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Finding articles for your research

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  • 1. Finding Articles for your Research By Kristin Kroger, MLIS kk663@nova.edu or 954-262-3117
  • 2. Choose the right database(s)
  • 3. Identify search terms: • To find/identify search terms: – read background information about the topic. (ex) Look up your topic in a medical dictionary or use the Credo Reference database and its concept mapping feature to find search terms
  • 4. Best Practices: • Use one word or concept for each search box. • If you must use a phrase, put them in quotation marks or parentheses: "over the counter"
  • 5. How are the results ranked/displayed? • Use truncation (Example: therap* will look for keywords such as therapy AND therapies AND therapists) • Don't use "effect of" or "cause of"- databases do not apply logic to your searches
  • 6. • Look at the Subjects listed for each article as well as the article titles. • Articles probably won’t "match" your search exactly.
  • 7. 5 Common researching mistakes
  • 8. 1. Looking for ARTICLE titles that exactly match your topic. • You will miss important articles • Articles related to your topic will have data you can use
  • 9. 2. Search terms are too narrow or too broad. • If your result list is too small, try broadening your topic or any of your limiters geographic location, date range age of population. – (EX) change Invisalign to dental appliances OR – Fort Lauderdale to Florida or United States • If your result list is over 1,000 articles - limit your search by date, subject or other factors
  • 10. 3. Missing citation pearls. • If you find an excellent article, select the author or subject links to find more like it. Use the ‘Find Similar’ or ‘Related citations’ option
  • 11. 4. Forgetting to save searches & search terms that produce great results in [Your Folder] for future reference. • You can rerun your searches and uncover newer articles during your research time period • You may change the direction of your search and need to remember how you found your original articles
  • 12. 5. Choosing a topic that is too specific • If you narrow your topic before researching too much, you may have difficulty articles. • It is often easier to pick your [talking/writing] points after seeing what information exists in the literature
  • 13. Tips & Tricks
  • 14. • Some journals print a theme-based issue once or twice per year-see the other articles in the same issue for more information on your topic. • Some journals are perfect for researching your topic. Search within that journal to find more information. (ex) Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare
  • 15. • Try researching using your author names. Often authors write more than one article about a specific topic. • Go citation surfing! Look at the reference list for your article, you're bound to find one or two gems.

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