Transcript - Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! SAGE Research Methods Online - May 18 2020

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Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! SAGE Research Methods Online

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>>       AUDREY BUTLETT: ....really quickly and then I will introduce Amanda, I am Audrey Butlett and I am the liaison for the College of management technology.  With me tonight is one of our other librarian Amanda Solomon.  And she will be my coal pilot and watching chat for me and pipe in with questions that maybe I don't see.


We will sometime at the end for questions.  Hopefully can see my screen okay. Amanda will be putting the slide deck hopefully in the chat.  If that doesn't work see the attached the slide deck to the follow the PowerPoint you will get tomorrow.  Which is automatically generated and you'll get a recording of the webinar and a copy of the slide deck.


Both will come to you within the next 24 hours if the child is not working properly we will work it out one way or another.  I'm going to turn off my camera so I don't distract myself.  And I think Amanda will pop off also but we are glad you're here tonight, thank you for being with us but today we will go over SAGE research methods online.  And to be honest, this is one of my favorite databases in the library because I think the content in here is really fabulous.  Especially when you are working on methodology, if you don't know where to start it's a great resource.


The slide deck, the top link go straight to Sage research methods online I'm going to call it SRMO.


If you try to learn how to do case studies are looking at data analysis or data collection, this gives you an overview of that information. some things we will go through step-by-step is a methods map, I think I have a picture of it in here.  The slide deck has a link to the database and have instructions here, so these link to our quick answers about how to get to the encyclopedias and to get to specific database because there are couple different ways to get to SRMO in the library and we will walk through that.  But I want to make this easy for you after the webinar if you just had the slide deck open you could get to it pretty easily.


Here are a couple screenshots and I promise as soon as we get out of the slide deck we will go into the database into actual searching.  But I wanted to set this up for you so when you come back to the slide deck after the webinar you have context for it but so there's a couple different ways you can go through SAGE.  There's an advanced search or general search on the main page.  If you click on advanced search you can do something more intricate for your search string.  Or how you search through SAGE research.  This also browsing, here is an image of the methods map we will go through.  On the right-hand side is a link from SRMO that you can go to the gives you context for the methods map.  The project planner is a cool resource --


This walks through planning your research.  This is a really neat resource they have in there, we have a short list of videos.  I promise all of them are 15 minutes or less, there might be one at 17 minutes but they have some cool stuff in there.   At the end of the slide deck is just how to look up quick answers,  and we have appointments available also.


as far as contacting the librarian.  I will show you how to do that. In the upper right-hand corner, if you click on, ask a librarian, and I do this for all my webinars just in case you are not superfamily with a library and you have not reach out to us, if you have questions, so there four differ in ways to contact us.  You can email, chat, our dates and times are available there.  You can leave a voicemail and we will email you back.


If you want to make an appointment with you if you are a doctoral student.  Just know that that is there for you.  There are two main ways to get to SMRO in the library, one of them is going to the databases A-Z.  Stage starts with an S so you can click on the S and the database is A-Z page and you'll see SRMO as the third option down, the other option is to click on database types and you will see in encyclopedias and dictionaries.  And you can limit your search there in SRMO. will pop up again.  So however you want to find it, alphabetical probably the easiest but you have your options.


SAGE and Gale are here for your concepts and theories and general knowledge --SAGE research online is specific to methodology and research concepts. So you wouldn't want to come here and look up a theory or something that is not methodology related. SAGE is very much focused on research methodology which is why it is so often but why it is also very specific.


You can look at something qualitative or do a general term or sometimes it will preserve that term to give you an idea of what will pop up and you can grab it from the drop-down.  If you have something more specific like case study you can type that in and it will tell you that there's a book about case study methods if I want to do a keyword search, a lot of stuff will pop up for you so there's a lot of ways to do that. 


You can also do an advanced search.  And I think a lot of us are accustomed to the single search bar like Google, so there's nothing wrong with just starting there to see what you can find.  But there is an advanced search page that you can narrow your results before you hit the search button if you want to.  If you had something very specific in mind and you wanted to narrow it down by date and then content time, maybe I don't want videos or podcast or the project planner or articles.  I'm only really focused on maybe nursing, something like that, you can limit your search before you even run it.


