Below, you will find an array of short videos offering quick tips on how to make the most of your time researching the library’s many databases. Videos are best viewed full screen so you may see all of the text and details. Please note, if you would like to turn on Closed Captioning to follow along, it works best using the Chrome browser.
Database Searching Tips
Boolean Operators–Learn how best to combine your search terms.
Truncation–A simple trick to expand your search.
Phrase Searching–Find results containing an exact phrase in this one minute video.
Proximity Searching–An easy way to broaden your search results by finding terms near each other in a record.
Nesting–Find more relevant results by searching for synonyms of your keywords.
FASTsearch 2.0 Tutorials
Basic Tutorial–This short video will get you started using all the basic functions in FASTsearch.
Advanced Tutorial–This short tutorial will explain the advanced search features, as well as how to create a permanent save folder for your research.
Searching within Fielding’s Library
Finding Journals–Learn to see if Fielding has access to a specific journal title, its dates of coverage, and how to access and/or browse the journal’s content.
Finding eBooks–Learn to search Fielding’s collection of eBooks for a particular title, or for a work related to a certain field of study.
Google Scholar–Learn the benefits of connecting to Google Scholar through the library website.
Dissertations & Theses–Some useful tricks to help you search for dissertations by Fielding students and students at other institutions.
SAGE Research Methods Online–An overview of the main features of this one-of-a-kind database designed to help you find information about various research methods.
PsycINFO Tips Mini-Series–A series of three short videos about some of the advanced search options within PsycINFo, including: limiting by methodology; limiting by age group; and searching for tests & measures.
Keywords vs. Subject Headings–Learn the difference between using keywords and subject headings while conducting scholarly research in this 90-second video.
Scholarly Resources & The Web–Learn the benefits of using scholarly databases versus the open web when conducting research in this 2-minute video.
Other Tools and Resources
Flow and the Fielding Library–This is a longer video (~16m) which offers a tour of the basics of using Flow and the Fielding Library. Flow is the tool which can function as a permanent save folder in FASTsearch as well as a citation manager. The video covers: logging in, adding items into your Flow library, and organizing your library. Additional materials related to Flow can be found on the ‘More Resources‘ page of this blog.
***UPDATE 2016: ProQuest has merged its citation management tools and you will now see Flow branded as ‘RefWorks 3’. If you already have a Flow account, you can still access your documentation by logging in here: http://refworks.proquest.com. Fielding does not have an institutional license with RefWorks so you have ‘limited feature’ access when means you do not have access to their Write-N-Cite tool for Word. You can view ProQuest’s upgrading from Flow to Refworks PDF here.
Zotero and the Fielding Library–Another longer video (~20m) which offers a detailed tour of using the Firefox version of Zotero in Fielding’s Library. The video includes: downloading, setting preferences, adding items, organizing items, and using the Microsoft Word Plug-In to create citations. Additional materials related to Zotero can be found on the ‘More Resources‘ page of this blog.
Google Advanced Searching Pt. 1 — This quick video (~6m) will help you get started using the advanced search features of Google.
Google Advanced Searching Pt. 2 — This video (~7m) is a follow-up to the part 1 tutorial. It covers how to use the various ‘filters’ on the advanced search page and includes additional sample searches. *Best viewed full-screen.