Writing 65 Research

Evaluate your library session:  follow-up evaluation!

First–it’s a great idea to get to know key service points within the actual library!

Library Reserve and Circulation Desk
Faculty place readings and  course materials  (sometimes including text books) on RESERVE at the library so that students can check them out for short periods of time.  The Library Reserve/Circulation desk is also where you can check out library materials, including laptops, keys to group study rooms, books and more!

_______________________________________

Library Information Desk and 24/7 Librarian Assistance
Need help finding some information?  Are you new to databases and want to find an article?  Do you need help printing a document?  The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Library webpage.

_______________________________________

Campus Library Webpage

Next–you are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library so that you can find books, background information and articles!

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL!  Think of the library as your map to the world of information.  You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!).  There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web?  Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you.  That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information.  The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff.  It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.

_______________________________________

To Get Some Background–Use Online Encyclopedia Collections:

First, get to the Barber Library Webpage at:  http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the encyclopedias and more icon to access online encyclopedia collections. These resources to explore possible topics or to find out more about one particular topic.

Each online encyclopedia in your results list offers sections /articles (but these are encyclopedia articles, not journal articles) on your topic.

Note that all of these resources allow you to download or e-mail sections/articles to yourself AND most have a citation function that lets you choose a particular citation format (such as APA, MLA, etc.)

Here’s some of our general collections of online encyclopedias:

Credo Reference Online (includes Encyclopedia of African History, Nigeria’s Diverse Peoples–A Reference Sourcebook)

Gale Reference Online (includes Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily LifeNew Encyclopedia of Africa

Oxford Reference Online

If you have a social issues topic you might also want to explore:

CQ Researcher

Opposing Viewpoints

_______________________________________

To Get Some Articles, Use Journal Article Databases:

Remember to start at the Campus Library webpage at: http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases.  Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that might be especially helpful:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
General OneFile
JSTOR
MasterFile Premier

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!

TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*
  • searches can be specific
  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen–we now have a service that looks for the full text of articles ACROSS multiple databases!

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Denison-Furness Writing 60

Campus Library Webpage:

You are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library so that you can find books, background information and articles!

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL!  Think of the library as your map to the world of information.  You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!).  There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web?  Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you.  That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information.  The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff.  It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.

_______________________________________

To Get Some Background–Use Online Encyclopedia Collections:

First, get to the Barber Library Webpage at:  http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the encyclopedias and more icon to access online encyclopedia collections. These resources to explore possible topics or to find out more about one particular topic.

Each online encyclopedia in your results list offers sections /articles (but these are encyclopedia articles, not journal articles) on your topic.

Note that all of these resources allow you to download or e-mail sections/articles to yourself AND most have a citation function that lets you choose a particular citation format (such as APA, MLA, etc.)

Here’s some of our general collections of online encyclopedias:

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

If you have a social issues topic you might also want to explore:

CQ Researcher

Opposing Viewpoints

_______________________________________

To Get to Videos–Use Our Streaming Video Collections! 

Look for the Images, Films and Audio Resources link on our library webpage at:  http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Try our Films on Demand resource–it allows you to view streaming videos anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Thousands of high-quality streaming videos are available.

_______________________________________

Looking to the Future–To Get Some Articles–Use Journal Article Databases:

Remember to start at the Campus Library webpage at: http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases.  Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that might be especially helpful:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
General OneFile
JSTOR
MasterFile Premier

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!

_______________________________________

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*
  • searches can be specific
  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen–we now have a service that looks for the full text of articles ACROSS multiple databases!

_______________________________________

Citation Format:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/

_______________________________________

More Help:

Need help?  You can  talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Library webpage.

Help is Always Available!

Need help finding some information?  Are you new to databases and want to find an article?  Do you need help printing a document?  The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!  Here’s Barber Library’s open hours.

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Library webpage.

Or e-mail us at:  refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at:  (541)383-7567.

_______________________________________

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Denison-Furness Writing 95

Session Outcomes:

  • Generate search strategy for your research question.
  • Use article databases to identify at least two scholarly articles that speak to your topic.

  • Print articles.

Campus Library Webpage:

You are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library so that you can find books, background information and articles!

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL!  Think of the library as your map to the world of information.  You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!).  There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web?  Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you.  That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information.  The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff.  It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.


