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Library and Information Services Planning a search strategy Searching techniques
Search strategy- step one <ul><li>Spend some time to clarify and define your research topic </li></ul><ul><li>Break down s...
Step two <ul><li>Think about the search words </li></ul><ul><li>Generic words can be omitted   eg: discuss, assess, import...
Step three <ul><li>Linking search words together </li></ul><ul><li>AND search  –  combining two different subjects togethe...
Step four <ul><li>Choosing your database </li></ul><ul><li>Consider subject area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PsycINFO /PsycARTIC...
Step five <ul><li>Searching and modifying online </li></ul><ul><li>Different databases will use different search terms to ...
Step six <ul><li>Relevant results retrieved! </li></ul><ul><li>Is the item full text? – go direct to article, perhaps link...
Useful links <ul><li>Counselling subject page </li></ul><ul><li>List of journals </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorial about searchin...
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Counselling search strategy

  1. 1. Library and Information Services Planning a search strategy Searching techniques
  2. 2. Search strategy- step one <ul><li>Spend some time to clarify and define your research topic </li></ul><ul><li>Break down search topic into sections </li></ul><ul><li>Think of Keywords to describe the topic </li></ul>
  3. 3. Step two <ul><li>Think about the search words </li></ul><ul><li>Generic words can be omitted eg: discuss, assess, importance </li></ul><ul><li>Consider alternative terms eg: multicultural or crosscultural </li></ul><ul><li>Word endings, plurals: truncate using asterisks eg: counsel* therap* </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative spellings: use asterisks in middle of word eg: counsel*ing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step three <ul><li>Linking search words together </li></ul><ul><li>AND search – combining two different subjects together eg: counselling and refugees </li></ul><ul><li>OR search – alternative or similar words eg: counsellor or therapist </li></ul><ul><li>Words as a phrase eg: “brief therapy” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step four <ul><li>Choosing your database </li></ul><ul><li>Consider subject area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PsycINFO /PsycARTICLES (EBSCO) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cinahl (EBSCO) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic OneFile –electronic journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>British education index </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Step five <ul><li>Searching and modifying online </li></ul><ul><li>Different databases will use different search terms to describe same subject </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment with different search words </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to searching within different indexes eg: subject, title, author </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to years of publication </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to type of document eg: books, book chapters, journal articles, conference papers, reports. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step six <ul><li>Relevant results retrieved! </li></ul><ul><li>Is the item full text? – go direct to article, perhaps linking via e-journal finder </li></ul><ul><li>Is it held in the Library? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, articles and books can be requested on Interlibrary-loan. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Useful links <ul><li>Counselling subject page </li></ul><ul><li>List of journals </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorial about searching PsycINFO </li></ul><ul><li>Searching tips </li></ul><ul><li>How to plan a search strategy </li></ul>

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