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  • 1. Hayati Abdul Resource Librarian (Sociology) NUS Libraries [email_address]
  • 2. Objectives
    • To show you how to :
    • Conduct a search for scholarly materials via Sociology databases
      • Scopus
      • Sociological Abstracts
    • Access E-Newspapers
      • Factiva
      • LexisNexis Academic
    • Search catalogue, LINC
  • 3. Outline
    • Sources for Research
    • Search Strategy
      • Boolean Operators & more
    • Search Databases, E-Newspapers
    • LINC
    • Getting Help
  • 4. Scholarly journals Evaluate Sources Interpret References
  • 5. Sources of information
  • 6. Scholarly Journals Academics, researchers, graduates & undergraduates Academics & researchers in the field “ Peer reviewed“ by scholars Make original research available to scholarly world Contain bibliographies, footnotes & works cited Serious with graphs, charts to illustrate concepts Full of terminology, Formal Research type Mostly original Article selection Authors Intended audience Writing style Appearance References Purpose
  • 7. Evaluate Sources
    • Author’s experience
    • Any institutional affiliation?
    Is it a reputable publisher, society or association?
    • Methods of research ?
    • Are there means to verify the data?
    Is there a range of viewpoints to support / reinforce arguments ? Is it the latest? How frequent is the update?
    • Peer reviewed
    • how often has it be cited by others?
    Scholarly publication 7 evaluation criteria Authority & credibility of sources Academic merit of sources Accuracy of factual information Comprehensiveness of information Relevance of information Currency of information Is it relevant to your topic/subject?
  • 8. Interpret references
    • Journal article
      • Teo, Y. 2010. "Shaping the Singapore family, producing the state and society." Economy and Society 39(3):337-359.
    Article title Author Journal title Year Volume(issue no.) Pages
  • 9. Interpret references
    • Book chapter
    Chan, P.C.W. 2010. " Shared values of Singapore: sexual minority rights as Singaporean value “. Pp. 9-26 in Protection of sexual minorities since Stonewall: progress and stalemate in developed and developing countries , edited by Phil C.W. Chan. London: Routledge. Author of Book chapter Publication year Title of book chapter Pages Source title Place of publication Source editor Publisher
  • 10. Boolean Operators Truncation Parentheses
  • 11. Build your search
    • List keywords, synonyms to describe your topic:
      • E.g. Challenges of parenting among single dads
        • single dad = single father
        • parenting= nurture, child rearing, parenthood
    • Refine or broaden search using:
      • Boolean operators
      • Truncation/wildcard features
      • Parentheses ( )
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  • 12. Boolean operators
    • AND
    • OR
    • NOT
    Single fathers parenting family life family structure Parenting styles Academic outcomes Both terms must appear Both terms must appear One term may appear but not the other A ND O R (To narrow search) (To broaden search)
  • 13. Truncation
    • For variation in spelling
      • blog * =blog ging , blog ger s, blog s
      • parent * = parent hood , parent ing , parent s
    • Note: Different databases use different wildcard symbols examples:
      • $ ? !
    • Check database guides, help menu...
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  • 14. Parentheses ( )
    • Use ( ) for grouping words or phrases that are to be processed first, examples:
      • ( low income OR single ) AND families
        • = low income families
        • single parent families
      • ( teen * OR adolescen *) AND pregnancy
        • = teenage pregnancy
        • adolescent pregnancy
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  • 16. Several ways to access databases from Library Portal
  • 17. Sociology Databases
    • Multidisciplinary
    • Indexing database (no full text)
    • Usually offers links to full text
    • Good design, useful tools and easy to use
    • Can search across Sociological Abstracts
    Scopus September 6, 2010
  • 18. Let’s search Single mum versus single dad! Who makes a better a parent? single father, single mother children single father AND single mother AND parent* AND children parent*
  • 19. Search Scopus Enter Search terms Select Social Sciences
  • 20. Scopus Search Results View full-text Check source title in LINC View abstract via Sociological Abstracts Click to sort by relevance May refine results by Source, Author, Year, Document type, Subject Area
  • 21. Output Results Output selected records M ark Records
  • 22. Create Bibliography - QuickBib
  • 23. Create a Bibliography - QuickBib
  • 24. Let’s search Asian values and state of the Singapore family Asian values, cultural values singapore (asian values OR cultural values OR social values ) AND family AND singapore family
  • 25. Search Scopus
  • 26. Let’s search… Unpaid work, such as caring for children and housework, is often the women’s responsibility. Why? unpaid work, unpaid labour women AND (unpaid work OR unpaid labour) AND (caring AND children) OR childcare childcare caring women children
  • 27. Let’s search
  • 28. Tips for searching Scopus
    • Basic Search
      • Search defaults to Article title, Abstract &
      • Keywords fields
      • Refine results to narrow search.
