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Library Research Services workshop, October 2013

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Conducting your literature search Conducting your literature search Presentation Transcript

  • Conducting your literature search Selina Lock & Helen Steele Research Information Advisors David Wilson Library www.le.ac.uk www.le.ac.uk/library
  • Outcomes from today: Locate useful search options on information databases relevant to you. Apply your literature search plan. Evaluate your search results. Review your literature search plan as appropriate.
  • Are there particular databases you are interested in us demonstrating?
  • Try your search plan out on a selection of databases.
  • What databases did you search? Any issues ? Any limits or search options that worked well? Tips or tricks to share?
  • Refining Your Search • Expect to revise your initial search – Rarely work exactly right first time • Getting no relevant references? • May need to rethink approach – Try different resources – Reconsider search plan – Try different keywords – Try each keyword separately
  • Refining Your Search • Getting far too many references • May to need to focus – Use more specific keywords – Try using phrases – Try each keyword separately – Use controlled vocabulary or index terms (very important for Medical databases) – Try using more/different limits/filters
  • Refining Your Search • Only getting a few results? • May need to expand – Include more synonymous terms or truncation – Try different databases or fewer limits – Try each keyword separately – Look at index terms and author keywords for alternative search terms – How new is your research area? May be little published – look for a wider context
  • Try your refined search plan out on a selection of databases.
  • FAQ • Is there a maximum/minimum number of references that I need for my thesis? • How do I stop losing details of the references I have found?
  • Obtaining Books Search library books tab, search COPAC. Borrow from library if available. If unavailable in David Wilson Library request library buys a copy. If library cannot purchase a copy - apply for inter-library loan using Document Supply option on the Library Catalogue. If unavailable via document supply – visit other University libraries with a copy using SCONUL Access Scheme.
  • Obtaining Journal Articles Search Databases & Find Articles Check Leicester e-Link or Article Tab – if available electronically: read, print or save. Check Library Catalogue using title of journal (not title of article)– if available in print: read, borrow or photocopy. Article not available from Library – apply for inter-library loan using Document Supply option on the Library Catalogue.
  • Obtaining Conference Papers Search Databases & Find Papers Check conference paper databases e.g. IEEE Xplore– if available electronically: read, print or save. Check Library Catalogue using title of conference (not title of paper)– if available in print: read, borrow or photocopy. Paper not available from Library – apply for inter-library loan using Document Supply option on the Library Catalogue.
  • Define Search Terms Obtain Papers Search Strategy Read Abstract Refine Search Search Evaluating the Literature Cycles Re-Search or Set-Up Alerts Search Based on Reading Read Paper Critically Appraise
  • Further Help • The library’s Research Services team are available to help • E: libstem@le.ac.uk (Science & Medicine) • E: liblass@le.ac.uk (Arts & Social Sciences) – Visit the Graduate School Reading Room on weekday afternoons, 2-4pm