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COMM 3010: Communication Perspectives

Databases

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Difference between UNT research material, Google and Yahoo

A comparison of UNT Databases, Electronic Journals, eBooks, and our catalog items cannot be compared exactly to Google and Yahoo, because they have different system functions in a very different manner. 

  • UNT searches a well-defined set of items with clear specifications while Google's and Yahoo's scope of coverage is not defined; so we are not searching identical data.  
  • A direct comparison is impossible; however, we can look at the information possibilities between UNT's research options and Google and Yahoo. 

UNT Research options:

  • We use controlled vocabulary searching which includes a list of standardized subject headings to describe what a source is about. This allows researches the ability to identify more sources on similar topics with one search. 
    • A big problem many students struggle with his narrowing their topic.
    • Developing a concise theses statement or question.

Google Scholar:

  • Easy place to begin a search and find possible items.
    • Can provide options for word usage in your searches.
    • Can suggest a scholarly database or journal to look into.
  • Does not offer the number and extent of special searching and limiting features.  
  • May find older items outside the parameters of some databases
  • Can be difficult to find the actual article
    • Possibly only the citation is available
    • Possibly on the abstract is available
  • May have access to gray literature (manifold document type) a document that is not controlled by a commercial publisher.
    • Reports
    • Conference proceedings
    • Doctoral thesis/dissertations
    • Blogs,etc.

Google:

  • Overload of information - not necessarily on your specific topic.
  • Quality of research information must be determined by your own evaluations
  • Search content could be inundated with advertisements
  • Searches all possible word variations

Yahoo:

  • Overload of information - not necessarily on your specific topic.
  • Quality of research information must be determined by your own evaluations
  • Search content could be inundated with advertisements

Shultz, Mary. “Comparing Test Searches in PubMed and Google Scholar.” Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA 95.4 (2007): 442–445. PMC. Web. 31 Aug. 2018.

GreyNet Internalational 2018. Grey Literature Network Services, http://www.greynet.org/home.html. Accessed 31, Aug. 2018.

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