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SSI2-141: Architectures of Power

Comparing and Evaluating Search Tools

Each group will work together to explore one of our library's discovery tools and conduct a preliminary investigation into our research topic. 

Answer these questions about the tool your group used in this Google Doc: Selfie Database Searching

  • Search terms used.
  • Are there any "advanced search" options?
  • What types of sources are included? Are the sources popular, scholarly or a mix?
  • Scan the first page or two of your results. What aspects of selfies do the sources discuss?
  • How can you get to the full text of articles?
  • How can you save an article for later or send it to yourself?
  • Are there any tools to help you cite articles?
  • Anything else interesting (or frustrating?) about the database?


Search these key databases to find scholarly articles. Different discovery tools have different interfaces, but they all have advanced search features, and filters to limit your results. We will come back together for discussion and each group will share with the class their answers to the questions above.