Choosing the topics for the three research essays has been a difficult task but the main concern for this selection is for it to be something interesting and enjoyable to study. The research tool that was recommended in class was GALILEO; however, the first contact with it was at the public library just to find a book. Discovering the immensity of the information it gives and many ways to research a topic, GALILEO could be a little overwhelming, but it is a way to find exact and reliable information unlike the commonly used search engine: Google.
These days, navigating through the databases has been hard to handle and to be familiar with, but I started my search with the first essay topic: “Labor Day”. I started in the subject of History and the database of History Reference Center obtaining 36047 hits, too much to start with. Then I checked the peer reviewed box and the total of hits decreased to 7433; this total number of hits shows that the search could be reduced with the peer reviewed documents. I changed the searched adding the Boolean Operators and looked for “Labor day and origins” where I found just 1 hit. After this search I decided to look in another database, World History Collection, where I started my research again for my topic “Labor Day”. This time I acquired 8 hits and marking the box of the full text, I obtained 7 hits. Looking inside one of these documents gave me new words to look for in the databases like “Knights of labor or 1882” with 767 hits, giving me the suggestion that the more precise the words I used for my research, the number of hits decrease notably and the information is more specific.
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For understanding the use of GALILEO, I also typed many words from the different topics trying to change the initial topic but it was not a good idea because it became unmanageable and gained too much information, so I decided to came back to my original topic and I changed the subject to Arts and Humanities in the International Studies because I wanted to look for my topic in comparison with other countries too. I went in the “SocINDEX with full text” database where I looked for “Labor Day” finding 114 hits and using the peer reviewed 70 hits then I use the words “US Labor day” obtaining 8 hits with appropriated content. Also I tried the “labor day and origin” obtaining 2 hits. I tried many combinations with the help of “narrow results” and with other words but basically the combination that worked better was the name of the holiday “Labor Day”. I change to the subject to Business and Economics and under the finance topic I selected the database “Business Source Complete” where I was looking for the impact of the holidays in the economy with the combination “labor day and economic impact” with 138 hits and checking the academic journals filter the result was 89.
With all the research performed, I found that the Boolean operators helped carry out effective searches by cutting out many unrelated documents and they showed effective findings from the beginning. The more effective Boolean operator used in the research was the “and” operator, although sometimes this operator reduced the search to zero results giving the meaning that something in the research is wrong. The “or” operator opened the door to many entries just with the word or words searched and the number of hits increase notoriously, and when trying to cut the number of hits in the research, this did not help at all.
The word combinations in the research that I made additional to the research mentioned above through these days without using the Boolean operators were: “Labor Day celebration” with 33468 hits and “sport drugs abuse” with 7480 hits. The number of hits was high in comparison with other researches like “origin of Christmas” with 1376 hits and “Saint Valentine” with 1790 hits taking into account just the number of hits acquired and not by the content of the information because some of them work very well for the essays and others are totally different from the topic searched.
By doing this research study I hope to improve my research skills which will be a great start before I go to university. I hope it will help me make my note-taking and reading better but also it will be an independent form of learning. My aim is to find out what actually happened in 1995 and to learn what I can about this part of history. The sources that I used were Internet and a book. At first ...
After hours of working with GALILEO, I noticed that it is more complete than Google in terms of scholarly researches. Its information is veridical, real, and protected under password where no one can access this information. On the other hand, Google is just a popular browser known around the world where whoever wishes to can post whatever he or she wants and sometimes its information could be editable adding bias to it and making it less reliable giving you millions of hits for a search. After working in the broad ways of GALILEO databases, the chosen topics for the essays will have enough information in order to develop them without problem.