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Psy masters effective literature searching 2012 091012 Psy masters effective literature searching 2012 091012 Presentation Transcript

  • 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 articles
  • 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
  • Google Advanced Scholar Search
  • Library and IT Support Web Page http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library/Start from UniHub tolink to Library andIT under the Yourstudy tab.
  • Library and IT Support Web PageScroll down the screen to Study and Research Resources These are the most useful resources for Literature Searching
  • myUniHub for alternative access to the catalogue etc.Logging in here enables access to electronic resources withoutfurther authentication.
  • myUniHub
  • Library & IT Support Web Pages
  • 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.
  • PsycINFO – updating results
  • PsycINFO – updating results RSS Feeds can be saved in a number of different types of web site Readers: Yahoo, Google, Bloglines or your preferred browser.
  • PsycINFO – updating results
  • RSS feeds into Google Reader
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • SSCI: Search History & Results
  • SSCI – Managing Results
  • Register and Sign In
  • Citation Alerts- set up from single record
  • Saved Searches – from Search History
  • Finding the Journal: Full-Text: viaLibrary Catalogue A-Z:Print & Online
  • Library Subject GuidesPsychology resources brought together: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk
  • 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.