Information Search in Psychology : a tutorial for Psychology freshmen


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  • Information Search in Psychology : a tutorial for Psychology freshmen

    1. 1. Information Search in Psychology Gerrie Kow Email: [email_address] Aug 21st, 2008
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>To introduce you to the basics of literature search. </li></ul><ul><li>To familiarize you with searching for materials in LINC+ and Advanced Search. </li></ul><ul><li>To give you a basic introduction to PsycINFO. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Learning Outcomes <ul><li>At the end of the session you will: </li></ul><ul><li>Decode references. </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to locate relevant Psychology material in LINC+. </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to find specific journal articles in PsycINFO. </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to find material relating to a specific topic in PsycINFO. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Outline <ul><li>Identify sources for research </li></ul><ul><li>LINC+ </li></ul><ul><li>PsycINFO </li></ul><ul><li>Information Challenge!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Getting help </li></ul>
    5. 5. Sources for Research <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of topic with a fair amount of detail. </li></ul><ul><li>Good source for further reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Academic/By scholars for scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Latest developments & research findings </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>- Collection of many e-journals, e-books, conference proceedings, book chapters, statistics, newspaper articles, etc. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Evaluating Sources <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>What credentials are listed for the authors? </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information presented objective or biased? </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information well supported by references? </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information updated? </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriateness </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information what you need? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Decoding References <ul><li>Book </li></ul><ul><li>Kmoisar, L. (1991). The new feminism </li></ul><ul><li>(3rd ed.). New York: Franklin Watts. </li></ul>Author Publication Year Title Place of Publication Publisher Edition Statement Author Publication Year Title Author Publication Year Publisher Title Author Publication Year Place of Publication Publisher Title Author Publication Year
    8. 8. <ul><li>Book Chapter </li></ul><ul><li>Coleman, P. C. (1999). Identity management in later life. In R. T. Woods (Ed.), Psychological problems of ageing: Assessment, treatment and care (pp. 49-72). New York: Wiley. </li></ul>Decoding References Author Year of Pub Chapter Title Book Title Editor Place of Pub & Publisher Page nos.
    9. 9. <ul><li>Journal Article </li></ul><ul><li>Boey, K. M. (1998). Social network and the subjective well-being of the elderly in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, 8 , 5-15. </li></ul>Decoding References Author of article Year of Pub Article Title Source/Journal Title Vol./Iss. Nos. Page nos.
    10. 10. <ul><li>LINC+ DEMO </li></ul><ul><li>Title (Book & Journal) </li></ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><li>Call Number </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword (Basic) </li></ul><ul><li>- Keyword (Advanced Search) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Member Login Help Opening Hours Portal ( Search Our Library Catalogue Using LINC+, LINC or Advanced Search Search for Electronic Resources in Databases, E-Journals & E-Books Search for Exam Papers & Your Reading Lists Library News & Events
    12. 12. Let’s Search! Nevid, J. S. (2007). Psychology and the challenges of life : Adjustment in the new millennium (10th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
    13. 13. Titles in LINC+: Books
    14. 14. Titles in LINC+: Books Facets Tag Cloud Your account By Relevance
    15. 15. Titles in LINC+: Books
    16. 16. Let’s Search! Maki, R.H. (1982). Categorization effects which occur in comparative judgment tasks. Memory & Cognition, 10, 252-264.
    17. 17. Titles in LINC+: Journals
    18. 18. Titles in LINC+: Journals
    19. 19. Titles in LINC+: Journals Information about print holdings Link to e-version See TOC, make requests
    20. 20. Requesting for Journals in MyLINC Click to see all vols.
