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  • 1. Finding electronic journal articles John Hynes– MBS Library Service Tel: 0161 275 6501Email: john.hynes@manchester.ac.uk http://www.mbs.ac.uk/library
  • 2. IntroductionIntroduction to journals – JRUL journalsDownload of a specific journal articleIntroduction to literature searching (4 stages)Bibliographic databases – Which should I use?Bibliographic databases – How to search http://www.mbs.ac.uk/library
  • 3. Introducing journalsAcademic (peer-reviewed) journals contain scholarshiprelating to a particular academic discipline.Will present research findings, or provide critique / newinterpretations of existing theories.There are 3 major types of journal “Academic”(often peer-reviewed), “Mass market” & “Trade”.Internet has revolutionised production of and access tojournal articles.Journal articles are added to bibliographic databases assoon as they are published.
  • 4. Article search• We subscribe to over 41,000 individual journal titles• Pay close attention to citation detail before accessing: All elements are important, but the JOURNAL TITLE is key to locating an individual article: Cuenda, Ana and Angel R. Nebreda. 2009. "p38[delta] and PKD1: Kinase Switches for Insulin Secretion." Cell 136(2):209-210.• Use the A-Z listing of e-journal titles to locate the article: Follow the links from www.mbs.ac.uk/library http://www.mbs.ac.uk/library
  • 5. Literature searchingStage 1: Carefully define your research topic in termsof keywords.Stage 2: Identify appropriate sources of information torun your search.Stage 3: Search the information source(s).Stage 4: Download relevant search results. http://www.mbs.ac.uk/library
  • 6. Identifying keywordsFocus first of all on WHAT you are searching for…Think about your research topic - Select 2 – 3 terms describe the subject youare focusing on.e.g.“Impact of the economic downturn on the UKRetailing industry”e.g.- Economic downturn (Recession / Credit crunch)- UK (United Kingdom / Great Britain)- Retailing Industry (Retail* / shop* / High Street)
  • 7. Choosing an information source• Subject specialist databases• JSTOR• Library Search• Our bibliographic databases provide access to high quality (peer-review) articles from leading business & management periodicals.• They also provide you with advanced searching facilities which help you to retrieve more relevant articles.• Search engines such as Google Scholar will also return articles that we do not have access to and /or direct you to wrong login point when off-campus. http://www.mbs.ac.uk/library
  • 8. Search techniques Use Boolean logic – (AND, OR & NOT)• AND will link the terms to find only articles that mention both concepts – eg: tobacco AND advertising• OR will broaden the search by looking for synonyms, alternative spellings, abbreviations and plurals – eg: United Nations OR UN• NOT can be used when you need to narrow the search by excluding certain keywords or concepts – eg: industrial action NOT fire service http://www.mbs.ac.uk/library
  • 9. Search techniquesAdding limiters to the search will reduce the number of resultsreceived, and also improve the relevance of those returned.Restrict your text search to scan journal abstracts rather thanfull text.Set date parameters for search e.g. 1/1/2007 – 31/10/2008.Restrict search to certain publication types (e.g. academicjournals) or to specific titles.Use subject specific limiters such as the “company” field inB&M databases. http://www.mbs.ac.uk/library