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Augmented Search is the default search engine found on the library's homepage. It allows users to search both the Berklee College and Boston Conservatory catalogs and most Berklee-licensed electronic resources, including e-books, streaming audio, e-scores and full-text articles. Although the results are extensive, it's important to note that it does not include ALL materials available online to the Berklee community.
When should I use "Augmented Search"?
You should use it when:
You just need a few books and articles on a topic and you want to quickly search in one place.
You need articles on a topic and you would like to search across multiple databases.
You want a book, score, CD or DVD but you’re not sure which Library would have it.
Making the most of "Augmented Search"
Use the facets in the search results!
After running a search, you can limit the results by using the sidebar on the left. We recommend limiting by:
Choosing "Electronically Available" for online materials or "Catalog Only" for physical items in the libraries
Publication date, if you need more recent research or date specific research
Source Type, such as "Academic Journals" for articles, "Books" or "eBooks", or specific audiovisual materials.
Language, if you find that you are getting many articles in foreign languages
When off-campus, be sure to log in in the upper right corner of your results page with your Berklee OnePass - some results and content can only be shown if you are a verified member of the Berklee community.
Notice that not all results will provide a full-text version of the article. You may need to search further for a specific article. We suggest searching for the title again in Augmented Search (in case it's available through a different database) or searching Google for a freely accessible copy. If that does not work, you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan.
Boolean operators are used to combine concepts when searching. The three Boolean operators you will use in searching are AND, OR, and occasionally, NOT. The operator you select will determine if the number of results you retrieve is increased or decreased. In most searches you will use a combination of these operators at various points in your search
- Retrieves results that contain all concepts connected by the operator (AND)
- Concepts can be entered in any order
- Good for refining search results
Music Therapy AND Dementia AND Anxiety
[Dark shaded area would be the results]
- Retrieves results that contain any of the concepts connected by the operator (OR)
- Typically used to combine related concepts or synonyms
- Increases number of results
- Concepts can be entered in any order
Autism spectrum disorder OR Autism OR ASD
Dementia AND Music Therapy OR Movement Therapy
- Use with caution so that you do not eliminate relevant results
- Retrieves records that exclude the concept following the operator (NOT)
- Decreases retrieval
- Order does matter (e.g. the search statement "Alzheimer's NOT dementia" will retrieve different results from the search statement "dementia NOT Alzheimer's")
Dementia NOT Alzheimer’s
Evidence Based Practice
Health care that integrates a practitioner's expertise with findings from scientifically-sound relevant research and the patient's values to make the best clinical decisions.
Information produced outside of traditional publishing and distribution channels, which can include reports, conference presentations, policy literature, working papers, newsletters, government documents, speeches, and white papers. These papers won't often come up in typical database searches, but may arise in expended searches, like through Google Scholar. They are often not peer-reviewed but my be helpful in showing some of the most current literature about a topic.
Medical Subject Headings: a thesaurus of medical terms used by many databases and libraries to index and classify medical information. You'll find these provided by certain databases. They use a different collection of terms than the Subject terms which usually come the Library of Congress.
A "study of studies" that uses a quantitative method of combining the results of independent studies (usually drawn from the published literature) and synthesizing summaries and conclusions which may be used to evaluate therapeutic effectiveness, plan new studies, etc. It is often an overview of clinical trials and allows readers to observe a collection of data, to best determine the effect of a therapy.
An acronym for: Population, Intervention (indicator/exposure/diagnostic tool), Comparison/control, and Outcome. PICO is often used to generate a clinical question for a review of the health literature.
A plan or set of steps to be followed in a study or a systematic review. They generally outline the design of a study or review, describe the objectives, methodology and overall organization of the research to be carried out forming a template and guide to the research process as a whole. By publishing them, they allow for quality control and oversight before, during and after a study or review is conducted.
Randomized controlled trial (RCT)
A type of quantitative, experimental research study, which involve random assignment to groups and manipulation of the independent variable. They investigate the effects of an intervention or treatment on study participants. who are randomly assigned to either the intervention (treated) or control (untreated) group.
A way of combining information from multiple studies or trials that have investigated the same thing, to come to an overall understanding of what they found, such as how effective a certain treatment is, or how people have experienced a particular health condition or treatment. There are various types of reviews (see below), but Systematic Reviews are typically the most rigorous, with well-defined parameters, bias control, and exhaustive searches. They may also include a meta-analysis.
Other review types:
How do I get an article that the Library doesn’t have and isn’t available as full text online?
Request the article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL):
Most databases will allow you to email the citations directly. When requesting articles from the library always email citations to email@example.com, you must include your full name and email address somewhere in the message/comment. Failing to do so will result in the request going unfilled. Please use part of article title as subject title.
If not using the database’s interface to email a citation, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org directly but you must include the entire citation.