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  1. 1. Resources for Research in Sociology by Hayati Abdul [email_address] Library Tutorial for Graduate Students
  2. 2. Objectives of session <ul><li>To show you how to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced search using </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search plugins </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access full-texts using </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proxy Bookmarklet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search relevant databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search Library Portal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LINC+ & LINC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Services & Resources </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Contents <ul><li>Search Plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Use proxy bookmark to access full-text </li></ul><ul><li>Search Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Search journals in LINC </li></ul><ul><li>E-Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Journal alerts </li></ul><ul><li>InfoGate </li></ul><ul><li>EndNote X2 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Databases
  5. 5. Recommended Databases <ul><li>General </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scopus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Sciences Citation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PERIND </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proquest Theses & Dissertations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanded Academic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Sciences Abstracts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specialised </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sociological Abstracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geobase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Work Abstracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Services Abstracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PsycInfo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications & Mass Media Complete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More… </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Subject Guides <ul><li>Good starting points for research </li></ul>
  7. 7. Search Strategy
  8. 8. Boolean operators <ul><li> AND = both terms must be present </li></ul><ul><li>OR = either of the terms may be present </li></ul><ul><li>NOT = excludes a search term </li></ul>parenthood AND marriage aged OR elderly
  9. 9. Truncation <ul><li>The truncation * retrieves anything that comes after the root word </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gambl * =gambl ed , gambl ing, gambl e </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>parent * = parent hood , parent ing, parent s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Different databases use different wildcard symbols e.g. $, ?, ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check database guides, Help menu... </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Parentheses ( ) <ul><li>Terms within parentheses ( ) will be executed 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>
  11. 11. Proxy Bookmarklet Use Library Proxy Bookmark to access Full-text Search Plugins for Internet Explorer 7 & Firefox 2.0+ (beta)
  12. 12. What are Search Plugins? <ul><li>Allows you to do a direct search from your internet browser search box </li></ul><ul><li>Saves time from having to visit a page & then inputting your search query </li></ul><ul><li>How do I install these plugins? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. What is a Proxy Bookmarklet? <ul><li>Inserts the NUS library proxy stem ( ) into the URL of the article. </li></ul>Vendor User NUS Library Proxy server I want article X I want article X Okay you are recognized, here is article X Here is article X
  14. 14. How to install the Proxy Bookmarklet in my browser? <ul><li>Click on the link below and follow the instructions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Setting Up Alerts
  16. 16. Alerts – Why? <ul><li>To keep yourself up-to-date with the research done in your area </li></ul><ul><li>You are notified via email the latest articles published in the journal or database or LINC in which you have set the alerts </li></ul>
  17. 17. Steps to Set Alerts <ul><li>Register for an account in the e-journal or database </li></ul><ul><li>Look for the Alert option and set your alerts </li></ul><ul><li>You can set alerts for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>new issues (table of contents) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pre-prints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a specific search statement </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. 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>
  19. 19. More information on Alerts … <ul><li>How can I be alerted to... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New journal issues for my favorite journal(s)? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New journal articles in ScienceDirect? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New books acquired by the library? </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Databases
  21. 21. Scopus
  22. 22. 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>
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. Search Scopus
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Let’s search Scopus
  28. 28. Let’s search Scopus Transmigration : negotiating home and national identity national identity transmigra* OR transnationalism (transmigra* OR transnationalism) AND national identity
  29. 29. Let’s search Scopus
  30. 30. 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>
  31. 31. Sociological Abstracts
  32. 32. 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>
  33. 33. 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
  34. 34. 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*)
  35. 35. <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
  36. 36. 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>
  37. 37. 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>
  38. 38. Databases <ul><li>Databases for geography </li></ul><ul><li>Geobase </li></ul><ul><li>Geodok </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary databases </li></ul><ul><li>Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>PERIND </li></ul>
  39. 39. Geobase (OVIDSP) <ul><li>Access directly from Geobase </li></ul><ul><li>URL : http:// </li></ul><ul><li>User id : nustrain </li></ul><ul><li>Password : training </li></ul><ul><li>(only valid for 2 weeks) </li></ul>
  40. 40. L et’s search Geobase What are the impacts of climate change on water resources? climate change* water (climate change*) AND water resources
  41. 41. Social Sciences Citation Index (via Web of Science)
  42. 42. 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>
  43. 43. 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
  44. 44. 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*)
  45. 45. 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
  46. 46. 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>
  47. 47. 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>
  48. 48. PERIND Per iodical Index to articles relating to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & ASEAN
  49. 49. 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>
  50. 50. Lets search PERIND What potential problems does the existing social security system in Singapore pose? social security singapore social security and singapore
  51. 51. 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
  52. 52. Newspapers
  53. 53. 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
  54. 54. Factiva training accounts <ul><li>URL: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User_ID = a cademic38 to academic 67 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password = terrier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name_Space = 16 </li></ul></ul>
  55. 55. 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
  56. 56. 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
  57. 57. 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>
  58. 58. Finding Articles Made Easy!
  59. 59. How to access Library InfoGate? <ul><li>Two ways: </li></ul>Via myLINC Via Library portal
  60. 60. Other Useful Sources
  61. 61. 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>
  62. 62. NUS Theses & Academic exercises <ul><li>Search LINC+, by keywords : </li></ul><ul><li>Search LINC , by call no, HM15 200* (for 2000-) in Theses Collection </li></ul>
  63. 63. 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>
  64. 64. LINC vs LINC+
  65. 65. Library portal Access Your Resources & Services
  66. 66. How do I get materials not found in Library? <ul><li>E-forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Document Delivery Services (DDS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Journal articles, Book Chapters, … </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Request via E-Forms (Library Portal) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All requests must be approved by Supervisor </li></ul></ul></ul>DDS
  67. 67. How do I request to purchases new titles ? <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
  68. 68. 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>
  69. 69. L ibrary I nstructions ON line Or click here LION Click here
  70. 70. EndNote X2®
  71. 71. 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>