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

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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:

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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:

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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’:

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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:

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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:

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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.

FASTsearch

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!

Datasearch from Elsevier

To put it plainly: it can be a pain to find open source data.  It can feel like a rather slow-going, tedious process to endlessly skim through articles and databases just trying to locate one table or data-set….

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So what do you do when you want to get your hands and eyes on the data quickly?

Lucky for us, the good folks at Elsevier are working on a new tool: Elsevier Datasearch.  As they explain on their FAQs page: “We are interested in exploring what a search engine for research data would look like (as opposed to a web search engine or a document search engine), and are talking with users and data providers about their needs and interests.”  You can also view the FAQs page to learn more about what type of content is indexed and from which sources.

Now, let’s get some of the fine print out of the way: this tool is being actively developed, it’s in the Beta stage, so this may not be the final product.  However, it is available now and Elsevier would love your feedback if you use it.

Sooo0….how does it work?

When you connect to DataSearch, you will find a familiar search engine-like interface:

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Next, just as you would another search engine, input some keywords related to your research interest(s). Note that, even though the tool is created by Elsevier, content across domains and subjects is indexed here. For example, I tried searching for data related to “income disparity”:

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Let’s break down the different features available on the results page (woohoo!):

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  • ‘Types’: This first filter allows you to refine your search by, of course, the type of data available.  This is useful if you are specifically looking for raw data files, or an image to help you represent a claim, and so on.
  • ‘Sources’: This filter allows you to refine by the actual data source.  While you may want use this as a refinement, this filter also just provides a nice snapshot of where the majority of your results come from.
  • ‘Date’: Like any good search tool, DataSearch also lets you filter results by date.  This is particularly useful for researchers needing data that reflects a given time period.

In addition to those filters, there are a few other things to be aware of on the results page.  First, your total number of results is listed just below the main search box.  Second, the types of data associated with each record are listed just below the description.  This is a helpful way to quickly see if the record will provide the data in the format you are seeking.

Now, let’s dive deeper and look at an individual record (oohs and aahs):

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In this case, I chose a record which had ‘Tabular Data’ available.  Once I click on the record, an expanded menu becomes available to me.  From here, I can use the options on the left side of the record to look through the data (e.g.: Description, Tables 1, 2, 3, and A1).

When I select a table I am then able to view all of the associated data.  I can also select to ‘Go to data source’ at the bottom of the record to learn more about the article in which this data was originally published.

**NOTE: DataSearch is still in development and is not integrated with Fielding’s library resources.  If you follow the ‘Go to data source’ button, you will be redirected to the source on the open web.  Remember to use your stellar search abilities to check for access within our library.**

Keep in mind:

  • Each record will look a bit different depending on the types of data available
  • This resource is in development so there will certainly be minor errors or glitches. Be sure to use the options to provide feedback to Elsevier so they can make improvements.

Happy Searching!

 

Get close…but not too close…

As we’ve mentioned in other help resources, there’s a little trick called ‘phrase searching’ which allows you to find multiple search terms together in a specific order by enclosing them in quotation marks.  While that’s a great strategy, what do you do when you need to find your terms close together but not in any particular order? Well, as you might have guessed, there’s a trick for that too: proximity searching. (Yaaaaay!)

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(Now that that’s out of the way….) This is a particularly useful strategy when you’re searching for a concept that can be expressed in a number of ways.

For example, let’s say you’re looking for sample dissertations in which the author developed their own testing instrument. You hop on over to the dissertation database, highlight the search box, and then….wait…how do you search for this?

Searching for the phrase “instrument development” is too specific and relies too heavily on other researchers using the same phrase as you.  But searching for ‘development’ AND ‘instrument’ is too broad and you know you’ll be inundated with results to sift through.  This is the perfect situation for the proximity search!

So, how do you do it?

Proximity searching will require using some particularly strange syntax.  Essentially, you need to use a symbol (typically the letter ‘N’) to tell the database you want to find your search terms ‘near’ each other. And you also need to include a number which represents how many terms apart you want to find your search terms.

The syntax, then, ends up looking something like: ‘Search term 1’ N/# ‘Search term 2’

What?  I know, it sounds strange, so let’s go a bit farther with our example. When you think about it, there are several ways a researcher might describe developing an instrument:

“the development of an instrument”

“for this study an instrument was developed”

“the process of developing the instrument”

I can see that the terms ‘development’ and ‘instrument’ are usually no more than 2 or 3 terms apart. Also, I have noticed that it’s likely people will use different endings of the word ‘develop’. So in the ProQuest Dissertations database I would build my proximity search like so:

instrument N/3 develop* (forgot what the asterisk does? