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LIBRARY WEBSITE HIGHLIGHTS Getting Started this page provides information about the library and its services Library Tutorial a tutorial to teach basic skills for doing research and information literacy skills to find, retrieve, analyze, and use the information effectively Citation Style Guides list of links for different style guides
• Searching databases is NOT like searching Google• Databases work on KEYWORDS
WHAT ARE KEYWORDS? A keyword is: the word or words that the question is about the important words in the question Remember: some keywords are really key phrases (i.e., national parks, California missions) another way to come up with key phrases is to rework the research question into a statement
EXAMPLE QUESTION – WHAT IS THE KEYWORD/TOPIC?I want to do my research paper on obese children Keyword/topic: obese children
SYNONYMS A synonym is: word or words that mean the same as another word but are spelled differently Examples: big-large, hungry-famished, tiny-small, sleepy-tired, poisonous-venomous, pretty-beautiful Use a thesaurus to find synonyms Visual Thesaurus: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ Rogets II: The New Thesaurus : http://thesaurus.com/
EXPAND THE LIST OF KEYWORDS WITH RELATED TERMS AND SYNONYMSChild Obesity• Kid • Overweight• Minor • Fatness• Juvenile • Corpulence• Infant• Baby
5 WS AND THE HIn this example, Child Obesity, the topic is broad. Before going intothe databases, you want to narrow down your topic.A good way to narrow down your topic is to use the 5 Ws and theH idea generation strategy. In this approach we ask a series ofquestions that will expand our topic. These questions are: Who What When Where Why How
5 WS AND THE H – CHILD OBESITY Who is concerned/involved? – parents, child, educators What is the problem? – child obesity, eating disorder When is it taking place? – are you focusing on the present or some point in the past Where? – are you focusing in the US? Maryland? Largo? Why is child obesity a concern? – are you looking at it from a psychological point of view? Social? How is obesity affecting children? – psychically, emotionally, in their education, in their social environment
BOOLEAN OPERATORSUSE BOOLEAN OPERATORS to relate the terms in specific ways that will affect the results of a search.• AND• OR• NOT
ANDretrieves only articlesthat contain all theterms and will narrowthe search “child obesity” AND Maryland “child obesity” AND “eating disorder”
ORretrieves articleswith any of theterms and willbroaden the search “child obesity” OR “overweight children”
NOT eliminates articles containing the second term even when the first term is present. This will narrow the searchobesity AND children NOT adults
KEY CONCEPTS USE QUOTATION MARKS " " before and after a phrase, two or more words that must be together in a defined order. Example: “African American”, “eating disorder”, “obsessive compulsive disorder” This lets the database know that you want to search for this phrase, and not the individual words that make up the phrase.
ANATOMY OF A RESEARCH ARTICLE – BASIC PARTS1. Title2. Author (s) – an article can have one, ten or more authors3. Abstract – this is a paragraph that lets you know what the article is about, a summary4. Introduction – here is where the authors talk about their research in a general way5. Methodology – includes sample and procedures6. Results – this presents the results, usually with charts or tables7. Discussion – here the authors talk about their results8. References – a list of the sources the authors used to write their article
ACCESS To access the research databases: 1. Go to the library’s website: http://library.pgcc.edu 2. From the left side menu, click on the RESEARCH DATABASE link 3. A new page will open 4. Select the BY SUBJECT tab 5. From the left side menu (Databases by Subject) click on Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY DATABASES PsycARTICLES - is a robust database offering complete access to the full text of more than 80 landmark journals in behavioral science and related fields ranging from education, to nursing, to business, to neuroscience. Psychology Journals (ProQuest) - encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, and more. Psychology Collection - gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops and diminishes over time. Researchers will have access to hundreds of subject-appropriate full-text periodicals - many cited in the PsycINFO index.
OFF-CAMPUS ACCESSTo access the research databases from home (off-campus/remotely) you need: OWL Link username Password