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Introduction to Psychology Library Research
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX:
Welcome again to intro to psychology library research. Again I am Andrea Lemieux, the psychology and counseling librarian here at Walden University. What we are going to be covering tonight are three main areas. First navigating the library. Second finding articles for discussions and assignments, and lastly where to get help.
Let's jump in to navigating the library.
What do we actually have in the library? We have everything that a traditional library has except it is all electronic. So the benefits of that are that you can use it from your couch, your kitchen table, at your lunch break at work. You can use it in your pajamas. We won't judge I promise. You can use it at 1 AM or 10 PM or anywhere in between because we actually never close like a physical library so that is one great advantage of having everything available to you electronically. Another great thing about the Walden library is that all of our materials are focused on walls and programs so we have a really excellent psychology collection and we have built this collection to support you in your coursework another research you will be doing in your program areas. Materials that we have are all academic in nature so what you find your local public library is not the same type of material that we have here in the Walden library. We have much denser and academic type material that the general public is not necessarily always interested in reading so you are studying that so we have much more academic and scholarly oriented materials. But we also have things like magazines and newspapers so if you are interested in reading the Harvard business review or the Wall Street Journal you can read those for free in the Walden library. We also have lots of other popular magazines and newspapers as well.
So most of our materials because they are academic in nature they are not freely available online. A very small percentage is available online but much of our material we subscribe to and it is actually very costly to subscribe to this type of information. Now it is free to you but know that your tuition is covering the cost of these resources so if I can leave you with a few tips and tricks tonight, one of those tips would be please do not pay for anything online. Do not pay for articles, don't pay for access to databases. We have everything for the most part that you are going to need for the majority of your program work here and we have ways to get you or point you to free resources for the things we don't have. Because of course no library has everything. So please whatever you do do not purchase anything without checking in with us and we are going to talk about that at the end of the webinar. How you can reach out to us and get more one to one help.
Like I said everything that you can think of in a traditional library so journals those are more like academic type magazines if you want to think of them like that. Books, videos, even things such as dissertations, completed dissertations from Walden and other universities so that is generally what the library includes.
What can we help you with here? What can our program librarians so each of our colleges and schools are assigned a librarian so as I said I am the psychology library and so what can we and the rest of our research librarians help with? Everything from coursework to advanced research some of you are working on your dissertation or a capstone project of some kind. We also offer specialized research assistants so if you are looking at something very specific like tested measures, statistics and data, theory methodology and of course some of those more in-depth topics such as identifying a gap in the literature and doing a literature review, we help with research and all of those areas as well. So you don't have to be the student visits there for hours and hours getting nowhere because we offer all of this assistance to you. So it is good to know that we don't send you lists of articles do your research for you, that is not really the scope of our work here at the library. When you go to amusement parks and you have the fortuneteller there and you put in one quarter the fortune comes out, we do not work like that you don't put one-quarter in and out comes the list of articles for your assignments. What we do help you with is how to use library resources. We will send you search strategies, example searches, database keyword recommendations. Once you get started that helps you over that learning curve and then you can become much more confident and self-sufficient in your research. So again please don't struggle. We always like for you to try and see what you can work out on your own, but then we are always here for that extra assistance as well.
What is a database? This is a really important concept to cover so we are going to talk about it at the beginning of the webinar some conceptual things. So that we are all on the same page and understanding all the same terminology. So it is important to understand what a databases because that is how we that is how they Walden library is organized. It is really in the same sense organized similarly to a traditional library, right? So we have a book section, a video section, a journal section. And there are also they are also arranged by subjects. We have psychology books, we have education videos, we have journals but instead of them being stored on bookshelves they are stored on databases.
So really what you can think about really how you can think of a database is simply a section of the library that you can just search electronically so think about going to the second floor north corner of the library and that is the psychology section. We call that in the Walden library psychology intro. That is our main database so you go to the second floor north side of the building and you go into psych info and you can search it electronically so think of it that way and it becomes much much easier to conceptualize that and all the database is is a collection of electronic searchable journals, all types of different materials. The advantage is they are not physically bound so you can manipulate a search much better than if you came with your eyeballs so you can limit to full text, peer review, date, all of those things that we are going to be talking about here shortly.
One other concept before we head over to the library is the difference between a database and a vendor. Let's become clear once we take a look around the library and see how everything is organized and arranged. Database again is a section of the library that has a particular type of material collected in one area. We buy individual databases from companies so most of our databases are EBSCO databases. A company called EBSCO licenses us these databases so you can see all the different ones those are not all of them but psych info is one particular database from EBSCO. To the right of that we have education again its own individual database but it has mostly education materials in it and if you go around most of the names are self-explanatory, business, sociology, health databases, health science databases, academic search is multidisciplinary database. So you can see to the left that ProQuest is another company and so when you go into a ProQuest database the interface will look the same. You have a criminal justice database we have some more health databases and then all the way to the right we have miscellaneous vendors that are really popular and have a great selection of material that you will use as a psychology student. Sinus tract, Taylor and Francis those are all their own companies of databases.
So is good to just get a really solid understanding of what a database is and the difference between a database and a vendor. EBSCO is not a database. ProQuest is not a database and this other miscellaneous ones those are databases and vendors.
So again this matters because it helps for us to be talking about the same thing so when you email us for help that you can see those, the differences between these two so I am getting feedback and questions that you should be seeing my PowerPoint slides? So hopefully you've all been seeing that. If someone could verify they have some graphics that would be great. Okay now you see it. Terrific. This was probably the most visual slides so. This is probably the most helpful everything else I just talked through was just kind of money PowerPoint so you can go back and look through those as well. So hopefully this kind of explains the difference as you are seeing another difference between EBSCO, ProQuest and the miscellaneous vendors.
So yes we missed a few slides but I think we will be okay because that was mostly, just some things like that.
Let me move on. Let's talk about navigating the library. Okay. So we are just going to hop right over there so now you should be seeing the library homepage. So if you are not if you can let me know if you are not seeing it. That would be great. Okay so let's talk about now that we have talked about all of those conceptual things that everything is arranged the same as a traditional library except bookshelves. We have them arranged and databases. So the quickest way to get to the library is really the URL so the quickest way is actually library.waldenu.edu. That is the quickest way to get to the Walden library. You can also access it through your student portal. There is a lot going on here but I'm going to point out a few things for you to really focus on that will really help you determine where you go when you are here. So there is mainly two ways to search for journal articles which is mostly what you're going to be searching for to begin with in the library. And this search box at the top of the page is called Thoreau it searches the entire library. So think of going into the library and you have 30 minutes. Know that if you use this search box you have to search all the sections of the library so what are all the sections of the library? They can be found here in research by subject so when you use that top search box no matter your topic you have to search all of these materials and all of these program areas, right? Sometimes you might want to use that and I will show you an example in a bit sometimes you might not want to use that and I will tell you reasons why you might choose one over the other. But for instance if you want to go right to the psychology section you can click on psychology and all of our psychology materials are arranged here. So you can see that is a picture of me because I am the psychology librarian here at Walden.
So how are these subjects pages arranged? So this top search box I don't necessarily don't sincerely recommend this to students but that is a way to search across psychology materials. But it is really not very clear what you are searching so I don't necessarily recommend this box. So that is up to you if you want to use it but we are not really going to focus much on it tonight.
This first section here is materials that you can actually start searching and using so think of this first section is actually physical materials. So if you use this drop-down menu you'll see that these are the all the psychology databases so these are the five most popular and then you can click on the link here to see all of our psychology databases which we have 13 total. We have everything from psych info to LGBT life to science direct. So those are all of the sociology sorry those are all of the psychology databases. So that is all up here you can search books, you can search videos, tests and instruments as well so these are all think of these as materials that you can search. This bottom part if you get stuck on what to do or how to approach researching something, these are all kinds of how to guides so how to do a basic article search. That has a couple of steps here and we are going to talk about those tonight.
If you are doing a literature review, tests and measures, here is more information about how to do it not necessarily the databases you need to go to. So remember you are going into the fiscal library and go to the particular section of bookshelves so these are those particular sections and bookshelves. You can see we have multiple databases that have to have some instruments in them.
So let's go back. If I was to click on education, it is set up. Similar. You see the librarians and they are set up very similar. All of our pages are set up very similar. The last thing I want to point out is this publications button over here on the right.
When you click on publications this is where you can search by material type if you want to. So this is where I recommend going if you are interested in searching for dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines, encyclopedias and handbooks. So know that we have a great selection of online books and a great selection of online encyclopedias that can really help you to understand a subject even if your assignment is asking you to find a journal article.
Let me scoot back over to the PowerPoint. Recovered what the psychology research page is. Lastly before we actually get into searching in the databases, what is scholarly information? So you are often going to hear for your assignments things like base year answer on scholarly literature, find different scholarly articles, search the library for. What that means is scholarly information is simply meant for an academic audience and it comes in various formats just like any other library, journals, books encyclopedias. It is just meant for academics and students to read and it goes more in-depth on a topic. Within scholarly information there is something that we call peer-reviewed journals. Those are journals where the articles are evaluated by experts in the field. So a psychology journal when a research article is submitted will be reviewed by 3-4 other psychology researchers. Now these research articles may report on an original research project, right and we call those empirical research articles. Or they may summarize other research has already been published so you will see these in the forms of literature reviews, systematic reviews, about analysis and all of these things again are mostly found in library databases. They are not found online because they are very expensive to produce and publish and so there is a whole proprietary model that surrounds those. So know that if you are using Google scholar you're not getting those materials because you can only find them in library databases.
So that is the introductory section before we jump in and do some searching the Libra databases. I'm going to take a real quick look at questions and see if there's anything I can answer briefly or I'm going to wait till the end of the webinar to look at. So there is a question about finding an article by title so if you see a citation and something and you want to see if the library has the article we do, we are able to do that so I will say that until the end of the webinar because that is something we were not going to cover tonight. So just remind me to stick around after the webinar and we will definitely I will answer that question.
I think that was the main okay. And a few questions about Google scholar so we will answer those questions at the end.
Let's talk about searching the library databases. So I like trees and I like trees to stay in the ground but this is one slide that if you're going to print something you may consider printing the slide keeping it handy in your notebook or desk? Do your research because you can use these eight steps for just about any research in the library. So we are going to cover these step-by-step and go through a search but essentially these steps can be boiled down to you try searching the database, you review your results and then you modify it and try some other different search techniques. If the results are not what you are looking for. That is what we do as librarians. We are just more practiced at it and we have more skill larger skill set since this is what we do for a living but this is essentially the same process that we use when you ask us a question in ask a librarian. So we are going to cover all of these steps it is preparing to search so what do you do with your topic? You select a database and then you have to set up your search in the database. After that you simply review your results and we are going to talk about ways you can modify those results as well.
Let's take an example. The first if you go back to the steps if you have those handy in the PowerPoint open our first step is to break your topic into keywords so make a list, literally a list of all the main ideas but then we also are going to brainstorm synonyms and similar concepts and the reason that we do this is because not all researchers use the same language for the same concepts so we need to think about all the different ways that this concept is talked about in the literature. So let's take our topic. Let's say this is your prompt for an assignment. Choose a current topic in psychology and discuss its effects on a specific population. What programs are being used to address this issue? Use the scholarly literature to support your response. So we need a current topic in psychology so we are going but something maybe we deal with at work or we are interested in using for dissertation or capstone so we are going to take drug use. In the specific population are going to look at his high school students so we have our list started. What are some other ideas and terms that encompass the drug use. Well substance abuse, drug addition, those are very similar concepts. And then high school students how might we also search icicle students?
Secondary education and secondary school is often a term that is used, is a British term that is sometimes used in other countries outside of the United States and teenagers and adolescents kind of also encompass high school students so that is a bit more broad but that is kind of good to put on our list as well. So the next step is to choose a database so let's hop over to the library and decide which database we want to use.
Again we can search here in Thoreau -- that searches everything and if we have time we will do a quick search over there and compare the searches but we have an assignment that is due in one day so we want to look at just the psychology literature so we are going to go over to psychology and pick a database there. We could also if we wanted to look at it from a criminal justice perspective go over to criminal justice or maybe even education. But we want to see what the psychology literature says so we are going to click on psychology. We are going to click on psychology databases and psych info is the database you should probably start with the majority of the time when you want to search the psychology literature. This is a database from the American psychological association and this is the go to database for people in the field of psychology. So you are really lucky to have access to this during your time here at Walden. When you're out in the fields or organizations and individual researchers in the field have to purchase this on their own. So let's go ahead and click info psychology. Because this is an EBSCO database so EBSCO is the logo over here remember that is the company and we know we are searching psych info because we see it labeled right here.
Our third step is to enter one idea or concept per search box so we are going to put drug use in our search box and high school students in our second search box. I am going to, because drug use goes by other names I am going to type in or other terms. Because our fourth step says that we can combine similar ideas or concepts in the same search box separated by the word "or" and we are going to talk about what this means. And these are the only things you need to worry about up here to begin with. One idea or concept per search box, similar ideas can go in the same search box separated by the word "or." There are lots of other options on the page and I'm go to point out three that you should think about. We are going to click full text because our assignment is due tomorrow and we need to read the article immediately so we have citations in our database that are not full text so know that you need the article right away you want to check full text. We want to check peer review because we need to find something in the scholarly literature and it said a current article. So we are going to look at the last five years and we are going to type in 2015 and we are going to leave this box blank because it will just default to the most current article.
So those are the only things we need to worry about on this main page so we go ahead and click search.
We have 383 articles but let's talk about what we are looking at here before we move onto the next step about reviewing our results.
This search means find the articles that mention one of these terms: drug abuse, or substance abuse or drug addiction. They have to mention at least one but they could mention more than one but they have to have at least one of those words, and, they also have to have the term high school students. So we could find an article that says drug use in high school students or substance abuse in high school students. You can leave these drop-down menus are on the left the same you don't have to touch them at all. I rarely use them with all of the work that I do with students. It is very uncommon for me to have to use those.
Where is the database looking for these words in the articles? They are looking for these words in the article title. They are looking for them in the publication information. They are looking for them in this line called subjects so what is the subject's line? This subjects line our labels that the database assigns to each article so that all articles about high school students are called in this database they are labeled high school students. They are not labeled secondary school or secondary education. They are labeled high school students and the subjects are different in each database.
So be aware of that as well.
You will see terms for subject-based intervention, teaching, all kinds of different ideas so without even looking at the article I already know the main ideas of each article. I can read the article title in the subject's line and get a good sense of what the article is about. Now if I click on the article title I can see the abstract and it also searches for those terms in the abstract.
And these should be all articles we can read right away. They are full text, peer-reviewed and published 2015 or after. So what was my next point? That I wanted to make? Okay let's assume something on this page we found something immediately that we wanted the full text of so let's talk about how to get the full text.
The easiest way is obviously and probably is familiar and comfortable to you all is the PDF full text button. If I click on PDF full text I can read it in the browser so in the database itself. I can download it by hovering at the top of the article and the download or print button it also gives you options to share in different ways so that is pretty easy if you see a PDF full text button. HTML again you can read it or print it if you want and then there is the find at Walden the not very popular find at Walden button. What this button does is this is telling you that this article actually lives in another database with full text. Psych- info does not have the full text of this article. We need to click on find at Walden to get the full text of the article.
So there are three things that are going to happen. You're going to click on it and it will bring you to the article. You will click on it and it will bring you to a list of databases where you can access it. Or is not going to work so let's see what happens in this case. Is giving us a list of databases where the article is available so this article was published in 2019 so this is the article citation here at the top and all of these databases hold that Journal until present so I should be able to click on any of these and it should bring me right to the article.
So we can download the full article right here. Let's see if we can find another one that just brings us right to the article. Let me try one more. Sometimes it brings us right to the article. If you click on find at Walden it does not work. That happens because it is trying to work with about 100 databases that we have and it does not always work because it is trying to navigate 100 databases and so sometimes there are data entry errors into those kinds of things. So if this is not working then go ahead and just contact us and ask a librarian and we will see if we can find the article for you. Sometimes we have a few other tricks up our sleeve that we can get the article for you.
