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GeoRef Database Searching Guide


Printable/Downloadable version of this guide

A print version of the GeoRef Thesaurus

Main Reference Collection Z695.1 .G43 G46 2000

Accessing | Strategies | Tips | Searching | Limiting | Outputting

Accessing GeoRef

  1. Click in the [Address] box on the toolbar
  2. Type and press <enter>
  3. Go to Find It, Articles, research databases by subject and click on it
  4. Choose Geology from the list

Searching Strategies GeoRef (suggested search strategies)

  • Determine the concepts (key terms) that comprise the topic you’re researching
  • Search each of these terms separately using the Keyword/Phrase Search with the “Check keywords in Thesaurus” box checked.
  • Use the Search Menu link to combine your search terms in a meaningful way (use AND or OR to combine your terms)
  • Further limit/refine your search using database specific limits if needed using the Limit Search Results when viewing your results at the Title List screen.
  • Classification Codes: Use classification codes to define the scope of your topic within the Geology discipline. (See handout on Classification Codes for definitions)

Searching GeoRef (search tips)

When combining your search terms from the Search Menu screen the two most common Boolean operators (please refer to Keyword Searching with Boolean Operators handout) are:

AND narrows your results to include ALL of the combined terms

i.e., glacial geology AND groundwater retrieves records with both of these terms

OR broadens your results to include ANY of the combined terms

i.e., riverbed OR streambed retrieves records with either of these terms

Nesting:  when using more than one type of Boolean operator remember to next similar operators within parentheses.

i.e., (riverbed OR streambed) AND (sediment OR sedimentary rock)

Truncation:  can be used to find different forms of a root word.  The $ key is the truncation symbol.  Use this only when the “Thesaurus” radio button is unselected.

i.e., educat$ finds educate, educates, education, educational, etc.

Subject Searching (using Check Keywords in Thesaurus), Viewing Thesaurus, Combining and Viewing Results

  1. Click in the [Keyword or phrase] box, Make sure the radio button next to Thesaurus is selected
  2. Type bivalve$ and click [Search]
  3. Click View Thesaurus next to bivalvia to browse the online thesaurus (note the Related Terms which you can also search)
  4. Click Focus next to Bivalvia to search your terms as a focused subject search
  5. Click Search Menu to enter your next term
  6. Type biostratigraph$ and click [Search]
  7. Click View Thesaurus next to biostratigraphy to browse the online thesaurus (Note the Related Terms which you can also search)
  8. Click Expand next to biostratigraphy to search for all subject headings
  9. Click [  ] checkboxes next to Bivalvia and biostratigraphy search results and [Combine Terms] to search both terms a subject search
  10. Click Search Menu to combine your search terms
  11. Click the check boxes next to s1 and s2 then click [Combine Sets] OR type s1 and s2 and click [Search] to combine your search terms
  12. Click on an article’s title to view the abstract.  <Scroll down> and <Scroll up> to view the entire record
  13. Click Find a Copy (check to see if Kent State has a copy) (Use the citation machine to see a formatted version of the citation in your citation style)
  14. Click [x] in the upper right hand corner of [Holdings] box to close

Limiting Results

  1. Click Limiting Search Results
  2. Select Paleontology, invertebrate from [Classification Code] limit
  3. Click English from Language limit
  4. Click [Limit Results Now]
  5. Click  # 2.  Revision of the subgenus Daonella (Arzelella) (Halobiidae, Middle Triassic) Schatz, Wolfgang Journal of Paleontology Vol. 78, no. 2. Lawrence, KS : Paleontological Society, Mar. 2004. [Find a Copy].  Note the limits you applied at the top of the Results list)
  6. Click [Find a Copy] (check listings for print from KSU Main periodicals and or online through EJC (Electronic      Journal Center) link above)
  7. Click [x] in the upper right hand corner of [Holdings] box to close.
  8. Click Title List to return to the list of results

Outputting (E-mailing/ Printing/ Downloading) Results

  1. Click [Store Record] to store for outputting
  2. Click Title List to return to list of titles
  3. Click in a few of the [  ] checkboxes to store records for outputting
  4. Click [Store Marked Records]
  5. Click View Stored Records
  6. Select Output: [Display Records]
  7. Select HTML Formats:  Citation + Abstract (suggested for printing)
  8. Click [Output Now] and click [OK]

Exiting GeoRef

After printing your records click Clear Stored Records