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Literature Search in Sociology

Literature Search in Sociology
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  • LINC stands for Library INtegrated Catalogue, and we’ve been using it for many years. LINC+ is a newer version and it has some cool features such as book covers, tag clouds, recently added titles, and summary.
  • Apart from the databases listed under E-Resources, you can use Library InfoGate. You may have a topic in mind for an assignment, but you’re not sure which database to use for your research. Library InfoGate can search multiple databases at the same time. To find out more about InfoGate, go to:

Literature Search in Sociology: SC2101 Library Tutorial Presentation Transcript

  • 1. SC2101 Library Tutorial
    • Literature Search in Sociology
    • by
    • Hayati Abdul
    • [email_address]
    • NUS Libraries
  • 2. Objectives
    • To show you how to :
      • Conduct a search for scholarly materials via Sociology databases
        • Scopus
        • Sociological Abstracts
      • Access full-texts using proxy bookmarklet
      • Use search plugins
      • Search catalogue LINC effectively
  • 3. Outline
    • Literature Review
    • Search Strategy
    • Sources for Research
    • Databases
    • Proxy Bookmarklet, Search Plugins
    • InfoGate
    • LINC
    • Help
  • 4. Literature Review
    • What?
      • It is an account of journal articles, books and other sources published on a topic by scholars.
      • Provides description, summary and critical evaluation of each work.
    • Why?
      • Purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic.
    • How?
    Critical Appraisal Information Seeking Literature Search
  • 5. Literature Search Need information on a topic ? Search for materials. Evaluate search results. Revise search if necessary & replicate in other sources . Happy with information? If NO, go back to list of terms or refocus search. Construct search statement. Think of concepts/alternative terms. Combine concepts/terms with Boolean operators. END If YES, write literature review. Ci te materials.
  • 6. American Sociological Association Citation Style
    • Guides
      • American Sociological Association. ASA style guide
      • Quick style guide for students writing Sociology papers
      • A guide to writing Sociology papers
    Show research done Help readers verify your claims Backup your arguments Acknowledge intellectual debt Why Cite?
  • 7. Search Strategy
  • 8. Some Fundamental Tools
    • List keywords & synonyms to describe your topic
      • Topic: Finding love online
        • Love - romance, dating
        • Online - cyberspace, internet
    • Combine keywords with Boolean operators
    • Use truncation/wild card
    • Group words to be searched together
    How to search the above terms?
  • 9. Boolean operators
    • AND = both terms must be present ( narrow/refine )
    • OR = either of the terms may be present ( broaden/expand )
    • NOT = excludes a search term
    romantic love AND marriage online OR internet A ND OR
  • 10. Truncation
    • For variation in spelling
      • gambl * =gambl ed , gambl ing , gambl e
      • parent * = parent hood , parent ing , parent s
    • Note: Different databases use different wildcard symbols e.g. $, ?, !
    • Check database guides, help menu...
  • 11. Parentheses ( )
    • Control order of operations
    • Terms within ( ) will be processed first:
      • ( low income or single parent ) and families
        • = low income families
        • single parent families
      • ( teen * or adolescent ) and pregnancy
      • = teen pregnancy
      • teenage pregnancy
      • adolescent pregnancy
  • 12. Sources for Research
  • 13. Sources Information Sources Journals Statistical data Books Theses Newspapers Overviews, detailed look Latest research findings In-depth treatment of topics Reactions, recent events Quantitative information
  • 14. Academic/Scholarly Journals? Intended audience Researchers, academics, undergrads & grads Author(s) Academics & researchers in the field Article selection “ Peer reviewed“ by panel of scholars Type of research Mostly original research Purpose Inform or make original research available to the scholarly world References Contain bibliographies, footnotes, works cited Appearance Serious with graphs/charts to illustrate concepts Writing style Full of terminology; formal writing style
  • 15. Evaluating Sources Accurate? Current? Objective? Authoritative? Appropriate? Authors credentials? Information objective or biased? Well supported by refs? Updated? Is info what you need?
  • 16. Understand References
  • 17. Interpret references
    • Journal article
    Kosut, Mary. 2006. "Mad Artists and Tattooed Perverts: Deviant Discourse and the Social Construction of Cultural Categories." Deviant Behavior 27(1):73-95. Article title Author Journal title Year Vol. (issue no.) Pages
