Finding articles for your research

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Finding articles for your research

  1. 1. Finding Articles for your Research By Kristin Kroger, MLIS kk663@nova.edu or 954-262-3117
  2. 2. Choose the right database(s)
  3. 3. Identify search terms: • To find/identify search terms: – read background information about the topic. (ex) Look up your topic in a medical dictionary or use the Credo Reference database and its concept mapping feature to find search terms
  4. 4. Best Practices: • Use one word or concept for each search box. • If you must use a phrase, put them in quotation marks or parentheses: "over the counter"
  5. 5. How are the results ranked/displayed? • Use truncation (Example: therap* will look for keywords such as therapy AND therapies AND therapists) • Don't use "effect of" or "cause of"- databases do not apply logic to your searches
  6. 6. • Look at the Subjects listed for each article as well as the article titles. • Articles probably won’t "match" your search exactly.
  7. 7. 5 Common researching mistakes
  8. 8. 1. Looking for ARTICLE titles that exactly match your topic. • You will miss important articles • Articles related to your topic will have data you can use
  9. 9. 2. Search terms are too narrow or too broad. • If your result list is too small, try broadening your topic or any of your limiters geographic location, date range age of population. – (EX) change Invisalign to dental appliances OR – Fort Lauderdale to Florida or United States • If your result list is over 1,000 articles - limit your search by date, subject or other factors
  10. 10. 3. Missing citation pearls. • If you find an excellent article, select the author or subject links to find more like it. Use the ‘Find Similar’ or ‘Related citations’ option
  11. 11. 4. Forgetting to save searches & search terms that produce great results in [Your Folder] for future reference. • You can rerun your searches and uncover newer articles during your research time period • You may change the direction of your search and need to remember how you found your original articles
  12. 12. 5. Choosing a topic that is too specific • If you narrow your topic before researching too much, you may have difficulty articles. • It is often easier to pick your [talking/writing] points after seeing what information exists in the literature
  13. 13. Tips & Tricks
  14. 14. • Some journals print a theme-based issue once or twice per year-see the other articles in the same issue for more information on your topic. • Some journals are perfect for researching your topic. Search within that journal to find more information. (ex) Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare
  15. 15. • Try researching using your author names. Often authors write more than one article about a specific topic. • Go citation surfing! Look at the reference list for your article, you're bound to find one or two gems.

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