Exercise 7: Sample Search

Choose the best source(s) that would yield the most relevant information to support the thesis given from the choices below:

  1. online catalog to find books
  2. magazines and journals/ indexes and abstracts
  3. newspaper indexes
  4. reference books
  5. Library of Congress subject heading Index
  6. Internet resources
  7. knowledgeable people
  8. interlibrary Loan
  9. reference librarian

Example 1

Anorexia nervosa has both emotional and social causes which work hand in hand.

The correct answers are: 1,2,6,9.

Your primary places for locating sources will be:

1. online catalogs to find books

2. magazines and journals, indexes and abstracts

6. Internet resources

9. reference librarian

Example 2

Since the breakup of the former Soviet Union, business practices in those countries have changed most in the fields of marketing/customer service, reflecting the changes in government and political philosophy.

The correct answers are 2 and 9.

Your primary places for locating sources will be:

2. magazines and journals

9. reference librarian

Example 3

The appearance of Hamlet's father's ghost raises an important psychological, as well as dramatic, dilemma in the play.

The correct answers are: 1, 2 and 9.

Your primary places for locating sources will be:

1. online catalog to find books

2. magazines and journals

9. reference librarian

Example 4

The whole-language approach has been effective in raising the reading skills of elementary-school children and in helping the children understand the relevance of reading to all fields of study in school.

The correct answers are: 1, 2 and 9.

Your primary places for locating sources will be:

1. online catalog to find books

2. magazines and journals

9. reference librarian.

Example 5

U.S. government policies on health care have changed during the past 20 years; this change in policy has made hospitals currently function as oligopolies.

The correct answers are: 1, 2 and 9.

Your primary places for locating sources will be:

1. online catalog to find books

2. magazines and journals

9. reference librarian

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