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
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.
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.