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Searching Sociological Abstracts

  1. 1. SC2101 Methods of Social Research Tutorial Presented by Hayati Abdul Information Services NUS Libraries [email_address] Searching Sociological Abstracts
  2. 2. Objective s <ul><li>To help you: </li></ul><ul><li>Search Sociological Abstracts effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Search LINC, the Library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Access resources and services via the Library portal </li></ul>
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Getting started </li></ul><ul><li>Build your search </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and use your results </li></ul><ul><li>Citation styles </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on session </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sociological Abstracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LINC </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is Sociological Abstracts? <ul><li>It is a primary resource for accessing the latest research in Sociology and related disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>It provides abstracts of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers & book reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Producer: CSA Illumina , Bethesda Maryland </li></ul><ul><li>Dates of coverage: 1952-present </li></ul><ul><li>Sociological Abstracts can be accessed from CSA Illumina homepage by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>selecting Sociological Abstracts , then click on Continue to search </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Getting started from Library portal <ul><li>Several ways to access Sociological Abstracts from Library portal: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Set your Preferences </li></ul><ul><li>2. Under E-Resources , select Databases > Browse Databases by Subject > Sociology & Social Work > Sociological Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>3. Under Search for Database/E-Journal/E-Book Title, enter Sociological Abstracts & click Search </li></ul>
  6. 6. Build your search <ul><li>What information are you looking for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify general concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask yourself these questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What general terms relate to your search? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eg. Blogging and identity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Bloggers or blogs or blogging) AND identity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you looking for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>specific authors’ works? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>specific journals? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Refine or broaden your search: Boolean Operators <ul><li>Use AND to combine terms </li></ul><ul><li>Use OR to broaden search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>find synonyms, alternate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> spellings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use NOT to narrow search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>casino gambling NOT internet gambling </li></ul></ul>OR aged elderly casino gambling internet gambling blogging identity AND
  8. 8. Refine or broaden search: Wildcard symbols <ul><li>Asterisk * is used for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Truncation to retr ieve all terms with only part of the word specified </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>global* retrieves global, globally, globalisation, globalization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-character wildcard for finding alternative spellings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>behavi*r retrieves behaviour or behavior </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Let’s search the following topic: blog* and identity Blogging and identity blogs or blogging or bloggers identity
  10. 10. Quick Search: Single Terms Enter terms in search box Click Search Tips for help
  11. 11. View Results Sort options View record Results listed by publication types Look for searched terms
  12. 12. View Record Save, print, email Read abstract journal title year vol & issue no pages month Mark record Look for searched terms
  13. 13. Save, Print, Email & QuickBib Select ASA citation style Click to create bib Email Print Save Select format Use marked records or specify records Add comments Choose MS Word
  14. 14. Bibliography created from QuickBib Check references for accuracy Save, print, email
  15. 15. Check LINC for full-text Click for e-version Limit to journals collection Search journal title
  16. 16. Access E-version of article
  17. 17. Check LINC for journal print copy For hard copies, either Specify volume or year. or click View additional copies Search journal title Limit to journals collection
  18. 18. Let’s search the following topic (phrases): life stage transitions and young adults Life stage transitions in young adults life stage transitions young adults
  19. 19. Quick Search: Combining Phrases Enter phrases in search box Can limit by date range Click Search Tips for help
  20. 20. View Search Results Sort by relevance Mark records Results listed by publication types View record
  21. 21. View Record Read abstract journal title year vol. & issue no pages month Look for searched terms
  22. 22. Save, Print, Email & QuickBib Select ASA citation style Create bib Email Print Save Select format Add comments Use marked records or specify records Choose MS Word
  23. 23. Create a Bibliography using QuickBib Save, print, email Check references for accuracy
  24. 24. Check LINC for full-text Click for e-version Print copies Search journal title
  25. 25. Access E-journal article
  26. 26. Let’s search the following topic: rap and music and youth and behavior Influence of rap music on behaviour of youths rap youths behavior music
  27. 27. Advanced Search: Anywhere Enter search terms Select Anywhere
  28. 28. View Results Sort by relevance Mark records
  29. 29. View Record Look for searched terms
  30. 30. Let’s search the following topic: males and (body image or masculinity) and magazines Representation of the male body in popular magazines males body image or masculinity magazines
  31. 31. Advanced Search: Keywords field Select keywords from list of searchable fields Enter search terms
  32. 32. View Results Save, print, email Searched terms occur in title, abstract & descriptors simultaneously
  33. 33. View Record Save, print, email Searched terms occur in title, abstract & descriptors simultaneously
  34. 34. Check LINC for full-text Click for e-version Check hard copy Search journal title
  35. 35. Check LINC for full-text
  36. 36. Search the following topic: social and casino* and gambl* Social implications of casino gambling social casino * gambl *
  37. 37. Search the following topic: single and males and marriage and (perceptions or attitudes) Single men’s perceptions towards marriage single males perceptions or attitudes marriage
  38. 38. Quick Recap…
  39. 39. Quick Search Mode <ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Enter word or words or terms in search box </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. blogging and identity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Searched words are not case sensitive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No need to use capital letters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quick search defaults to Anywhere search including references if available </li></ul><ul><li>Can search for multiple words or phrases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. life stage transitions retrieves exact phrase </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can limit by date range or specific databases </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Search Tips for help on building search </li></ul>
  40. 40. View Search Results <ul><li>Results are listed in a single combined list </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By published works, by publication types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peer-Reviewed Journals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on in front of Multiple Databases for results from different databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sort results by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most recent first </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relevance rank </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on descriptors for more articles on subject </li></ul></ul>+
  41. 41. Save, Print, Email Records & Create a Bibliography <ul><li>Search input is repeated below search results </li></ul><ul><li>Marked records are added to ‘ Update Marked List’ </li></ul><ul><li>Select record format </li></ul><ul><li>Select output options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Save, Print, Email marked records or specific records </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create a bibliography using QuickBib facility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Under Choose document format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose MS word </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Under Bibliographic style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose ASA from drop-list </li></ul></ul></ul>
  42. 42. Advanced Search Mode <ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for multi-searching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At search strategy area you can </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add/delete rows </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use drop-down menu to </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>perform field-specific searches (e.g. title, keywords ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>construct Boolean queries (AND, OR, NOT) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limit searches by </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>publication type and date </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>specifying the presentation of results </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  43. 43. Advanced Search mode <ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Can search by specific fields (e.g. keywords ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the pull-down menus, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>choose the keyword option to search the title , abstract , and descriptor s simultaneously </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Save, print, email records </li></ul><ul><li>Create a bibliography using QuickBib facility </li></ul>
  44. 44. Citation Manuals & Writing <ul><li>Citation manuals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Sociological Association. ASA style guide. (HM73 Ame) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick style guide for students writing Sociology papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A guide to writing Sociology papers. (HM73 Gui) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation Styles in LION (Library Instruction Online) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research & Writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The sociology student writer's manual. (HM585 Soci 2004) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studying society : the essentials. (HM571 Eva 2006 ) </li></ul></ul>
  45. 45. Getting Help <ul><li>Library Instruction Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online help on how to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cite references </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>search databases </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Advisory Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help with: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>your research topic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>using databases </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Desk 5 th Floor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> [email_address] </li></ul></ul>