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Introduction to the techniques of systematic literature searching at Dundee University

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Literature searching

  1. 1. Literature SearchingFinding what you need to support your studies Informatio n
  2. 2. This …you should A literatureInformation always search is the Bite shows perform a first step you how to literature towards plan and search before completing a execute a you start to piece of written Literature write an essay work… Search or report. This presentation shows you how!
  3. 3. If you are looking for These searchinformation toto tools are easyhelp you write use, and have an essay orin their place helping you, but report, how they don’tgo do you reveal aboutthe finding Hidden Web it?
  4. 4. Much of theWhat is hidden This the Internet is not Hiddencontent includes retrieved Web? database search through a tools, most Google searchelectronic journals – mainly and nearly all because it is electronic books not freely available to the public
  5. 5. To access it, we start from Your the LLC home pagemembership of the Library & LearningCentre gives you free access tomuch of theHidden Web
  6. 6. But wait! Before we start searching let’s pause and think about what we are actually We may have an essay looking for…title or a report or project to complete. Alternatively, we may just be looking forbackground information on a topic First, we need to consider a few things which will help us define our search strategy
  7. 7. Which topics are we going to search for? Let’s ask ourselves a few questions Are there other topics which mean the same thing which we could use? What kind of information are we looking for, e.g. statistics, research? How far back in time should our search go? These questions Are we only interested in results from a particular country or area? help us to develop our search strategy Do we only want resources in a particular format, e.g. journal articles?
  8. 8. Our searchitstrategy couldthat you are as The important thing is look like this :- Or could look like this :-specific as possible about what you are looking for from the start…“I want to find books or journal articles “I want describe the influence of Frank which to find journal articles which Lloydat whether Type-2 diabetes is look Wright on architecture in the connected to diet among middle-aged United States in the 1930s and 1940s. The books Scotland. mustarticles must people in or articles The contain somephotographs statistical evidence and contain some or designs but can be from have anybe from the last 50 years.” to time in the last five years.”
  9. 9. We need to decide which search So, assuming we have our tools we are going to use to helpsearch strategy…what next? us find the resources we need… For subject-specific tools,For a general look at what the Library we wouldlook in Resources for your Subject can use LLC Search has, we
  10. 10. There are linksto the the key There is a link to alldatabases and search tools in LLC Search tool This issubject this the page for Civil Engineering, for example. The page contains several sections, each pointing to different kinds of tool or resource.
  11. 11. LLC Search is as easy to use asGoogle - just type in the topics you want to search for You will retrieve a lot ofmaterial from the Hidden Webwhich a Google search would not find… …a lot of which is available online in full-text form.
  12. 12. Unlike with Google, you can refine your search using a variety of criteria……which allows you to follow the search strategy you developed at the startYou can build up complexsearches to suit your need
  13. 13. Clicking the Online If something is available online inicon should open full-text form, LLC search willup the full-text of display the Online icon next to itthe resource you wish to see
  14. 14. Using a subject-specific database to search for things is more complex – each database may work in slightly different ways However, the main features and techniques are common to most databases Let’s look at Web of Knowledge, abroad-ranging database of journal articles
  15. 15. Then use the Limits section to refine your search results to match your search strategy Web of Knowledge works in a similar way to LLC Search…enter the keywords or subjects you want to search for in the boxes
  16. 16. The Library catalogue automatically a Each record retrieved representschecks to see if a full-text copy is available journal article which meets your search criteria To see if a full-text copy of an article is If a full-text copy is available, available, click the Link To button next to it you can click on Go to access it
  17. 17. Sometimes you will need to navigate through the online journal by volume and part to find the article But remember - not everyjournal article is available online in full text format (although a large proportion of them are).
  18. 18. Searching individual databases in your subject can be tricky at first – your Subject Librarian may run training for your class as part of your curriculumAlternatively, you can arrange with your Subject Librarian to get training on thedatabases you want to use on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Just Ask!
  19. 19. Googling for You need to Getting your information can develop a literature work well coherent and search right sometimes, but effective search takes a little your studies strategy to be practice, but require you to able to find the it’s an take a more resources whichimportant skill. professional Google cannot. approach. Your Subject Librarian can help you so Just Ask!
  20. 20. Literature SearchingFinding what you need to support your studies Just Ask if you need more help! Informatio n