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InfoTrac Student Edition Sample Searches

InfoTrac Student Edition was designed for high school students, providing access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Search 1:

A student using InfoTrac Student Edition wanted to find an encyclopedia reference for the ancient temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Solution:

  1. Opened InfoTrac Student Edition, went to the "Subject guide search" page.
  2. Entered "Angkor Wat" in the entry box.
  3. Clicked on the "Search" button and retrieved two encyclopedia references from The Columbia Encyclopedia.
  4. Selected the most recent entry, which was from Edition 6, 2000.

Search 2:

A student using InfoTrac Student Edition wanted to find some full-text articles for a report he was writing on environmentally-friendly house construction.

Solution:

  1. Opened InfoTrac Student Edition and went to the "Keyword search" page.
  2. Entered "house* construction and environment*" and selected search for words "in title, citation, abstract".
  3. Clicked on the "Search" button and retrieved 30 articles matching the student's request.

Search 3:

A student using InfoTrac Student Edition needed to find out who the current president of Botswana was for a class report and his political activities to date.

Solution:

  1. Opened InfoTrac Student Edition, went to the "Subject guide search" page.
  2. Entered "Botswana and president" in the entry box.
  3. Limited to articles with text.
  4. Clicked on the "Search" button and retrieved more than 20 articles about President Festus Mogae.

Search 4:

A student using InfoTrac Student Edition was looking for full-text articles about the city of Petra in Jordan for a class report.

Solution:

  1. Opened InfoTrac Student Edition and went to the "Subject guide search" page.
  2. Entered "Jordan and Petra" the entry box.
  3. Checked the "to articles with text" box.
  4. Clicked on "Search" button and retrieved seven articles, five of which were relevant to the student's search request.

Search 5:

A student taking a U.S. Government class wanted to use InfoTrac Student Edition to find a few full-text articles on retired General Wesley Clark's 2004 presidential campaign.

Solution:

  1. Opened InfoTrac Student Edition, went to the "Advanced Search" page.
  2. Selected "Key Word (ke)" and entered "Wesley Clark and (president* elect*)" in the entry box.
  3. Limited to articles with text.
  4. Clicked on the "Search" button and retrieved 10 articles matching the students search request.
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