FASTsearch–now with saved searches!

We are delighted to announce that you can now save searches run in FASTsearch to a Google account.  This functionality will work with your Fielding student email, or with any other Google account. Learn a few easy steps to take advantage of this new feature below.

How to permanently save a search in FASTsearch

  1. Run a search in FASTsearch and apply any filters you wish to use.
  2. When you are ready to save the search (including applied filters) click on the small star symbol inside the search box at the top of the screen:Screenshot of FASTsearch results page
  3. A pop-up window will appear giving you two options: A) sign in to Google to permanently save your search or B) press save to  temporarily save the search.  We highly recommend permanently saving, otherwise you will lose the search at the end of your session.Screenshot of pop up window prompted sign in
  4. After selecting ‘Sign in with Google’ a new window will appear.  From here you can choose a Google account if you’re already signed in, or you can sign into an account of your choosing.Screenshot of sign in prompt
  5. After you sign in, you’ll be taken back to the original pop-up window.  Now you can press ‘save’ to permanently save the search.
  6. After you’ve saved your search you’ll return to the results page.  Now that you’ve signed in you can either:
    • Run new searches and use the small star symbol to save those
    • Click on the large star symbol to the right of the search box to view previously saved searches.
    • Use the ‘sign out of Google’ link along the top of page to un-link your Google account.

Screenshot of FASTsearch page after signing in

There you have it.  Whenever you want to access and view your saved searches, you need to do so directly in FASTsearch.  Just connect to the results page and click on one of the star symbols to log into your account.

When viewing saved searches, you can click on the search terms to run the search again in FASTsearch.  You can also rename the search if you want to use a designation other than the search terms themselves:

Screenshot of how to interact with saved searches


We hope you will enjoy this new feature!  Remember you can always contact the library with questions or comments.

Happy Searching!

We hope to see you at session!

Greetings Library Users!

Just a friendly reminder that Abby will be at Summer Session in a few short weeks teaching classes and staffing our reference desk.  Please feel free to stop by the reference desk–in the registration area–to say hello, ask questions, or sign up for an appointment.

If you know your schedule now feel free to email us in advance to coordinate an appointment time:

reference desk

Image by ACPL. CC license here.

No time during session?  No worries! Remember you can always email us to request a Zoom meeting. Or, check out the Quick Tip pages of this blog for more help.  We recently created a Mini Search Tip Cheat Sheet ideal for printing out and taping up in your work-space for easy reference.

Happy Searching!  We hope to see you in July!

New Zotero Video Tutorial Series

Your friendly Fielding librarians are proud to announce the creation of a new video tutorial series about all things Zotero.  This 9-part series walks through everything you need to know to get up and running with Zotero 5.0, from downloading the application to using it with Microsoft Word.

If you’re already using Zotero, you might want to check out Video 5 which reviews some known issues and workarounds that will make life a little easier.

You can access the playlist directly in YouTube here. You can access each video individually from the Quick Tip Videos page of this blog (under the ‘Other Tools & Resources’ heading).  Here’s what’s included:

  • Video 1: Download.  A walk-through of how to download the desktop application and browser connector tool.
  • Video 2: Preferences. Reviews how to set up your preferences in Zotero including: aesthetic changes, miscellaneous preferences, syncing, a PDF indexing tool, and the MS Word add-in.
  • Video 3: Adding Items from the Web. A walk-through how to add items to the library from these sites: Fielding’s FASTsearch, Google Scholar, individual Databases, Amazon, YouTube, and news outlets.
  • Video 4: Adding Items Manually. How to add items into your Zotero library manually by: storing a copy of a file, creating a record from scratch, or adding by identifier.
  • Video 5: Tips and Quirks When Adding Items. This video will discuss some known issues when adding items to your library including: when your Zotero connector always looks like a gray box; issues with FASTsearch/Google Scholar links; and what happens when you save to Zotero from an open PDF.
  • Video 6: Organizing Your Library. How to create collections and sub-collections and how to add items to each.
  • Video 7: Notes, Tags, and Related Items. How to use the notes, tags, and related items feature to add further context and organization to your library.
  • Video 8: Generating Citations and Bibliographies in Zotero. A walk-through how to create citations and bibliographies from within your Zotero library. It will also show a brief overview of the ‘generate report’ function.
  • Video 9: Zotero and MS Word. How to use Zotero within MS Word to generate in-text citations and bibliographies.

