Activity 3 Directions - English 163 Techniques of Reading - English Learning Center

Online Supplement: Library Periodicals

Directions for Activity 3:
Computerized Databases

Use this hour to learn how to operate two (2) computerized databases which index articles in magazines, professional journals, and newspapers.

  1. You may access the research databases by using the internet. Go to the Ohlone College website at www.ohlone.edu
  2. Click on Library. Click on Search for Articles. This will take you to all of the on-line databases or type your subject in the Search box. This will list articles on the subject you typed. The databases will be listed on the left.
  3. When you are to type in the subject you want the computer to search, choose a subject related to your academic interest, such as child psychology, computer programming, accounting.
  4. Choose a database and bring up an article. On the Worksheet, write the following information about the article you brought up in your database search.
    1. Name of database searched.
    2. Title of article.
    3. Author.
    4. Title of periodical.
    5. Date of publication.
    6. Page numbers of the article.
    7. Quickly SKIM the article.
    8. Write a brief statement (2-3 sentences) indicating what the article is about.
  5. Choose a different database than the one you used in #3 above. On the Worksheet, write the following information about the article you brought up in your database search.
    1. Name of database searched.
    2. Title of article.
    3. Author.
    4. Title of periodical.
    5. Date of publication.
    6. Page numbers of the article.
    7. Quickly SKIM the article.
    8. Write a brief statement (2-3 sentences) indicating what the article is about.

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