Database Searching

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Database searching Doctoral learning and its associated pursuit requires varying skills and abilities, several of these abilities including critical thinking, reading and even scrutinizing sources. This work focuses on evaluating and locating resources, part of which involves this discussion post - how to search for resources. Finding the right resource material does not happen by chance, it requires some skilled strategy to ensure the best and most relevant results are gotten whenever a search is conducted, even in situations when the learner is not so familiar with the topic been discussed.
Choosing where to Search is important It is important that learners understand and know where to search for resources, broadly speaking places such as school library, journal databases and or peer-reviewed databases are great sources of both specialized and general information. This sources offer in most situations verified and peer reviewed works that are sophisticated and provide full texted.
Defining your Search Criteria This step is probably the most important when conducting a good search; defining which terms to use as your search criteria (i.e. which right words or phrases in the proper combination are required) is very important and requires giving some attention because if not properly done, can ruin your chances of getting relevant information. The first step in defining search criteria is to create a search statement. This is a statement that forms the basis for the search query that will be run on the databases to retrieve records that meet those criteria. This is important particularly with the reality that a certain topic might have varying synonyms or acronyms within the English language. The suggestion is usually breaking the search statement into keywords, concepts or phrases as the case may be, identifying synonyms, broader terms etc. For…...

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