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Resources for Sociology Research : a Tutorial for Honours Year & Graduate Students

  1. 1. Resources for Research in Sociology by Hayati Abdul [email_address] Library Tutorial for Hons Year Students
  2. 2. What shall we learn? <ul><li>How to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search Sociology databases using keywords, Boolean operators... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigate LINC+ and access relevant services and resources from Library portal . </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. By the end of session, we’ll learn how to: <ul><ul><li>Effectively search Sociology databases for journal articles, conference papers,... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use LINC + and Library portal to locate relevant resources and services </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Contents <ul><li>Search Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Databases for Sociology </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Other useful sources </li></ul><ul><li>LINC+ </li></ul><ul><li>Library portal </li></ul><ul><li>This is a hands-on session </li></ul>
  5. 5. Search Strategy
  6. 6. Boolean operators <ul><li>AND = All terms must be present </li></ul><ul><li>OR = Any of the terms may be present </li></ul><ul><li>NOT = Excludes specific search term </li></ul>parenthood AND marriage Aged OR elderly casino gambling NOT Internet gambling
  7. 7. Truncation <ul><li>Most databases use asterisk * to retrieve variant forms of search terms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gambl * =gambl ed , gambl ing, gambl e </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(anything that comes after ‘gambl’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>parent * = parent hood , parent ing, parent s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(anything that comes after ‘parent’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Different databases use different wildcard symbols e.g. $, ?, ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check database guides, Help menu... </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Parentheses ( ) <ul><li>Use ( ) to execute commands inside innermost parentheses first </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( low income or single ) and families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>= low income families </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> single parent families </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>
  9. 9. Things to remember when searching databases <ul><li>Enter search terms using natural language </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify keywords & list synonyms, alternative spellings... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And, OR, NOT , * , $ , ( ) are standard symbols & can be used in almost all databases. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look for the following features in each database: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit or refine search (by language, date...) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sort results (by date, relevance, times cited...) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Descriptors, thesaurus, subjects for more search terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edit or modify search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark, save, print, email, export results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to abstracts, full-texts, citing articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help menus, Search tips, User guides... </li></ul></ul>Best practices
  10. 10. Databases “ Overall, the ability to communicate with databases as though you were talking to a colleague is pretty amazing, as long as you know what it can and cannot do .” - Thane, Librarians’ Rx , Apr 2008
  11. 11. Databases for Sociology <ul><li>Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>Sociological Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Social Sciences Citation Index via Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>PERIND </li></ul><ul><li>Proquest Theses & Dissertations </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded Academic Asap </li></ul><ul><li>Social Sciences Abstracts </li></ul>
  12. 12. Scopus
  13. 13. About Scopus <ul><li>Provides indexing, abstracting of and citation linking to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>peer reviewed & open access journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>conference proceedings, books… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web sources, author homepages, university sites, articles-in-press, preprint servers… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coverage, 1966- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on Scientific, Technical, Medical & Social Sciences literature. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content originates from Europe, Latin America & </li></ul><ul><li> Asia Pacific region </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to Cross-search Scopus & CSA Illumina databases . </li></ul>
  14. 14. Lets search Scopus “ While religion has played an important role as an agent of social control, certain forms of religion have increasingly been seen as deviant in contemporary societies.” Discuss this apparent paradox. religion, religions social control, deviance religion* and social control and deviance
  15. 16. Let’s search Scopus Is Singapore a welfare state? If yes, why and from which perspective? If no, how would you call the Singaporean social policy regime? welfare state or welfare society singapore (welfare state) or (welfare society) and singapore
  16. 17. Let’s search Scopus How do micro-level and meso-level models of international migration contribute to understanding the initiation and perpetuation of foreign workers in Singapore? foreign workers and singapore and migration foreign workers singapore migration
  17. 18. Let’s search Scopus
  18. 19. Let’s search Scopus Transmigration : negotiating home and national identity national identity transmigra* OR transnationalism (transmigra* OR transnationalism) AND national identity
  19. 20. Let’s search Scopus
  20. 21. Notes on Scopus <ul><li>Basic Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Boolean operators, such as OR, AND, NOT, also multi-character wildcard * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Default search in “ Article title, Abstract, Keywords ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Limit fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Refine results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine Search History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration with CSA Illumina databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click to search Sociological Abstracts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Search - Command Line search not really recommended </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Sociological Abstracts CSA Illumina Quick Reference Guide
