Database LogisticsComparing Search StrategiesHow to Obtain ArticlesComparison of Databases
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Library Scavenger Hunt for Toxicology Students   Tags: library_research, toxicology  

Students learn how to construct a search using databases available at St. John's.
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The Library Scavenger Hunt is an assignment designed to give students guidance in using on-line databases to search for information for term papers and research projects.

The Scavenger Hunt consists of 10 questions for which the students must use on-line database skills.

They have a week to finish.  It is individual, not group, work.

The students receive prior training in class, including where and how to access the databases, formats for citations and attributions, etc.

Later in the semester they will learn how to transfer their search results to RefWorks, as well as how to use these skills in preparation of a term paper.

Defined concepts include:  search strategy, Boolean logic, refine a search, paywall


    This is the handout that the students receive.  I have added notes in red; the students do not see the red text.


    The last task of the project (question 10) draws on the following critical thinking skills:

    • Analysis:
      "After reading the above passage, formulate a question about this problem."
    • Synthesis:
      "Construct and execute a search strategy to answer your question."
    • Communication:
      "Document your search strategy and results."

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