But I would only be suggesting that if you are looking for something very specific, otherwise just keep it broad to see what you can find in the database breed that's probably the easiest way to start out.  I will head back to that main page.


The other thing you can do is browse.  Actually if you scroll down the page, this is very similar to what you will find the rest of the website.  I think they try to condense it so it is in a viewable area so there is less scrolling but we will definitely scroll down because depending on how you like to look through things, I think scrolling down gives you more context.  But you can click on these to get content on a specific topic so if you just wanted all the information they had on research design, you could click on this.  If you just wanted her research methodology related to marketing you can click on this.


The things I have on the right-hand side are content types.  These will be little green box and little loop books.  Green books are quantitative research methodology and blue books are qualitative.  So these books have information regarding that methodology will be specific so if you see that in their results list you can figure out which methodology it is focusing on crude references like encyclopedia entry-- although there are handbooks if you do all books.  General articles, there are interesting articles about research methodologies.


If you are looking at a date range, a lot of them are probably 2010 or 2012 but they're not all from the last two years, you could go here to look at the videos and then the project planner, I don't think we have access to their podcasts, I think that is a separate section but you could check it out.


And the research tools I want to point out per we walked through this a little bit in the slide deck but these are some really cool things that they have.


One of the ones I walk through is the methods map because it does the sifting for you and says I'm going to start out with this methodology or this one term I want to see what is related to it.  Reading lists which are nice because if somebody comes in here and creates personal account, people will collect different items here and put it into a personal reading list and will take a look at that.  And then your project planner.  I'm not going to worry about which stats, you are welcome to take a look at that but I'm not that familiar with that information – I don’t want to leave anybody down the wrong road but it is there few went to check it out.  You can come in here and look at things by content type.  Books, video, reference, again, this is going to be dictionaries and in cycle. entries and probably handbooks.  Your little green books for quantitative, qualitative for the blue box, your project planner and then maybe there's a short list of podcasts but I have not clicked on it since they've updated the database.


We had this from the browse option, the methods map, you can get it from here as well.  Some short videos about using SAGE research if you are in here and you are thinking, the library said this one thing about SRMO, there are short tutorials down here also.


Let's do a quick search in here.  I'm just going to pick on case studies since for some reason that's been a very popular topic in my appointments for the last couple of weeks.  Even today.  Some doing a search for case study.  This is the other thing happens every once a while, phage is sometimes a little slow to load special when the results list is really long proved just the way it goes I guess.  There we go.


Give about 14,571 results on case study.  It will always tell you what resource you will click into this once in cycle., this one's in cycle., regular book.  If we keep scrolling we will see some of the green books are blue books but if you want to narrow that down, if you click on content type, it will tell you how much of each one of these you gotten.  So if you want to focus on handbooks only or even look at green books are blue books you could do that.  You can uncheck them you could say, well, case studies generally are qualitative so we could limit this to little blue books.


This gives you some overview of what is in the book.  Your editorial notes and copyright etc.  Self about the authors.  You can come in here and click through the chapters and you can search with in the book itself and see if there is a specific thing that you can search for, like interview.  And the different content within the handbook or the bluebook research for interview there are six matches for interview and this section, there are different ways to search for content in this database which is pretty cool.  Ethical thing is you can limit this by discipline so if you're doing this for social work or business or psychology, should be able to limit it, so they have a pretty good list of different options you can narrow to.  So if we click on communications and media --

in the narrow list, so you have little blue books that covers mitigation and media studies that talk about case studies.


Of course you can open that backup if you did not have much to work with.  36 results is not so looks like it's not playing the exact phrase which is fine.


If we open up the content type 2 books or other items we would get more results. That is one way to search for content in here.  If we just wanted to do a general sifting to see what did they have about communication and media studies, you could click on the browse option.


You have mitigation and media studies and then you can come here and save that is my area, what do I want to look at?  Maybe just encyclopedia entries or what kind of articles do they have related to the topic we that's another way to do that.


