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Introduction to information researching for aging and social policy Freshman seminar at UCLA.

Introduction to information researching for aging and social policy Freshman seminar at UCLA.



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  • Rev. by EG 4/18/10 Welcome! Intro self... How many have been in Powell Lib before? As I’ve mentioned before in GE80, this is a very large & confusing library system - 13 libraries; >8 mil. Vols. & it can take lots of time to figure out how it works. In Fall and Winter Quarters I know you got lots of excellent & useful information on various aspects of doing research for papers. I’m hoping that at the end of today’s class you’ll be even more powerful information literate researchers, so you can identify, select & locate the most useful information for your research papers for this class & for other purposes.
  • ¼ sheet w/several urls, including LibGuide url brown 1/2 sheet--how to find... CSA Catalog Library map
  • 2 Here’s what we’re going to cover today… Before we start, I just want to do a quick check about RTR…
  • HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE DONE THE PRETESTS AND GONE THROUGH SOME OF THE LESSONS IN THE ROAD TO RESEARCH? The Starting Points section covered identifying & focusing a topic & picking a useful article index (steps 1-4) Finding Points covered steps 5 & 6 DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT EITHER OF THESE SECTIONS? Just as a quick review of a couple of key points… … WHERE WOULD YOU LOOK UP UCLA LIBRARY BOOKS? (Catalog) … WHERE WOULD YOU LOOK UP PERIODICAL ARTICLES BY TOPIC? (Periodical index dbs)
  • Ok-Let’s talk a bit about your res paper assignments for this class. As I understand it, you need to research and write a literature review w/10 references related to social problems adults are facing & how they’re addressed in the context of social policy Later today we’ll talk about journals, annotations, & empirical studies so you’ll know what they are Let’s work on your topics first
  • There are 7 basic information research steps … Recursive process… Questions?
  • Sometimes the words we think of first for a research topic don’t really get us enough information, or they may get us too much information LET’S DO SOME MENTAL MAPPING ABOUT THIS TOPIC Long Term Care Utilization by Different Ethnic Minorities WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS IN THIS TOPIC?
  • Long term care=> Health care service*, social service* Utilization=> Health care seeking behavior* [BEHAVIOUR—watch for British spelling] Ethnic minorities=> Ethnic*, minorit* [or specific ethnic groups—e.g., Latin*, Hispanic*, Asian-American*, African-American*, Black*] WHY DID I PUT ASTERISKS AT THE ENDS OF SOME OF THESE WORDS? Truncation Symbol!! Very imp tip--can use it in searching to save lots of time
  • Now --please take out the green worksheet Write down your tentative research paper topic & circle the key concepts Then help the person next to you come up with some narrower & broader words for the words you circled Later you’ll be using those words to search for articles 2 min.
  • I’m going to give each of you back a copy of your topic worksheet I’d like you to circle the key concepts Then I’d like you to work with the person next to you to come up with 1 narrower & 1 broader word for the words you circled Later you’ll be using those words to search for articles 2 min.
  • ACADEMIC CONVERSATIONS are going on all around you in academia--some are silent, some oral -WHAT ARE THESE CONVERSATIONS? -Scholars "talk” and argue about their research silently in articles, book reviews, essays, & books, and orally at conferences, and present evidence to support their views -Other scholars respond, to agree or disagree, and also submit evidence to support their views =>By doing a research paper, you’re entering into the conversation of a field, learning who are the main conversants, what are the main arguments & where you can find information about them, pro, con, reviews of the literature, and so on
  • What’s the key point here? Scholars select & submit evidence to support their views, and they publish their articles in journals. But journals don’t just publish everything that’s submitted to them. Here’s how the process works…
  • => PUB CYCLE/TIME LAG (due to: PEER REVIEW) -Article submitted to journal -Editor sends out to a few experts in the field for review, on editorial board of journal -These “peers” don’t know who wrote the article--they critique the content, the research process, the evidence -Options: reject, send back for improvement or to answer questions, publish -Can go on for some time This is called the peer review process. Sometimes the publications are called “refereed”. =>Effort to ensure quality & rigor, based on knowledge of experts in field… Why should you care? Instructors like Professor Chung want to see that you’re using scholarly journal articles for your papers & peer-reviewed journals are more scholarly and respected than those that are not
  • OK--now you know about journals & the peer review process, but you may also want to find EMPIRICAL studies, published w/in last 5 years WHAT DOES EMPIRICAL MEAN? EMPIRICAL= “derived from observation or experiment rather than speculation or theory.” Colman Dictionary of Psychology BF 31 C65 2001. Now, how do you find useful journal articles on your topic, both empirical and others? One effective method is to use article indexes or DATABASES.
  • There are a few freely available databases, like PubMed—HAS ANYONE HEARD OF PUBMED? There are also many hundreds of licensed or subscription databases to choose from, but how do you find them? let’s take a look… UCLA LIBRARY HOME PAGE/ARTICLE DATABASES… I’ve also tried to make it easier for you by creating a research guide with links to the most useful databases for this class. Let’s take a look at it… Scroll down to see article databases that might be useful for your papers…
  • -Let’s start with Sociological Abstracts -It indexes >2600 journal, books, conference papers & dissertations in sociology & related disciplines, -very wide range of topics; back to 1963 -Save time by picking a db useful for your paper Check: topics covered, types of items indexed & timeframe
  • Provides international coverage to articles, books, conference proceedings, and government documents on social and political policy, political science, public administration, current affairs, and related topics, from 1972 to the present.
  • 18 HAS ANYONE USED Sociological Abstracts OR OTHER CSA databases? -In this system, in fact, you can search several important databases at once Let’s add some more databases: PAIS international and psycINFO 1 ST tip: always try the Advanced search: lets you limit in many different ways Read screen for tips—e.g., truncation ; look for link to Help
  • UPDATE: Change to ANYWHERE Nursing home*  ANYWHERE         For-profit OR profit OR non-profit ANYWHERE         Elder* OR senior citizen* ANYWHERE         + PsycINFO Methodology: Empirical WHY DID I PUT AN ASTERISK AT THE END OF SOME WORDS? SCROLL DOWN & CLICK ON LIMIT: METHODOLOGY: Empirical Results: total & peer reviewed journals         PAIS:         PsycINFO:         Soc Abs: Click on Peer Review Journals & sort by relevance. #7:         Effects of Facility Characteristics on Departures From Assisted Living: Results From a National Study. 22 references & cited by 14 This article is online . If you click on the UC e-Links link quickly, before the article loads, you can explain what's on that UC e-Links page.
  • WHAT DO WE HAVE ON THIS PAGE—WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTICE, TOP TO BOTTOM? Citation, abstract, descriptors (add to Search Log), identifiers (add to Search Log) & references w/links to abstracts go back to the record for #7 & click on cited by 14 at the top, then click on #5:  The Relationship Between Psychiatric Disorders and the Ability to Age in Place in Assisted Living. GO UP TO TOP-- cited by later articles DOWN AT BOTTOM--references/evidence in support of arguments in this article Click on descriptors AGING and HEALTH CARE SERVICES and NURSING HOMES - 11 results, 10 pr j's Click on the title for #4 : Negotiating Transitions in Later Life: Married Couples in Assisted Living Read the abstract & compare to IPL site.
  • UPDATE: USE EXAMPLE ARTICLE FROM SEARCH… HOW DO YOU GET COPIES OF THESE ARTICLES? UC-eLinks is the key! Can also email copies of online articles NOTE: Show how to email an article using the 5 th ed of APA style If not online or in paper –use REQUEST to get a FREE COPY! DON’T PAY FOR ARTICLES!
  • Now, just 1 more thing before you search for articles on your own… For your annotated bibs, you’ll need to cite them in APA style DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT APA STANDS FOR? American Psychological Assoc. AND HAS ANYONE STRUGGLED WITH TRYING TO DO CITATIONS CORRECTLY FOR A BIB? Well, I can tell you about some tools that will make citing much easier: KnightCite (ueses APA 5 th ed) SourceAid (uses APA 5 th ed) Both are free websites…
  • OK--so I hope you’ve learned how to save time and effort in information research. We talked about Your assignments Topic Narrowing/Broadening Identified, located, evaluated articles Annotating & Citing References Remember to think critically about information & even databases And… If you forget any of this, or need help…
  • , ask at a reference desk, send an email message, phone, or chat live with a librarian online! Thanks so much...

