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  • Library Catalogue Do Keyword search Show Phrase limiting or truncation Show advanced search – file type Show Journal Title Search Mention eBooks
  • Recapping: you now have a variety of tools / strategies you can use in your searchingWhat if your search isn’t working? Too likely scenarios you are getting too much information without enough focus (your search is too broad) or you don’t get enough or even any results. If there are no results I am suspicious and suspect that my spelling may be incorrect or that there is an issue with the platform
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    • 1. Information Retrieval Skills
    • 2. Information retrieval for research
      It is important that you develop effective information retrieval skills so that you can:
      Get perspective on a topic
      Identify information and ideas relevant to your work
      Avoid reinventing the wheel
      Increase your knowledge of a subject area
      Provide intellectual content for your own work
      Complete a successful search for a literature review
    • 3. Planning for your search
      Reflect on your information needs before you start
      Identify key concepts from your assignment requirements
      • Background reading & viewing, brainstorm with peers, concept map
      Identify synonyms, related terms, alternative spelling and abbreviations
      Determine search limits such as date, geography
      Determine appropriate types of sources of information you need (journal articles, books, reports, statistics, conference proceedings)
      Determine best search tools (Database(s), Library Catalogue, Google)
    • 4. Search Strategies and Tips
      • Using ‘AND’ narrows a search: results must include both terms, e.g.:
      • 5. SMEs AND “employment relations”
      Using ‘OR’ broadens a search: results can include either term, e.g.:
      • “public service” OR “civil service”
      • 6. pay OR salary OR remuneration
      • 7. SMEs OR “small and medium-sized enterprises”
      Using ‘NOT’ specifies a term must not appear in the results, e.g.:
      • accounting NOT forensic
      When searching for phrases, some databases require quotation marks “….. ” , e.g.:
      • “leadership style”
      • 8. “change management”
    • Where do you start looking?
      Library Catalogue
    • 9. Search Tools – the contents
      • Books, eBooks, chapters
      • 10. Journals and conferences
      • 11. Standards (International)
      • 12. DVDs, CDs
      • 13. Selected websites
      • 14. Selected reports
      • Journal articles
      • 15. Conference papers
      • 16. Newspaper and trade magazines
      • 17. Professional membership resources
      • 18. Online reference and statistics
      • 19. Company reports
      • Professional association resources
      • 20. Government sites and reports
      • 21. Company information
    • Google- Tips
      Use advanced search
      Limit to file types and domains
      Use phrase searching
      Use Google Scholar
      Set up access full-text at QUT
      Consider other search engines
    • 22. Library Catalogue Tips
      Start with keyword searching
      Use item records to identify subject headings
      Use Subject Headings to focus your search
      Use Advanced Search
      Limit item types
      Use Journal Title search to locate full text
    • 23. Databases to consider
      Use the Library Database guides to help you
      ABI/Inform Global (via ProQuest)
      Business Source Elite (via EBSCOhost)
      Emerald Management Xtra
      PsycArticles (via EBSCOhost)
      ScienceDirect (Business, Management & Accounting ‘Subject Corner’)
      Wiley Interscience
      Workplace Info
      Tip: If you know a key journal in your field identify which database it is in and search that database – often you will find similar journals in the same database
    • 24. Databases
      Use the database guide
      Research is interdisciplinary – think outside of the box
      Do not limit yourself to full text only
      Use limiters and controlled vocabulary to focus your search
    • 25. Too much or too little?
      Too much Information
      Is your topic too broad?
      Narrow your topic using more specific terms
      Use AND
      Use date limiters / search limiters
      Not enough information
      Is your search too specific?
      Check your spelling!
      Use TRUNCATION and OR operators
      Are you looking in the right place
      Maybe there isn’t much on the topic
    • 26. Some final notes
      Think before you start – concept map / brainstorm
      Start with the catalogue – database – internet
      Develop a search strategy and be prepared to change it!
      Record all the details of all your references as you go
      You will need this information for your in-text citations and reference lists
      Remember one useful book / article leads to others
      References (back in time)
      Cited By (forward in time)