You want to modify your search after you've run one, we didn't technically run one but you could click on modify search.  And change it so we had regular case study in here but if I wanted to make this an exact search could put quotation marks and that will tell a database to search for that exact phrase and not break it apart or put it in a different order.  We will run it one more time.


This will still be pretty big but I don't think it will be 14,000 but now we are down to 318.  If you're looking for something specific like a multi-case study or number of participants or some kind of data analysis or some kind of data collection, you could come in here and search for something very similar like that.  Now that we have run a search let's go to the research tools option at the top.  If you hover over that you look at the drop-down.


Am going to click on methods map.


I think this is super cool.  You can come in here and figure out where you want to start.  Maybe I am just starting out with research design.  I am not sure which I should focus on.  Here is case study, we were talking about that earlier but there are options here.  And of course you can click on any of these and get more context.  See click on that negative or recent history of the things you've clicked on so it keeps track for you.  And then there are a couple of broader terms related to case study if you wanted to -- you can click on search all content on case study research which is basically what we did by searching on case study, but this is the only way to get to that point.


So if you are not sure this is something you're interested in or you want to learn more you can click on that.  If you want to look at single cases, now we can click on this to find all the information in SRMO on single cases.


But it is nice because it walks you through related terms in a way that you are getting something narrower and narrower or something specific in the methodology that you have chosen.


We have 234 results.  So you can always go in there and play with that.  It won't tell you what to use or if you should be using it.


It definitely has saved what we picked which is great.  And then you have the option to start over as well.  That is the methods map and I love this.  I think it is so cool.  Next, I will point out the project planner in SRMO.  I said at the beginning, the project planner is not here if Mike is not going to tell you, it will not be limited to anyone's rubrics, it is just a place to start.  So if you click on this, I kind of ask those overarching questions people have when they are just starting out.


Is good down to reviewing the literature because I think that is the Liber's, that is where we spent a lot of time helping students, is with their lit review.  We’re trying to find articles.  Why are you going to do a lit review? How do I keep a bibliography, how do I use Internet in my research?


If you click on the search terms they can give you context for those topics.


What is a risk assessment, research or biased, they give you some context and even a short video?  This is more of each step of the process with some FAQs with linked content in the database to help answer those questions and give you some context.


That is another cool thing that SRMO has.


Nexfin want to point out are these reading lists.  You can't buy method or discipline -- these are all other researchers.  Whatever it is they are researching -- collect a reading list that you can go in and check out.  So maybe there researching something similar to you ( you can look at this persons list that they did on 5/4 and it has a list of everything they have decided to collect and make public.  Give the option of doing that as well.  You just need to build a profile and SRMO, and that is private to you and not something that is part of that single sign in to get into the database, this is a private thing the library cannot see or edit.


If you click on that it gives you the options but just know, again, you don't have to use the Walden account, you can use Gmail or Hotmail or Yahoo or whatever you've got.  And just click on, create profile, but it is not required, just giving those options if you are interested.


Does anybody have a search that they would like me to demo?  Or do you have any questions about SAGE? We can certainly go through them.  I can point out videos while you're here.  If you click on videos -- can just look at all of them.  Browse all videos.  Amanda, are there any questions in the chat box?


>>       AMANDA SOLOMON:  We have a question from Tiffany and she says that she is a question -- she's doing research on digital learning.  She is not sure where to start her reading.  So maybe she could just type in digital learning --


>>       AUDREY BUTLETT:  Yeah.


>>       AMANDA SOLOMON:  That would be more of a topic a for an article database.  I am not sure if 5


>>       AUDREY BUTLETT:  Yeah -- I am not sure that would be focused on a methodology but you could come in here and try it.


I put it in quotation marks like we did --


>>       AMANDA SOLOMON:  Yes, I think Tiffany, probably want to start on -- yes -- perfect.


>>       AUDREY BUTLETT:  I know there's a lot of education content in here.  Not a problem.


  Handbook on teacher education, digital resources for the research institution, they've got some content in here you could review.


