Research/study always means you will have topics that you need to know more about.
Alfie has enrolled in a new unit and one of the topics she has to look at is 'Sugar Disease'. This is not an area that Alfie is familiar with but there are some simple steps she can take to understand the topic better. All of which helps with searching!
If, like Alfie, you have a topic that you need to know more about, first try typing your topic into the Library search box.
Watch this video to learn about searching for topic resources within the library.
Open a new browser window, separate to this one. Go to the Library webpage
(copy and paste this url if you need to: www.deakin.edu.au/library).
We're running our search through Library search as it provides more relevant and authoritative results.
Practice searching the phrase "sugar disease" in the Library search box.
Look at your results.
The quotation marks tell the search engine to keep words together as a phrase.
Try searching sugar disease without the quotation marks on either side.
What differences do you notice in the search results?
Select the correct answers below.
Review & Revise 2
Alfie - "I haven't found very many articles on my topic!!! What do I do?"
Try adding another similar word, for example, adding the phrase "type 2 diabetes" to your search.
TIP: you may have noticed that when you searched for "sugar disease" in Library search some of the results displayed the term type 2 diabetes.
Use the word 'or' to search for similar words / phrases and type them in the same search box.
Some other things to check are:
Alfie - "I've found too many results. What do I do?"
After typing in "sugar disease" or "type 2 diabetes" into the Library search box there are over five hundred, thousand results, these are too many to go through.
You can add limiters such as publication date or peer reviewed to get fewer search results.
To get the most current information try limiting your search to the last 5 years.
Change the years on the Publication Date limit option to 2013 to 2018
There are still too many so maybe try limiting to peer reviewed.
If an article has been peer reviewed it means that the article has been reviewed by experts in the subject area before being published in the journal.
Selecting the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals option will limit to articles that have been through this process.
Limiting by scholarly (peer reviewed) journals and publication date will reduce your results but there may still be too many for you to work with.
It’s time to revise your search strategy!
Still too many articles?
Try adding more search terms. For example, you may want to find information about diabetes in Australia.
Select the Advanced Search option and type the word Australia in the second search box and select Search.
Use the word 'AND' to find all of the search terms.
See the difference in results; you have already pruned your results to a few thousand by adding AND with another search term.
Alfie is now more confident about what to do if she gets too few or too many results.
The search worked well. I've found some great articles but how do I get the full text?
The full text is the complete article and not just an abstract or summary of the article. It provides you with all of the information about the study or research.
Choose the option that best suits you.
You can now send a copy to yourself by clicking the Email icon (on the right of the screen). This is useful for keeping track of the article.
Type in an email address (it doesn't have to be your Deakin one) and select Send.
When it arrives in your inbox the HTML text will appear in the body of your email and the PDF will be sent as a separate attachment.
Full text isn't available? Don’t forget that you can select the FIND IT @ DEAKIN button.
Scroll down to the Get full text options and then follow the full text link.
TIP: Sometimes there is more than one full text link. Always start with the first link and if it doesn't work try the others.
Make sure you either email or download a copy of the article – the links at the top of the page are not permanent and you can’t navigate back to them by bookmarking.
Success! You have completed Module 2. You should now be confident in how to search for information resources on a topic.
How did you go?
Remember you can always go back over the information in this module or move to another module whenever you like.
Still have questions? Email the Health Liaison Librarians at email@example.com