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UCO Library: Health and Community Studies - Year Three - Literature Study


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This is a presentation delivered to Year Three students on the BSc(Hons) Health and Community Studies course at University Campus Oldham ( in October 2013. It covers a range of information sources of interest to students starting their final year Literature Study including Summon and other University of Huddersfield databases ( and provides tips and information on effective and informed searching.

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UCO Library: Health and Community Studies - Year Three - Literature Study

  1. 1. Health and Community Studies Year Three: Literature Study
  2. 2.  Work to do before you search  Refresher on Summon and new features of Summon 2.0  Search for relevant journals  Other health &community resources  Practice (I’m here to help!)
  3. 3. “A good literature review is an organised, balanced and critical overview of published work relevant to the topic. “
  4. 4. “It should summarise the literature studied, critically comment on at least some of the sources used, and outline the current level of understanding in terms of published theory and research.”
  5. 5. “All the references cited should be relevant and current. A general guide is to only include references from the last 5 years, unless the work referred to is seminal, used as a historical source, or selected for any other specific reason which should be stated. You may wish to explore the currency of your sources with your supervisor.”
  6. 6.  Dates you searched  Name of search engine or system  Names of the sources (database or website)  Categories, key words, limitations, etc  Ways in which you broadened or narrowed the search  A comment on how many "hits" you found
  7. 7. Search terms     Think about alternatives Think about phrases Think broadly Think more specifically
  8. 8. /english-thesaurus
  9. 9. Books/ebooks/websites/newspapers etc may not be suitable to use in your Literature Study but will help you understand the subject AND help you with Search Terms
  10. 10. New look and new features
  11. 11.  Limit by date range  Sort by date order  Limit by item type (ebooks, journal articles, etc)  Use Advanced Search to search in different fields (title, abstract, etc)
  12. 12. On the results page, click the Down arrow next to the Search button
  13. 13. Searching inside the title or abstract of an article helps to narrow your results
  14. 14.  Use “phrase searching” to be more specific  Use truncation to broaden your results
  15. 15.  Search multiple variations of the same word, eg. Communication Communications Communicated Communicates
  16. 16. Use the asterisk* to say: I want anything that starts like this… For child, children, chil dhood, child’s, chil dcare
  17. 17. Communication Here’s the tricky bit.... Where do you put the asterisk?
  18. 18. Communicat* Communication Communications Communicating Communicated
  19. 19. Use with caution! Comm* Community, Communism, Commentary Communication* You won’t get Communicated, Communicating
  20. 20. Use with caution! Remember, you are broadening your search You may get too much!
  21. 21. Be specific Put it in “quotation marks”
  22. 22. “Residential care” and “Elderly people”
  23. 23. Use with caution! “Misdiagnosis of dementia and it’s impact on residential care in North West England” This is a sentence, not a phrase!
  24. 24. Putting individual words in quotation marks is “no” benefit at all.
  25. 25.   Think broadly (what would relevant journals be called?) Think laterally (think of all the relevant disciplines)
  26. 26.        Social work in health care Health and social care in the community Journal of youth and adolescence Child & youth services Children and youth services review Health promotion practice International journal of health promotion and education Choose a journal (or find one yourself) and try searching inside it for articles
  27. 27. The articles that this author has referenced *Example from CINAHL The articles that have referenced this article
  28. 28. Search for databases by title or browse by subject area
  29. 29.  Think about your subject…  Which is the closest matching discipline (Nursing? Social Work? Sociology?)  Choose a discipline to find lots of useful databases and links to websites
  30. 30. Listed under Nursing:  CINAHL  Medline Listed under Social Work  Social Care Online  Community Care Inform
  31. 31. There’s no easy answer! Picture courtesy of Hannah K on Flickr:
  32. 32. NB: Not updated since June 2010!!
  33. 33. These journals are freely published, but high quality and peer reviewed
  34. 34. Some of these journals you will find on Summon, but not all – it’s worth a search
  35. 35. Photo courtesy of Marco Bellucci on Flickr:
  36. 36. Tel: 0161 344 8888 Email: Or just come and ask 
  37. 37. Thanks for listening!