MAS Ultra School Edition (EBSCO) DATABASE SEARCH AND CITE TIPS

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  • MAS Ultra School Edition (EBSCO) DATABASE SEARCH AND CITE TIPS
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  • Internet vs. EBSCO MAS Ultra The next slide should look familiar 2
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  • You need to know the difference and why it matters Internet EBSCO MAS Ultra School Ed. Information available on websites and web pages. Authors can be anyone, so evaluate each source carefully Author may be organization with a mission to share information and influence your decisions Cost: Free Access: Web browsers and search engines via computer with Internet access Information was originally published in magazines, journals, newspapers, books, on radio, TV, or for specific database. Authors are typically professional writers and/or researchers w/ a mission to share information; may want to influence your decisions Cost: RBHS pays for databases that hire their own writers and researchers or subscribe to magazines, journals, etc. Access: Username & password; computer with Internet access 3
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  • It matters because The material in EBSCOs MAS Ultra School Edition was originally published in magazines, journals, newspapers, books, or on radio and TV And you have to identify the kind of source as well as its title in order to cite it. The authors of the previously printed/published information in EBSCOs MAS Ultra are named with the articles they write And you have to identify and cite those authors We pay an annual subscription for EBSCO MAS Ultra So there is a unique username and password for our account And I cant post that information online 4
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  • Not All Databases Are the Same Some write and publish only their own material - only online Ex: ABC-CLIO American History Some write and publish their own material in their own magazine and online Ex: Issues & Controversies Some subscribe to and publish online what was originally printed or spoken in another publication (journals, newspapers, magazines, radio/TV transcripts, government proceedings) Ex: EBSCO MAS Ultra School Edition 5
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  • EBSCO MAS Ultra School Edition Is (by far) the Most Challenging of our Databases to Cite Contains several different databases that you must recognize and cite separately (ex: Professional Development Collection, MAS Ultra School Edition, Newspaper Source) Contains several kinds of sources that you must recognize and cite differently (ex: periodicals, newspapers, academic journals) Requires a PermaLink rather than a URL to retrieve a source for your citation (Remember: only those with a subscription can access the database. Including the PermaLink in your notecard allows you to go to the article at a later date from NoodleTools without signing in to EBSCO.) Includes only abstracts of some articles 6
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  • But CITING MAS ULTRA SCHOOL EDITION IS NOT AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK 7
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  • Begin at our library website Go to rbhsmediacenter.org Hover over Researchers Click on Databases 8
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  • After you log in, click on the top line. 9 Click on top line
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  • 10 Think carefully about your topic and choose one or more databases wisely If your topic is education- related, include Prof. Dev. Collection and ERIC Remember: MAS Ultra is a database made up of several databases.
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  • Options for refining your search in MAS Ultra School Edition 11 If you are not getting enough sources, broaden your search by checking this box. ALWAYS check this box.
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  • Reading Your Results List 12 EBSCO automatically sorts by relevance. (Notice how old both articles are.) Click the dropdown menu to sort by date. A Circles with letters correspond to notes on your NoodleTools citation handout.
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  • Reading More of Your Results List 13 A The HTML text is formatted for computer. The PDF text looks exactly as it did in the original print source.
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  • 14 Full text article below B C Databases are notorious for technically incorrect citation suggestions. NoodleTools wont steer you wrong.
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  • Reading Results List for Citation Info 15 B A
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  • Its not as hard as it looks Open EBSCO MAS Ultra in one window Open NoodleTools in another Keep your How-to-Cite-EBSCO Handout in front of you You may have to look harder to find information in a database, but what you find is often a more in-depth and analytical perspective on your topic than you will find on the open Internet. 16