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Effective Literature Searching 2011

  1. 1. Brief Guide to Effective Literature Searching  Best strategies for choosing relevant resources  Using databases and keeping up to date  How to check for access to articles Judy McSorley Senior Liaison Librarian for Psychology 10.2011
  2. 2. Plan well ahead  It may take you some time to decide on your research topic/focus  It may take you longer to do your literature search than anticipated  You may need to visit other libraries or order items through inter-library loan  Not everything is freely available on the internet!
  3. 3. Plan your search  Find general background information before using more specific and recent resources  Think about the possible search terms or keywords for your topic  Arrange into broader  narrower terms  Consider any alternative terms or spellings: eg. murder/homicide or behavior/behaviour
  4. 4. Evaluating Internet Resources How do you know if a website is reputable and offers reliable information? Compare these three websites:- Which is the genuine World Trade Organization? How can you tell? Remember – P.R.O.M.P.T Provenance: who has produced it? Relevance: is it what you want? Objectivity: what are the creators interests? Method: is research explained fully? Presentation: is it clear and easily accessible? Timeliness: how recently updated?
  5. 5. Google or Google Advanced Search Compare Google searching with Advanced Search, which offers numerous refinements.
  6. 6. Or Google Scholar ??? Use the Preferences link to select notification for Middlesex accesses and save
  7. 7. Google Advanced Scholar Search
  8. 8. Library and IT Support Web Page Start from UniHub to link to Library and IT under the Your study tab.
  9. 9. Library and IT Support Web Page Scroll down the screen to Study and Research Resources These are the most useful resources for Literature Searching
  10. 10. myUniHub for alternative access to the catalogue etc. Logging in here enables access to electronic resources without further authentication.
  11. 11. myUniHub
  12. 12. Library & IT Support Web Pages
  14. 14. PsycINFO Advanced Search offers the option to “map term” which might speed up the search. It also provides the option to “Combine” searches which is not available from the Basic Search
  15. 15. PsycINFO Using single terms and Combining from Search History using AND will narrow results in a gradual but focussed way enabling evaluation of individual term results – quality and quantity. The search can be adjusted as necessary, trying different terms or revising topic.
  16. 16. PsycINFO – updating results If you create a PsycINFO Personal Account you can Save Searches, which can then be re-run. You will also be able to set up RSS feeds.
  17. 17. PsycINFO – updating results
  18. 18. PsycINFO – updating results RSS Feeds can be saved in a number of different types of web site Readers: Yahoo, Google, Bloglines or your preferred browser.
  19. 19. PsycINFO – updating results
  20. 20. RSS feeds into Google Reader
  21. 21. Social Science Citation Index
  22. 22. SSCI: Search History & Results
  23. 23. SSCI – Managing Results
  24. 24. Register and Sign In
  25. 25. Citation Alerts- set up from single record
  26. 26. Saved Searches – from Search History
  27. 27. Zetoc Alerts  Zetoc provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals published per year.  The database covers 1993 to date, and is updated on a daily basis.  It includes an email alerting service, to enable you to keep up-to-date with relevant new articles and papers. Zetoc is accessible from Learning Resources Databases listing.
  28. 28. Zetoc Alerts Use the drop down Universities menu to select Middlesex, click “Go” and login next screen with your university network login as before.
  29. 29. Zetoc Alerts Create your account with your email address and name or a search or journal name . Click Create then click the ZETOC Search button.
  30. 30. Zetoc Alerts There are options to search for articles in Journals and or conferences, plus Zetoc Alert set up. Article search
  31. 31. Zetoc Alerts The Alert can be set up for contents lists of several journal titles, and also for article Title Keyword searches
  32. 32. Zetoc Alerts  You can have a number of alerts for Contents Lists or article keywords and add to them or make changes as required.  They are set up for one year and will require renewing after that period.  Email Alerts will be sent whenever the British Library database is updated with new issues and articles relevant to your searches.
  33. 33. Finding the Journal: Full-Text: via Library Catalogue A-Z:Print & Online
  34. 34. Reference Software - RefWorks • RefWorks is the system subscribed to by Middlesex University and is for the use of Middlesex staff and students • RefWorks comprises of two parts: Bibliographic Manager – provides folders for storing your bibliographic citations – enables precise organisation of and immediate access to records Write-N-Cite – requires downloading to the desktop – use to place saved bibliographic citations directly into your own text – and to instantly create your Bibliographies in appropriate styles
  35. 35. Reference Software - RefWorks Items stored in RefWorks folders cannot be accessed after leaving the University. RefWorks can seem rather clunky and is dependent on Reference Software compatibility of databases and catalogues etc. A full comparison of the two products can be viewed here (scroll down the page) :
  36. 36. Reference Software - Mendeley Freely available software Go to the web site and create an account.
  37. 37. Reference Software - Mendeley Installing the web Importer button on the browser bar enables swift importing of citations and references from databases, Google, Amazon and other bibliographic websites into your Mendeley files and folders.
  38. 38. Reference Software RefWorks files articles into folders which are visible from drop-down folders. Mendeley displays all articles and authors on the Desktop
  39. 39. Library Subject Guides Psychology resources brought together:
  40. 40. Library Subject Guides Under the tab Searching for Journal Articles information about relevant databases and guides for using them. Also details for contacting your librarian and booking appointments.