GE80C Chung 4 19 10 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. GE80C Students Welcome to College Library! Esther Grassian College Library Spring 2010
  • 2. Handouts…
  • 3. Agenda
    • 7 Research Steps
    • Topic Narrowing/Broadening
    • Identifying, Locating & Evaluating Articles
    • Annotating & Citing References
    • What will you do differently?
    • Questions Welcome!
  • 4. Road to Research
  • 5. Your Assignments...
  • 6. Research Paper Steps
    • Pick a topic
    • ID topic limiters
    • Brainstorm
    • ID databases
    • Keyword => Subject
    • Evaluate Results
    • Save Citations & Locate
  • 7. Topic Narrowing/Broadening
  • 8. Mental Mapping
    • Long Term Care Utilization by Different Ethnic Minorities
  • 9. Key Topic Words
    • Long term care
    • Utilization
    • Ethnic minorities
  • 10. Related Words/Concepts
    • Health care service*, social service*
    • Health care seeking behavior*, participation, intervention*
    • Ethnic*, minorit* [or specific ethnic groups—e.g., Latin*, Hispanic*, Asian-American*,African-American*, Black*]
  • 11. Brainstorming Worksheet
    • Write down your topic
    • Circle key words
    • Brainstorm 2 alternate search words
  • 12. Focus Your Topic!
    • Identify (Circle) Key Concepts
    • Brainstorm Related Words
  • 13. Questions?
  • 14. What’s a JOURNAL?
  • 15. Academic Conversations
  • 16. Evidence…
  • 17. Peer Review/Referee Process
  • 18. Empirical
    • “ Derived from observation or experiment rather than speculation or theory.”
    • ( Colman, A. M. (2006). A Dictionary of Psychology . Oxford; New York, NY: Oxford University Press.)
  • 19. Questions?
  • 20. Finding Databases
    • UCLA Library
      • Frequently Used DBs
      • DBs by Subject
      • DBs A-Z
    • GE80 Research Guide for Class
  • 21. Sociological Abstracts
    • Topics : Sociology & Related Fields
    • Items : Journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, dissertations
    • Time : 1963-present
  • 22. PAIS International
    • Topics : Social and political science, social welfare, public administration, current affairs, & related topics.
    • Items : Articles, books, conference proceedings, and government documents
    • Time : 1972-present
  • 23. Try it!
  • 24.  
  • 25.  
  • 26.
    • Don’t Pay for Articles!!!
  • 27. Questions?
  • 28. Citation Style Help
    • APA Publication Manual (print--2001)
    • KnightCite (APA 5 th ed.)
    • SourceAid (APA 5 th ed.)
  • 29. Review: Save Time & Effort!
    • Your Assignments
    • 7 Research Steps
    • Topic Narrowing/Broadening
    • Identifying, Locating & Evaluating Articles
    • Annotating & Citing References
    • Think Critically!
    • and…
  • 30. Ask Us!
  • 31. What will you do differently?
  • 32. Research Your Own Topics…