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  • 1. Communication Studies & Sociology Librarian Sociology 354 Qualitative Research Methods
  • 2. What is your research question?
  • 3. Write down terms that relate to your subjects Determine vocabulary that may be used in a database Remember synonyms
  • 4. publications 10-15 pages long Published in an academic journal Contains words like: Qualitative, interviews, focus groups, textual analysis, participant observation 20-46 References Written by academics or researchers 5 ways to tell it’s a Qualitative Article
  • 5. Narrows a search Both terms appear in same record Terms have different meanings example: infidelity AND culture AND OR Broadens a search Either term may appear in record Terms have similar meanings example: adultery OR cheating
  • 6. Can look for multiple endings of a word or plurals interview* interview interviewing, interviews, interviewers asterisk Proximity Phrase Searching Allows you to specify how close you want your terms to appear in the record focus w4 groups within 4 words “focus groups”
  • 7. Zombie* and belie* and culture Paranormal and religion and belief Ghosts and fear and psychology
  • 8. 5ways to start your search effectively 1. Pick the correct database 2. Match your terminology to the database 3. Search more than one database 4. Keep track of your citations in refworks 5. Contact me for help BEFORE you get frustrated!
  • 9. 2 Ways to Search Not every search is alike! One Search Databases by Topic The new interface of the library allows you to find information in an expansive search. The databases by topic allow you to find articles in a specific discipline and use more advance terminology Searches for books, articles and reports across many databases Select Sociology to start with!
  • 10. Getting the Article Full Text HTML ArticleReach
  • 11. If the record isn’t full text Click on Get@CSULB to determine availability
  • 12. Get it @CSULB box pops up
  • 13. makes getting an article as simple as saying, "I want it!"
  • 14. Get a Library Password Go to Coast https://coast.library.csul b.edu/patroninfo Type in your name, CSULB I.D. #, and a Password of your choice Confirm Password by typing it twice more If the screen shows your name- it worked! If you forgot your password call: 562 985-5512 and get it erased so you can create a new one!
  • 15. Tiffini Travis ttravis@csulb.edu