Library and Information Services Search strategy and databases
Guides on the library webpages <ul><li>How to plan a search strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Search tips </li></ul><ul><li>Your ...
Search strategy- step one <ul><li>Spend some time thinking about your topic to clarify and define your research question <...
Step two <ul><li>Think about the search words </li></ul><ul><li>Generic words can be omitted   eg: discuss, assess, import...
Step three <ul><li>Linking search words together </li></ul><ul><li>AND search  –  combining two different subjects togethe...
Step four  <ul><li>Choosing your database </li></ul><ul><li>Consider subject area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MLA-Modern Languag...
Step five <ul><li>Searching and modifying online </li></ul><ul><li>Different databases will use different search terms to ...
Subject headings on MLA and PsycINFO <ul><li>MLA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ESL ,  EFL ,  second language learning ,  English l...
Step six <ul><li>Relevant results retrieved! </li></ul><ul><li>Is the item full text? – go direct to article, perhaps link...
Inter-library loans <ul><li>If we don’t hold the book or journal article that you need in our library, you can request the...
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  • Introduction Today I’m going to start by showing you a short presentation about the process of searching for resources on a topic followed by demonstrating searches in various databases like MLA.
  • Link to these guides to make sure students know how to access them. Search strategy guide : Detailed guide on step by step process of searching Searching tips-summary of useful search techniques
  • I don’t think I’ve emphasized this last point enough before and this is an area where it’s easy to get confused. PsycINFO and MLA will include different types of documents such as books, book chapters and Dissertation abstracts. Not just a database of journal articles. Imp to recognise the different document types. It might be that a book chapter is referenced and the library holds the book! This won’t be indicated on the database by the York St John symbol which only works for journals and even then isn’t foolproof. We can’t get hold of Dissertation abstracts which are for American theses not available in the UK.
  • You need to allow time to search. I’ve had a lot of comments from students when they’ve been searching for their dissertations that it’s taking them ages to find things. You might be lucky but it can be frustrating! The searching process is a skill in itself.
  • MA TESOL

    1. 1. Library and Information Services Search strategy and databases
    2. 2. Guides on the library webpages <ul><li>How to plan a search strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Search tips </li></ul><ul><li>Your subject > Business School> English language and linguistics (MA TESOL) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Search strategy- step one <ul><li>Spend some time thinking about your topic to clarify and define your research question </li></ul><ul><li>Break down search topic into sections </li></ul><ul><li>Think of Keywords to describe the topic </li></ul>
    4. 4. Step two <ul><li>Think about the search words </li></ul><ul><li>Generic words can be omitted eg: discuss, assess, importance </li></ul><ul><li>Consider alternative terms eg: language acquisition or language learning </li></ul><ul><li>Word endings (truncation) eg: speaking, speakers can be found by adding an * at end of the word stem eg: speak* </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative spellings eg: use an asterisk in the middle of a word behavio*r </li></ul>
    5. 5. Step three <ul><li>Linking search words together </li></ul><ul><li>AND search – combining two different subjects together </li></ul><ul><li>OR search – alternative or similar words eg: speaking, spoken, speech </li></ul><ul><li>Words as a phrase eg: English as second language or English language teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EBSCO databases search for two words entered together as a phrase </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Step four <ul><li>Choosing your database </li></ul><ul><li>Consider subject area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MLA-Modern Languages Association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PsycINFO-includes language related resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literary reference center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These 3 databases are all on EBSCO </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic OneFile </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Step five <ul><li>Searching and modifying online </li></ul><ul><li>Different databases will use different search terms to describe same subject </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment with different search words </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to searching within different indexes eg: subject, title, author </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to years of publication </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to type of document eg: books, book chapters, journal articles, conference papers, reports. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of the type of document you have retrieved! </li></ul>
    8. 8. Subject headings on MLA and PsycINFO <ul><li>MLA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ESL , EFL , second language learning , English language teaching, English language learning, English language varieties </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PsycINFO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English as second language , computer assisted language learning, foreign language learning </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Step six <ul><li>Relevant results retrieved! </li></ul><ul><li>Is the item full text? – go direct to article, perhaps linking via e-journal finder </li></ul><ul><li>Is it held in the Library? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, articles and books can be requested on Inter-library-loan. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Inter-library loans <ul><li>If we don’t hold the book or journal article that you need in our library, you can request the item on inter-library loan. </li></ul><ul><li>You can have 20 free requests for journal articles or books. Please complete a green ILL form for each journal article and a blue ILL form for books or book chapters. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, link to our webpage at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://w3.yorksj.ac.uk/library/library--information-services/get-help/help-and-information/inter-library-loans.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Library homepage>Inter-Library loans </li></ul>

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