Hi there! This online tutorial will teach you how to
search for information on a scientific database, so let’s begin. Before I start, what’s a database? Well a database is a collection of
information like research papers, book chapters and magazine articles usually based on specific subject for our informational needs. Subjects can range from social studies,
politics, and our case; science. We’ll be using the Science Direct College Edition database which has many articles about the many disciplines of science like bio chemistry and theoretical physics to name a couple. The example search we’ll be using for this
tutorial is information on how nanotechnology can help with issues involving the brain. To begin the search we’ll use the advanced search tool so we can be more specific
and detailed with our search. Just click on link up here. I’ll start by typing in nanotechnology in the search bar. I’ll change this search into a keyword search. A keyword search will search for articles that have the typed word, letter for letter. We’ll search nanotechnology. One fact I should mention about Science Direct is that its database searches similar to how Google searches its database, in which the articles where the searched word or words appear most in the article will be the first to appear in the search results. which can be convenient but also a burden depending on what you want from your search. That’s a large amount of results and these results aren’t really what we want nor is it specific to our search. Let’s go back to advanced search and type in nanotechnology and brain, which can make the search a little more specific. That’s plenty but I think we need to narrow the results down a little more. Back to advance search! Let’s put in nanotechnology, brain, and put some limiters on the search. Limiters are like filters for the search, allowing certain types of articles to appear to in the search results. Limiters are great for when you want a specific kind of article from a specific science. We’ll add the review articles and discussions limiters, and we’ll also use articles involving the science of Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology. There we go, that’s a manageable amount. This article looks good! To make sure this article is relevant to what we need, we can scroll down and look at the keywords. Here you can see what words will be most commonly used in the article. One neat feature about this particular database is that on the side you can look at recommended articles based on the one you’re looking at. Just click on the arrow and expand the box. You can then select any article that looks interesting and then you go on from there. I hope this helps you search more efficiently on Science Direct, have a good day!