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PG finding research information PSY4011 and PSY4012

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Introduction to literature searching focusing on Psychology/social sciences specific databases.

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PG finding research information PSY4011 and PSY4012

  1. 1. © Middlesex University Finding research evidence http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library PSY 4011, 4012, 4025 October 2015
  2. 2. © Middlesex University What we will cover today • Simple searches: Summon vs Google • Keywords and search operators (* “ ” etc) • Advanced searches: WOS and PsycINFO • Evaluation • Referencing • Where you can get help Presentation title | 2
  3. 3. © Middlesex University Example of coursework marking criteria 10% Introduction 15% Overview 30% Critical analysis 15% Discussion 10% Conclusion 10% Referencing 10% Quality etc Maximum marks for a well referenced and accurate description of [subject] using suitable references Maximum of 10 marks for a list of references which is both relevant, and correctly given in APA style Maximum of 10 marks for quality, style of writing and presentation
  4. 4. © Middlesex University Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library Access all sorts of online resources here!
  5. 5. My Subject – library guides
  6. 6. © Middlesex University Simple searches Google Scholar • Simple search function • Searches many journal websites • Not all full text (but can set up to access MDX journals through Unihub) • Up to date articles from the big publishers – not so good coverage of small journals • Hard to filter • Searching all subject areas Summon • Simple search function • Google for the University resources • Searches many journal databases and subscriptions • A lot of full text • Up to date – largest databases are paid for and updated daily/weekly and include prepubs • Easy to filter to Psychology only journals Presentation title | 6 Summon vs Google
  7. 7. © Middlesex University Summon Presentation title | 7
  8. 8. Google Scholar – make sure you access what you’ve paid for! 8
  9. 9. Search for and select Middlesex University 9
  10. 10. © Middlesex University Simple searches Presentation title | 10
  11. 11. © Middlesex University Have a go! • Look for a topic you’re interested in. • Make sure you use the filters on Summon to narrow your results to Psychology and full text etc. • Personalise Google Scholar • Feedback: which do you prefer? which allowed you to get better results?
  12. 12. © Middlesex University Thinking about keywords http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/ • Work in groups of at least 3 • Use the worksheet to look at: — Synonyms — Combining terms — Search symbols and operators ( * “ ” AND OR NOT) • EXTRA TASK - After task 1 swap papers with another group to see if they can help you with synonyms / narrower terms • Ask me if you need help!
  13. 13. © Middlesex University Advanced Searching – DINOSAURS! Presentation title | 13 http://sydney.edu.au/library/skills/elearning/learn/topic/gamenesting/index.php
  14. 14. © Middlesex University This is the format for all advanced searches Presentation title | 14
  15. 15. © Middlesex University Looks kind of like this... Presentation title | 15
  16. 16. © Middlesex University Looks kind of like this... Presentation title | 16
  17. 17. © Middlesex University Databases for research articles myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases Search for database by letter, then name
  18. 18. © Middlesex University Psych PG | 18 Web of Science
  19. 19. © Middlesex University Web of Science MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Science Gives you a hyperlinked list of articles which cite this article
  20. 20. © Middlesex University Citation searching • Which articles have cited an earlier article • Updates to the research study you’ve been looking at • Find articles on similar/related subject • How many times an article has been cited • Best journals in your field
  21. 21. © Middlesex University Presentation title | 21 PsycINFO – Access via Unihub > Databases
  22. 22. © Middlesex University Presentation title | 22 PsycINFO – options and limits
  23. 23. © Middlesex University Presentation title | 23 limits Full text
  24. 24. © Middlesex University Have a go! • Use the searches from your worksheet and have a go at either Web of Science or PsycINFO •Ask me for help!
  25. 25. © Middlesex University But is it any good?
  26. 26. © Middlesex University Evaluating information • Authority : Who is the author? How have they carried out their research? What do you think of the method? • Relevance : Is this what I need? Will it answer my question? Is it at the right level? • Intent : What is the purpose of information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, academic etc? • Objectivity : Balanced view? Opposing views represented? Links to supporting information? • Currency: How old is this information? When was it last updated and by whom?
  27. 27. © Middlesex University Evaluation activity • Please discuss the articles you’ve been given – the content is not important you ONLY need to read publication details and the title/abstract • Think about what we’ve just discussed • Which would you be more likely to use and why? • 10 minutes – feed back Presentation title | 27
  28. 28. © Middlesex University Cite them right Presentation title | 28 examples Gives you a formatted example to type over
  29. 29. © Middlesex University Managing your references • 2 choices of referencing software at MDX • Flow – simple to use, limited functionality, fine for essays • Refworks – slightly more complex to use but more functional • Both will allow you to import citations from databases and both will format your reference list for you. • Go to Psychology Library Subject Guide and find the section on referencing libguides.mdx.ac.uk/psy/referencing
  30. 30. © Middlesex University It’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans http://bit.ly/InterLibraryLoans • Sconul Access http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access • Other libraries http://bit.ly/visitingotherlibraries
  31. 31. © Middlesex University Need help? • Librarians in the StudyHub (1st floor) Monday – Friday 9-5 • Psychology Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/psy • Viv – your librarian v.eades@mdx.ac.uk

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