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    Exceptional Child Education Resources User Guide

    The Exceptional Child Education Resources provides educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists, researchers and others  with citations and abstracts to books, journal articles, doctoral dissertations, and non-print media for the education and development of both persons with disabilities and persons who are gifted. This collection includes professional literature  in all areas of special education including current policies and issues written in English and non-English and covers the time period from 1969-to date.

     BEFORE BEGINNING:

    • List all ideas and concepts that describe your search topic.
    • Narrow your topic.  Remember your goal is to get a manageable number of useful records.
    • Think of as many search terms describing your topic as you can.

     ACCESS:

    • Go to the UCF Libraries homepage at http://library.ucf.edu/
    • Click on <Articles & Databases> and click on <Education> from the Discipline list OR click on the letter <E> on the Titles alphabetical menu.
    • Select <Exceptional Child Education Resources> from the alphabetical list of databases

     

    SEARCH OPTIONS:

    • Select one of the search screens from the search screen toolbar for conducting the search.
    •   is used to conduct Simple Searches. Enter a keyword, phrase or combined keyword search in the “Find" box and click on <Search> .   The default searching for Find Terms is Keyword Anywhere.  Other keyword choice options for searches include Author, Title or Subject.  Click on the pull-down menu to use one of these choices.

                 

               

      • Separate keywords with AND, OR, or NOT.  Expand the search with synonyms by connecting words with the word "or".  Narrow the search by adding more terms and linking them with the word "and".  Combine search techniques: i.e. dyslexia AND teaching strategies.

      is used to combine terms and specific fields; use when using multiple Search terms.  (See directions below)

      is used to locate specific terms within the database.  This is especially good to use when searching different forms of an author's name.  Use the index option to limit your search to any of the following fields:

      • PY publication
      • CN contract or grant number
      • DT document type
      • DTC document type code
      • LA language
      • TA target audience
      • UD update date
      • AN accession number

     SELECT SEARCH TERMS  (Using the Thesaurus button on the Toolbar)

    • Allows you to look up (descriptors) subject terms using the controlled vocabulary taken from the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors and enables you to describe the major focus of the article.
    • Click on the  <Thesaurus> icon to select search terms from the subject authority file.
    • Enter your search term or phrase in the Term Search box and then click <Go to terms> to see equivalent terms.

    • Click in the subject box in front of the term or terms you wish to search.

    • Click <Searched Marked> to search for the marked headings.

    • Click <Explode Marked> to search for marked and narrower headings.

    • Click on the subject heading link to display broader, narrower and related terms.

    • Check each term you want to include in your search against the controlled vocabulary in the Thesaurus

    • You can really see the advantage of using the thesaurus when you type in teaching strategies.  That term is not used in the thesaurus.  Instead, the term teaching methods is used.

     SELECT SEARCH TERMS  (Using the Thesaurus button on the Toolbar)

    • Allows you to look up (descriptors) subject terms using the controlled vocabulary taken from the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors and enables you to describe the major focus of the article.
    • Click on the  <Thesaurus> icon to select search terms from the subject authority file.
    • Enter your search term or phrase in the Term Search box and then click <Go to terms> to see equivalent terms.

    • Click in the subject box in front of the term or terms you wish to search.

    • Click <Searched Marked> to search for the marked headings.

    • Click <Explode Marked> to search for marked and narrower headings.

    • Click on the subject heading to display broader, narrower and related terms.

    • Check each term you want to include in your search against the controlled vocabulary in the Thesaurus

    • You can really see the advantage of using the thesaurus when you type in teaching strategies.  That term is not used in the thesaurus.  Instead, the term teaching methods is used.

    DETERMINE SEARCH FIELDS

    • Using appropriate search fields from the pull-down menu to retrieve better results.

      • DE include all descriptors, major and minor

      • DEM denotes primary topics and are terms marked with an asterisk in displayed records

      • Note in the Advanced Search example used above that "dyslexia" is a major descriptor and "teaching methods" is a descriptor

     

     SEARCH (ADVANCED OPTION)

    • Click on the <Advanced> tab to enter multiple terms.