 Using Journal Article Databases:

Start at the Campus Library webpage at:http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the Find Articles icon to access journal article databases.

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that are a good place to start:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
General OneFile
MasterFile Premier

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!


Effective Database Searching:

  • choose to limit your results to full text
  • explore pull down menus that let you choose to limit your search to article titles
  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*
  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen–we now have a service that looks for the full text of articles ACROSS multiple databases!

So, once again, why not just use Google to find your information? BECAUSE the library search tools we offer get you to the information you need fast and effectively.  Library search tools such as  library catalogs, databases and online encyclopedias give you FREE, FAST and FACTUAL information so that you can complete your writing research assignments!


Citation Format:

http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/


Help is Always Available!

Need help finding some information?  Are you new to databases and want to find an article?  Do you need help printing a document?  The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!  Here’s Barber Library’s open hours.

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Library webpage.

Or e-mail us at:  refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at:  (541)383-7567.

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Study Strategies

First–it’s a great idea to get to know key service points within the actual library!

Library Reserve and Circulation Desk
Faculty place readings and  course materials  (sometimes including text books) on RESERVE at the library so that students can check them out for short periods of time.  The Library Reserve/Circulation desk is also where you can check out library materials, including laptops, keys to group study rooms, books and more!

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Library Information Desk and 24/7 Librarian Assistance
Need help finding some information?  Are you new to databases and want to find an article?  Do you need help printing a document?  The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Library webpage.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Campus Library Webpage

Next–you are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library so that you can find books, background information and articles!

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL!  Think of the library as your map to the world of information.  You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!).  There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web?  Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you.  That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information.  The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff.  It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

To Get Some Background–Use Online Encyclopedia Collections:

First, get to the Barber Library Webpage at:  http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the encyclopedias and more icon to access online encyclopedia collections. These resources to explore possible topics or to find out more about one particular topic.

Each online encyclopedia in your results list offers sections /articles (but these are encyclopedia articles, not journal articles) on your topic.

Note that all of these resources allow you to download or e-mail sections/articles to yourself AND most have a citation function that lets you choose a particular citation format (such as APA, MLA, etc.)

Here’s some of our general collections of online encyclopedias:

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

If you have a social issues topic you might also want to explore:

CQ Researcher

Opposing Viewpoints


To Get Some Articles, Use Journal Article Databases:

Remember to start at the Campus Library webpage at: http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases.  Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that might be especially helpful:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
General OneFile
MasterFile Premier

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!


To Search A Journal Article Database:

  • choose to limit your results to full text
  • explore pull down menus that let you choose to limit your search to article titles
  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*
  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen–we now have a service that looks for the full text of articles ACROSS multiple databases!

So, once again, why not just use Google to find your information? BECAUSE the library search tools we offer get you to the information you need fast and effectively.  Library search tools such as  library catalogs, databases and online encyclopedias give you FREE, FAST and FACTUAL information so that you can complete your college research assignments…and that is part of a great study strategy!

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Exercise Science

GOALS:  

Locate five resources on your topic, two of which may be websites from the “free web”.


 WHY USE LIBRARY BASED RESOURCES:

First, you are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library so that you can find books, background information and articles on exercise science topics.

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL!  Think of the library as your map to the world of information.  You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!).  There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web?  Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you.  That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information.  The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff.  It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.


USING ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS:

Sometimes you just can’t search a journal article database successfully until you know at least some of the basic background (and language) for your topic.  To locate background information, try the online encyclopedia collections  listed below.  You can use these links or get to all of these from the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link (you’ll see the globe icon) and then click on Encyclopedias.  Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online
(Try the Mind Map item to locate potential topics).

Gale Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

Some specific online encyclopedias that are useful for topics in Exercise Science are:

Encyclopedia of the Mind
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
Gale Encyclopedia of Diets
The Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
Green Health: An A to Z Guide
Health and Medicine


TO GET SOME BOOKS, USE ONLINE CATALOGS:

Start with the link for Barber Library Catalog.

Choose a keyword search.  When searching for books, keep your keywords very general.  For example:  type in the keywords obesity and exercise.

If you want to try truncation (using a wildcard chacter) do this: obes* and exercise*


TO GET SOME ARTICLES, USE ARTICLE DATABASES:

Remember to start at the Campus Library webpage at: http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases.  Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas–including Health Sciences.

