For this exercise, you will use a technique using the Multidisciplinary Subject indexes, Academic Search Complete and ProQuest multiple databases to identify other relevant subject indexes not listed in the applied demography guide.
Both of these publishers provide access to a suite of over 80 different disciplinary subject indexes, as well as a number of collection databases listed in the university libraries' A to Z databases.
Academic Search Complete is one of a suite of library databases created and hosted by the publisher EBSCO
Exploring other databases, you can see that they cover a variety of topics, such as age, history, criminal justice, and nursing. Selecting the Detail view you can see complete descriptions of the databases as well as links to title lists of publications which are indexed by some of the databases.
From this list of databases, you'll see two types of library databases that we've discussed, full tax collection databases, as well as numerous subject databases.
For this exercise, you're going to select all of the databases. And we're going to search for the terms population, statistics, methods.
Before we search, we need to select the box Smart Tech Searching. This will allow us to do the broadest type of search in each of the databases and organize our results by relevance, much like Google.
What we want to do is simply see which databases give us large enough result sets for further exploration. So we can do this by scrolling down to the Datasets facet. Clicking on the database provides you with the results list from that particular database. So we click on Cinahl and Update.
We can see the results that are just from Cinahl. Looking through our results list, there are two databases that appear to be intriguing for further exploration, the Nursing Database Cinahl and Business Source Premier.
Let's go ahead and cancel this. ProQuest also provides a multiple database for us to explore. By opening up the list of subjects, you can see a list of databases with brief descriptions, as well as a grouping of subject topics that they cover over on the right.
Looking through this list, you can see our format databases, such as newspapers, dissertations, and thesis, as well as some collection databases, as well as a number of subject databases. One thing to point out is that both publishers have their own competing databases for particular topics. For example, ABIM Form is ProQuest competitor with EBSCO Business Source Premier.
Let's go back to our search and search for population, statistics, and methods. By selecting this particular search interface, you need to keep in mind that what it's doing is it's doing a similar smart tech search by default and it's also searching all of the databases. There's no need to select those.
So let's just go ahead and do our search. And before we go down and look at the facets and databases, we're going to limit our search to only scholarly journals. And looking at the databases, we can explore these as well. There are some databases that seem to jump out for further exploration, ABI Inform, AC and Environmental Science, possibly. And there's also a nursing, and Allied Health database that we may want to explore.
The huge number of results that we get using this technique isn't a great final search strategy, but we'll address this later during our discussion on the art of searching, as we look at subject databases more in depth.
At this point, you should simply just identify some databases for further exploration.