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  • Introduction I’d like you to try something for me first of all which the Health librarian tried with the OT students please. Can you all find and display the full text of this article that I’m displaying on the screen? Try to do it yourself rather than looking over someone else’s shoulder. E-journal finder is to search for known journal titles where you know the details of the journal / article. You need Psycinfo and other databases to search for subjects in order to find the articles in the first place. I’m going to continue by showing a short presentation about the searching process. This presentation is available from the psychology subject guide on the library webpages. I’ll then demonstrate a couple of example topics on PsycINFO and Academic OneFile to show how the techniques can be used in the databases. These are related to the topics in your module.
  • PsycINFO: Main database for Psychology. Different types of documents indexed not just journal articles, such as books, book chapters etc. PsycARTICLES: Just under 70 full text journals available all of which are indexed on PscyINFO so no need to search it separately: they will be displayed on PsycINFO. Academic OneFile: About 24 psychology journals are available full text on AoF for at least several years. You might be able to access them on other sources as well. This database is easy to use and it’s easy to link to the full text, but it’s not as comprehensive as PscyINFO so don’t rely on it to provide all that is available. Look at the last page of your handouts for a list of the journals. ASSIA: Psychology journals also indexed on ASSIA. It is just abstracts and indexing not full text, but may also be useful.
  • Psychology search strategy

    1. 1. Library and Information Services Planning a search strategy Searching techniques
    2. 2. 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>
    3. 3. 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: adolescent or teenager </li></ul><ul><li>Word endings, plurals: truncate using asterisks eg: observ* (finds e/ing/ation) </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative spellings: use asterisks in middle of word eg: behavio*r </li></ul>
    4. 4. Step three <ul><li>Linking search words together </li></ul><ul><li>AND search – combining two different subjects together eg: aggression and gender </li></ul><ul><li>OR search – alternative or similar words eg: gender or sex differences </li></ul><ul><li>Words as a phrase eg: young people </li></ul><ul><li>PsycINFO searches for two words entered together as a phrase automatically. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Step four <ul><li>Choosing your database </li></ul><ul><li>Consider subject area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PsycINFO – help guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PsycARTICLES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These two databases are both hosted by EBSCO and have the same search methods </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic OneFile –electronic journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There is coverage for psychology topics </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. 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>
    7. 7. 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 Interlibrary-loan. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Further help <ul><li>Library website>My subject >Health and Life Sciences> Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Subject Librarian: Jane Munks at [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Ask at the Information and Help Desk </li></ul>