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ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY BOOK SEARCH

EBOOKS SECONDARY

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DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSES

000 General

General Works & Computer Science

 

100

Philosophy & Psychology

200

Religion

300

Social Sciences

400

Language

500

Science

600

Technology

700

Arts & Recreation

800

Literature

900

Geography & History

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

CATALOGUE SEARCHES EXPLAINED

FOREST OF READING

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SORA

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account and password while teachers log

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SORA Help

https://help.soraapp.com/en-us/categories/using-sora.htm

(Note: not all information is 

applicable for TVDSB)

BOOLEAN OPERATORS

AND (in capitals) groups two search terms together and eliminates results that don't include both.
Example: weather AND storms:

  • Purple area in middle shows focused results.
  • Some databases and search engines (such as Google) include AND even if you don't write it.
  • AND narrows results.
  • Some use + instead of AND.

OR expands a search to include both terms.
Results include one term or the other.
Example: weather OR storms

  • If you're not getting enough results, OR finds more for you.

 

NOT removes terms from a search.
Narrows your search.
Example: weather NOT storms

Red area shows results, any mention of storms (even if weather is present) are removed.

  • NOT ignores certain results that you don't want.
  • Some use - instead of NOT.

(Parentheses) require terms inside to be searched first.
Similar to BEDMAS (brackets is first letter)
Example: (Canada OR Ontario) AND weather

Purple area shows results, so results are compound search of:

  • Canada AND weather
  • Ontario AND weather
  • Parentheses also known as NESTING

"Quotation marks" search for a series of words two or more words in EXACT ORDER.
Example: "Canadian Shield"
Canadian Shield without quotation marks could find results:

  • that mention Canadian
  • that mention shield
  • as well as those for Canadian Shield

You could end up with results about Canadian money or medieval armour.
Search for song title by entering a few words in quotations.
Quotation eliminate finding root word in larger words

  • "challenge" instead of challenged, challenger, challenges, etc.,

Truncation* broadens a search to find multiple endings and/or spellings.
Add an asterisk * to end of root word.
Example: child*

  • child
  • childs
  • children
  • childrens
  • childhood

Wildcards substitute ? for a letter in word.
The wildcard can subsitute 0 or 1 character.
Helpful when spelling might be different.
Example: colo?r

  • color, colour

Example: wom?n

  • woman, women, womyn

COMMUNITY LIBRARIES

London Public Library
Elgin County Library
Middlesex County Library
OXFORD COUNTY LIBRARY
ST. MARY'S PUBLIC LIBRARY
ST. THOMAS PUBLIC LIBRARY
WESTERN UNIVERISTY LIBRARIES
WOODSTOCK PUBLIC LIBRARY
FANSHAWE COLLEGE