      • Combine via Search History
      • Integration with CSA databases including
        • Sociological Abstracts
      • Select to read abstract via Sociological Abstracts where you may continue to search.
    • Advanced Search
      • Command Line search not really recommended.
  • 29. Sociology Databases
    • Sociological Abstracts
    • Good for literature review in Sociology
    • 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, studies in violence and power …
    • Search LINC for full-texts
  • 30. Let’s search Discuss the ways in which globalization affects family life? globali* family life globali*AND family life
  • 31. Ways to access Sociological Abstracts
  • 32. Access Sociological Abstracts
  • 33. Search Sociological Abstracts Enter search terms Can search by specific field e.g. keyword from drop-down list
  • 34. Sociological Abstracts Search Results Sort by relevance View full record Mark Records Output selected records Results displayed by publication types
  • 35. Full Record Check publication type Search source title in LINC Descriptors are subject headings
  • 36. Let’s search… For better or for worse: young adults’ perceptions on marriage and social well-being well-being marriage marriage AND well-being AND young adults young adults
  • 37. Let’s search…
  • 38.
    • Advanced Search
      • Recommended for complex searches
      • Use Boolean operators from the drop-down lists
      • Use drop-down menus to select specific fields:
        • Anywhere, Keywords, Author, Title, Descriptors…
      • Check for relevant keywords to help refine search
    • Quick Search
      • Recommended for searching single words or phrases
      • Searches for terms occurring anywhere including reference if available
      • Enter Boolean operators & parentheses in search box.
    Search Tips for Sociological Abstracts
  • 39. Search Tips for Sociological Abstracts
    • Limits
      • By date, latest update, journal articles, language
    • Search results
      • Displayed by All Publication Types
      • May sort by Most recent or Relevance
    • To refocus search
      • Select Edit Search
    • QuickBib
      • Create bibliography in ASA, APA styles…
  • 40. Factiva LexisNexis Academic
  • 41. Ways to access Factiva or LexisNexis Academic
  • 42. E-Newspapers
    • Factiva
    • To search for/browse:
      • Local, international or global news stories on a daily basis, or by selecting particular dates
        • New York Times, Asian Wall Street Journal, Bangkok Post…
      • Stories from a specific news source e.g. Straits Times…
      • News stories by subjects (e.g. equity markets, airlines, investment analysis, international news feeds
      • Latest headlines from a selected country’s newspapers.
  • 43. Let’s search The impact of Singapore’s family-oriented policies on the individual pro-family, family oriented singapore (pro family OR family oriented) AND (government OR polic*) AND singapore government, polic*
  • 44. Search Factiva
  • 45. Factiva Search Results
  • 46. LexisNexis Academic
    • News
      • English and non-English language newspapers and news magazines, TV and radio program transcripts, wire services, blogs, trade publications, and public opinion research.
    • Legal information
    • Business information:
      • Directories, trade publications, industry research reports, etc.
    • Country information
      • Country risk reports, BBC news summaries, Global Insight, etc.
  • 47. Let’s search What can the state do to bring about higher rates of marriage and childbearing? fertility, births, marriage singapore ( fertility OR births OR marriage) AND government AND singapore government
  • 48. LexisNexis Academic - Easy Search
  • 49. LexisNexis Search Results
  • 50. LexisNexis Full-text
  • 51. LexisNexis – News Search
  • 52. LexisNexis – News Search
  • 53. LexisNexis – News Search
  • 54. LexisNexis Results List
  • 55. News Search – Full-text
  • 56. Why Cite? Subject Guides FAQ LION
  • 57. 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?
  • 58. Subject Guides
  • 59. Access FAQ from Portal
  • 60. Library FAQ September 6, 2010
  • 61. Library FAQ September 6, 2010
  • 62. L ibrary I nstruction ON line Or click here September 6, 2010 Click here
  • 63. We are here…
    • Advisory Service at Information Desk, Central Library, Level 5.
    • Email us: [email_address]
    • Tel: 6516 2028
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