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Searching Strategies for Online Databases

Jennifer Bonaldo

English I

Database Searching and the Power of Limiters: Leaders (updated 11-2018)

Information literacy topics:

-Determining best sources

-Searching strategies for information

-Evaluating sources

-Using technology tools


1: Find the activities for this class, at:

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Find Online StuffBy SubjectEnglishClass ProjectsBonaldoDatabase Searching and the Power of Limiters


2. Objective: What do we want to accomplish today?

To perform an efficient search for peer-reviewed academic journal articles, and/or magazine and newspaper articles on a given topic, using limiters in a college-level database (EBSCO’s MasterFILE Premier)


3. Discussion: Choosing the best resource:

MasterFILE Premier: From the publisher EBSCO, provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents in business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more, as well as an Image Collection containing photos, maps, and flags.


MasterFILE Premier



Databases on other topics:        

Academic Search Complete

All Topics, All Formats, 9000 Academic Journals



Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Education Topics, All Formats



4. Discussion:  Searching strategies (Search Terms)

ESBCO:  MasterFILE Premier:

Main points:


-Take note of your surroundings:  Look at main menus, search options, etc..

-Search box:

-Always give yourself more options with an “Advanced Search”.

Consider what you are searching for: Title? Author? Subject? Word in text?

-Start simple. (e.g. “leaders”) You can always add more words to narrow down.

-Too many results and not really relevant? Add more words to narrow down. Try “Leaders manipulate population”.

-Too few results? Broaden your search again, but with fewer words.

-Use more advanced techniques:

-Try with synonyms or related words (dictator, autocrate, authoritarian, authorit*, influence, coerce, manipulate etc.).

-Use commands (“operators”) to narrow down: AND (to get both terms), OR (for one OR the other), NOT (to filter out the word), apostrophes around several words like “authoritarian leaders” to get the exact phrase.

-Always limit to full-text, if it is what you need.

-Notice what appears when you start to type “authoritarian”. How many results do you get? How does it change when you add “leader”. How about “authorit*”?

-Focus on results, and LEFT sidebar

-Notice the number of hits for each Source Type.

-Notice other “limiters”. Which are useful for our search?



-Notice the number of hits for each Source Type.

-Use checkbox “limiters” on the LEFT sidebar to LIMIT your search by:


-Publication Date

-Source Type (only Academic Journals? Magazines? Newspapers?)


Use related SUBJECTS

-When you identify a good source/article:

-Choose a relevant article, and notice the related SUBJECTS.

-Follow up on subject leads that appear in relevant articles. Remember, hey were chosen by humans: (how about “AUTHORITARIANISM”, “DICTATORSHIP”, or “LEGITIMACY of governments”)?

SAVE your search, SAVE your files

- Sign into the database to search results to avoid losing stuff (use personal lists, email, notes/citation tools, etc.).

- Link to Google Drive, save to Google folder

Embedding/Blending Quotations and MLA Format

English I

Embedding/Blending Quotations and MLA Citation (updated 9-2018)

Objective: To understand how to effectively embed/blend quotations into literary analysis, to use MLA Style 8 in formal essays and papers.

ELA standards:


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


          Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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Creative Writing Children's Book Analysis

J. Bonaldo

Creative Writing

Children’s Books: Evaluation/Analysis


Objective: To understand the creative process and elements included in successful picture books.  Analysis and evaluation of picture book composition and production of an original work.


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The Library has a collection of children's books found here under resource lists (English - Children's Books). Books have been selected and placed on a cart.



Consider the following when evaluating picture books:


Who created the book?

  • Author

  • Illustrator

  • Is it the same?  What are the pro/con(s) of that?


Artistic Method/Medium Used - Technique

  • Mood/tone

  • Is it appealing?

  • Watercolor

  • Photography

  • Torn paper

  • Aesthetics

  • Exposure to art


Does the book incorporate

  • Historical perspectives

  • An imaginary place

  • Message / Theme


Writing Method Used

  • The impetus to reading

  • Use of sight words

  • few words used

  • Use of funny words/ rhyming

  • Point of view/perspective - positive? negative? from a child? adult?

  • Pacing - are you drawn into the story? Do you want to linger on a page?


Suitability?  Would you make that choice for a children’s book?

Variety - does it maintain interest?

Consistent illustrations or change with the demands of the text?



Video interviews with children's authors and illustrators from Reading Rockets


Children's Book Analysis Questions Page here.

Children's Book Assignment Document/Rubric here.

Additional Reading:

Bang, Molly. Picture This: How Pictures Work. New York: SeaStar, 2000. Print.

Carle, Eric. The Art of Eric Carle. New York: Philomel, 1996. Print.

Feaver, William. When We Were Young: Two Centuries of Children's Book Illustration. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1977. Print.

Hands, Nancy S. Illustrating Children's Books: A Guide to Drawing, Printing, and Publishing. New York: Prentice Hall, 1986. Print.

Lanes, Selma G. The Art of Maurice Sendak. New York: Abradale, 1984. Print.

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