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  • 1. Psychology Honours Year Tutorial Gerrie Kow [email_address]
  • 2. Objectives
    • To show you how to:
    • Use the advanced features in PsycINFO to retrieve desired information.
    • Search other databases for Psychology related information.
    • Access library services useful for honors students
  • 3. Table of Contents
    • Library services for honors students
    • Sources
    • Search Strategy
    • Search for Theses
    • Search Journal Articles
    • Handy Tips
  • 4. E-forms
    • Document Delivery Service (DDS)
    • 3 a year
    • Request to Purchase Books
    Library services for honors students Advisory
    • One to one information finding sessions
    • - Email or call for appointment
  • 5. Sources Information sources Journals Conf. Proc Theses News papers Statistical data Sources Books
  • 6. Evaluating Sources
  • 7. Build Your Search: Identify keywords How does parenting style affect academic achievement in adolescents?
    • Keywords would be:
    • parenting styles/parenting skills/childrearing practices
    • academic achievement/outcomes/accomplishments
    • /success/attainment
    • - adolescents/teens/teenagers/youth
    Search Strategy Note: Alternative keywords should be significant. More is NOT always better.
  • 8. Build Your Search: Boolean Operators AND : Both terms must appear OR : One or other may appear Parenting styles Academic outcomes NOT : One term may appear but not the other Search Strategy Parenting styles Academic outcomes Parenting styles Academic outcomes
  • 9. Build Your Search: Truncation */$
    • Use * for variant forms of term
      • - child* = child, children
      • punish* = punish, punishes, punishment, punishing
      • Note: Different databases use different symbols e.g. $, ?, !
      • Check database guides, Help menu...
    Search Strategy What about “” ?
  • 10.
    • Use ( ) for grouping words or phrases
      • - parenting and (style* or skill*)
        • = parenting style/s
        • = parenting skill/s
      • - academic and (attainment or success)
        • = academic attainment
        • = academic success
    Build Your Search: Parentheses Search Strategy
  • 11. NUS Theses & Academic Exercises
    • Search LINC by keywords :
      • ph d
      • m soc sc
      • academic exercise
    Search Theses psychology national university singapore
  • 12.
    • Search LINC , by call no, BF21 200*
    • (for 2000-) in Theses Collection.
    • Note: HV13 (Pre 2005)
    NUS Theses & Academic Exercises Search Theses
  • 13. Foreign Theses
    • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database
    • Index to Theses with Abstracts Accepted for Higher Degree by the Universities of Great Britain & Ireland
    • Australian Digital Theses Database
    Search Theses
  • 14. ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Search Theses
    • ProQuest
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Provides abstracts, citations & some full-text to Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations
    • Mainly North American but some from Europe, Australia, etc.
    • Coverage: 1861- present
  • 15. P roQuest Dissertation & Theses Search Theses Try: word recognition and reading Help
  • 16. ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Search Theses Full Text
  • 17. Search Journal Articles
    • Databases covered:
    • PsycINFO
    • Scopus
    Search Journal Articles
  • 18. PsycINFO Quick Reference Guide http://www.ovid.com/site/pdf/osp/OvidSP_QRC_021108.pdf
  • 19. PsycINFO
    • American Psychological Association (APA) database
    • Provides abstracts, citations & some full-text to psychological literature.
    • Provides access to book chapters, journal articles, conference reports, dissertations, etc.
    • Coverage: 1887-present. Mainly North American.
    Search Journal Articles
  • 20. PsycINFO: Search Tools Search Journal Articles Find out more about your keywords
  • 21. PsycINFO: Search Tools Search Journal Articles
    • Map Term : Match your keywords to the official subject headings used in the database.
    • Try: Aggression
    • Thesaurus : See your search term displayed in a hierarchical manner (broader, related & narrower terms).
    • Try: Language disorders
  • 22.
    • Features:
    • Use Boolean operators, *, ()
    • Searches 5 important fields
    • * Title, Abstract, TOC, Key Concepts & Heading word*
    • Fewer, more specific results
    Search Mode 1: Advanced Search Journal Articles
  • 23. PsycINFO: Advanced Search How does parenting style affect academic achievement in adolescents? parenting style/s skills academic achievement parenting and (style* or skill*) and (adolescen* or teen*) and academic achievement adolescent/s teen/s, etc. Search Journal Articles
  • 24. Advanced Search: Let’s try Search Journal Articles Corporal punishment: child abuse or needed discipline?
    • Try:
    • Keyword Search
    • Construct search statement using BOs, *, (), etc.
    • Use additional limits
    • Get full text through library catalog
  • 25. Advanced Search: Let’s try Search Journal Articles Corporal punishment: child abuse or needed discipline? corporal punishment, physical punishment discipline punishment and (corporal or physical) and (child* abuse or discipline) child abuse, children abuse
  • 26. PsycINFO: Advanced Search Keywords: parenting and (style* or skill*) and (adolescen* or teen*) and academic achievement keywords Basic Limits Additional Limits Search Journal Articles
  • 27. PsycINFO: Advanced Search Additional Limits Search Journal Articles
  • 28. PsycINFO: Advanced Search Results Display Full Text Check library for Full Text Search Journal Articles
  • 29.