    21. 21. Requesting for Journals in MyLINC
    22. 22. Requesting for Journals in MyLINC
    23. 23. Requesting for Journals in MyLINC
    24. 24. Patron Record: View Your Loans See/Cancel requests Renew items
    25. 25. Patron Record: View Your Requests Cancel requests
    26. 26. Authors in LINC+
    27. 27. Call Numbers in LINC
    28. 28. Call Numbers in LINC
    29. 29. Keywords in LINC+ (Basic) <ul><li>You need to identify key concepts or keywords in your research question. </li></ul><ul><li>For e.g. </li></ul>To what extent should the corporal punishment of children be considered a kind of child abuse ? Keywords would be: corporal punishment, child abuse
    30. 30. Keywords in LINC+
    31. 31. Keywords in LINC+
    32. 32. Results refined by tag “discipline of children”
    33. 33. Broadening your search Click to see a list of material with this subject heading See TOC, make requests
    34. 34. Advanced Keyword Search: searching deeper <ul><li>Identify alternative keywords. </li></ul>To what extent should the corporal punishment of children be considered a kind of child abuse? Keywords would be: corporal/physical punishment, child/children abuse
    35. 35. Advanced Keyword Search: searching deeper <ul><li>(2) Add Boolean Operators (and, or, not) </li></ul>Both terms must appear One or other may appear One term may appear but not the other punishment abuse punishment abuse abuse punishment
    36. 36. Use of * and round parentheses ( ) <ul><li>Use * for variant forms of term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>child* = child, children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>punish* = punish, punishes, punishment, punishing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use ( ) for grouping words or phrases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(interethnic or interracial) and dating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>= interracial dating, interethnic dating </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(teen* or adolescen*) and pregnancy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>= teenage pregnancy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>= adolescent pregnancy </li></ul></ul></ul>
    37. 37. Advanced Keyword Search: searching deeper Alternative keywords Brackets Wildcard (corporal or physical) punishment and child* abuse corporal/physical punishment child/children abuse To what extent should the corporal punishment of children be considered a kind of child abuse?
    38. 38. Enter search strategy in Advanced Search
    39. 39. Retrieve more results
    40. 40. Resources previously not discovered Book Chapter
    41. 41. What is PsycINFO? <ul><li>PsycINFO is an electronic database produced by the American Psychological Association (APA). </li></ul><ul><li>It provides abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. </li></ul><ul><li>It provides access to dissertations, book chapters covering empirical studies, case studies, surveys, literature reviews, conference reports, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage: 1806-present. </li></ul>
    42. 42. Accessing PsycINFO from the Library portal
    43. 43. <ul><li>PsycINFO DEMO </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Search </li></ul><ul><li>Find Citations </li></ul><ul><li>Search Tools </li></ul>
    44. 44. Let’s search! Discuss the relationship between gender differences and verbal ability. Keywords: gender differences and verbal ability
    45. 45. PsycINFO: Basic Search
    46. 46. PsycINFO: Results Display
    47. 47. PsycINFO: Full Text
    48. 48. Library Holdings
    49. 49. Let’s search! Does exposure to media violence and pornography produce aggression in viewers? Keywords: media violence, pornography, aggression Limits: English Language, 2003-2007
    50. 50. Find the full text of this article in PsycINFO Kosut, M. (2006). Mad artists and tattooed perverts. Deviant Behavior, 7 , 73-95. How?
    51. 51. Find Citation
    52. 52. Search Tools: Map Term
    53. 53. Search Tools: Map Term
    54. 54. Search Tools: Thesaurus
    55. 55. <ul><li>Information Challenge!!! </li></ul>
    56. 56. Can You Remember How? Press, W. H., Flannery, B. P., Teukolsky, S. A., & Vetterling, W. T. (1993). Numerical recipes: The art of scientific computing . Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. <ul><li>What is the call number? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the ISBN number? </li></ul>Task 1: Look for this item using LINC+
    57. 57. Can You Remember How? <ul><li>What is the location? </li></ul><ul><li>Show me the table of contents. </li></ul>Balota, D. A., Ferraro, F. R., & Connor, L. T. (1991). On the early influence of meaning in word recognition: A review of the literature. In P. J. Schwanenflugel (Ed.), The psychology of word meanings (pp. 187-222). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. Task 2: Look for this item using LINC+
    58. 58. Can You Remember How? Seidenberg, M. S., Waters, G. S., Barnes, M. A., & Tanenhaus, M. K. (1984). When does irregular spelling or pronunciation influence word recognition? Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 23 , 383-404. <ul><li>Earliest print volume/year that the library has? </li></ul>Task 3: Look for this item using LINC+
    59. 59. <ul><li>Heathcote, A., Popiel, S. J., & Mewhort, D. J. K. (1991). Analysis of response time distributions: An example using the Stroop task. Psychological Bulletin, 109 , 340–347. </li></ul>Note: Full Text needs to be displayed on screen Can You Remember How? Task 4: Find the full text of this journal article in PsycInfo.
    60. 60. Can You Remember How? <ul><li>Task 5: Basic Search in PsycINFO </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords: undergraduates infatuation marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Condition: “Include Related Terms” must be ticked </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to: English Language, 1995-2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Sort by: Descending Publication Year (newest to oldest) </li></ul>
    61. 61. Getting Help: Subject Guide
    62. 62. Getting Help: Subject Guide
    63. 63. Getting More Help <ul><li>Information Level 5 </li></ul>Reception Level 4 Email us: [email_address] Call us: 6516-2028 Visit us: