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Effective Literature Searching PGCE

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Transcript of Effective Literature Searching PGCE

Training sessions Effective Literature Searching www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/education F Truncation or Wildcard symbols
– for alternative spellings / endings
* ?
Example: educat* will find educate, educating, education, educational, educator, educators… etc.
Example: organi?ation – finds organisation and organization Free text / keyword searching secondary school underachievement Where do you start? … Why are you here? Phone or email the Library:
01865 274028


OR Use our online video tutorials:
Department of Education WebLearn site
Information skills tutorials for Education How can I get help from home?
Can’t email, sort or save your results Why can’t you just use ? Go to: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/education
Click on OxLIP+
Click on Subject tab > Education
Click on Education subject databases + GO
Click on British Education Index
Choose Advanced search
Click on the thesaurus option…
and have a go! Have a go… Searches using subject descriptors / thesaurus terms – set by subject experts

Broader - brings together synonyms and related terms under one heading

More focused - looks for articles about your topic, not just with your words in the title or abstract

Avoids trial/error or guessing which search terms to use Thesaurus searching Searched for “communicative language teaching” AND Japan

Why did they miss…

“Communication-oriented policies versus classroom realities in Japan” ?? What went wrong? Go to: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/education
Click on OxLIP+
Click on Subject tab > Education
Click on Education subject databases + GO
Click on British Education Index
Choose Advanced search… and have a go!
Use your own topic, or one of the PDP ones. Have a go…

“low achievement”

failure Combining your search terms: Looks for your own search terms
Can specify where it looks –
e.g. title, abstract, author
Important to think about synonyms, related terms etc Free text / keyword searching Library’s guide to recommended web resources

Google – search by domain, e.g. .gov, .ac.uk, .edu For web resources … boys
What can be done to address problems of underachievement in secondary school boys? Your research question
Why are you here? Yes – Single Sign On
Same as for email/WebLearn
Go in through OxLIP+ or SOLO, and sign on Can I do all this from home? How to keep track…
Underachievement OR low achievement OR failure

Boy OR male Used by most search engines
Type in a question or sentence – e.g. an essay title
Programmed logic to work out the keywords – e.g. avoids stop words, looks at their position in the sentence
Use “quote marks” for phrases

Natural language searching: OxLIP+ (databases)

Related subject databases, e.g.
Web of Science For journal articles, reports, papers etc
SOLO: journal articles

Google Scholar For known journal titles … For books … Pearl-growing Boolean searching Citation searching Keyword searching Thesaurus searching Natural language searching Lots of ways to search … Thesaurus option in Advanced search on British Education Index/ERIC Map term to subject heading in PsycInfo, under Advanced Search Thesaurus/subject searching know how to plan an effective search know where to look for different
types of information have developed search skills that can be applied across different resources Because, by the end of this session, you will: have had a chance to practise know where to come for help! SOLO – Oxford Institute of Education COPAC – UK Universities Google Books Education subject databases: British Education Index ERIC Australian Education Index search logic Combining your search terms: search logic or xample e F or
xample e Thesaurus searching How are results ranked? How will you find the ones you need? Are they reliable? (try Google Scholar) Doesn’t access “deep/hidden
web” No thesaurus searching Searches for a word or phrase and not the concept or meaning (Schultz, 2007) Can’t track or combine searches Record all results you find, for referencing
Reference Management software – e.g. RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley

… and how you found them:
Use saved searches/recent searches https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/ Kate Williams
Erika Harlos-Szendrey
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