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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.

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  • Library and Information Services Planning your search strategy
  • Search strategy - summary
    • Step one - Spend some time thinking about your topic
    • Step two – Considering your search terms
    • Step three - Linking your search terms together
    • Step four - Choosing your databases
    • Step five - Searching and modifying your search online
    • Step six - Relevant results retrieved! Next steps
  • Step one
    • Clarify and define 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 eg: firms or businesses
    • Alternative spellings: eg: organis/zation, behavio(u)r – organi*ation, behavio*r
    • Word endings: truncate using asterisks eg: employ* for employer/ee/ment
  • Step three
    • Linking search words together
    • AND search – combining two different subjects together eg: retailing and marketing
    • OR search – alternative words eg: workplace or organization
    • Words as a phrase eg: “small business”
  • Step four
    • Choosing your database
    • Consider subject area
      • Emerald
      • Academic OneFile
      • PsycINFO
      • Marketline
      • Mintel
  • 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 on our webpages
    • Business and Management subject page
    • Off-campus access help
    • Lists of journals
    • Searching Emerald tutorial
    • Searching Academic OneFile
    • Searching tips and How to plan a search strategy
    • Inter-library loans