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  • 1. SC2101 Methods of Social Research Tutorial Presented by Hayati Abdul Information Services NUS Libraries [email_address] Searching Sociological Abstracts
  • 2. Objective s
    • To help you:
    • Search Sociological Abstracts effectively
    • Search LINC, the Library catalogue
    • Access resources and services via the Library portal
  • 3. Outline
    • Getting started
    • Build your search
    • Understand and use your results
    • Citation styles
    • Hands-on session
      • Sociological Abstracts
      • LINC
  • 4. What is Sociological Abstracts?
    • It is a primary resource for accessing the latest research in Sociology and related disciplines
    • It provides abstracts of
      • journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers & book reviews
    • Producer: CSA Illumina , Bethesda Maryland
    • Dates of coverage: 1952-present
    • Sociological Abstracts can be accessed from CSA Illumina homepage by
      • selecting Sociological Abstracts , then click on Continue to search
  • 5. Getting started from Library portal
    • Several ways to access Sociological Abstracts from Library portal:
    • 1. Set your Preferences
    • 2. Under E-Resources , select Databases > Browse Databases by Subject > Sociology & Social Work > Sociological Abstracts
    • 3. Under Search for Database/E-Journal/E-Book Title, enter Sociological Abstracts & click Search
  • 6. Build your search
    • What information are you looking for?
      • Identify general concepts
    • Ask yourself these questions:
      • What general terms relate to your search?
      • eg. Blogging and identity
        • (Bloggers or blogs or blogging) AND identity
      • Are you looking for
        • specific authors’ works?
        • specific journals?
  • 7. Refine or broaden your search: Boolean Operators
    • Use AND to combine terms
    • Use OR to broaden search
      • find synonyms, alternate
      • spellings
    • Use NOT to narrow search
      • casino gambling NOT internet gambling
    OR aged elderly casino gambling internet gambling blogging identity AND
  • 8. Refine or broaden search: Wildcard symbols
    • Asterisk * is used for
      • Truncation to retr ieve all terms with only part of the word specified
        • global* retrieves global, globally, globalisation, globalization
      • Multi-character wildcard for finding alternative spellings
          • behavi*r retrieves behaviour or behavior
  • 9. Let’s search the following topic: blog* and identity Blogging and identity blogs or blogging or bloggers identity
  • 10. Quick Search: Single Terms Enter terms in search box Click Search Tips for help
  • 11. View Results Sort options View record Results listed by publication types Look for searched terms
  • 12. View Record Save, print, email Read abstract journal title year vol & issue no pages month Mark record Look for searched terms
  • 13. Save, Print, Email & QuickBib Select ASA citation style Click to create bib Email Print Save Select format Use marked records or specify records Add comments Choose MS Word
  • 14. Bibliography created from QuickBib Check references for accuracy Save, print, email
  • 15. Check LINC for full-text Click for e-version Limit to journals collection Search journal title
  • 16. Access E-version of article
  • 17. Check LINC for journal print copy For hard copies, either Specify volume or year. or click View additional copies Search journal title Limit to journals collection
  • 18. Let’s search the following topic (phrases): life stage transitions and young adults Life stage transitions in young adults life stage transitions young adults
  • 19. Quick Search: Combining Phrases Enter phrases in search box Can limit by date range Click Search Tips for help
  • 20. View Search Results Sort by relevance Mark records Results listed by publication types View record
  • 21. View Record Read abstract journal title year vol. & issue no pages month Look for searched terms
  • 22. Save, Print, Email & QuickBib Select ASA citation style Create bib Email Print Save Select format Add comments Use marked records or specify records Choose MS Word
  • 23. Create a Bibliography using QuickBib Save, print, email Check references for accuracy
  • 24. Check LINC for full-text Click for e-version Print copies Search journal title
  • 25. Access E-journal article
  • 26. Let’s search the following topic: rap and music and youth and behavior Influence of rap music on behaviour of youths rap youths behavior music
  • 27. Advanced Search: Anywhere Enter search terms Select Anywhere
  • 28. View Results Sort by relevance Mark records
  • 29. View Record Look for searched terms
  • 30. Let’s search the following topic: males and (body image or masculinity) and magazines Representation of the male body in popular magazines males body image or masculinity magazines
  • 31. Advanced Search: Keywords field Select keywords from list of searchable fields Enter search terms
  • 32. View Results Save, print, email Searched terms occur in title, abstract & descriptors simultaneously
  • 33. View Record Save, print, email Searched terms occur in title, abstract & descriptors simultaneously
  • 34. Check LINC for full-text Click for e-version Check hard copy Search journal title
  • 35. Check LINC for full-text
  • 36. Search the following topic: social and casino* and gambl* Social implications of casino gambling social casino * gambl *
  • 37. Search the following topic: single and males and marriage and (perceptions or attitudes) Single men’s perceptions towards marriage single males perceptions or attitudes marriage
  • 38. Quick Recap…
  • 39. Quick Search Mode
    • Features
    • Enter word or words or terms in search box
      • e.g. blogging and identity
    • Searched words are not case sensitive
      • No need to use capital letters
    • Quick search defaults to Anywhere search including references if available
    • Can search for multiple words or phrases
      • e.g. life stage transitions retrieves exact phrase
    • Can limit by date range or specific databases
    • Click on Search Tips for help on building search
  • 40. View Search Results
    • Results are listed in a single combined list
      • By published works, by publication types
        • Journals
        • Peer-Reviewed Journals
        • Conferences
        • Books
      • Click on in front of Multiple Databases for results from different databases
      • Sort results by
        • Most recent first
        • Relevance rank
      • Click on descriptors for more articles on subject
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  • 41. Save, Print, Email Records & Create a Bibliography
    • Search input is repeated below search results
    • Marked records are added to ‘ Update Marked List’
    • Select record format
    • Select output options
      • Save, Print, Email marked records or specific records
    • Create a bibliography using QuickBib facility
      • Under Choose document format
        • Choose MS word
      • Under Bibliographic style
        • Choose ASA from drop-list
  • 42. Advanced Search Mode
    • Features
    • Allows for multi-searching
      • At search strategy area you can
        • Add/delete rows
        • Use drop-down menu to
          • perform field-specific searches (e.g. title, keywords )
          • construct Boolean queries (AND, OR, NOT)
        • Limit searches by
          • publication type and date
          • specifying the presentation of results
  • 43. Advanced Search mode
    • Features
    • Can search by specific fields (e.g. keywords )
      • Using the pull-down menus,
        • choose the keyword option to search the title , abstract , and descriptor s simultaneously
    • Save, print, email records
    • Create a bibliography using QuickBib facility
  • 44. Citation Manuals & Writing
    • Citation manuals
      • American Sociological Association. ASA style guide. (HM73 Ame)
      • Quick style guide for students writing Sociology papers
      • A guide to writing Sociology papers. (HM73 Gui)
      • Citation Styles in LION (Library Instruction Online)
    • Research & Writing
      • The sociology student writer's manual. (HM585 Soci 2004)
      • Studying society : the essentials. (HM571 Eva 2006 )
  • 45. Getting Help
    • Library Instruction Online
      • Online help on how to
        • cite references
        • search databases
    • Student Advisory Service
      • Help with:
        • your research topic
        • using databases
      • Information Desk 5 th Floor
      • Email: [email_address]
      • [email_address]