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SOCW 6301 Week 5 Assignment: Week 5 Assignment

Introduction

For this assignment you will use the library database SocINDEX With Full Text to locate qualitative or quantitative research articles. 

Find Qualitative Research Articles

You can find qualitative articles by searching in the Library databases using methodology terms as keywords. Possible keywords include the type of study, data analysis type, or terminology used to describe the results.
 

     Example keywords for qualitative studies

  • Case study
  • Constant comparison
  • Content analysis
  • Discourse analysis
  • Ethnographic
  • Focus group
  • Grounded theory
  • Interview
  • Narrative
  • Phenomenological
  • Qualitative

 

Now let's try a search in our database called SocINDEX with Full Text. 

  1. On the Library homepage, go to the Subject Resources box.


     
  2. Click on Select a subject and choose Social Work.
  3. Here you will find library resources related to your subject area, including other databases you may wish to include in your search.
  4. Now let's choose the database SocINDEX with Full Text.

    Login with your myWalden email and password if prompted.
     
  5. Now you are on a search screen with three search boxes. Break your topic down into the key concepts, and use the concepts as search terms, or keywords to enter in the search boxes.

    Note: Use one concept per search box. You may use multiple keywords in a box if they are all related, using OR between the keywords.
     

    First search box:  qualitative OR ethnograph* OR phenomen*

    Second search box: post-traumatic stress disorder


    Note: For more information on Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), check out the Library's Boolean guide.

    Note: Using an asterisk (*) after the beginning of a word tells the database to return results with any variation of this root. For example, child* will return results for child, childhood, children, etc. This is called a truncated search.



     
  6. Under the search boxes, in the Limit your results section, make sure that the boxes for Full Text and Peer Reviewed Scholarly Journals are checked.
  7. To limit the date range to find articles published within the last five years, use the Publication Date box in the Limit your results section. Enter the years you need in the year boxes. It isn't necessary to enter months.
  8. Click the Search button.

    Many articles and dissertations will use methodology terms in the abstract or title. To make sure that you have an example of a qualitative study, be sure to look at the methodology section in the full text. This will provide detailed information about the methodology used.

Find Quantitative Research Articles

You can find quantitative articles by searching in the Library databases using methodology terms as keywords. To find a quantitative study, possible keywords include the type of study, data analysis type, or terminology used to describe the results.
 

     Example keywords for qualitative studies

 

  • ANOVA
  • Chi square
  • Correlation
  • Data

 

  • Distribution
  • Experiment
  • Pretest
  • Posttest

 

  • Quantitative
  • Reliability
  • Statistical
  • T-test

 

  • Time series
  • Validity
  • Variable
  • Variance

 

Now let's try a search in our database called SocINDEX with Full Text. 

 

  1. On the Library homepage, go to the Subject Resources box.



     
  2. Click on Select a subject and choose Social Work.
  3. Here you will find library resources related to your subject area, including other databases you may wish to include in your search.
  4. Now let's choose the database SocINDEX.

    Login with your myWalden email and password if prompted.
     
  5. Now you are on a search screen with three search boxes. Break your topic down into the key concepts, and use the concepts as search terms, or keywords to enter in the search boxes.

    Note: Use one concept per search box. You may use multiple keywords in a box if they are all related, using OR between keywords.
     

    First search box:  Quantitative OR Statistic* OR Correlation*

    Second search box: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


    Note: For more information on Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), check out the Library's Boolean guide.

    Note: Using an asterisk (*) after the beginning of a word tells the database to return results with any variation of this root. For example, child* will return results for child, childhood, children, etc. This is called a truncated search.


     
  6. Under the search boxes, in the Limit your results section, make sure that the boxes for Full Text and Peer Reviewed Scholarly Journals are checked.
  7. To limit the date range to find articles published within the last five years, use the Publication Date box in the Limit your results section. Enter the years you need in the year boxes. It isn't necessary to enter months.
  8. Click the Search button.


​Many articles and dissertations will use methodology terms in the abstract or title. To make sure that you have an example of a quantitative study, be sure to look at the methodology section in the full text. This will provide detailed information about the methodology used.