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PSY4035 PG Literature searching for dissertation

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PSY4035 PG Literature searching for dissertation

  1. 1. © Middlesex University Literature searching for dissertation http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library PSY4035 November 2015
  2. 2. © Middlesex University What we will cover today • Keywords and search operators (* “ ” etc) • Advanced searches: WOS and PsycINFO • Inferring • Strategic searching a + b + c = (a + b) + (b + c) + (a + c) • Alerts • 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 Please login PLEASE USE CHROME OR FIREFOX
  5. 5. MyUnihub: gateway to library resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library
  6. 6. My Library – most of the links you will ever need
  7. 7. © Middlesex University Psychological TESTS Presentation title | 7
  8. 8. © Middlesex University My library > Databases Presentation title | 8
  9. 9. © Middlesex University Or author/test name search Presentation title | 9 Click here to limit to full text TESTS
  10. 10. © Middlesex University Not all tests in PsycINFO are full text Presentation title | 10
  11. 11. © Middlesex University Psychology department test library — Myunihub > My study > My Learning > PSY3330 — NOT in Sheppard Library! — Find index of tests (word document) — Download and complete Test Request form. Hand or Email to Nicky Brunswick • TG61 – n.brunswick@mdx.ac.uk (Wednesday – Friday only). – Subject: ‘Test Library Request’ – Give name and Student ID and copy in your supervisor — She will collect the test when possible — You will not get the test immediately Presentation title | 11
  12. 12. © Middlesex University Look for tests from previous studies in journal articles —They may be in the appendix —You may find the authoritative test by Googling (confirm with tutor) —Email academics: They may send you the test, and often lots more useful info too! 12
  13. 13. © Middlesex University Advanced searches Task 1 – explain my search Presentation title | 13
  14. 14. © Middlesex University Advanced searches Presentation title | 14
  15. 15. © 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” 15
  16. 16. © Middlesex University Databases for research articles myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases Search for database by letter, then name
  17. 17. © Middlesex University Psych PG | 17 Web of Science
  18. 18. © Middlesex University Web of Science MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Science Gives you a hyperlinked list of articles which cite this article
  19. 19. © 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
  20. 20. © Middlesex University Presentation title | 20 PsycINFO – Access via Unihub > Databases
  21. 21. © Middlesex University Presentation title | 21 PsycINFO – options and limits
  22. 22. © Middlesex University Presentation title | 22 limits Full text
  23. 23. © 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 23
  24. 24. © Middlesex University Task 2 Presentation title | 24 Therapy AND offenders AND mental illness
  25. 25. © Middlesex University So my narrower search is…. Presentation title | 25 CBT AND prisoners AND mental illness
  26. 26. © 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 26
  27. 27. © Middlesex University Task 2 – Strategic searching • A + B + C = results • But what if it doesn’t? • a + b • b + c • a + c Presentation title | 27
  28. 28. © Middlesex University Inferring – what is the nearest relevant research to build a picture of this topic area? • Effectiveness of mentoring on young homeless people — Mentoring and young people — Mentors and homeless people — Support for homeless people getting out of homelessness 28
  29. 29. © 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 | 29
  30. 30. © 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 | 30
  31. 31. © Middlesex University Task 2 – Strategic searching • Use the worksheet to choose one member of your groups dissertation topic. • I want you to have a go at breaking down that topic into the concepts/ideas • Once you have those concepts label them a b and c • Construct searches including a + b b + c and a + c Presentation title | 31
  32. 32. © Middlesex University Task 3 - Have a go! • Use the searches from your worksheet or your own topic if you already have one and have a go at either Web of Science or PsycINFO •Ask me for help!
  33. 33. © Middlesex University Alerts – databases You must set up an account with the database Presentation title | 33
  34. 34. © Middlesex University Alerts – databases You must set up an account with the database Presentation title | 34
  35. 35. © Middlesex University Alerts: Zetoc Presentation title | 35
  36. 36. © Middlesex University Zetoc Presentation title | 36
  37. 37. © Middlesex University Zetoc Presentation title | 37
  38. 38. © Middlesex University Cite them right Presentation title | 38 examples Gives you a formatted example to type over
  39. 39. © 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
  40. 40. © 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
  41. 41. My Subject – library guides
  42. 42. © 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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