Your Borrower ID is your student ID (PID for employees)
Your PIN is your 4-digit birth date (MMDD)
Using an asterisk after a root word tells a database to look for that word and any word that can be build upon it. For example, confess* will return results for confess, confessed, confession, confessions.
The first step to performing good research within the IRSC databases is finding the right keywords for your searches. In this project, there are several different ways to structure your searches to return great results in our databases.
First, select keywords from your topic. These keywords should be narrow enough to return good results, but should not be phrased as a sentence. Many databases also have more than one search box that you can use to separate your keywords. Try different combinations to get different results. You can also put "quotation marks" around specific phrases so that the database knows to search those terms together.
Here are some examples of ways to create keywords if you're looking for information on chimpanzees and the entertainment industry:
chimp* AND "entertainment industry"
chimpanzee AND ethics AND movies
chimpanzee AND "entertainment industry"
primates AND movies AND ethics
Here are some examples of keywords for chimpanzees and their use in the medical field
chimp* AND "medical research"
chimpanzee AND ethics AND research
Finally, here are some sample keywords for laws that pertain to chimpanzees in different industries:
"legal aspects" AND chimpanzees
chimpanzees AND ethics
Here are some more basic keywords that also might be useful:
"research ethics" AND "animals"
"animal welfare act"
Remember, if you're not happy with your keywords or your results, try another database or change your keywords.