    • Type a search term or phrase in the <Search> box.

    • Separate keywords with AND, OR, or NOT.  Expand the search with synonyms by connecting words with the word "or".  Narrow the search by adding more terms and linking them with the word "and".  Combine search techniques: i.e. dyslexia AND teaching methods
    • NOT excludes the second term from the search.  Example: hearing impairments NOT deafness excludes deafness from the search.
    • Use the asterisk (*) to retrieve various endings. i.e. child* retrieves child OR children.
    • Use the thesaurus to identify search terms and to retrieve relevant items.
    • Start your search by clicking on the <Search> button.

     LIMIT YOUR SEARCH

    • Click on the <No Search Limits Set> change button to limit/refine your search. Frequently used limits include:
      • LA or language.  Limit to English
      • PY or publication year.  Click on the pull-down "from" and "to" boxes and highlight the year you desire
      • DT or document type.  Popular ones include Journal articles; Reports, Research
      • TA or target audience
    • Click on the appropriate term to view results.  If you want to refine your search strategy either write it down or copy and paste it  in the find box on the Advanced search screen.

       DISPLAY RETRIEVED RECORDS:

    • Once you select your search terms, enter them and hit <Search>, search results will display. 

    • Select <Change Display>  from the toolbar to customize the display of the results. 


    • If you do not change the display, the default settings will be used.

    • The first three items displayed are books.

      • Click on the <Complete Record> link to display the full record.

      • Click on the <Check SFX> link to see if UCF owns the book Dyslexia and Learning Style.

      • Click on the <UCF Library Catalog> link.

      • If UCF has the book, it will appear with call number.  General collection indicates that the book is housed in the Orlando campus library.  Other locations are listed also.  Write down the call number LB1050.5 M875 2003 and then go to the LB section of the collection on the third floor and retrieve the book.

    • If you want to limit your search results to journal articles, set limits (see Limit Your Search above) and select DT Journal articles.  Usually you will want to limit the language to English as well.  Note in the example below that the 68 results have now been reduced to 35.  Citations for journal articles will always list the name of the journal under SO Source.

    • Click the link <Complete Record> to view all of the citation information and the abstract.
    • View retrieved records by clicking on the citation/s you wish to view.
    • Click the box next to each citation you wish to view or to print, or save them.

    • Use the forward arrow, the back arrow, or the appropriate page number  to navigate through the citations.

    • Check availability of articles by either clicking on the <Check SFX> link or scrolling down to the bottom of the displayed entry and clicking on <Check SFX> in the link to holdings information  .

    • Use the right side scroll bar to scroll down or up the page.

     

    INTERPRET the CITATION/S:

    • Examine the article citation 2 immediately above this section.
    • The article title is: It's One of Them ... I Don't Know
    • Miller, Linda L and Felton, Rebecca are the co-authors of the article.
    • The journal title is listed under SO: as Journal of Special Education.
    • Date of the article is Fall, 2001.
    • V 35 is the volume number of this journal; n3 is the issue number.
    • Article is found on pages 125-134.
     

    MARK:

    • Click in the empty box to the left of the item/s you wish to mark.

    PRINT:

    • Mark everything to be printed.
    • Click the printer icon in in the upper right hand corner .
    • Check the choices on the print screen that you want.  Choose the fields you wish to print.  We recommend that you print your search history in case you need to duplicate or update the search later.

    • Click on the <Print> button at the top right of the screen.  That will open your browser's print screen.  Click <Ok>.

    EMAIL:  

    • Click on Email icon  to email item records to yourself.
    • Enter the email addresses for sender and recipient and a subject if you wish.
    • Select the choices you want including fields you wish to print

    • Click <Send Mail>
    EXIT:

     

    • Remember to click the Logout button in the upper right hand corner of the screen when you complete your search.

     

    Last updated 05 May 2009
    Terrie K. Sypolt, Reference Librarian