Happy Searching!

LexisNexis Academic transition to NexisUNI

The LexisNexis Academic database has received a major overhaul and has been re-branded as NexisUNI.  While the content therein remains the same, the interface, features and capabilities have been enhanced!

Image of fireworks

Photo by Rich. CC license here.

In order to learn more about the new features check out the great documentation created by LexisNexis:

You can access NexisUni by following the ‘Databases’ link from the library homepage and selecting it from the alphabetic list.

We hope you enjoy the enhancements and changes they’ve made!

Happy searching!

Library at Winter Session!

Greetings All,

Your friendly librarians will be at Winter Session ’18 to offer reference assistance as well as some course offerings.  If you haven’t yet, be sure to take a look at our course offerings and feel free to contact us with any questions about courses and/or appointments: 

What do we have in store for you?

SLS Week:

Lit Reviews and the Fielding Library: Join your reference and instruction librarian for a workshop designed to alleviate some of the anxiety associated with conducting your lit review (or just doing dissertation research)! This workshop will consist of two parts. During the first section, we will discuss a number of strategies and techniques that will help you utilize the Fielding Library to complete your literature review.  Topics discussed will include: organizing your research, brainstorming/determining search language, identifying resources, 4 search tips to help you retrieve relevant results, and additional strategies, such as cited reference searching, as time allows.  The second section of the workshop will be a chance for you to implement these new skills and conduct library research related to your topic of interest.  You will be able to focus on whatever strategies best suit your needs with a librarian available to answer questions and assist you.  Please note, some of the content in this course will overlap with the content of the Advanced Library Research course offered at previous sessions.

  • Thursday, January 11th from 1-3:30pm –> Focus on IECD content
  • Friday, January 12th from 1-3:30pm –> Focus on HD/ODC content
  • Students are welcome to join either section as the tips and strategies discussed are still applicable across subjects

Intro to Zotero: This session will offer students an introduction to the citation management tool, Zotero.  We will discuss setting up Zotero preferences, adding documents to your Zotero library, organizing your documents, and using the Microsoft Word Plug-In to generate citations and bibliographies.  Students who wish to download Zotero in advance of the session are advised to download version 5 as it is the most recent version. There will be some time at the end of the session for questions and practice.

  • Thursday, January 11th from 9:30-10:30am


PSY Week

Intro to Zotero: please see description of course just above.

  • Monday, January 15th from 5-6pm

Locating Psych Tests & Measures: This one hour session will review the library resources available for retrieving and/or learning about various psych tests and measures. We will review the use of the PsycTESTS database, navigating PsycINFO to find studies which use particular tests, and searching for sample dissertations which involved the development of a test or measure. Time will be reserved at the end of the session for Q & A. Students who have questions in advance may email them to for inclusion in the workshop.

  • Tuesday, January 16th from 6-7pm


We look forward to seeing you there soon!

Impact Factors: Some getting started information

While conducting scholarly research you’ve probably seen mentions of ‘impact factors’. We’ll use today’s post to provide a little more information and to link you out to some great resources to learn more.

Generally speaking, impact factors are measures (using varying metrics but often citation counts) that suggest the ‘importance’ or ‘significance’ of either an author, article, or journal. Various stakeholders like to use these impact factors as proof that either their work or their journal or their institution, etc. is valuable to the research community.

There are many types of impact factors and each is calculated differently. There are measures for authors which use formulas based on how many articles they’ve published and how many times each of those articles have been cited. There are other measures for journals which might look at how often a typical article in that publication is cited each year, and so on.

A couple common author-level impact measures include:

  • H-Index: An author-level metric used to calculate an individual scholar’s research impact.  Check out this guide from Boston College to learn more.
  • Altmetric: As described on the Altmetric website, “Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They can include (but are not limited to) peer reviews on Faculty of 1000, citations on Wikipedia and in public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter.”  Check out our blog post about Altmetrics for more info.

