OhioLINK and the University Libraries have recently introduced a new research tool called “Subject Cluster Searching.” We have gathered together important databases by their subject matter and developed a tool that allows you to search several databases simultaneously.
With access to more than 100 research databases through OhioLINK and the University Libraries, research can sometimes be a daunting prospect. Now, Subject Cluster Searching offers the convenience of grouping together up to six databases for simultaneous searching. You can search keywords or phrases across these databases and retrieve a variety of types of relevant information, including citations to journal and magazine articles, citations to books, and digital media such as images or videos.
Although Subject Cluster Searching can not handle complex search statements, it can help you determine which databases have the most information about your topic, so that you can search the most relevant databases thoroughly. Additionally, you can use it to search databases with similar content, such as ERIC and Education Abstracts, and remove duplicate results.
The Subject Cluster interface is straightforward and easy to use. Simply select one of the predetermined subject clusters provided, or create a cluster of your own. Then enter a keyword or phrase describing your concept. You will receive up to 50 results from each of the selected databases. And, you can directly access the electronic text of many resources, as well as locate the physical item in the Libraries by using the “Find a Copy” link.
To access Subject Cluster Searching visit the University Libraries research databases main menu at http://maurice.bgsu.edu/search/y , or go directly to http://mds.ohiolink.edu/mds/select . Try it now!
Kelly Broughton, Reference Coordinator