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  • Other things included e.g. Books/articles on literature searching/research methods/statsHelp guidesContact detailsS&C guide
  • S&C: Plyometrics and footballSES etc Hamstring injuries / athlete stress
  • e.g. Tennis < Racquet sportsConcentration > Self talk
  • Breaking down concepts, similar terms, narrower terms. The narrower terms come in useful if you are inundated with results. What are my 3 concepts? Where are the synonyms? Where are narrower terms?
  • Eli PariserDuck Duck GoWolfram for stats etc
  • Also useful for institutional repositories etc
  • Which articles have cited an earlier articleie. Way of looking forward in the literature-if have found excellent article, can use a citation index to see which articles have subsequently cited it Find articles on similar/related subjects: Citation implies subject relationship, so can find papers on a similar topic without using any keywords or subject termsFind out how many times a paper has been cited ie. gauge the usefulness/quality. esteem of a paperDetermine which are the best journals in your field: citation data used to rank journals within particular subject areas…..useful way of seeing how journals perform in relation to others in the same subject area
  • Citation data and journal citation reports available from Web of Science (Knowledge).Have a look on Web of Science:Citation infoJournal Citation Reports
  • Can also save searches to re-run later
  • Need to select institution and may need to login
  • Photo credit:
  • As MSc students may be useful to use software
  • Mention that they can make appointments through LibGuide


  • 1. Introduction to resources Useful things to make your (academic) life easier
  • 2. Housekeeping • How’s it going? • Can you find the books on your reading lists? • Can you renew and reserve books? • Do you know who to contact for help? • Library Subject Guides?
  • 3. Getting started By tableatny (BXP135671) [CC-BY-2.0 ( 0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 4. Access from myUniHub > My Study page > My Library > Library Subject Guides Hover your mouse over Resources to see pages on specific topics, e.g. Finding Journal Articles
  • 5. Starting your search
  • 6. Summon Searches journals, books and more Good starting point for a basic search NOT specific to sport! Doesn’t do specific or complex searching
  • 7. Refine, refine, refine  Full text online Scholarly & peer review  Journal Articles only  Discipline, e.g. recreation & sports  Date range
  • 8. Levels of searching • Summon alone is not enough! • How deep / broad / careful do you need to be?
  • 9. Keywords • Really worth a 5 minute brainstorm before you search – it will save you time later! • Searching one word for your concept will not bring you all the results! And sometimes none. Not everyone uses the same terminology for one idea • Can use the library worksheet if you like (also helps you organise how to combine the terms with ‘AND’ or ‘OR’) • Examples follow 9
  • 10. Planning your search - keywords Boring but WORTH IT! 1. Pick out your concepts and separate them – Concentration, performance, tennis etc 2. Think of other words that are similar to your key words but represent the same concepts – Attention control, focus, attentional strategies etc 10
  • 11. Planning your search - keywords 3. BE PREPARED Think of narrower words that fit into your terms and wider concepts that your terms fit into. You will often need to: A. widen your search by using larger terms or concepts to produce more results OR B. OR narrow your search if you produce too many results, by using narrower terms that fit into your concept • NOTE: if you narrow or widen ALL your concepts you will make your life too hard – choose one or two 11
  • 12. concentration What research has been conducted on improving concentration and performance in tennis players? • • • • Concentrat* Attention Focus “Attention control training” • “Attentional strategies” Performance Specific egs • Ways of measuring performance • Perform* • Specific groups of athletes tennis • Racquet sports •Age? • Type of competition •Gender? •Level – elite etc?
  • 13. Over to you... • Using the worksheet • Briefly summarise your topic in the first box • Narrow it down to some key words • Swap with your neighbour – add some they haven’t thought of
  • 14. AND / OR.....WHY?
  • 15. ...won’t find everything!
  • 16. Estimated size of Google’s index
  • 17.
  • 18. Google searches this bit...
  • 19. The DEEP web /Tip-of-the-Iceberg/
  • 20. The DEEP web •Intranets (internal internet sites) •Academic databases •Unlinked sites which haven’t told Google they exist, or have asked to remain unlisted •Basically, anything that needs a password /Tip-of-the-Iceberg/
  • 21. Avoid the filter bubble – sign out of Google when you search More about the filter bubble
  • 22. free and full of stuff!
  • 23. Personalising Google Scholar • Did you know you can set up Google Scholar to link to everything you have paid access to through the University? • Please follow along and personalise your GS • Google Scholar > Settings
  • 24. Personalising Google Scholar… • Click on Library Links on left hand side • Search for and select Middlesex University, then Save
  • 25. Searching Google Scholar
  • 26. Key databases for Sport • Sport Discus • Medline • PsycInfo • Science Citation Index
  • 27. And more... • Science Direct • Ovid Journals • (includes the main S&C journals)
  • 28. Sport Discus • After a short demo... • Try searching for some articles on your topic • Use the ‘check for full text’ links
  • 29. Getting Full text of journal articles • Troubleshooting guide can be found here – • If you’re not lucky! REMEMBER – it won’t always be directly available to you – especially at MSc level – Double check the library catalogue by copying journal name into the ‘journal search’. If we have it there’ll be a record and a link with the dates we have access to. – Go to Google Scholar and look for PDF signs – Go to Author’s website/institution’s repository, often they have uploaded a pre publication version – Order a copy via the inter-library loan service (£3.00) (usually you’ll be emailed with a link to a PDF) 29
  • 30. Citation indexes • • • • Which articles have cited an earlier article Find articles on similar/related subject How many times an article has been cited Best journals in your field
  • 31. Science Citation Index
  • 32. Google Scholar citations
  • 33. Staying up to date in your area • Most of the databases have an option to set up an account, so you can save searches and set up alerts or RSS feeds for new articles
  • 34. Staying up to date in your area
  • 35. Staying up to date – citation alerts • In Science Citation Index • For articles significant to your work/dissertation – get an alert when it is cited in new research
  • 36. Zetoc alerts service – get info as it’s published • Access through myUniHub > Databases
  • 37. Create an alert and name it
  • 38. Add searches or journals that you want to be alerted about
  • 39. • You can build a list of searches – by keywords or author • You can also add searches by journal and be emailed every time a new issue is published
  • 40. Exercise - Zetoc • Access through MyUniHub > Databases • Set up some alerts and add searches relevant to your modules / topics • Remember you can add multiple searches for all of the synonyms to each alert
  • 41. Attribution 41
  • 42. Referencing tools • Cite Them Right • RefWorks • Mendeley
  • 43. Shows you how to reference just about any source using Harvard referencing style Other referencing styles e.g. APA are available for the main resource types Access via MyUniHub / Subject guides
  • 44. Online site to manage references, subscribed to by the University Access through the Databases list on MyUniHub Generate your references in many different styles – including journals Help available on Subject Guides
  • 45. Freely available software Online and desktop versions Store and annotate PDF files Available to you after you’ve left MDX Share references and notes with groups
  • 46. Need help? • Librarians in the Specialist Zone (1st floor of Sheppard Library) during core hours Mon-Fri • Ask a Librarian • SES Library Subject Guide – Jo’s contact details and presentations/helpsheets