The following databases will help you locate articles on exercise science:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
Alt HealthWatch
CINAHL
Health and Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module   Good for wellness topics.
Health Reference Center Academic
Health Source Consumer Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
MasterFile Premier
MEDLINE
MEDLINEplus
Nursing and Allied Health Collection
Nursing Resource Center
PubMed Central


 TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “mindfulness meditation”

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: exercis*

  • use boolean commands
    example: diet* and health*
    example: health* and (diet* or nutrit*)

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles may be located from the COCC Library e-journals link or may be ordered via inter-library loan.


CITATION FORMAT:

American Medical Association Citation Style: http://www.lib.jmu.edu/citation/amaguide.pdf

APA Citation Style:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/


MORE HELP:

Oh, and don’t forget!   You can always stop by or call the Barber Library Information Deskref….or use our 24/7 chat service!  Go to http://www.cocc.edu/library/custom-pages/ask-a-librarian/ –we can help you via chat, phone, in person, and e-mail!

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Writing 65 for C. Kropp

Campus Library Webpage:

You are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library so that you can find books, background information and articles!

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL!  Think of the library as your map to the world of information.  You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!).  There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web?  Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you.  That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information.  The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff.  It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.

_______________________________________

To Get Some Background–Use Online Encyclopedia Collections:

First, get to the Barber Library Webpage at:  http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the encyclopedias and more icon to access online encyclopedia collections. These resources to explore possible topics or to find out more about one particular topic.

Each online encyclopedia in your results list offers sections /articles (but these are encyclopedia articles, not journal articles) on your topic.

Note that all of these resources allow you to download or e-mail sections/articles to yourself AND most have a citation function that lets you choose a particular citation format (such as APA, MLA, etc.)

Here’s some of our general collections of online encyclopedias:

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

If you have a social issues topic you might also want to explore:

CQ Researcher

Opposing Viewpoints

_______________________________________

To Get to Videos–Use Our Streaming Video Collections! 

Look for the Images, Films and Audio Resources link on our library webpage at:  http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Try our Films on Demand resource–it allows you to view streaming videos anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Thousands of high-quality streaming videos are available.

_______________________________________

To Get Some Articles–Use Journal Article Databases:

Remember to start at the Campus Library webpage at: http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases.  Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that might be especially helpful:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
General OneFile
JSTOR
MasterFile Premier

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!

_______________________________________

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*
  • searches can be specific
  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen–we now have a service that looks for the full text of articles ACROSS multiple databases!

_______________________________________

Citation Format:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/

_______________________________________

More Help:

Need help?  You can  talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Library webpage.

_______________________________________

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WRITING 121 Research

TO GET TO THE COCC LIBRARY WEBPAGE:

http://www.cocc.edu/Library/


ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS:

Online encyclopedias can provide wonderful background information for your topic, making your book and articles more successful.  Start at the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link (you’ll see the globe icon) and then click on Encyclopedias.  Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online (look for Credo’s “Mindmap” option that let’s focus your topic!)

Gale Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

Explore some other options for locating background information at COCC’s collection of online encyclopedias at
http://www.cocc.edu/Library/reference/


USING ONLINE CATALOGS TO FIND BOOKS:

Start with the link for Barber Library Catalog.

Choose a keyword search.  Type in the keywords …try: nurs*.

Note the use of truncation (wildcard character!)


USE JOURNAL ARTICLE  DATABASES FOR ARTICLES:

Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Get to the COCC Library Databases webpage.

GENERAL DATABASES  

Academic Search Premier (use to locate articles in Atlantic, Harpers and the Smithsonian).

MasterFile Premier

 Free E- Journals (use to locate articles in Audubon)

Gale Cengage Academic OneFile (use to locate articles in Daedalus)


NEWSPAPER DATABASES

Christian Science Monitor
New York Times
Historical New York Times

Wall Street Journal


TO SEARCH A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE/JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “parks and recreat*”

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: communit*

  • use boolean commands
    example: recycl* AND communit*

    example: (art* OR music*) AND communit*

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles  may be ordered via inter-library loan.

