How to find credible sources for your literature review CDAE 250: Research Methods, Spring 2008 Trina Magi, Library Associate Professor, 656-5723, email@example.com To access the databases listed below, go to the library Web site (http://library.uvm.edu) and click “Find Articles & More” > “Alphabetical List of Databases.” To use electronic library resources from a computer off campus: You must identify yourself as a UVM person to gain access to our subscription resources from a computer off campus. Here’s how: Go to the library home page (http://library.uvm.edu) > “Connect From Off Campus” > “EzProxy” Log in using your NetID and password (same as for e-mail), and you will be authenticated and returned to the library home page. Now you can access subscription resources until you close your browser window. To find journal articles, search: ABI Inform [popular and scholarly business literature; part full-text] Truncation symbol: * Phrase search: “market share” Business & Company Resource Center [popular and scholarly business literature; part full-text] Truncation symbol: * Phrase search: “market share” Academic Search Premier [popular and scholarly multi-disciplinary literature; part full-text] Truncation symbol: * Phrase search: market share PyscInfo [psychology literature; citations and abstracts; can limit search to empirical studies] Truncation symbol: * Phrase search: market share TIP: If the item you need is not available full-text in the database, go to the Library Catalog (on the library Web site) and do a “Quick Search” on the source title (not the article title) to see if UVM owns or subscribes to the item in print or electronic form. To find newspaper articles, search: Vermont Newspaper Index [Burlington Free Press and Rutland Herald; citations] Truncation symbol: ? Phrase search: “market share” TIP: Once you’ve identified articles of interest, you can view/save/print the full text from nd microfilm on the 2 floor. LexisNexis Academic [U.S. and worldwide newspapers; full-text] Choose “Power Search” and select “Newspapers and Wires” Truncation symbol: ! Phrase search: “market share” To find books, videos, and government documents in UVM Libraries: Library Catalog—Guided Keyword Search Truncation symbol: ? Phrase search: choose “as a phrase” from the drop-down menu TIP for finding government documents: Go to the “Guided Keyword” search screen, click “Set Search Limits,” choose “Bailey/Howe Documents” and click “Set Limits.” Then use keywords to search as you normally would. How to do a Better Online Search When searching library databases, you often find either too few items, or too many. The following tips and examples will show you how to broaden or narrow your search. As always, don’t hesitate to ask a reference librarian for help! To broaden your search when you find too few items: Include additional synonyms or related terms for each search concept, using the “or” connector. Example: (women or woman or female) and (entrepreneur or startup) and (problems or challenges) Drop the least important concept (and its synonyms) from your search. Example: (women or woman or female) and (entrepreneur or startup) and (problems or challenges) Use truncation to find variant forms of your search terms. Consult the online help in each database to learn the appropriate truncation symbol. Example: entrepreneur* [finds entrepreneur, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial] Try your search in a different database. To narrow your search when you find too many items: Add another concept to your search by using the “and” connector. Example: entrepreneurs and success Use phrase searching to require search terms to be next to each other. Example: women and “small business” Limit your search to a specific year or range of years. Remove some of the synonyms that you connected with the “or” connector in your search, leaving the most important or specific term to describe each concept. Example: (women or woman or female) and (entrepreneur or startup) and (problems or challenges) FOOTNOTE: Don’t forget to write proper references for your sources! Use attached handout or ask for help at the Reference Desk.
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