Literature searching for your sports dissertationPresentation Transcript
Sports Literature Searchinghttp://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study
Today we are going to look at…• How you currently search for journal articles and what you would like to know• Planning an effective search strategy• Using the databases and other library resources effectively• Identifying and accessing relevant journal articles
Getting started...• What do I need to find?• How and where am I going to find the information?• How do I know if the information is good quality?
Finding journal articles• For a comprehensive search you will need to use the subject-specific Databases• Summon – searches all of the Library’s electronic resources and the catalogue in one go - Good starting point for your search - Can limit to full-text, peer-reviewed journals
Key databases for sports literature• Sport Discus Sports medicine and exercise science• Medline The premier biomedical database• PsycINFO Sports psychology
Useful databases for full text journal articles• Science Direct• OVID Journals• PubMed Central
Google Scholar• Freely available to search• Tip – set Library Links so you can access MDX full text (Settings > Library Links)• What’s included?o No definitive list, so be aware you may miss relevant articleso Quality?
Peer Review• Peer review is a core part of academic research. It is a formal procedure for checking the quality of research before it is published.• If a publication is peer reviewed it means it has been read, checked and authenticated (reviewed) by independent, third party academics (peers).• Peer review has been the quality-control system of academic publishing for hundreds of years.
Planning your search Think about:• Areas of interest• Keywords• Scope of subject
A literature search• Having decided on a subject area, starting off with a broad review of the literature should help to develop your ideas and your search strategy.• Having defined / narrowed your search topic, you can focus on the research / literature that can contributes to your review.• Searching the literature can help you to piece together a picture of the network of citations and then identify the core works.
Search planning worksheet1. Define your question2. Break it down into concepts (databases work best if you break your question down into single subjects)3. List the words or phrases that you could use for each concept (alternative terms, US/UK spelling, broader & narrower concepts, variations using * etc)
A Few Search tips• Search for phrases (“”): eg. “Body Mass Index”• Broaden your search (*): eg. swim* (finds swim, swimmer, swimmers, swimming etc)
A Few Search tips• Widen your search eg. Physical education OR PE OR physical activity• Narrow your search eg. Plyometrics AND Football
Over to you...• Imagine you were researching ‘Concussion due to heading in football’• What keywords might you use?
A quick search demonstrationSearching SPORTDiscus for peer reviewed journalarticles on:‘Concussion due to heading in football’Try your own topic.Try searching Summon or the other databases andcompare your results.
Accessing online resources• Troubleshooting guide on library subject guides page http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/accessingelectroni cresources• Athens login = UniHub login• If Middlesex isn’t mentioned, choose Alternative login
Citation searching• Allows you to move forwards and backwards in the literature• Use Google Scholar or Science Citation Index
Useful books• On literature searching and research methods:• http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/content.php? pid=40637&sid=2096477 (SES guide, literature searching page)
Past dissertations• Examples on SES library guide: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/content.php? pid=40637&sid=2095455• Search the catalogue for ‘dissertation SES’ or ‘dissertation sport’
But it’s not in the library!• Don’t panic. Have you checked the catalogue? (Search for journal title) ‘Check library holdings’ in Sport Discus• Is there a similar alternative?• Inter-Library Loan (via UniHub)• SCONUL Access scheme
Referencing• It is vital that your work is properly referenced and you have full bibliographic details of all resources used.• Keep a note of the details as you go along!• RefWorks reference management software available
Need help?• Librarians in the Specialist Zone (1st floor) 11-3 Monday – Friday (on call 9-11, 3-5)• Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/• SES Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/sport