Why not just use Google to find your information? BECAUSE the library search tools we offer get you to the information you need fast and effectively.  Library search tools such as  library catalogs, databases and online encyclopedias give you FREE, FAST and FACTUAL information so that you can complete your writing research assignments!


CITATION FORMAT

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/

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Psychology 201

Assignment Review:

Use scientific databases to find  a literature review paper and an empirical research study.  Both papers need to be on the same topic.  Write a summary of each paper  then propose your own research project based on those summaries.


Definitions:

Empirical Research Study

(from Penn State University Library)

Empirical research is based on observed and measured phenomena and derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief.

Key characteristics to look for:

  • Statement about the methodology being used
  • Research questions to be answered
  • Definition of the group or phenomena being studied
  • Process used to study this group or phenomena, including any
  • controls or instruments such as tests or surveys
  • Ask yourself: Could I recreate this study and test these results?
  • Read the abstract of the article for a description of the methodology

How do I find empirical research on my topic?
Empirical research is published in books and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. The Libraries have several databases you can use to locate peer-reviewed articles from scholarly journals.

Some databases allow you to limit your search by methodology. Or, try adding the keywords “empirical research” or just “empirical.”


Literature Review–

(from UC Berkeley Libraries)

Literature reviews (also called review articles) survey and synthesize primary research on a particular topic.

Key characteristics to look for:

  • They are articles authored by researchers and published in scholarly journals
  • They summarize multiple primary research articles
  • They are secondary literature

Why are literature reviews a good starting point for researching a topic?

  • They provide an overview of a particular area of study
  • Their extensive reference lists may be used to locate further relevant articles
  • They may provide ideas for narrowing a too-broad topic

How can I tell if an article is a literature review?

Usually the abstract or introduction to a literature review will state the authors’ intention to survey or analyze the literature on a particular topic. Literature reviews usually have extensive bibliographies, with perhaps 50 – 200 sources cited. Literature reviews usually do NOT present data or other very specific results of research.


 Psychology Databases:

Click on the “Articles & More” icon on the Library website’s home page…

library-icon-articles

and then scroll down the alphabetical list until you see “Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection” and “PsycINFO.” These are two search tools that are – as their names suggest – specifically for searching academic literature in the psychology fields.   You can access these search tools off-campus by entering your last name and COCC ID#.


psychdatabases


Other Databases:

Try Academic Search Premier and  Medline.  Both of these are Ebsco Databases, and will use the same search techniques described below.


Searching Psych Databases:

PsycINFO

PsycINFO lets you search over 3 million citations for scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations in the field of psychology. The interface will look similar to Academic Search Premier. Take a look:

PsychInfo

Some key search points for this topic:

  • Use “ “ around the phrase “heart rate”.
  • Use truncation to search both challenge and challenges.
  • Search for your keywords in the abstract (use the pull down menu on the right).
  • If your goal is to review past research, do not limit to full text.
  • You may want to limit to References Available or Peer Reviewed
  • Note…scroll down and look for the limit box for methodology.  Choose LITERATURE REVIEW or EMPIRICAL STUDY.

Getting full text:  

When you search PsycINFO and find an article you want to read, you will most often see the “Check for full text” link rather than the “PDF Full Text” link.

checkforfulltext

PsycINFO primarily searches citations, not full-text content, so it’s searching much more content than we subscribe to. Click on the “Check for full text” link, and you will be given the option to request a copy of that article from Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL articles are delivered via email in 1-4 days, so you do need to plan ahead.

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 Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

The Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection includes full-text content from almost 400 psychology journals. It does include some content from popular publications as well, so when you search in here for your articles for this assignment, go ahead and check the “Peer Reviewed” check box under “Limit To” on the left side of the screen after performing your initial search.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection is also an Ebsco database…so this search form will look familiar:

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Although there is more full-text available through the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, you may still see the “Check for full text” link. You can also request articles from here through Interlibrary Loan.


Searching More Than One Ebsco Database at a Time:

Note that because both of these are Ebsco databases, you can actually search both at the same time. Look for the “choose databases” link:

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Then choose the databases you wish to search within the EBSCO collection of databases–remember to also search Academic Search Premier and Medline, if you wish.


 More About Searching:

Want to explore more about searching? Click here to find more search hints:http://www.cocc.edu/library/help/tutorials/psy-201_215_spring2014/smart-searching-tips/

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