Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014     Views: 1

Your question is one that would be best answered by a face-to-face consultation with a librarian in the Library. There are a number of aspects to the topic you are researching and I (or any other librarian) would need to ask you about which direction you are going with it. My best advice would be to visit the library and talk to the librarian on duty at the Reference Desk. In the meantime, there are a couple of suggestions I can make. You said that you were able to find some things on EBSCOHost. Which specific database were you using? EBSCOHost is the searching software, not the content database. There are dozens of databases that you could choose. I suspect that you may have been using Academic Search Complete. That would be a good place to start, but I would also suggest that you take a look at Business Source Premier, EconLit and SocINDEX on the EBSCOHost system. These databases will have different collections of articles based on the scope of that database. If you were in EBSCOHost, were you trying to search across multiple databases at the same time? This technique, although quick and easy, doesn't always give good results. Each database has its own searching quirks and the search system defauts to a type of search that is common to all the databases you select. This often disables some of the more powerful searching characteristics of each individual database and you will probably miss good citations. If you were doing multiples, you might try searching each database individually. There are also good databases beyond EBSCOHost. I would also recommend searching InfoTrac Onefile, Wilson OmniFile and Business & Company Resource Center. These come from other database providers that are competitors to EBSCOHost. You can find any of these databases by going to the Library Home Page (www.iup.edu/library)and clicking on "Article Databases". This will give you an alphabetical list of the more than 150 databases available to you. Select the databases individually from the alphabetic list. You were also having problems with PILOT. Given your search topic, this is not surprising. The scope of the PILOT database is that it is primarily the way to find Books (particularly Books that are in the IUP Library). There are no articles listed in PILOT. The subjects that we give the books have to be very broad because they have to describe the ENTIRE book. Therefore you have to be pretty general when searching PILOT. Also, if you use the "Subject Heading" search, you are restricted to using terms from a controlled vocabulary list called the "Library of Congress Subject Headings" list. A librarian can help you with this list in order to determine the best subject(s) for your search. I would also suggest that you try the "Guided Search" option on PILOT. Guided searches are always Keyword searches, so you are never limited to the controlled vocabulary. Plus, you can combine search terms using AND, OR and NOT operators. Again, a librarian can help you construct the best search strategy for your topic.

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