The Smart Search

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While brainstorming ideas to write this first paper assignment, a few things came to mind. I initially started with making a list of ideas that I thought pertained to sociological imagination with only my own knowledge. I then moved on to pulling ideas from the book, the library, and peer reviewed databases. A librarian at the beginning of the semester came into class and lectured us on how to use the information the library had to offer. He broke the library website and search site down, making it easier for me to understand. I used the skills I gained from him by enabling me to further my research of sociological imagination. I learned how to use the library’s Smart Search which provides many books that are available for certain topics. Smart Search led me to InfoLink and then finally to EBSCO Host, which offers a bunch of great essays, newspaper articles, peer reviewed articles, and many more resources. The Smart Search even requires university ID and password to access some of these articles. Smart Search allows you to do a very specific search leading you to exactly the kind of text you want. You can type in the subject you are looking for in the search bar and see all text available. However you can also do an advanced search, which allows you to choose a specific resource type such as newspaper article or book. It also allows you to choose a specific collection to search through such as different databases like LexisNexis and JSTOR. The search even allows you to choose specific dates, topics, languages, genres, and many more topics that you want your search to be under. This advanced search feature made it very easy for me to sort through articles and books I did not want, and find specific things I was looking for. Learning how to use the databases the library has greatly contributed to my method of writing this paper. I will be picking up C. Mills The Sociological Imagination book that is at the Hardin Library to use for my paper, using...
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