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Search strategy process

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  • Plan of lecture Introduction. The idea of today’s presentation and the following workshops is to take you through the search process of searching for literature and using electronic resources such as SportDiscus to help prepare you for the literature review assignment. This morning I will be showing a short powerpoint presentation about the searching process. Then I’ll show you a couple of search examples using SportDiscus and the Firstsearch databases. I’ll finish by talking briefly about how to make requests on interlibrary loan. There is a link to a leaflet about searching on the Sport and physical education subject guide which accompanies this presentation.
  • Emerald - business and management related Academic OneFile – general subject coverage and PsycINFO – indexing and abstracting but will link to the full text where we have subscription to the journal. Useful for topics such as motivation, leadership styles, charisma etc.
  • PsycINFO search. Exclude dissertations option as well. Useful articles are A critical examination of the relationship between emotional intelligence and transformational leadership.  Lindebaum, Dirk; Cartwright, Susan; Journal of Management Studies, Vol 47(7), Nov, 2010. pp. 1317-1342. [Journal Article] Leadership, affect and emotions: A state of the science review.  Gooty, Janaki; Connelly, Shane; Griffith, Jennifer; Gupta, Alka; The Leadership Quarterly, Vol 21(6), Dec, 2010. pp. 979-1004. [Journal Article]

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  • Planning your search strategy Library and Information Services
  • Step one
    • Spend some time thinking about your topic to define and clarify your research question
    • 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- look at Oxford Reference online business dictionaries
    • Alternative spellings such as organis/zation or behavio(u)r: use asterisk eg: behavio*r
    • Search for different word endings such as leader, leaders and leadership: truncate using asterisks eg: leader*
  • Step three
    • Linking search words together
    • AND search – combining two different subjects together
    • OR search – alternative words, often crucial to success of the search eg: corporation OR organization
    • Words as a phrase eg: “transformational leadership”. May be a phrase search option, or use quotation marks.
  • Step four
    • Choosing your database
    • For articles
      • Emerald full text
      • Academic OneFile
      • PsycINFO and possibly Greenfile (EBSCO)
    • Business and market data
      • Marketline
      • Mintel
  • Step five
    • Searching and modifying online
    • Different databases will use different search terms to describe same subject
    • Check what subject terms (called keywords in Emerald) are used for your topic and modify the search if necessary
    • Limit to searching within different indexes eg: subject, article 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!
    • Item is full text – go direct to article, linking via a database or via Library Catalogue Plus
    • Item has abstract only – can you access or request the full article via your local library?
  • Marketing social not for profit enterprises
    • Emerald
      • Non profit organizations (phrase) AND marketing in all except full text
    • Academic OneFile
      • Use browse subjects option to check subject term. Nonprofit organizations AND marketing as subjects.
  • Customer services especially in manufacturing
    • Emerald – customer relationship management AND manufacturing
    • Academic OneFile – subject browse search – look up customer relationship management. Then try advanced search “customer relationship management” (subject) and “economic aspects”
  • CSR – cost or investment?
    • Emerald – corporate social responsibility AND stakeholder analysis (keyword phrases)
    • Greenfile – social responsibility of business AND cost analysis or cost effective*
    • Mintel – corporate social responsibility (phrase)
  • Emotional intelligence and leadership
    • Emerald
      • Emotional intelligence (keyword phrase) and leader* (keywords)
    • Academic OneFile
      • Try browse subjects option: emotional intelligence, then search in results for leadership
    • PsycINFO
      • Emotional intelligence and leadership (subjects) and link to article in Journal of management studies
  • Leadership styles and employee engagement
    • Emerald
      • Leader*
      • AND “employee involvement” (as phrase)
    • PsycINFO
      • Leadership style (subjects)
      • AND employee involvement or employee motivation (subjects)
  • Cultural readiness for change
    • Emerald
      • “ organizational change”
      • “ change management” - try each separately
      • AND readiness OR preparedness
    • Academic OneFile
      • Use Browse subjects to search for organizational change – and link to this heading
      • Use Refine results to add the terms readiness or preparedness
  • Topic one: leadership competencies
    • Emerald
      • Leadership (in keyword index)
      • AND competences / competencies
        • Try competenc* (in Allfields exc fulltext)
        • Competences is used in Keywords index
        • Skills? Attributes? Qualities?
  • Topic two: multi-disciplinary team leadership
    • Emerald
      • Keywords used include teams, teambuilding, team working, work teams, teamwork
      • Suggest team* and leader* both as keywords
      • multidisciplinary team* in article title
      • team leaders as phrase in keywords
      • Try cross functional as phrase in Allfields exc full text AND team*
      • Doesn’t use multidisciplinary as keyword
  • Topic two: multidisciplinary team leadership
    • Academic OneFile
      • Try “multidisciplinary teams” AND lead* or manag*
      • Try “cross-functional” AND team* AND lead* or manag*
      • Subject guide search: Teamwork (workplace)-management and could then search within results for multidisciplinary