So we have covered all the steps except step number eight which is kind of the most important. Evaluate and modify and experiment with your search. So let's talk about how we might modify this search. 383 so we picked a problem, drug use and high school students but 383 is a lot of article still soy good solid structured search and maybe have a couple hundred at most so let's see if we can narrow this down and make our lives easier before we start looking through 383 articles. Fillet seafood can narrow this down so school-based intervention is interesting. Some articles about alcohol abuse, more specifically some are about tobacco smoking. Oh prescription drugs that is interesting. That has been very much in the news lately. If I look more I see that a lot of the articles are covering prescription drugs so let's narrow our search a little bit further. We can do a lot just from the results page so my recommendation to you is to start your search broadly. So let's put in prescription drugs.
We are going to type in one idea or concept per search box so this is its own idea and goes in its own search box and I'm going to click search. So we are down to 34 articles. I want to make sure that these 34 articles that their main idea is prescription drugs. Now if you think yourself how can I tell the database to search for prescription drugs only if it is the main idea of the article? Remember that we talked about this subject's-. Those are the main ideas of the article. Database has already labeled them for us so if I only want articles whose, who are labeled prescription drugs so I know that is the main idea I can go back here and select subjects in the drop-down menu until the database to search for this term in this subject line. I can also I want to tell it to search in the title, in the abstract. This is how you can also search for articles by a particular author. So I am going to update this and see if this narrows the results anymore. Okay so now I am down to 24. But I am going to review my results and it now I realize these articles may not be exactly what I need. I may want a bigger selection so maybe I can, I can answer more terms to this box possibly. We can add in teens or adolescents.
Now a trick about this is that the word "teen.” That is the root word because it has multiple other forms. And so does adolescents as the people and adolescents is a state of being so what we can do instead of typing teen or teenager or teenage we can put in an*which is control, sorry which is shift eight on the keyboard and put the*at the end of the root word and it searches for all the other variations and spelling and we can do that with adolescents as well so we would actually take out the T S because adolescence the state of being is CE -- so we are going to put an asterisk there as well. So we had 24 results but we now broadened it to any articles that are about high school students or teens or adolescents. So let's click search and see where we are at.
We are at 205. Now we could continue to narrow our search by looking at subject terms. Now remember the other part of the prompt was it wanted to, it wanted us to talk about different programs and we saw some terms in the subject line earlier that had programs in there so let's think of all the words that we can think of that are similar to programs. By clicking on this + we can add another search box and I can type in programs, it gives me suggestions or I can pick out words. Programs, interventions, prevention or treatment. Those are all very similar concepts are going to click search.
Now we are at 143 articles and we can look at our results and see if these are relevant to our assignment and click on them again to get the full text and read the abstract as well. Okay so really quickly I just want to show you basically the difference between this search and if we were to search this in Thoreau's were going to go back to the library homepage and remember Thoreau searches the whole library so we just ended up with 143 very specific articles. If we were to do something similar in Thoreau so I'm going to click on advanced search because that gives us the three search boxes. Again it looks very similar to psych info but I can tell at the top that we are searching Thoreau. So let's search, we cannot search exactly the same so we cannot search with that subject line.
I'm sorry limit it to subjects because Thoreau searches across multiple databases and remember subjects is specific to the database. I'm going to check full text, peer review, 2015 and let's see the difference in the number of results we get. It might be similar, might be significantly more. We will see. So we got 1000 results. Now again these are all articles from criminal justice, education, psychology, business, social work, nursing. So when we go right to psych info we can quickly browse what is in those in the psychology literature itself so we don't have to sort through education material, business material, those kinds of things.
I don't see any questions. What I am going to do is I will do one more quick search in a ProQuest database to show you a little bit of a difference of how ProQuest works and then we will talk about how to get help. So if we were to open up the ProQuest database let's assume we wanted to search this topic in the criminal justice literature because it had that component to it so I click on criminal justice and again the pages the same as all the other research pages it is arranged the same way. I'm going to go to criminal justice databases and there is literally one called criminal justice database so this is a ProQuest database and so it looks a lot different. You will see ProQuest here, the logo but of course the database itself is criminal justice. So I am going to try the same search so just bear with me as I copy and paste and don't have to re-create this.
