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DBA 9061: Advanced Search Techniques: Advanced Search

Video Tutorial: Using Concept Mapping in the Discover Tool

This use the Concept Map function in the Discover Tool:

  1. Go the library website
  2. Enter your term in the Discover Tool's search box, i.e., "Foreign Direct Investment."
  3. When the results list pops up, click on "Search Concept Map" button on the upper right corner.
  4. Select the concepts related to your search, click to view definition
  5. Click "Explore Topic" to see how it is related to other topics on the concept map.
  6. Click "Add Search"
  7. The results list shows the articles as they are related to those two concepts that you've selected

Video Tutorial: Research Using Business Thesauri

Video Tutorial: Advanced Google Scholar Search

Using Concept Mapping to Visualize Your Research

What is Concept Mapping?

Concept Mapping is a useful, graphical tool to help you visualize your research. Concept mapping can help you organize and representing ideas and knowledge.  They are represented by boxes or circles linked by the relationship between the two concepts. Below is an example of concept map/mind map. Source;

Using Thesauri in Business Articles Databases

Thesauri provides subject headings and related terms that you may not think of.  Subject headings for an article are created by human indexers who read the articles and assigned the subject headings based on an approved list of a specific database.

1. Go to Business Source Complete or ABI/INFORM Collection business article databases

2. Click on "Thesaurus" on top of the upper tool bar

3. Enter your search term

4. Look over the suggested list for subject headings, aka Controlled Vocabulary or Descriptors, select terms that applied to your search

5. Select "Narrower" "Broader' tems or  "Implode" if you want to search all sub-categories under your subject headings.

6. Repeat for the second search term

7. Connect the two sets of results. with AND or OR

Advanced Google Scholar Search

Most of the time, a keyword, title, author, or topic is enough to generate a Google Scholar search. However, if you want have to control and repeatability in your search, use the Google Scholar Advanced Search function.

Menu in upper left with role button

  1. Go to the regular Google Scholar search page.
  2. In the upper left corner, press the button made of three horizontal lines to open a new menu. 
  3. Advanced Search should be the second to last option in the newly-opened menu. 
  4. Search your topic using the Advanced Search Form as the guide.

The Advanced Scholar Search Menu