Psy masters effective literature searching 2012 091012Presentation 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.
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