Brief Guide to Effective Literature Searching Best strategies for choosing relevant resources Using databases and keeping up to date How to check for access to articlesJudy McSorleySenior Liaison Librarian for Psychology 10.2011
Plan well ahead It may take you some time to decide on your research topic/focus It may take you longer to do your literature search than anticipated You may need to visit other libraries or order items through inter-library loan Not everything is freely available on the internet!
Plan your search Find general background information before using more specific and recent resources Think about the possible search terms or keywords for your topic Arrange into broader narrower terms Consider any alternative terms or spellings: eg. murder/homicide or behavior/behaviour
Evaluating Internet ResourcesHow do you know if a website is reputable and offers reliableinformation? Compare these three websites:- http://worldtradeorganisation.com/http://www.wto.org/ http://www.gatt.org/Which is the genuine World Trade Organization?How can you tell? Remember – P.R.O.M.P.TProvenance: who has produced it?Relevance: is it what you want?Objectivity: what are the creators interests?Method: is research explained fully?Presentation: is it clear and easily accessible?Timeliness: how recently updated?
Google or Google Advanced SearchCompare Google searching with Advanced Search, which offersnumerous refinements. http://www.google.co.uk/advanced_search
Or Google Scholar ???http://scholar.google.co.uk/ Use the Preferences link to select notification for Middlesex accesses and save
PsycINFOBASIC SEARCH : ADVANCED SEARCH : ACCOUNT and ALERTS
PsycINFOAdvanced Search offers the option to “map term” which might speedup the search.It also provides the option to “Combine” searches which is notavailable from the Basic Search
PsycINFOUsing single terms and Combining from Search History using ANDwill narrow results in a gradual but focussed way enabling evaluationof individual term results – quality and quantity. The search can beadjusted as necessary, trying different terms or revising topic.
PsycINFO – updating resultsIf you create a PsycINFOPersonal Account you canSave Searches, which canthen be re-run. You will alsobe able to set up RSS feeds.
Zetoc Alerts Zetoc provides access to the British LibrarysElectronic Table of Contents of around 20,000current journals published per year. The database covers 1993 to date, and isupdated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service,to enable you to keep up-to-date withrelevant new articles and papers.Zetoc is accessible from LearningResources Databases listing.
Zetoc AlertsUse the drop down Universities menu to select Middlesex, click “Go”and login next screen with your university network login as before.
Zetoc AlertsCreate your account with your email address and name or a searchor journal name . Click Create then click the ZETOC Search button.
Zetoc AlertsThere are options to searchfor articles in Journals andor conferences, plus ZetocAlert set up. Article search
Zetoc AlertsThe Alert can be set up for contents lists of several journal titles, andalso for article Title Keyword searches
Zetoc Alerts You can have a number of alerts for Contents Lists or articlekeywords and add to them or make changes as required. They are set up for one year and will require renewing after thatperiod. Email Alerts will be sent whenever the British Library databaseis updated with new issues and articles relevant to your searches.
Finding the Journal: Full-Text: viaLibrary Catalogue A-Z:Print & Online
Reference Software - RefWorks• RefWorks is the system subscribed to by Middlesex University and is for the use of Middlesex staff and students• RefWorks comprises of two parts: Bibliographic Manager – provides folders for storing your bibliographic citations – enables precise organisation of and immediate access to records Write-N-Cite – requires downloading to the desktop – use to place saved bibliographic citations directly into your own text – and to instantly create your Bibliographies in appropriate styles
Reference Software - RefWorks Items stored in RefWorks folders cannot be accessed after leaving the University. RefWorks can seem rather clunky and is dependent on Reference Software compatibility of databases and catalogues etc. A full comparison of the two products can be viewed here (scroll down the page) : http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/content.php?pid=58195&sid=426206
Reference Software - Mendeley https://www.mendeley.comFreely available softwareGo to the web site and createan account.
Reference Software - Mendeley Installing the web Importer button on the browser bar enables swift importing of citations and references from databases, Google, Amazon and other bibliographic websites into your Mendeley files and folders.
Reference SoftwareRefWorks files articles into folders which are visible from drop-downfolders. Mendeley displays all articles and authors on the Desktop
Library Subject GuidesUnder the tab Searching for Journal Articles information about relevantdatabases and guides for using them. Also details for contacting yourlibrarian and booking appointments.
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