What gets a little complex, of course, is whether these formulas/calculations are accurate measures of something like ‘impact’. Some of the formulas will include self-citations which can skew results. Others have argued that citation counts do not reflect the full ‘impact’ of a work. There is a recent movement in ‘altmetrics’ to track impact in other spaces such as social media, as mentioned above, to give a more complete picture of how a work is being used and discussed.

Some tools, like Google Scholar’s author profiles, will include a list of author-level citation metrics. You can view this data on an author’s profile page and if you hover over the name of the metric you can reveal a definition of how it was calculated:

Screenshot of author profile

There can be a TON to know about impact factors and citation metrics and some of it can get quite complicated. UC Irvine  has a wonderful LibGuide which provides a lot of this information is easily digestible chunks:

The University of Illinois also has a great guide which covers journal impact factor in particular: Lastly, Elsevier has put together a nice list of various impact measures and their formulas:

Next time you see a journal advertising its impact factor, or you’re trying to understand the influence of a scholar’s research in their field, consider drawing on some of these tools to gain better insight into what those impact factors and influences might mean.

Happy Searching!

PsycTESTS — a great portal to full-text tests, measures, and scales

The PsycTESTS database is a great resource for researchers looking for full-text tests and measures and more information about them. While ‘Psyc’ might be in the name, this an excellent tool for students from all programs, offering access to tests/measurements/scales related to everything from political attitudes to racial bias to career aspirations.

In this post, we’ll cover the basics of searching in PsycTESTs and try to answer the dreaded ‘what if full text is unavailable?’ question.

My Nielsen Questionnaire

Photo by Joe Gratz. CC license.

Basic Searching

You can connect to PsycTESTS from the ‘Databases’ link on the library homepage.  As with most databases, you can search for tests/measures containing certain keywords by entering a term or two into the search box. *Note: you can choose how you would like your results sorted on the search page:

Screenshot of search page


You can then choose to scroll through results or use the filters on the left side of the screen to refine the search further.  If a record includes a copy of the instrument itself you will see a ‘Test’ link accompanied by a PDF icon.  Click on ‘Test’ to open the PDF copy:

Screenshot of 'test' icon

No ‘Test’ Link Available?

Many researchers feel a sense of dread when there is no full-text link available for the measurement they seek.  However, PsycTESTS includes information that can often easily lead you to the measurement you need.  We’ll outline some simple steps to follow.

For this example, let’s imagine you want to access the ‘Political Ideology Measure’ from the screenshot above. The first step is to click on the name of the test itself so you can view the full record in the database.

Next, scroll down to a section labeled ‘Test Development Record’:

Screenshot of test development record

Just below the ‘Test Development Record’ you will see the heading ‘Reported In’.  This is a citation for the work in which the test/measure was originally reported.  Even though PsycTESTS doesn’t have a full copy of the test, you can consult the original article for a copy (assuming they included it).

**Note: You can click on the ‘Test Development Record’ to bring up a full list of information about the test including reliability/validity, author contact information, whether it is commercially licensed, and more:

Once you know the original reporting article, the savvy researcher might connect to Google Scholar through the library to quickly determine whether we have full-text access to the work:

Screenshot of Google Scholar check

In the event you get this far and can’t find a full-text copy of the original article, remember you can always submit an interlibrary loan request for a copy by following the ‘Order An Article’ link on the library homepage.

Happy Searching!

View on Reviews

As you may know, there are many types of reviews in academic literature. Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, literature reviews, and more! With such nuanced differences it can sometimes be hard to know what type of review would be most helpful in your research, or what type of review you’d like to write.

In this post, we’d like to link out to some great guides and resources which can help you better understand these differences.  We’ll also include a couple of sample searches illustrating how to best locate reviews in Fielding’s library.

Web Resources

  • Types of Reviews Chart — This comprehensive chart is posted to a LibGuide created by Duke University’s Medical library.  It does a great job of breaking down and defining many review types.
  • Literature Review Guide with E-Lectures — Created by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education’s Gutman library, this outstanding guide walks through the literature review process and is accompanied by short e-lectures.  This is a highly recommended starting point to learn more about conducting literature reviews.
  • Scoping Reviews Wiki  — Created by a group of health librarians in Canada, this wiki page contains excellent information about scoping reviews (as do their many other pages on various topics)!