  22. 23. About Sociological Abstracts <ul><li>Premier resource for research literature in Sociology </li></ul><ul><li>Provides indexes & abstracts to journal articles, book chapters, conference papers & dissertations. </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage, 1979- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture, social structure, social differentiation, social psychology, sociology of the arts, business, education, studies in violence and power and more…… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search LINC+ for full-texts of references retrieved </li></ul><ul><li>Some overlap in literature coverage between Scopus & Sociological Abstracts </li></ul>
  23. 24. L et’s search Sociological Abstracts Successful ageing for Singapore: the roles of the government and family aging or retirement singapore and government and family (aging or retirement) and singapore and government and family
  24. 25. Lets search Sociological Abstracts How are surveillance technologies changing the nature of the modern organization? surveillance technologies systems, computers, organization, workplace*, work environment* surveillance and (workplace* or work environment*)
  25. 26. <ul><li>Quick Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searches single words or phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick search = anywhere search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter Boolean operators in search box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AND, OR and NOT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Advanced Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows for more complex searches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine terms using Boolean operators from drop-down lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use drop-down menus to select specific fields: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anywhere, Keywords, Author, Title, Descriptors… </li></ul></ul></ul>Notes on Sociological Abstracts
  26. 27. Notes on Sociological Abstracts <ul><li>Limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use drop down menus to limit to range of years </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latest update </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>limits results to include only most recent records </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal articles, English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>limits search to journal articles & English records </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>QuickBib </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use records to create bibliography in ASA style. </li></ul></ul>
  27. 28. Notes on Sociological Abstracts <ul><li>Displaying and viewing records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on View record for more details, including abstract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results displayed by All Publication Types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results can be sorted by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most recent or Relevance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on Edit Search to modify search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add or remove term(s) to refocus search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Managing search results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark, print, mail, save & export </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Export to EndNote Web </li></ul></ul>
  28. 29. Social Sciences Citation Index (via Web of Science) Quick Reference Guide
  29. 30. About Social Sciences Citation Index <ul><li>It is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the social sciences, 1980- </li></ul><ul><li>General Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searches by topic, author, etc., like any other article database. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cited reference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A unique search tool that lets you use a particular article or author as a starting point to see who has cited that work since it was published. </li></ul></ul>
  30. 31. L et’s search SSCI via Web of Science Is Singapore a welfare state? If yes, why and from which perspective? If no, how would you call the Singaporean social policy regime? welfare state or welfare society singapore (welfare state) or (welfare society) and singapore
  31. 32. Lets search Social Sciences Citation Index How are surveillance technologies changing the nature of the modern organization? surveillance technologies systems, computers, organization, workplace, work environment* surveillance and (workplace* or work environment*)
  32. 33. Lets search Social Sciences Citation Index Measures to improve return rates in a telephone survey responses, research telephone surveys responses and research and telephone surveys
  33. 34. Notes on Social Sciences Citation Index <ul><li>Enter search terms in search fields </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic, Author, Title or Publication Name </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use quotation marks “ ... “ to look for exact phrase. </li></ul><ul><li>Search using AND, OR, NOT and SAME (same sentences) to create logical search statements. </li></ul><ul><li>Truncation symbols * , ? , $ can be used to search for variants of words </li></ul><ul><li>Nest search operators inside parentheses ( ) </li></ul>
  34. 35. Notes on Social Sciences Citation Index <ul><li>On search result list, click on the article's title to view its abstract & other details </li></ul><ul><li>May refine results by different criteria like subject areas, document types, languages, ... etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Sort results by date, number of times cited, relevance. </li></ul><ul><li>Click to access articles online. </li></ul><ul><li>Create Personal Profile to create Saved Searches and Search Alerts . </li></ul>
  35. 36. PERIND Per iodical Ind exto articles relating to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & ASEAN How to search
  36. 37. About PERIND <ul><li>Good source for research relating to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & ASEAN, 1980s- </li></ul><ul><li>Index to journal articles, book chapters and conference papers relating to humanities, social sciences, business, architecture, building, science, technology, law & medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Boolean operators, truncation ( * ), drop-down list to search on specific fields </li></ul><ul><li>Save selected records using IE function File> Save as>filename... </li></ul>
  37. 38. Lets search PERIND What potential problems does the existing social security system in Singapore pose? social security singapore social security and singapore
  38. 39. Lets search PERIND Analyze either the gender or class dimensions of Singlish and its relationship with the formation of “Singaporean” identity. (gender or class) and (singlish or singapore english) and identity singlish identity gender, class
  39. 40. Journal Citation Alerts <ul><li>Major Sociology journal publishers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JSTOR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>InformaWorld </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SpringerLink </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Muse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cambridge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Journals Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Journals </li></ul></ul>
