Linda's Professional Journey

An Academic Librarian's experiences and notes

Usefulness of Pathfinders.

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Pathfinders are paper or electronic references that people can utilize if they need a step by step tutorial in exploring media that they are unfamiliar with, such as search engines. The idea for this post is originated from a personal experience of needing to be the vocal pathfinder for students at my workplace. Librarians or even search engine homepages provide tutorial in searching through unfamiliar territory. An example of this is with Ebsco.com which is only accessible through licensing service. However, if your library has paper sheets detailing tutorials with various programs, take advantage of that and run with it.

One of the neat things about various search engines is that even with different types of interfaces, basic searching methods is similar.

I wonder if I should emphasize on certain methods I usually do and invite any questions?

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Written by Linda

March 23, 2008 at 10:26 pm

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