Resources in the Library

Don’t forget that you can also find great information about how to do reviews, or sample reviews, in Fielding’s library collection.

The best place to locate materials which offer definitions and guidance on conducting reviews is our Sage Research Methods Online database.

Once you connect via our ‘databases’ list you can simply search for a review type to find related materials:

Screenshot of lit review search

This will often produce a concise definition along with a number of related results. Remember, you can always click on the ‘ See more in Methods Map’ link when available to see how your search term relates to other methods and ideas:

Tips on locating sample reviews

While some databases include a ‘document type’ or ‘methodology’ filter which allows you to limit your results to reviews, by and large one of the most effective strategies is to include search terms related to the review type of interest in your search.

Here are a few examples/results utilizing different search tools and topics.


A sample search for systematic reviews related to autism in young children:

If it’s too small to see on your device, the search would look like this on a single line:

autism AND (toddlers OR “young children”) AND “systematic review”

Here’s a screenshot of the results.  Remember, FASTsearch often returns large quantities of results so you can always use the filters on the left side of the screen to better target what you need:


Google Scholar

A sample Google Scholar search for literature reviews or meta-analyses related to organizational leadership:

And a screenshot of the results produced. (Pro Tip: connect to Google Scholar through the library to see our ‘Full-Text @ Fielding’ links):

ProQuest Databases

A sample search for literature reviews related to PTSD and veterans in ProQuest’s psychology database:

On a single line: veterans AND PTSD AND “literature review”

Some of the possible results:

We hope these tips will help you up your review game!

Happy Searching!

Linking to Library Resources

Are you tired of going through the library every time you want to connect to Google Scholar?

Wish those links in your FASTsearch emails always connected back to resources?

Love PsycINFO and wish you could just go straight to it when it’s time to research?

The Fielding library is pleased to announce that we have enabled a new authentication method that will allow you to link back to library content without first having to go through Moodle or MyFielding!

This new authentication method does not replace the previous method, so you are still able to connect to our library resources however you prefer.

We’ve created a guide which explains the new method in detail, shows you how/where to save links back to our content, and more: Faculty: be sure to check out the ‘faculty tip’ tab for information on how you can use this method in your syllabi and Moodle pages!

A quick summary:

With this new method, when you follow a link back to a library resource (such as a FASTsearch result), you will first encounter a log-in screen to verify that you are allowed to access the resource:


Please note: you must use your MyFielding credentials on the log-in page.

Once you input your credentials, you’ll be connected directly to the resource itself.

Some Suggested Uses:


  • Use a citation manager? Check out the ‘citation managers’ tab in the LibGuide above for suggestions on how to integrate our new authentication method with your citation manager.

Since this authentication method is brand new to us, we’re sure there will be some bumps along the road. If you encounter any issues please don’t hesitate to contact the library for assistance. And remember you can always connect to the library via Moodle or MyFielding to access FASTsearch, our databases, and more.

Happy Searching!

Hey, let’s meet!

Greetings Fielding Library Users,

Hasn’t this year flown by?  It’s hard to believe that it’s just about time for another Winter Session.  As always, your friendly librarians will be on-site to provide instruction and reference assistance.

Can’t make it to one of our classes but have a burning library question (or ten)?  We can still help!  Feel free to email the library in advance or drop by the reference desk in the registration area to schedule a time to meet.  We’ll be available for appointments from Thursday-Saturday during SLS week, and from Monday-Wednesday during Psych week.  If for some reason we can’t meet during session, remember that we are always available to schedule a Zoom meeting!

If you’re chomping at the bit for some nerdy library-related news, why not check out Altmetric’s Top 100 of 2016? Altmetric does a lot of work to track how research is talked about in the news and on social media, and each year they bring you the 100 most-discussed articles of the year based on those metrics.  In this year’s list you’ll find:

  • The first academic paper published by a sitting President
  • A work investigating the link between income-level and life-expectancy
  • A study investigating the relationship between cell phone frequencies and cancers in rats
  • And even a work about the relationship between smart phone user and children’s sleep patterns

Plenty of interesting reading to be had!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!  We’ll see you next year!