  40. 41. Journal Citation Alerts <ul><li>I’d like to receive citation alerts from Sage journals on the following topic: </li></ul><ul><li>“ The ethnicity factor in policing ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access the Sage Publications platform via library portal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for the option “Alerts” (in this case, it is found under My Tools tab) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will be asked to sign in (register for an account if necessary) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do a search on your topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save your alert request </li></ul></ul>
  41. 42. Newspapers
  42. 43. E-Newspapers <ul><li>International & local newspapers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New York Times, Asian Wall Street Journal, Business Times, The Straits Times, more… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two major databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Factiva </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lexis/Nexis Academic </li></ul></ul>Click to view E-newspapers Access Factiva directly
  43. 44. Newspapers <ul><li>Press Clippings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-house collection of articles from Straits Times and Business Times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles about Singapore, Malaysia, ASEAN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check LION under Press Clippings Collection - Subject Headings List </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available from Singapore-Malaysia Collection (SMC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microfilms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Straits Times from 1880 - </li></ul></ul>
  44. 45. Let’s search Factiva or LexisNexis Discuss the extent to which the Workfare Income Supplement scheme reflects a major change in the social policy of the government. workfare income supplement singapore welfare or recipient* workfare income supplement and (welfare or recipient*) and singapore
  45. 46. Lets search Factiva/LexisNexis Academic demand* OR prefer* OR usage OR choice* Why do people use/not use public transport in Singapore? (demand* OR prefer* OR usage OR choice*) AND public transport* AND singapore public transport singapore
  46. 47. Other Useful Sources
  47. 48. Foreign Theses <ul><li>ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database </li></ul><ul><li>Index to Theses with Abstracts Accepted for Higher Degree by the Universities of Great Britain & Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Digital Theses Database </li></ul>
  48. 49. NUS Theses & Academic exercises <ul><li>Search LINC+, by keywords : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ph d </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>m soc sc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>academic exercise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search LINC , by call no, HM15 200* (for 2000-) in Theses Collection </li></ul>sociology national university singapore
  49. 50. Statistical Sources <ul><li>EIU Country Data </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-University </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium for Political & Social Research </li></ul><ul><li>SingSTAT Time Series </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics on Singapore : </li></ul><ul><li>World development Indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Yearbook of statistics, Singapore </li></ul>
  50. 51. Resources on WWW American Sociological Association Anthro.Net British Sociological Association Dead Sociologists' Society Electronic Journal of Sociology Intute: Social Sciences Resources for Methods in Evaluation and Social Research Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Sociolog Sociosite SocioWeb Statistical Resources on the Web: Sociology
  51. 52. The enhanced Library catalogue LINC consumption of culture
  52. 53. LINC+ Results Display Relevance sorting Book cover Refine limits Limit by tags Browse up to 5 recently added titles Read summary Read summary, Choice Review
  53. 54. Library portal <ul><li>Resources & services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Document Delivery Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommend new titles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Library Instruction ONline </li></ul><ul><li>EndNote X2® </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Help </li></ul>
  54. 55. Materials Not Found in Library <ul><li>Document Delivery Services (DDS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal articles, Book Chapters, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Request via E-Forms (Library Portal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All requests must be approved by Supervisor </li></ul></ul>DDS
  55. 56. Recommend Books for Purchasing <ul><li>E-forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit e-form for “New Book” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or email to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No endorsement from supervisor needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 to 3 months to process </li></ul></ul>Recommend new titles
  56. 57. Writing & Citation Style <ul><li>Refer to Sociology subject guide under </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The sociology student writer's manual </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Instruction Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to cite references </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>American Sociological Association Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Bibliographic management software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EndNote/EndNote Web </li></ul></ul>
  57. 58. Subject Guides <ul><li>Good starting points for research </li></ul>Click to search for Sociology subject guide
  58. 59. L ibrary I nstruction ON line Or click here Click here
  59. 60. EndNote X2® <ul><li>A software that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>stores and organizes citations found from many sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>inserts these citations into a Word document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>automatically format your references according to a predefined citation style </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Endnote training sessions for FASS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sept break </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Please look out for Events announcement in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library portal ! </li></ul></ul>
  60. 61. We are here… <ul><li>Advisory Service at Information Desk, Central Library, Level 5. </li></ul><ul><li>Email me: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 6516 2028 </li></ul>
  61. 62. E-resource day <ul><li>9 September 2008 , Central Library Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in our Online Quiz and Treasure Hunt to win prizes such as an Asus Eee PC, iPod Nanos, MP3 players, laptop bags, book vouchers, flash drives, optical mice, and other great prizes! </li></ul><ul><li>Listen in & Learn ! Our e-resource providers will be conducting talks throughout the day touching on the scope, coverage, and strengths of the various e-resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the e-resources highlighted are: Business Source Premier, Scopus, Web of Science, Engineering Village 2, Proquest Dissertations & Theses, SciFinder Scholar, LexisNexis Academic and the list goes on! </li></ul>