And also look at other terms related to digital earnings you can say it remote learning or online learning and you can get more content there also.  If I was going to do that, if those are close enough -- remote learning or online learning -- so what this is doing, the OR's will tell the database, any of these terms is fine to find content on any of them.  So I will hit search again.


I think we had 33 results before, let's see what we get now.  I guess the longer it takes to spin and sort that out -- the more results we will have which is great.  We went from 33 to 154.  I mean, depends, if you are looking for that exact phrase, digital learning, you could leave it as that but if you're okay looking for other related terms you will get a lot more results.  So I saw a couple hands pop up, is there another one, Amanda?


>>       AMANDA SOLOMON:  Yes.  Have a really good question, someone in my last residence he mentioned the green books, what exactly are the green books?


>>       AUDREY BUTLETT:   Let's go there, if we go to browse and then little green books --I think we clicked on a blue book, so the green books will be quantitative methodology specifically and they will uncover a lot of concepts related to quantitative methodology. I’m not a methodologist and I am not -- this is not my comfort area, I could come in here and help you search for something you're hoping to find, but I am not the expert in this area by any means.


But these little books, I think had a faculty to me these used to be in print, so when you used to go to a brick-and-mortar library, you have these on the shelf.  So you would know when you picked up a little green book would be quantitative and if you picked up a blue book it would be qualitative.


So if you click on one of these, just gives you an overview of whatever the topic is.  Related to quantitative research.  Then you have your chapters here.  So if you were looking at factorial survey experiments, and wanted to know about setting up the survey within the chapter, you can click it and then you will get your full chapter with a bunch of content related to that.


Those are what those books are for.  They will not be peer-reviewed content you will cite but they will help give you context for whatever you're looking for.


If you feel like you need assistance with your research methodology, that is when you reach out to the Center for research quality.  If anybody want me to show you how to get to the website I would be happy to do that but we are just showing you the database and showing how to go through it.  Definitely not what to pick or how to use it or anything, this is definitely informational webinar on this particular database and how to get to the different cool resources they have here.


Anything else popping up, Amanda?


>>       AMANDA SOLOMON:  No, just a lot of positive feedback.  Looks like a great resource.  And what's of excitement.


>>       AUDREY BUTLETT:  Yeah, I mean, I feel bad this database doesn't get as much  love -- it should get more because I think it's super awesome and I think there's so much great content in here.


>>       AMANDA SOLOMON:  I really love the project planner.


>>       AUDREY BUTLETT:  Isn't that cool?


>>       AMANDA SOLOMON:  Yes.


>>       AUDREY BUTLETT:   When I started here six years ago I came into this database I thought wow this is so cool.  Anything you would ever want to know about researching is basically in here.  So it is so cool.


A lot of the doctoral students have to do methodology classes.  So this is more like supplemental content that you can come back to once you are done with those supplemental courses when you want to.  But if you have questions you can email the library, if you are doctoral student and you want to talk to a librarian one on one about research, well, research is far as finding articles, not doing research, were happy to do that.


We are recording this so we will put this up on our website and I will show you where we are going to do that.  Under get help It will be under recorded webinars I think that the click of a couple times.  Under the library skills. Sounds right.  I haven't been here in a while. I’m pretty sure it will be in here.


I will have to scroll to find out where it is length but it will be in this section somewhere.  Okay, so it will be in this introduction to series of mystery webinars.  And it should be in this list.  Maybe it is not.  Maybe I am losing my mind but I promise it is in here.  If you need help finding and we can certainly do that otherwise a recorded link of this webinar will go right to your email. And like I said them I will make sure the slide deck is attached so you have access to both.


Awesome.  And the email go to whatever email you used to register with. 


We really appreciate you being here with us this evening or depending on your time zone, but we appreciate you being here.  That is awesome and if you have any follow questions you can always go to "ask a librarian" and contact us or if your doctoral student and want to make an appointment you certainly can pay things again for being here tonight and you will see an email from us the next 24 hours and thank you again for showing up and stay safe and healthy.


>>       AMANDA SOLOMON:  Thank you, everybody.  Goodbye.




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