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Sources for Social Work Research : Library tutorial for honours year and graduate students 2008

  1. 1. Sources for Social Work Research by Hayati Abdul [email_address] Library Tutorial for Honours Year Students
  2. 2. What shall we learn? <ul><li>How to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search Social Work databases using keywords, Boolean operators... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locate relevant materials using LINC+ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access services and resources from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Library portal . </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. At the end of session, we’ll learn how to: <ul><li>Effectively search Social Work databases for journal articles, conference papers, full-texts… </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiently use LINC + to locate relevant Library materials </li></ul><ul><li>Access resources & services from Library portal </li></ul>
  4. 4. Contents <ul><li>Search Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Social Work databases </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Other useful sources </li></ul><ul><li>LINC+ </li></ul><ul><li>Resources & services accessible via Library portal </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on session </li></ul>
  5. 5. Search Strategy
  6. 6. Build your search <ul><li>List keywords, synonyms that describe your topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. social support for the elderly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social support, social network, living arrangements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elderly, older people, aged… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Refine or broaden search using </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boolean operators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Truncation feature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parentheses </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 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>social support AND aged Aged OR elderly delinquents NOT criminals
  8. 8. Truncation <ul><li>Use asterisk * to retrieve variant forms of terms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>counsel * = counsel ors , counsel ing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(anything that comes after ‘counsel’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teen * = teen s , teen agers , teen aged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(anything that comes after ‘teen’) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 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>
  10. 10. Things to remember when searching databases <ul><li>Enter search terms using natural language </li></ul><ul><li>May refine, broaden and group search terms with : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AND, OR, NOT, * , ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look for the following features in each database: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit search (by language, date...) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sort results (by date, relevance...) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Descriptors, thesaurus, subject terms/headings… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edit or modify search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark, save, print, email results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-texts </li></ul></ul>Best practices
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Databases for Social Work <ul><li>Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>Social Services Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Social Work Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>PERIND </li></ul><ul><li>Sociological Abstracts </li></ul>
  13. 13. Scopus
  14. 14. 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 and the Asia Pacific region </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-searching Scopus & CSA Illumina databases. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Lets search Scopus Discuss the merits and limitations of sculpting technique within Satir’s family therapy framework family therapy sculpting or satir family therapy and sculpting and satir
  16. 16. Lets search Scopus satir or sculpting family therapy
  17. 17. Notes on Scopus <ul><li>Offers Basic, Advanced, Author searches </li></ul><ul><li>Alerts – create and save search strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Cited By – lists articles citing the target paper </li></ul><ul><li>Combine – manipulate sets to refine results </li></ul><ul><li>Indexing terms are selectively provided </li></ul><ul><li>Export – references sent to EndNote, RefWorks… </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighting – shows keywords in color within abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Limits – select date range, subject area, or document type </li></ul><ul><li>Display search results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>by date, relevance, author, source title, or times cited. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Social Services Abstracts CSA Illumina Quick Reference Guide
  19. 19. About Social Services Abstracts <ul><li>Good for literature review in Social Work </li></ul><ul><li>Provides abstracts of journal articles, book chapters, conference papers & dissertations. </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage: 1952-present </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics - Crisis intervention, family and social welfare, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gerontology, social work practice, support groups/networks, violence, abuse, neglect, … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search LINC+ for full-texts of references retrieved. </li></ul>
  20. 20. L et’s search Social Services 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
  21. 21. L et’s search Social Services Abstracts
  22. 22. Lets search Social Work Abstracts Is Singapore a welfare state? If yes, why and from which perspective? If no, how would you call the Singaporean social policy regime?
