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PSY3330 dissertation workshops

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Psychology UG dissertation workshops: advanced searching and strategic searching

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PSY3330 dissertation workshops

  1. 1. © Middlesex University Literature searching for your dissertation unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library PSY3330
  2. 2. © Middlesex University What we will cover today • Reminder: Finding Tests • Reminder: Advanced searching • Keywords and search operators (* “ ” etc) • Strategic searching: when there’s nothing on your topic • Referencing • Where you can get help Presentation title | 2
  3. 3. © Middlesex University Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library Access all sorts of online resources here!
  4. 4. My Library – most of the links you will ever need
  5. 5. © Middlesex University Psychological TESTS Presentation title | 5
  6. 6. © Middlesex University My library > Databases Presentation title | 6
  7. 7. © Middlesex University PsycTESTS database Simple subject search 7
  8. 8. © Middlesex University Or author/test name search Presentation title | 8 Click here to limit to full text TESTS
  9. 9. © Middlesex University Not all tests in PsycINFO are full text Presentation title | 9
  10. 10. © Middlesex University Literature Searching Presentation title | 10
  11. 11. © Middlesex University Advanced searches – Web of Science Presentation title | 11
  12. 12. © Middlesex University Advanced searches - PsycINFO Presentation title | 12
  13. 13. © Middlesex University Get better results & find things faster • Spelling US v UK: • behavior / behaviour • counselor / counsellor • Truncate *: • Offend* = offending, offender, offenders • Counsel* = counselling, counsellor, counsellors • Behav* = behavior, behaviour, behavioural, behavioral • Phrases (exact words in that order) • “substance abuse” • “cogntive behav* therapy” 13
  14. 14. © Middlesex University Databases for research articles myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases Search for database by letter, then name
  15. 15. © Middlesex University Psych PG | 15 Web of Science
  16. 16. © Middlesex University Web of Science Gives you a hyperlinked list of articles which cite this article
  17. 17. © 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
  18. 18. © Middlesex University Looks kind of like this... Presentation title | 18
  19. 19. © Middlesex University Presentation title | 19 PsycINFO – Access via Unihub > Databases
  20. 20. © Middlesex University Presentation title | 20 PsycINFO – options and limits
  21. 21. © Middlesex University Presentation title | 21 limits Full text
  22. 22. © Middlesex University Tasks Presentation title | 22 therapy AND offenders AND mental illness
  23. 23. © Middlesex University So a narrower search is…. Presentation title | 23 CBT AND prisoners AND mental illness
  24. 24. © Middlesex University Other ways to narrow your topic • People or participants: – Racial/cultural/nationality groups – Age – Type of participant • Way you measure it • Sub-factors (E.g. Media effect on self esteem): – Fashion and Beauty media – Effect on body image or self worth – Among Women / students – Among students in UK/Dubai/Mauritius 24
  25. 25. © Middlesex University Repeat and improve • Repeat, improve = improved results. • Try different things, react to your searches • Follow citations • Expand your keywords as you go • Alternative or new keywords in results — Re-run your searches 25
  26. 26. © Middlesex University Task 2 – Strategic searching • A + B + C = results • But what if it doesn’t? • a + b • b + c • a + c Presentation title | 26
  27. 27. © Middlesex University • Peer, media and family influences among African and Afro- Caribbean women and the effects on self esteem and body image — Media influences on women and their self image — Peer/family/cultural influences on women and their self image — Media influences on Black/Afro Caribbean populations and their confidence/self image — Media influences on people’s self worth and body image Presentation title | 27 Splitting up your searches
  28. 28. © Middlesex University • Impact of missing father figure on teenage girls — Missing father figure with teenage boys — Missing father figure - influence on adult women — Missing father figure - influence on very young female children — Key stages of development for teenagers — Parenting and its role in development Presentation title | 28 Splitting up your searches
  29. 29. © Middlesex University Splitting up your searches • Effectiveness of mentoring on young homeless people — Mentoring and young people — Mentors and homeless people — Support for homeless people getting out of homelessness 29
  30. 30. © Middlesex University Task - strategic searching – splitting up your topic Presentation title | 30
  31. 31. © Middlesex University Cite them right Presentation title | 31 examples Gives you a formatted example to type over
  32. 32. © 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
  33. 33. © 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
  34. 34. © Middlesex University To access the Library Subject Guide
  35. 35. © Middlesex University Need help? • Psychology Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/psy • Librarians in the StudyHub (1st floor) Monday – Friday 9-5 • Viv – your librarian v.eades@mdx.ac.uk

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