Recent Submissions

  • MeSH in EBSOHost (Medical Subject Headings) 

    Amin, Viral (Creighton University Health Sciences Library. 2010-07)
    This tutorial explains the MeSH tree and demonstrates how to use the headings when searching for records.
  • Wildcard operator (question mark) 

    Mitchell, John (Crieghton University Health Sciences Library. 2010-07)
    This tutorial demostrates how to use the question mark wildcard operator.
  • Wildcard operator (pound sign) 

    Mitchell, John (Creighton University Health Sciences Library. 2010-07)
    This tutorial demonstrates how to use the pound sign wildcard operator
  • Boolean Operators 

    Amin, Viral (Creighton University Health Sciences Library. 2010-07)
    This tutorial explains Boolean operators and demonstrates how to use them.
  • Searching, part 1: The Problem of Language 

    Jizba, Richard (Health Sciences Library, Creighton University. 2007)
    Noting that searching is a matter of identifying the combination of words which occurs in relevant records but not in irrelevant records, this paper explains the kinds of problems searchers will encounter and how to overcome them.
  • Searching, part 7: Using proximity operators 

    Jizba, Richard (Health Sciences Library, Creighton University. 2007)
    As discussed in the unit on The Problems of Language, phrasing and word proximity present an occasional challenge for the searcher. All search systems provide some way to specify word proximity, although the choices may ...
  • Searching, part 8: Search Strategies and Heuristics 

    Jizba, Richard (Health Sciences Library, Creighton University. 2007)
    Describes several approaches to searching which will help users perform either more comprehensive searches or more precise and trageted searching.
  • Searching, part 5: Truncation and Wildcard operators 

    Jizba, Richard (Health Sciences Library, Creighton University. 2007)
    Describes the use of Truncation and Wildcard Operators, which are used to To facilitate searching for terms with a common initial spelling. Words usually have different endings depending on the part of speech they represent: ...
  • Searching, part 4: Recall and Precision: key concepts for database searchers 

    Jizba, Richard (2007)
    Describes 'precision' and 'recall' which are the basic measures used in evaluating search strategies. Understanding these concepts is the foundation for developing search strategies.
  • Searching, part 3: Databases and Search Mechanics for Database Searchers 

    Jizba, Richard (Health Sciences Library, Creighton University. 2007)
    Describes a useful model to help searchers think about how indexed databases work so they understand why they have to use particular techniques and strategies to conduct effective searches.
  • Searching, part 6: Taking Advantage of Word Location (fields). 

    Jizba, Richard (Health Sciences Library, Creighton University. 2007)
    Provides examples of how to search specific fields in the EBSCOHost Medline database. A companion handout reviews how the location of a term in a record can change the meaning of the term or the significance of the term.
  • Searching, part 2: Boolean Operations and Venn Diagrams for Database Searching 

    Jizba, Richard (Health Sciences Library, Creighton University. 2007)
    Uses Venn diagrams to illustrate the use of the AND, OR, and NOT Boolean Operations. Search examples and exercises are provided.