Now there is a trick to searching ProQuest databases that I want you to be aware of especially for criminal justice or I guess our forensic students if there are any in the house tonight. Because you will be using this this is one of our more popular highly used ProQuest databases. So we are going to check and we had the same options you can see text, peer-reviewed. The date is a bit different so I want after this date so I want anything after 2015 and I'm going to click okay. One thing before we search. If you see it over here it says anywhere, searching anywhere. Now in EBSCO database it searches in the article title, publication information, subjects and abstract. In ProQuest it searches the whole article text so that is a big difference and often that gives you thousands more results but they are not necessarily always relevant. So if we click search you will see that I think the search does come okay so we got 586. That is not bad. Usually we get a couple thousand. So if that is too much we can go back to modify our search and we really want our main ideas are drug use, prescription drugs so maybe we want to say search for prescription drugs in anywhere but the full text so we want this to be a main idea mentioned in the article title, pub, subjects or abstracts. And then maybe high school students. We will say anywhere in the full text. And then we update the search and I've 18 results. So much more narrow so that is something that you can experiment with.
So that is all the eight steps that we just work through so step two, pick your database. One idea or concept per search box but combine similar ideas. Limit your search to full text, year if you need to, peer review. Search. Retrieve your full text either through PDF HTML or find it Walden and review your results and these are all the things we just talked about as far as searching. The only one we did not cover was quotation marks so we could have put high school students in quotation marks to search it as an exact phrase. That is always a good tip to have handy, too.
Let's talk about where to get help and then we will leave some time for questions. The first thing is our where to go to get recorded webinars and all of our how-to guides. Those are on the main banner on all of our library pages and so under get help is where you will find our recorded webinars so you will find those upcoming webinars as well as recorded so if you happen to miss the email or the link does not come through. You can also select our library skills guide and this has all kinds of information in depth if you want to learn more about a particular topic.
If you want to know more about choosing a topic have a whole guide and how to choose a topic, finding inspiration, example topics, how to make them not too broad or too narrow. This is actually really helpful guide.
So that is where you can get help or that is where you can learn more about a particular topic. Within our recorded webinars we have a mysteries of the library webinar and that is the third Monday of each month so if you want to join us then you can look at our upcoming webinars and register for one of those as well. So where to ask questions. Think of this as three-tiered. Quick answers is a searchable database of frequently asked questions. You can email or chat with us in ask a librarian. And if you are a doctoral student you can schedule a 30 minute phone or screen sharing appointments. Where you find all that on the library homepage?
This main search box typically we used to search Thoreau but if you click on search everything that will search our quick answers. For instance I did not talk about DOI tonight so if you wants more information about how to find a DOI, where to locate it you can click search and in the middle column you will see all of our quick answers. What is a DOI? How do I find an article without a DOI so this will tell you how to cite it without a DOI so just be aware that quick answers is available. And than everything else is under our ask a librarian button.
So when you click here you can email us by filling out this short form. Hour turnaround time is Tetley 24 hours but we can answer you within a few hours. If you catch us when we are staffing our service which we do throughout the week at different times so depends when you catch us and how busy we are but often hour turnaround time can be really quick and depending if it is term start or during a particular time at the terminate take us 24 hours. You can chat with us so these are our chat hours. We have chat hours until 9:30 PM Eastern tonight so if you are working on an assignment you can chat with the other librarians staffing tonight you can tell them I sent you. If you leave us a voicemail we only email you back we do not return voicemails so just be aware of that if you choose this option.
And then again if you are a doctoral student you can schedule an appointment and to do that you would simply select your college, social and behavioral sciences, psychology and then you would select an appointment date. I'm going to be at the Houston residency so I don't have a lot of appointments coming up but say for instance on the 30th I have three available that day, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM. I often will have them in the afternoon as well but let's see I have 11, 12 and one. So remember at the beginning of the webinar when I said don't be the student that waits hours and hours without asking for help because that is what we are here to do is to help you be successful at Walden and you are not bothering us. That is one of our favorite parts of the job. Working from home we enjoy working directly with students so please let us know when we can help with anything.
