These are great resources for targeted industry research reports.
Bet you didn’t know about “proximity” searches in the Ebscohost family of databases. These commands allow you to search 2 words that occur in the text near each other.
The upshot of which is: the article is more likely to be written about your topic if your words occur close to one other.
(Ebscohost is the name of the publisher that brings you several of our databases. You may know them by their proper names, like Academic Search. Once inside an Ebsco database, you can always “choose databases” to search several Ebscohost databases at once.)
Here’s the official directions from Ebscohost:
You can use a proximity search to search for two or more words that occur within a specified number of words (or fewer) of each other in the databases. Proximity searching is used with a Keyword or Boolean search.
The proximity operators are composed of a letter (N or W) and a number (to specify the number of words). The proximity operator is placed between the words that are to be searched, as follows:
Near Operator (N) – N5 finds the words if they are within five words of one another regardless of the order in which they appear.
For example, type tax N5 reform to find results that would match tax reform as well as reform of income tax.
Within Operator (W) – In the following example, W8 finds the words if they are within eight words of one another and in the order in which you entered them.
For example, type tax W8 reform to find results that would match tax reform but would not match reform of income tax.
In addition, multiple terms can be used on either side of the operator. See the following examples:
- (baseball or football or basketball) N5 (teams or players)
- oil W3 (disaster OR clean-up OR contamination)
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Here’s our list of databases that provide information on grants, scholarships, awards and other sources of funding.
Important information for graduate students and professors!
What if there are two are more common or related words and you want to include both of them in your search? You’ll use parentheses – it works like an algebraic equation.
You enter your search into the database like so:
Example (blue or harvest) moon. You’ll get results that include blue and moon and harvest and moon.
(Soviet or Russia) “Cold War”
You’ll get results that include Soviet and “Cold War” AND Russia and “Cold War.”
If you have been doing searches like blue or harvest moon, you’ll get results back that feature only the word blue together with results that mix harvest and moon. No blue moon exactly, just blue….skies, bells, tooth, etc…
The parentheses make sure (those words go together.)
Many people read investment reports before investing in a stock or mutual fund.
We have two of the best in Valueline and Standard and Poor’s. They cover stocks and mutual funds as well as other investments. If you are using Standard and Poor’s to search for stocks, enter the stock and then choose stock reports on the left side of the screen. An investment report should appear!
Candid Career database is pretty good! Features text and video interviews with people giving advice about how they got in the door for their careers, making the most of unexpected opportunities, getting the most out of internships, etc…
Lynda.com (link here) is a favorite with our patrons. Very advanced walkthrough video tutorials for various computer programs. Description below:
|Online tutorials for popular software tools and the latest technology for beginner to advanced skill levels. Beyond Microsoft Office and business tools for both MAC and PC, Lynda.com provides instruction on software for 3D Animation, Audio/Music/Video, AutoCAD, Design, Development and Programming, Photography, Presentation tools, IT, Marketing tools, and web design.|
Simply Map is a great database that breaks down the social, demographic and economic characteristics of any location in the United States.
But finding out how to search from a radius is tricky. Here’s a video that shows you how to do that.
Not just recent months but the last several years in fact.
Covers topics of local foreign interest, not just different takes on international issues (although it does that as well).
Go to Lexis Nexis, and choose News, then Newspapers and Wires. Foreign Language is an option as well.