  • 18. LINC Journal Search Search journal by title Click to access E-journal Limit to Journals Collection Click for current issues Click for location of current issues Click for location of bound volumes Click for other bound volumes Search specific volume or year
  • 19. Interpret references
    • Book chapter
    Farrer, Peter. 1996. "In Female Attire: Male Experiences of Cross-Dressing - Some Historical Fragments." Pp. 9-26 in Blending Genders , edited by Richard Ekins and Dave King. London: Routledge. Author of Book chapter Publication year Title of book chapter Pages Source title Place of publication Source editor Publisher
  • 20. Sociology Databases
  • 21. Access Databases from Library Portal
  • 22. Scopus
    • Multidisciplinary database, 1966-
    • Provides indexes, abstracts and links to full-text
    • Includes open access journals, conference proceedings, web sources, author homepages, university sites, articles-in-press, preprint servers…
    • International coverage of journals.
  • 23. Let’s search… blog* and self My Blog is me: blogging and presentation of the self blog(s) blogging, blogger(s) self identity, self-disclosure, writing of self,…
  • 24. Let’s search
  • 25. Let’s search! The significance of romantic love for marriage (romantic love or romance) and marriage and young adults romantic love, romance marriage
  • 26. Notes on Scopus
    • Basic Search
      • Build search in boxes with Boolean operators, OR, AND, NOT and multi-character wildcard
      • Search defaults- Article title, Abstract, Keywords
      • Note Limit, Refine & Search History features
      • Select to search Sociological Abstracts.
    • Advanced Search
      • Command line search not really recommended.
  • 27. About Sociological Abstracts
    • Provides indexes & abstracts to journal articles, book chapters, conference papers & dissertations.
    • Coverage, 1979-
      • Culture, social structure, social differentiation, social psychology, sociology of the arts, business, education, violence and power…
    • Some overlap in literature coverage between Scopus & Sociological Abstracts.
  • 28. Let’s search… Finding love online love, romance internet online cyberspace (love or romance) and (internet or online)
  • 29. Let’s search
  • 30. Let’s search… learning to labour and (willis paul or paul willis) Learning to labour by Paul Willis learning to labour willis paul or paul willis
  • 31. Let’s search
  • 32.
    • Quick Search
      • Searches single words or phrases
      • Quick search = anywhere search
      • Enter Boolean operators in single search box
    • Advanced Search
      • Search boxes allows for more complex searches
      • Combine terms using Boolean operators from drop-down menu
      • Select specific fields to search terms
      • Check for more relevant headings
    Search tips for Sociological Abstracts
  • 33. What about Google Scholar?
    • Attempts to provide a single search engine for scholarly literature.
      • Note: Not all results come from scholarly sources.
    • Good for quick research.
    • May offer a number of versions of the same article depending on where it was found.
    • Search results may include links to full-text articles freely available on the Internet.
    • Many links take you to publishers' websites where access requires a subscriber login.
      • Use the PROXY BOOKMARKLET to access full-texts .
    • Note: It works only for source
    • titles subscribed by NUS Libraries
  • 34. Proxy Bookmarklet Use Library Proxy Bookmark to access Full-text
  • 35. What is a Proxy Bookmarklet?
    • Inserts the NUS library proxy stem ( ) into the URL of the article.
    Vendor User NUS Library Proxy server I want article X I want article X Okay you are recognized, here is article X. Here is article X
  • 36. How to install the Proxy Bookmarklet in my browser?
    • Click on the link below and follow the instructions:
  • 37. Search Plugins For Internet Explorer 7 & Firefox 2.0+ (beta)
  • 38. What are Search Plugins?
    • Allows you to do a direct search from your internet browser search box
    • Saves time from having to visit a page & then inputting your search query
    • How to install these plugins?
  • 39. LINC L ibrary IN tegrated C atalogue
  • 40. L ibrary IN tegrated C atalogue
    • Use it to check:
      • Books
      • Journals
      • Microforms
      • Multimedia
      • Newspapers
      • Theses
    • Use it to view:
      • Table of Contents
      • E-Journals
      • E-Books
      • Digitized videos
  • 41. Catalogue: LINC+ sorting relevance ranking tags recently added summary format refining
  • 42.
    • Finding Articles Made Easy!
    • Federated search engine
    • Search across multiple databases at once.
    • Allows you to search by keyword, title, author or subject
    • Allows you to choose databases
  • 43. InfoGate
  • 44. Getting Help
  • 45. L ibrary I nstruction ON line
  • 46. Subject Guides
    • Good starting point for research in Sociology
  • 47. We are here…
    • Advisory Service at Information Desk, Central Library, Level 5.
    • Email us: [email_address]
    • Tel: 6516 2028