Library Digest April 2021
The Library Digest is published in the second half of each month and highlights what’s happening and what’s coming up at your Library.
What’s Happening at your Library
- We are featuring Janine Miiller, our Application Support Technician, from the User Services team in our April edition of Meet Your Library Staff.
- Our latest edition of LibLights- Library Instruction While Working From Home shows how we were able to deliver valuable online resources and provide multiple opportunities for collaboration and research assistance to students and faculty during the past year.
- Check out our April New and Notable Resource List which features some of our best financial literacy e-resources to help you improve your personal financial management, budgeting, and investing.
- Chat Reference Assistance is available is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm if you need assistance accessing library resources and services.
- Students, faculty, and staff who studying and working from outside of Calgary and within Canada can request library resources through our new Distance Delivery
- Our main circulating collection (mostly items with location “Level 0”) and our Reserve/Course Textbook Collection (CTC) can now be requested through the Curbside Pickup service.
- Library books and other library materials can be returned to SAIT’s Safety Ambassadors at the west doors of the Stan Grad Building ( see Campus Map ) from Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm. You must wear a mask when you are returning materials.
- Visit COVID-19 Library Service Information for more information on our services and if you need help using many of the library resources check out our tip sheets on the Library FAQ.
Library Research Tips from the Pros: Three Advanced Searching Tips
There are many ways to make your searching more effective and efficient. Check out three advanced searching tips below, and connect with the Library to learn more.
Google allows for “natural language searching” which is the use of regular spoken language but these terms don’t always work in academic databases and library catalogues. When searching for information in an academic database or a library, you need to use keywords as your search terms. Keywords are brief words or phrases that you want to appear in the documents that are contained within those systems.
Boolean Operators and Modifiers
You can combine your keywords or search for similar terms/concepts using Boolean operators and make your search more efficient by using search modifiers. Here is a brief run down of operators and modifiers you can use in academic databases:
- AND: Combine your terms. Automatically applied between keywords
- OR: Search for synonyms and related terms.
- NOT: Exclude results with a term
- Phrase searching with quotation marks “ “ combines two or more keywords to be searched as they are written within the quotation marks
- Truncation with an asterisk * searches for potential endings and suffixes of words.
(“Academic success” OR “university success” OR “college success”) AND (grades OR performance OR GPA) NOT Europ*
Google’s Algorithm and Searching Google Efficiently
Google is tailored to you – even if you don’t have a Google account, your search is different depending on your location, past browsing habits, interests, etc. Google is very protective about their algorithm, so sometimes it’s unclear why Google is retrieving certain results.
Using keywords instead of “natural language” (questions or full sentences) can be more efficient when conducting in-depth research using Google. Google has an advanced search function that can help combine your keywords and limit your search, but here are a few brief pointers:
- You can phrase search in Google using “ “, but you can also apply quotes to single words to force Google to stop searching for synonyms.
- To locate specific file types, try adding type:filetype to your search. For example, type:pdf, would retrieve PDFs.
- To search within a specific website, try using site:url. This works for websites or domains. For example, you can try site:.gc.ca, site:sait.ca, site:reddit.com, etc.
Need Help Putting Your Terms Together?
You are not alone in your research efforts. Meet with your liaison for help with building search strings, locating resources, and much more. We are here to help with your information needs at SAIT as you complete your assignments and projects.
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