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Steps in the search process

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  • Introduction I saw you earlier in the week for the sport and ethics sessions and today is more of an overview of the full search process and a chance to show you a further range of databases. I’ll also be explaining the interlibrary loans system if you need to get hold of books or journal articles which the library doesn’t have. This presentation and accompanying notes are accessible from the Sport subject guide on the webpages under the link Guides to finding information. There are also several on-line guides to help with searching which are mentioned at the end of the handout. I’ll show you some of those now.
  • SPORTDiscus - all aspects of sport Applied social sciences index and abstracts - sociology of sport British education index - physical education especially Britain Cinahl - health, fitness, physical therapy for sport injuries Cochrane Library - studies in the medical and physical aspects of sport ERIC - physical education (international coverage) Leisure, recreation and tourism abstracts - leisure, sport tourism (international coverage) Medline - medical and physical aspects of sport, biomechanics, sport injuries, exercise, fitness PsycINFO - sport psychology, motivation

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  • Library and Information Services Planning a search strategy Searching techniques
  • Search strategy- step one
    • Spend some time to clarify and define your research topic
    • Break down search topic into sections
    • Think of Keywords to describe the topic
  • Step two
    • Think about the search words
    • Generic words can be omitted eg: discuss, assess, importance
    • Consider alternative terms eg: multicultural or crosscultural
    • Word endings, plurals: truncate using asterisks eg: counsel* therap*
    • Alternative spellings: use asterisks in middle of word eg: counsel*ing
  • Step three
    • Linking search words together
    • AND search – combining two different subjects together eg: counselling and refugees
    • OR search – alternative or similar words eg: counsellor or therapist
    • Words as a phrase eg: “brief therapy”
  • Step four
    • Choosing your database
    • Consider subject area
      • PsycINFO /PsycARTICLES (EBSCO)
      • Cinahl (EBSCO)
      • Academic OneFile –electronic journals
      • British education index
  • Step five
    • Searching and modifying online
    • Different databases will use different search terms to describe same subject
    • Experiment with different search words
    • Limit to searching within different indexes eg: subject, title, author
    • Limit to years of publication
    • Limit to type of document eg: books, book chapters, journal articles, conference papers, reports.
  • Step six
    • Relevant results retrieved!
    • Is the item full text? – go direct to article, perhaps linking via e-journal finder
    • Is it held in the Library?
    • If not, articles and books can be requested on Interlibrary-loan.
  • Useful links
    • Counselling subject page
    • List of journals
    • Tutorial about searching PsycINFO
    • Searching tips
    • How to plan a search strategy