Objectives To introduce you to the basics of literature search. To familiarize you with searching for journal articles in PsycINFO & the library catalog.
Outline Sources for Research & Evaluation Journal Articles Search- LINC Search Strategy Journal Articles Search- PsycINFO Search Tools
Sources for Research Books Overviews, detailed look Information Sources Journals Latest research findings Quantitativeinformation Reactions,recentevents Theses Statistical data In-depth treatment of topics Newspapers
Evaluating Sources Authors credentials? Well supported by refs?Updated? Authoritative? Accurate? Current? Objective? Appropriate? Information objective or biased? Is info what you need?
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
Basic Search Enter keywords in natural language Basic Limits
Basic Search Identify Concepts To what extent should the corporal punishment of children be considered a kind of child abuse? Concepts: Corporal punishment, child abuse
Results Display Search terms used; Narrow Search Your Options: View Abstracts, Full Text, Library Holdings, etc.
Relevancy Star Rating All search concepts are present and complete All search concepts are present, but some are incomplete. One concept is missing from the record Two concepts are missing from the record. More than two search concepts are missing from the record.
Full Text within PsycINFO Click to view or download full text
Full Text thru Other Providers Check for full text in the library catalog E-access thru other providers Print/Hardcopy Version
Exporting Records What do you want to do with selections?
Basic: Let’s Practice Discuss gender differences in perception of body image. Limits: 2000-2010, English Narrow Search: By Subject Sort By: Descending Year of Pub Target:FullText through Library Holdings Keywords: gender differences, body image, self-perception
Basic Search Features: - Use normal English/natural language - Searches all available fields for keywords - Exploratory in nature, usually many results
Search tools for more powerful & controlled searching Boolean Operators Truncation Round brackets
Boolean Operators AND: Both terms must appear Academic outcomes Parenting styles OR: One or other or both may appear Academic outcomes Parenting styles NOT: One term may appear but not the other Academic outcomes Parenting styles
Truncation */$/? Use*for variant forms of term (end) - teen* = teens, teenagers, teenaged - dyslex*= dyslexia, dyslexic Use?for variant forms of term (in between) - colo?r = color, colour - wom?n= woman, women What about “”?
Round parentheses ( ) Use ( ) for grouping words or phrases -language and (screeningortesting) = language screening, language testing How about: (romanticorinterpersonal)and attraction = romantic attraction, interpersonal attraction (teen*or youth)and pregnancy = teen pregnancy, teens pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, youth pregnancy How about: Language and screening or testing
Advanced: Let’s Practice Table Does exposure to media violence and pornography produce aggression in viewers? media/television violence pornography aggression/aggressor /aggressive (media or television) and violence and pornography and aggress*
Advanced Search Search via these fields Search string may include boolean operators, brackets, *, etc.
Advanced: Let’s Practice Towards an understanding of the blogging and social networking phenomenon blog, blogs, blogging, blogger, bloggers social networking, social network, social networks, social media blog* and social and (network* or media)
Advanced: Let’s Practice Towards an understanding of the blogging and social networking phenomenon Tasks:
Construct a search statement using BOs, *, (), etc.
Search Tools 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
Summary: Finding relevant articles Start with PsycINFO Explore with Basic Search Use alternative keywords & Boolean operators, *, (), etc. in Advanced Search Look at references of relevant articles Search other databases (See subject guide; InfoGate)
Another Search Tool Proxy Bookmarklet - Use Library Proxy Bookmark to access Full-text from Google Scholar
What is a Proxy Bookmarklet? Inserts the NUS library proxy stem (libproxy1.nus.edu.sg) into the URL of the article. I want article X I want article X NUS Library Proxy server Vendor User Okay you are recognized, here is article X. Here is article X
Installation Click on the link below and follow the instructions: http://bit.ly/nuslibproxy Google Scholar
Subject Guides Good starting point for research