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Eresearch strategies

  1. 1. NUF: Electronic Information Research Prof. Linda Rath Graduate Services Librarian [email_address] 646.312.1622
  2. 2. Today’s workshop … <ul><li>focuses on research for capstone paper </li></ul><ul><li>is geared for “remote” research (off-campus and/or outside NYC) </li></ul><ul><li>will have demonstrations & hands-on exercises, step-by-step research process </li></ul>
  3. 3. You will be able to … <ul><li>build basic search strategies (Boolean) </li></ul><ul><li>identify relevant library databases </li></ul><ul><li>find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles </li></ul><ul><li>find the full-text of articles </li></ul><ul><li>identify “local” resources </li></ul>
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  5. 5. <ul><li>Multidisciplinary databases: </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Search Complete </li></ul><ul><li>JSTOR (historical) </li></ul>Academic & Scholarly Articles (Peer Reviewed) Analytical Sources Newman Library: *also contains scholarly/peer-reviewed articles Books Reports/ Papers Statistics <ul><li>Subject specific databases: </li></ul><ul><li>Education Full Text </li></ul><ul><li>Medline </li></ul><ul><li>Social Sciences Full Text </li></ul><ul><li>and etc. </li></ul><ul><li>CUNY+ </li></ul><ul><li>Local library catalog </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat </li></ul><ul><li>PAIS International * </li></ul><ul><li>PolicyFile </li></ul><ul><li>websites (think tanks, govt., etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Statistical Abstract of the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>TableBase </li></ul><ul><li>websites (local/state/fed govt, etc.) </li></ul>News Sources Lexis Nexis Academic, Factiva, Ethnic Newswatch * Alt-Press Watch * , websites (organizations, associations, government, etc.) Sources for Capstone Paper
  6. 6. Topic Development <ul><li>Choose topic that interests you </li></ul><ul><li>Is topic too broad or too narrow? </li></ul><ul><li>Work within your time constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss topic with your advisor </li></ul>
  7. 7. Identify the Key Concepts - exercise <ul><li>How can web 2.0 tools be used to effectively promote health literacy to the Hispanic/Latina community? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Brainstorm stage- Create Keywords List for searching Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of keywords: <ul><li>What other terms can be used to describe your concept(s)? (synonyms, related terms, names of people and places, phrases, dates, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>What broad or specific terms can be used? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Brainstorm stage- Exercise 1 handout: Class responses Create Keywords List for searching Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of keywords: <ul><li>Group 1’s responses </li></ul>Web 2.0 <ul><li>Group 2’s responses </li></ul>health literacy <ul><li>Group 3’s responses </li></ul>Latina/Hispanic
  10. 10. Brainstorm stage- possible keywords Create Keywords List for searching <ul><li>web, web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>internet, online </li></ul><ul><li>social media </li></ul><ul><li>social network(ing) </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>community </li></ul><ul><li>Latina/o </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic(s), H. Americans </li></ul><ul><li>women, gender </li></ul><ul><li>ethnicity </li></ul><ul><li>culturally relevant </li></ul><ul><li>minorities </li></ul><ul><li>public health </li></ul><ul><li>health education </li></ul><ul><li>health knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>education, instruction </li></ul><ul><li>medical informatics </li></ul><ul><li>information sources, information </li></ul><ul><li>e-health </li></ul>Web 2.0 health literacy Latina/Hispanic Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of keywords:
  11. 11. Identify appropriate databases <ul><li>Go to the Newman Library’s databases page and use “Search for a Database by selecting Subject” </li></ul><ul><li>Go to NUF Library Guide, Finding Articles tab - Key NUF Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Identify public library or local university library databases (if open to public) </li></ul>Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of databases:
  12. 12. Identify databases: Exercise 2 Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of databases: <ul><li>Group 1’s responses </li></ul><ul><li>Group 3’s responses </li></ul><ul><li>Group 2’s responses </li></ul>Web 2.0 health literacy Latina/Hispanic
  13. 13. Identify databases class exercise (possible, suggested databases) Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of databases: <ul><li>Academic Search Complete </li></ul><ul><li>Communication & Mass Media Complete </li></ul><ul><li>Sage Journals: Communication Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Business Source Complete </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Search Complete </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic Newswatch </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Search Complete </li></ul><ul><li>MEDLINE </li></ul><ul><li>Social Sciences Full Text </li></ul><ul><li>ERIC (Ebscohost) </li></ul><ul><li>PAIS International </li></ul>Web 2.0 health literacy Latina/Hispanic
  14. 14. Searching a database <ul><li>Boolean operators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AND </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use AND, OR and (…) to combine your keywords </li></ul><ul><li>(see handout) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Searching a database How many records do we find using the search terms below? (Exercise 3)
  16. 16. Demonstration: Searching a database Try again, using different keywords from your list. How many records now? (Exercise 4)
  17. 17. Searching a database <ul><li>Field (or segment) searching looks for keywords within a specific area of a database record, such as title, author, subject, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Proximity searching finds words near each other. (Check Help pages in database.) </li></ul><ul><li>Truncate/Truncation symbol searches for variant endings to the root of a word. (Example: comput* finds computer or computing) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Boolean Logic Exercises Fields/segments Proximity searching, within 3 words of each other Exercise 5: Changing Fields and Proximity
  19. 19. Boolean Logic Exercises Exercise 6: Changing Fields and Truncation
  20. 20. Searching a database Click on the “Find it!” button to see if the full-text can be found in another Newman Library database.
  21. 21. Searching a database You can limit your search results to “Scholarly” or “Peer Reviewed.” PAIS International database Academic Search Complete database
  22. 22. E-journal/Newspaper Demo <ul><li>How to determine if the journal you want is available electronically in a Newman Library database </li></ul>
  23. 23. E-journal/Newspaper @ Newman <ul><li>Library homepage  </li></ul><ul><li>”Journals/Magazines” link  </li></ul><ul><li>“Full Text Journal” link  </li></ul><ul><li>Type in title of journal  </li></ul><ul><li>If database(s) appears, check years of coverage </li></ul>See Handout: Exercise 7
  24. 24. Information Management <ul><li>Use the Research Worksheet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PDF on NUF Library Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use citation management software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RefWorks (library database) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zotero (firefox extension) </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Citing Information <ul><li>Use a style guide (APA, MLA, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>A good online source for help is: Purdue’s OWL: </li></ul><ul><li>Many databases have output options (email, print, etc. in APA, MLA and etc.) </li></ul>
  26. 26. “ Local” Resources <ul><li>Public library systems </li></ul><ul><li>Academic libraries (one that has programs covering your topic) </li></ul><ul><li>Find a library, Exercise : Go here & type in your home zip code. </li></ul>