I am actually at this point going to stop the recording and go back to the questions and answer some of those so if you have to take off thank you for attending. Our advanced psychology research webinar is next week and I hope to see you there. Or one of our mysteries of the library webinars on the third Monday of each month. Thank you for attending everyone. Okay so I stopped recording. I will stick around for about 10 or 15 minutes I can stay a little bit to answer some questions. So I am going to start at the beginning.
How to search for definitions so scholarly definitions. That takes a little bit of a sophisticated search but we do actually have a QA on that but I would if you don't find the QA helpful about finding definitions reach out to us at ask the library because I have a really unique trick that I like to show students about scholarly definitions. So how do I find scholarly definitions? This was quick answers. This shows an example of how to do that in the databases. And let's see. A couple other questions.
A student asks they found a citation they wanted to see in one of their textbooks and wanted to see if they have the article. So let's assume that this was the name of the article. Adolescence future orientation and nonmedical use of prescription drugs so let's say you found that citation in your textbook. The easiest way is to search in Thoreau. Remember Thoreau searches the entire library so we were to copy and paste the article title it will search all of our databases so when I click on article title it should be the only one that comes up let's see. Okay we see that it is the first one here although it looks like someone else is referencing it in their title. This is the full text. We click on find at Walden and this one brings us is an example of bringing us right up to the article. So that is an example so that is how you find an article by title. You use Thoreau on the library homepage to search for the article title.
So yes and don't pay for it so no paying for anything. You're already paying for it.
There was a question about Google scholar and doesn't have a place to indicate peer review. It does not and so Google scholar unless you link it to Walden library will also not show you what we have and to get to the full text and Google scholar does have some full text. Unfortunately a lot of the information is shared and violating copyright so your best bet is to learn how to use the databases early on in your program and then use Google scholar as a supplement because once you get proficient at using databases it can be so much quicker and less work to find the full text and verify that it is peer-reviewed. Which you're going to have to do if you find an article on peer review and that consists of going into another database and looking up the journal title to see if it is peer-reviewed.
Someone asked is it possible to have an article from Google's scholar that is not a Walden and that is yes. There's one thing we will look forth we don't see an article 1st in the databases we will look at Google scholar next and see if it is available they are so yes it is possible but Google scholar is not great at looking up articles by subject. Because it just does not have as much control over the search as you do in the database.
Yes so if you are looking for a particular article and you don't find it in the library databases I would for sure check Google scholar and another trick is to just search it in Google. Sometimes I've had some random luck and found it there as well and I would search the article title in quotation marks as long as you know the article title is correct because remember that searches an exact phrase and that works in Google scholar.
Interlibrary loan so someone asked about interlibrary loan so what we have is something called document delivery so document delivery is available primarily for doctoral students and our masters level students. It is not available for short-term assignments and discussions so if you are working on some larger project for a course students can request articles up to 30 articles and it takes about one week for them to be delivered to you and so there is a limit because it does cost us to borrow them from our partner institutions so we do limit that to again larger projects like Masters capstone classes and dissertation work so it is mostly our doctoral students that use that. Now for books and things like that we can request book chapters but not books so we have ways of helping you find where there might be a book that you can borrow for free from a nearby library so if you are looking for any material and you are needing additional help, just reach out to us and we have lots of ways to help you find that material. So where do you find document delivery? It is under services at the top and then under here document delivery on the left.
And you can just sign up and read through all the information here. There is more detail that you will want to know about especially if you are a dissertation student. I think that is most of the questions and about half of everyone has already left so I'm going to log off so thank you all for coming again look for the advanced webinar especially if you are a Masters or doctoral level student that is right up your alley is going to talk about theories, methodologies, dissertations and that is all good information to start taking about even if you have not reached that in your coursework. So hopefully I will see you there. Have a good night everyone and hopefully I will see you on ask a librarian or in a doctoral appointment.
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