Library web site
- the quickest tour ever: COVID-19, books, articles, journals, theses
searching for sources
- Gonzalez, R. E. (2015). Risk Factors Associated with Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults of Mexican Origin (Order No. 3732430). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.
Database searching tips
- Developing a research question: for graduate students
- Consider word variations and synonyms
- think about how others might refer to your ideas
- older adults, nursing homes, aging, elderly individuals, nursing home residents...baby boomers
- Better searching using AND, OR, NOT
- AND (all terms) OR (one of the terms) NOT (exclude terms)
- Parentheses and Boolean operators can be used to set apart search groups
- e.g, NEAR/# = search terms within a specified number of words apart, e.g., music NEAR/3 therapy
- Limit or expand terms
- "quotation marks" (exact) truncat* (truncate, truncates, truncated, truncation, etc.)
- Employ search limiters (available limiters depend on the database)
- peer reviewed, article type, date
- e.g, in PsycINFO, can include: age group, population group, methodology
- Identify key publications and authors
- note citations, and cited references, repeated author names
- Document and track everything you do in the steps above
- What does this look like in action?
- Payette, M., Bélanger, C., Léveillé, V., & Grenier, S. (2016). Fall-Related Psychological Concerns and Anxiety among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PloS One, 11(4), e0152848–. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0152848
Choosing a Library Database
- What is Proquest and what is EBSCO; and why should I search some one at one time?
- Nursing & allied health literature
- Education and teaching literature
- Health-related literature
- Proquest Dissertations and Theses
- Full text MA and PhD theses
- Psychology and the behavioral and social sciences
- Sociology Collection
- various social sciences sources
- Other considerations
- Search Omni to identify books at Laurier (COVID: requests to other libraries not possible)
- limit to "Available Online"
- limit to "Books and eBooks"
- Search within ebook collections to search within the full text of eBooks (as opposed to searching titles in Omni)
Greenhalgh, T. (2019). How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine and Healthcare. (6th ed.). John Wiley & Sons.
- Grant, M., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 26(2), 91–108. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2009.00848.x
- Check for publication integrity before misconduct (Nature, Jan 7, 2020)
- The undercover academic keeping tabs on ‘predatory’ publishing (Nature, March 16, 2018)
- How Academia, Google Scholar And Predatory Publishers Help Feed Academic Fake News (Forbes, Dec 16, 2016)
- Ideal Journal of Psychology and Theology (example)
- Beall's list (wikipedia page)
- Think. Check. Submit.