Get strated with researching your Psychology topic using lse library resourcesDocument Transcript
Get started with researching your Topic using LSE Library resources.Here is a quick guide to looking for information for your Psychology dissertation.Before you begin. • Analyse Your Research Topic. Be clear about the type of information that you want. Identify any dates, key persons, geographical locations or concepts which relate to your needs. Find out how many words you need to write. The type of resources you need. Is it just books or newspaper articles, or films? • Select Your Search Terms· It is necessary to choose your search terms correctly. Remember that search tools are machines they will look for whatever you type in, they cannot currently interpret it. Ideally your number of search terms should not exceed 6 to 8 keywords or phrases.Some good tips are Check your spelling Identify any terms which have alternative spellings (e.g. labor and labour) Identify any synonyms (e.g. women or female) Identify any search terms that may have alternative word endings (e.g. Marx and Marxism) Identify key concepts, writers or research institutions associated with your topic Consider the level of specificity. This is one of the most difficult things to get right. Make your search terms too broad and you will get too many hits. Make them too specific and you will get too few. Be prepared to refine your search after reviewing your initial results. Avoid using prepositions, conjunctions or common verbs as search terms. These include: and, about, if, the, of, a, not, why, before, is, at. Search Engines refer to them as stopwords and usually ignore them. Once you have run your search look at the results and try to refine your search.Using the library to find resources.Looking for books.Search the library cataloguehttps://catalogue.lse.ac.uk/use the advanced search feature to limit your searchIf you get too many hits narrow down your research. Look on the left hand side of the screen forsuggestions e.g. by date, resource typeLooking for Journal ArticlesThese will not be listed on the main library catalogue you need to use our specialist databases.Note that if you just use Google to find articles you may not get everything you need and many ofthe links may not work so always check journal titles on the library catalogue!Full guidance on databases for your subject area is at http://www2.lse.ac.uk/library/subjectGuides/psychology/Home.aspxLog on by clicking on the online links field. Then enter your LSE network username and password.When you have run your search click on the orange LSE article finder symbol to see it if isavailable in full text
However the major journal article databases are:PsycINFOhttps://catalogue.lse.ac.uk/Record/1151933PsycINFO is produced by the American Psychological Association and provides abstracts ofarticles relevant to all fields of Psychology. coverage from 1872 to date. Note that not all thearticles are in full text. You can cross search it with PsychArticles (choose the option databases)this is a full text psychology database.The ISI Web of Knowledgehttps://catalogue.lse.ac.uk/Record/1149290/Description Provides access to a collection of databases which enable you to trace references to academicjournal articles and conference papers. Covers social sciences, sciences and medicine. You cansort results by number of times cited.Scopushttps://catalogue.lse.ac.uk/Record/1149716Find references to journal articles covering all aspects of the sciences and social sciences from1996 onwards.Business source Completehttps://catalogue.lse.ac.uk/Record/898899A leading business research database which provides access to the text of more than 2,300journals covering business, management, finance and market research topics. Useful for HR andorganisational psychology research.PUBMedhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedfind references to articles from medical literature. Remember to check the library catalogue for thejournal titles to see if we have the full textLooking for Newspaper articles NEXIShttps://catalogue.lse.ac.uk/Record/1149745provides full text of newspapers and newswire services from around the world. It includes the fulltext of UK daily newspapers from 1980 to the present day. daily updates. Major foreign languagenewspapers also accessible.Factivahttps://catalogue.lse.ac.uk/Record/1293711Good for business sources.More help needed?ContactYour liaison librarianHeather Dawsonh.email@example.com
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