with PBS Digital Studios that takes journalists’ interviews and pairs them with animations that brings them to life visually. Blank on Blank is a multimedia nonprofit that brings these interviews to life on mobile apps, YouTube and beyond.
Interview subjects include: the Beastie Boys, Jim Morrison and David Foster Wallace, for starters.
As final paper assignments begin piling up, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of research you need to do in the month ahead. If you are looking for help to get you over the final hurdles a research consultation with a librarian is an excellent way to get you through even the most complex research assignments. A Hunter College librarian can help you focus on a research topic, plan a research strategy, identify the most relevant sources of information, and
do all of this an efficient way that will save you time researching so that you can focus on writing that A paper. Research consultations for individuals or groups can be up to an hour long and are available for Hunter College students, faculty and staff. Please allow a minimum of two days for us to schedule an appointment with you.
To get started, go to http://library.hunter.cuny.edu/services/forms/consultation
The Digital Public Library of America launched Thursday, April 18th, at noon. The DPLA is the result of the collaborative effort of many libraries, archives and museums to bring together their amazing cultural resources in one portal for easy access to the public. The DPLA “strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science” and make them easily accessible by subject, author, time and place. The DPLA is an all-digital collection of photographs, moving images, maps, and other digital objects that were previously only available on-site in the institutions that housed them. Now they are available to all users for free via the DPLA portal. This new resource, which will continue to grow as more institutions join and add their collections to the library, is an incredible achievement, one that will have an amazing impact on research and future scholarship. So check it out and see the wonderful images now available for you to use in your research. Visit often as the collections grow and new materials continue to be added.