Library web site
- the quickest tour ever: COVID-19, books, articles, journals, theses
what is a Library database?
- in other words, Why can't I just use Google Scholar?
- Lee, J. (2015). The effects of music on pain: A review of systematic reviews and meta-analysis (Order No. 3703017). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1683160503).
Database searching tips
- Developing a research question: for graduate students
- Consider word variations and synonyms
- think about how others might refer to your ideas
- e.g, child death, perinatal death, neonatal death, stillbirth, sudden infant death, etc.
- 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?
- Alvarenga, W., Leite, A., Oliveira, M., Nascimento, L., Silva-Rodrigues, F., Nunes, M., & Carvalho, E. (2017). The Effect of Music on the Spirituality of Patients: A Systematic Review. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 36(2), 192–204. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898010117710855
Choosing a Library Database
- What is Proquest and what is EBSCO; and why should I search some one at one time?
- Cochrane Library
- Evidence-based reviews, trials, and methodologies in health care.
- What are Systematic Reviews (Cochrane YouTube)
- Nursing & allied health literature
- Proquest Dissertations and Theses
- Full text MA and PhD theses
- Psychology and the behavioral and social sciences
- Health-related content
- International coverage of musical topics
- Web of Science
- Includes Science Citation Index, and Medline
- Other considerations
- You can "hand-search" Music Therapy Journals (these are just a few)
- identify non-scholarly (popular) music articles using the Music Periodicals Database
- there are other subject-based databases that might be relevant to your search area, such as Education or Sociology
- If you already know the title of an article, you can search for it in Omni
- 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
- Use Sage Reference to learn about research methodologies, e.g, action research, grounded theory, or literature reviews, e.g.,
- 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.