    • Features:
    • Search for 1 concept in any field/s you like.
    • Browse indexes
    Search Mode 2: Search Fields Search Journal Articles
  • 30. Search Fields: Let’s Try
    • Tasks:
    • Search for “interpersonal attraction” in Key Concepts & Heading word
    • Browse author index for Trevor, P
    Search Journal Articles
  • 31. Search Mode 2: Search Fields Browse indexes; search concepts in one or more fields Search Journal Articles Indexes
  • 32. PsycINFO: Basic Search Enter keywords in natural language Basic Limits Search Journal Articles
  • 33. Exporting Records Search Journal Articles What do you want to do with selections?
  • 34. Search Mode 3: Multi-Field Search
    • Features:
    • Search for multiple concepts in different fields at the same time.
    • Previously, had to manually combine searches from Search Fields.
    Search Journal Articles
  • 35. Multi-Field Search: Let’s Try
    • Tasks:
    • “ word recognition” in Subject Headings
    • “ hong kong” in Location
    Search Journal Articles
  • 36. Search Mode 3: Multi-Field Search Search Journal Articles Search for multiple concepts in different fields at the same time. Search by combining fields
  • 37. Search Tips for PsycINFO
    • Basic Search
      • Natural language search
      • Do not enter Boolean operators, wildcards, truncation in search box
      • Apply a database limit(s) – optional
      • Use search aid to narrow search
    • Advanced Search
      • Allows for more complex and exact searches
      • Use Boolean operators, such as OR, AND, NOT
      • Use * for multi-character wildcard (truncation)
      • “ Database field guide” and “Help” on the top right corner of the screen.
    Search Journal Articles
  • 38. User Guide http://www.info.scopus.com/setup/promo/promo_material/docs/00000_Scopus_User_Guide_General_4WEB08.pdf Scopus
  • 39. Scopus
    • Provides indexing, abstracting of and citation linking to:
      • peer reviewed & open access journals
      • conference proceedings, patents , books chpts…
      • web sources, author homepages, university sites, articles-in-press, preprints, etc.
    • Coverage, 1966-
      • Focuses on Scientific, Technical, Medical & Social Sciences literature.
    • Over 50% of content originates from Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region
    Search Journal Articles
  • 40. Scopus: Basic Search Search Journal Articles Does exposure to media violence and pornography produce aggression in viewers? media/television violence pornography aggressive/ion (media or television) and violence and pornography and aggressi*
  • 41. Scopus: Basic Search Search Journal Articles Keywords Search fields Select relevant subject areas
  • 42. Scopus: Results Display Search Journal Articles Refine Results Limit to or Exclude Output results & other options
  • 43. Scopus: Deciphering the Results Search Journal Articles View abstracts, references & other info about this item Check for full text at publisher’s site Check our library catalog for full text if not available at publisher
  • 44. Scopus: Exporting Results Search Journal Articles Output options Direct export to EndNote
  • 45. Scopus: Let’s Try Search Journal Articles Discuss the effects of gaming on the mental health of youth.
    • Try:
    • Construct a search statement using BOs, *, (), etc.
    • Limit to Psychology
    • Sort Results by Relevance
    • Use Bibliography function (APA Citation Style)
  • 46. Scopus: Let’s Try Search Journal Articles Discuss the effects of gaming on the mental health of youth. video gaming/computer gaming /online gaming/video games /computer games mental health youth/young people /teenagers/teens (video or computer or online) and gam* and “mental health” and (youth or young people or teen*)
  • 47. Search Tips on Scopus
    • Basic Search
    • Use Boolean operators, such as OR, AND, NOT, also multi-character wildcard * & “”
    • Default search in “Article title, Abstract, Keywords”
    • Use Limit fields
    • Use Refine results
    • Combine Search History
    Search Journal Articles
  • 48. Finding Articles Made Easy! Search Journal Articles
  • 49. InfoGate Search Journal Articles * One search across multiple databases
  • 50. Summary: Finding Relevant Articles
    • Start with PsycINFO
    • Use alternative keywords & Boolean operators, *, (), etc.
    • Look at references of relevant articles
    • Click on Find Citing Articles
    • Search other databases (e.g. Scopus)
    • Look at references of other theses and dissertations
    Search Journal Articles
  • 51. Proxy Bookmarklet Use Library Proxy Bookmark to access Full-text from GoogleScholar Handy Tips
  • 52. What is a Proxy Bookmarklet?
    • Inserts the NUS library proxy stem ( libproxy1.nus.edu.sg ) 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 Handy Tips
  • 53. How to install the Proxy Bookmarklet in my browser?
    • Click on the link below and follow the instructions:
      • http:// bit.ly/nuslibproxy
    Handy Tips
  • 54. Subject Guides
    • Good starting point for research
    Handy Tips
  • 55. Need Help?
    • Advisory Service at Information Desk, Central Library, Level 5
    • Email me: [email_address]
    • Tel: 6516 2029
  • 56. Thank You!