  23. 23. <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 Social Services Abstracts
  24. 24. Notes on Social Services 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>
  25. 25. Notes on Social Services 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, Email, Save </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Export to EndNote Web </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Social Work Abstracts Quick Reference Guide
  27. 27. About Social Work Abstracts <ul><li>Focuses on Social Work research including theory & practice, areas of service, social issues & social problems related to Social Work, from 1977- </li></ul><ul><li>Provides abstracts of journal articles, dissertations, & citations to book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Some overlap in journals coverage between this database and Social Services Abstracts. </li></ul><ul><li>Click “ Library holdings ” to access full-texts . </li></ul>
  28. 28. OvidSP Test Database <ul><li>Use to access Social Work Abstracts </li></ul>
  29. 29. Let’s search Social Work Abstracts How do you think Satir's family therapy theory is suitable for work with elderly persons in Singapore? Give reasons and examples to support your answer Discuss the application and usefulness of genogram and enmeshment in working with families. Give examples to illustrate your answer. SW4101 exam question, Nov/Dec 2007
  30. 30. Let’s search Social Work Abstracts Genogram enmeshment in families
  31. 31. Let’s search Social Work Abstracts How can a study of feminist theory change social work practice? feminist theory social work practice Feminist theory and social work practice
  32. 32. Notes on Social Work Abstracts <ul><li>Basic search </li></ul><ul><li>Use free text or plain English terms </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use nouns more than verbs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid using Boolean operators, parentheses, truncation </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the “ Check Spelling ” and “ Include Related Terms ” boxes pre-selected </li></ul><ul><li>Select limits to specifically focus your search </li></ul><ul><li>“ Search Aid ” tool shows terms used for search and highlights them in the record titles display </li></ul><ul><li>Click “ Library Holdings ” & “ Full Text ” to access full-texts </li></ul>
  33. 33. Notes on Social Work Abstracts <ul><li>Advanced Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For more specific & complex searches by fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keyword, Author, Title, Journal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defaults to keywords searching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Boolean operators , ( ) , truncation symbols $ , * to combine terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click “ Library Holdings ” & “ Full Text ” to access full-texts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click “ Search History” to combine searches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Results Manager” manages records in the display for output </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. PERIND Per iodical Ind ex to articles relating to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & ASEAN
  35. 35. 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 in 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 File> Save as>filename... </li></ul>
  36. 36. Lets search PERIND What potential problems does the existing social security system in Singapore pose? social security singapore social security and singapore
  37. 38. Lets search PERIND Living arrangements, social support of older people in Singapore aged OR older Singapore network* OR support dwelling* OR living (living or housing* or support or network*) and (aged or older) and Singapore
  38. 39. Newspapers
  39. 40. 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
  40. 41. 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>
  41. 42. Let’s search Factiva or LexisNexis Discuss the extent to which the Workfare Income Supplement scheme reflects a major change in the welfare policy of the government. workfare income supplement singapore welfare or recipient* workfare income supplement and (welfare or recipient*) and singapore
  42. 43. Let’s search Factiva
  43. 44. Let’s search LexisNexis Academic
  44. 45. Let’s search Factiva or LexisNexis Citizen participation and the CDCs efforts to encourage self-help groups in public housing estates cdc* estate* or neighbourhood* citizen participation or self help cdc* and (citizen participation or self help) and (neighbourhood* or estate*)
  45. 46. Other Useful Sources
  46. 47. 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>
  47. 48. NUS Theses & Academic exercises <ul><li>Search LINC , by call no, HV13 200* (for 2000- ) in Theses Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Search LINC+, by keywords : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>m soc sc social work national university singapore </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>academic exercise social work national university singapore </li></ul></ul>
  48. 49. 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>
  49. 50. Resources on WWW SocioWeb Social Care and Social Work Careers Information Social Science Research Network Social Work World Virtual Library: Evaluation British Association of Social Workers National Association of Social Workers National Council of Social Services Resources for Methods in Evaluation & Social Research Singapore Association of Social Workers American Public Human Services Association
  50. 51. The enhanced Library catalogue LINC
  51. 52. LINC+ Results Display Relevance sorting Book cover Summary Summary Refine limits Limit by tags
  52. 53. Resources & services accessible via Library portal
  53. 54. 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>
  54. 55. Writing & Citation Style <ul><li>Refer to Social Work subject guide under </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing with style : APA style for social work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing skills for social workers </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 Psychological Association Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Bibliographic management software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EndNote/EndNote Web </li></ul></ul>
  55. 56. Subject Guides <ul><li>Good starting points for research </li></ul>Click to search for Social Work subject guide
  56. 57. L ibrary I nstruction ON line Or click here Click here
  57. 58. EndNote Web <ul><li>Software that stores & organizes references </li></ul><ul><li>Can import references directly into a Word document in a preferred citation style </li></ul><ul><li>Register via Web of Science (WoS) </li></ul><ul><li>Registration valid for one year </li></ul><ul><li>Install “ Cite While You Write Plug-in ” </li></ul><ul><li>Save references from Web of Science & other databases into MyEndnote Web Library </li></ul><ul><li>May manually add references into EndNote Web. </li></ul>
  58. 59. 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>