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PRS3999 November 2013

Literature searching for
your dissertation
http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
Today we will cover…
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Searching for journal articles
Thinking about keywords
Searching databases for articles on...
Library subject guide for PRS
Reading Lists
What is a journal?
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Similar to magazines
Academic subjects
Current research
Peer reviewed
Published regu...
What is in a journal database?

• Example from Medline.
• Find these pieces of information in the record:
Journal Title, I...
Finding a specific article
myUniHub > My Study > My Library

Select Library Catalogue, choose
A-Z and then Journal Title
Finding a specific article

Choose A-Z

Change to
Journal A-Z

Search for
journal title
Find the article pdf
Tombs, S. (1999) Death and work in Britain The
Sociological Review Vol. 47 (2) pages 345-367
Almond, ...
Thinking about search terms

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
The real thing
Your project - Have you thought about?
• Search terms
• Alternative terms

• More specific terms
• Related ...
Searching for articles on a topic:

Google Scholar
Searching for articles on a topic:

Summon

Select Summon and try a search
Summon 2.0 results
Searching for articles on a topic:

Journal databases
• Peer reviewed articles
• Information not available
elsewhere
• Up-...
A few search tips…
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•

Use specific keywords (not sentences)
Think of alternatives
Flood* = Flood or Floods or Floo...
Accessing journal databases

MyUniHub
My Study

My Library

Library subject guide:
Public health, Risk, Safety &
Environme...
Try these databases…
Science Direct
• Full text online journals collection

Medline
• Biomedical references

Barbour
• Bes...
Web of Science
(Science Citation Index)

Choose only the
databases that
are relevant:
Science Direct
To get full-text only:

Choose Advanced
Search, then the
Journals tab

Select Subscribed
journals and Open
...
Medline
Barbour estates and facilities
management
But it’s not in the Library….
• Inter Library Loans
– myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Inter Library Loans
– Log in: Com...
Is it reliable?
Evaluating information
• Think about:
– Authority
– Relevance
– Intent
– Objectivity
– Currency
Referencing
Managing your references
• Use bibliographic management software
• RefWorks
• myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary >
Databases >...
Keeping in touch
• Library Facebook Middlesex University Library

• Library Twitter http://twitter.com/MDXLibrary
• Writin...
Need help?

Librarians - Specialist Zone (1st floor)
11-3 Monday - Friday (on call 9-11, 3-5)
Ask a Librarian
http://askal...
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  1. 1. PRS3999 November 2013 Literature searching for your dissertation http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
  2. 2. Today we will cover… • • • • • Searching for journal articles Thinking about keywords Searching databases for articles on a topic Accessing full-text online Referencing and RefWorks
  3. 3. Library subject guide for PRS
  4. 4. Reading Lists
  5. 5. What is a journal? • • • • • • • • • Similar to magazines Academic subjects Current research Peer reviewed Published regularly Well qualified authors Unbiased, objective Abstracts References
  6. 6. What is in a journal database? • Example from Medline. • Find these pieces of information in the record: Journal Title, Issue, Article title, Volume, Page Numbers, Date, Author/s • Is there an Abstract?
  7. 7. Finding a specific article myUniHub > My Study > My Library Select Library Catalogue, choose A-Z and then Journal Title
  8. 8. Finding a specific article Choose A-Z Change to Journal A-Z Search for journal title
  9. 9. Find the article pdf Tombs, S. (1999) Death and work in Britain The Sociological Review Vol. 47 (2) pages 345-367 Almond, P. (2006) An inspector’s-eye view: the prospective enforcement of work-related fatality cases British Journal of Criminology Vol. 46 pages 893-916 Baldock, R., James, P., Smallbone, D., Vickers, I. (2006) Influences on small-firm compliance-related behaviour: the case of workplace health and safety Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy Vol.24 pages 827-846
  10. 10. Thinking about search terms http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
  11. 11. The real thing Your project - Have you thought about? • Search terms • Alternative terms • More specific terms • Related subjects • False positives
  12. 12. Searching for articles on a topic: Google Scholar
  13. 13. Searching for articles on a topic: Summon Select Summon and try a search
  14. 14. Summon 2.0 results
  15. 15. Searching for articles on a topic: Journal databases • Peer reviewed articles • Information not available elsewhere • Up-to-date • Your subjects • Full-text access • Access on/off campus • Personalize • Citation and journal impact info
  16. 16. A few search tips… • • • • • Use specific keywords (not sentences) Think of alternatives Flood* = Flood or Floods or Flooding, etc “Risk management” for set phrase Try Advanced search to combine words – e.g. flood AND policy – e.g. risk OR hazard
  17. 17. Accessing journal databases MyUniHub My Study My Library Library subject guide: Public health, Risk, Safety & Environment Resources tab Finding journal articles/ Using databases
  18. 18. Try these databases… Science Direct • Full text online journals collection Medline • Biomedical references Barbour • Best practice, guidance, law for practitioners Web of Science (Science Citation Index) • Key science & technical journal references
  19. 19. Web of Science (Science Citation Index) Choose only the databases that are relevant:
  20. 20. Science Direct To get full-text only: Choose Advanced Search, then the Journals tab Select Subscribed journals and Open Access articles Select 2003 to present
  21. 21. Medline
  22. 22. Barbour estates and facilities management
  23. 23. But it’s not in the Library…. • Inter Library Loans – myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Inter Library Loans – Log in: Complete form – PDF link to article via email – Takes 2 days or so – £3 charge • Sconul Access – http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
  24. 24. Is it reliable?
  25. 25. Evaluating information • Think about: – Authority – Relevance – Intent – Objectivity – Currency
  26. 26. Referencing
  27. 27. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • How to guides: – http://bit.ly/RefWorkshelp
  28. 28. Keeping in touch • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter http://twitter.com/MDXLibrary • Writing help - Learner Development Unit http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/ldu/index.aspx • Middlesex University app
  29. 29. Need help? Librarians - Specialist Zone (1st floor) 11-3 Monday - Friday (on call 9-11, 3-5) Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/ Library Subject Guide: Public Health, Risk, Safety & Environment http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/prs

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