CUS115 Methodologies in Cultural Research "Using the Library Databases” Lingnan University Library Feb 2013 Terence Cheung – Reference Librarian Tel: 2616 8572 Email: [email protected] What library service do you use? What sources do you use for your research? Any problems? Today’s Contents • Basic Research Concept • Basic Research Techniques • Library Resources - 1-Search - Consolidated database – ProQuest, EBSCO - News database – Factiva, WiseSearch - Local TV programmes - Theses & Dissertations - Google Scholar • Q&As Make the things right at the beginning. Good investment of time. http://tomfishburne.com/2012/11/creative-brief-2.html Learning Outcomes • Basic concept of doing research • Fundamental research skills • Knowledge of resources available in the University Library • Ability to locate appropriate resources in doing research What do you do before you do a research? What Who Why Which Where When Don’t need all the answers at the beginning!!! Research Techniques Boolean Operators AND – both terms will appear in the result. e.g. film AND fashion OR – at least either one of the terms will appear in the result. e.g. film OR movie NOT– only find items that do not contain the search term. e.g. film NOT comedy fashion AND film OR movie What will you find? Research Techniques Parenthesis ( ) Use parenthesis ( ) to group words together and set the order of the search when using Boolean Operators. e.g. use fashion AND (film OR movie) will find items with fashion and film or items with fashion and movie in the result. Research Techniques Phase Search “ “ Use quotation mark for the exact phase. e.g. use “national identity” will find the exact phrase national identity in the result instead of items contains national and identity separately. Research Techniques Wildcards ? Use question mark for one letter truncation. e.g. use wom?n will find women or woman in the result. * Use asterisk for several letters truncation. e.g. use behavior* will find behavior, behavioral, behaviorist, behaviorism, or behaviorally in the result. [email protected] Guide for research and using databases Guide for Cultural Studies We have over 260 databases. Good and Bad!!! Databases by types, subjects, A-Z Use the database’s user guide User Guide 1-Search Input the search terms Click this icon to save the article to the list. Narrow down your search by different criteria Research Techniques How to narrow down your search Use more search terms Limit the time frame Limit to scholarly publications Select appropriate content types Select appropriate subject Select appropriate sources 1-Search Advanced Search Advanced Search Search by title, author, publication, etc. Set up RSS feed Click this icon to add the search to RSS feed Set up RSS feed Click to subscribe this RSS feed Set up RSS feed Open RSS feed in Internet Explorer Click to see the RSS feed subscribed by you. ProQuest ProQuest ProQuest Select the database you want to search ProQuest ProQuest Advanced Search Advanced Search Creating alert or RSS feed Create alert or RSS feed, but have to login/register first. EBSCOhost EBSCOhost EBSCOhost Advanced Search Advanced Search EBSCOhost Advanced Search Creating alert or RSS feed Create alert or RSS feed, but have to login/register first. Creating alert or RSS feed Factiva Factiva Factiva WiseSearch WiseSearch WiseSearch Other useful databases • JSTOR • Wiley Online Library • Cambridge Journal Online • Project MUSE • Art & Humanities Citation Index • Social Science Citation Index • More… Local TV Programmes Local TV Programmes Dissertations Dissertations Google Scholar Click “Settings” Google Scholar Click “Library links” Search “Lingnan University” & “WorldCat” Google Scholar Google Scholar [email protected] links will appear next to those items which are held by Lingnan University. The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author. Library Workshops http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/services/workshops Need Help? Ask A Librarian http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/research/ask-librarian Integrated Helpdesk Email: [email protected], Tel: 2616-8571 Chat Reference Service 2pm-5pm, Mon-Fri Research Consultation Service http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/research-consultation-service Thank you for your time and the most important, your patience.