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ERIC Number: EJ793032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Citation Searching: Search Smarter & Find More
Hammond, Chelsea C.; Brown, Stephanie Willen
Computers in Libraries, v28 n5 p10-12, 60-61 May 2008
The staff at University of Connecticut are participating in Elsevier's Student Ambassador Program (SAmP) in which graduate students train their peers on "citation searching" research using Scopus and Web of Science, two tremendous citation databases. They are in the fourth semester of these training programs, and they are wildly successful: They have offered more than 30 classes and taught more than 350 students from March 2007 through March 2008. In this article, the authors would like to explain what they teach in the classes in the hopes of helping even more researchers perform better searches. All in all, citation searching is a wonderful way to build a comprehensive body of knowledge. The databases allow everyone to follow a trail of cited references that weaves a web of information across the boundaries of time and subject limitations. It eliminates their need to know appropriate synonyms or subject-specific lingo in order to perform effective searches that yield inclusive results. Citation searching saves time while also increasing the likelihood that search results will be appropriate for one's needs. Citation searching is not just useful for librarians but for other searchers as well. If one needs a comprehensive literature review--whether a librarian, faculty member, student, or scientist--they would benefit greatly from the capabilities of citation searching databases.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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