Health theories & behaviour: finding articles EYates March 2014

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Health theories & behaviour: finding articles EYates March 2014

  1. 1. Health & behaviour: finding articles Elizabeth Yates, Health Sciences Librarian March 2014
  2. 2. Today’s outcomes You will recall strategies for: • Finding articles using keywords, synonyms, and exact phrase searching in SuperSearch • Using the Health Sciences Research Guide as a portal to scholarly information resources • Pros and cons of Google Scholar
  3. 3. Think like a search engine
  4. 4. What’s a keyword? -usually a noun -main concepts in research topic -word versus phrases/sentences -start with 1-2 keywords; add more to focus search
  5. 5. Topic: Theory + content/context e.g. “Theory of planned behaviour” + diet Strategy: search your theory as an exact phrase and pair with keyword(s) for your content area Think of content synonyms e.g. diet: • nutrition • food • eating
  6. 6. Find articles Research Guide for Health Sciences – Library website > left nav menu “Research Guides by Program” – Find articles tab Pro Tip: Use this guide as your one-stop shop for scholarly information resources
  7. 7. Best bet: SuperSearch 1. Refine your results: select “Scholarly (Peer-reviewed) Journals” 2. Slide the Publication Date to adjust time period 3. Select “Subject” to find results focused on a specific aspect of your topic 4. Use “quotes” to search for an exact phrase 5. Use * to search for variations of a word ending e.g. behav*(behaviour, behavior) 6. Add another keyword to find results focused on a specific aspect of your topic
  8. 8. Pro Tips: save time >Find a good article? Check the subject/keywords, references and “cited by” for clues to other good articles: save time! >Scroll down: first result may not be the best
  9. 9. Google Scholar & SuperSearch Google Scholar SuperSearch -broad scope -don’t know where you are searching -broad scope -you can discover what journals are being searched -many options for focused searching e.g. by subject, format, title, abstract etc. -few options for focused searching Pro Tip: Both tools are great – choose the one that’s best for your search
  10. 10. Google Scholar Research Guide for Health Sciences – Library website > left nav menu “Research Guides by Program” • http://researchguides.library.brocku.ca/CHS • Find Articles tab • Google Scholar • Advanced search (pull down tab) TIP: Click “More” for copy & paste citation
  11. 11. Help with APA style Research Guide for Health Sciences – Library website > left nav menu “Research Guides by Program” • http://researchguides.library.brocku.ca/CHS • Writing and Citing tab
  12. 12. Getting help • Chat/text/email us • Visit our Help Desk • Click on the Help tab to search topics by Category • Contact me: eyates@brocku.ca
  13. 13. Summing up

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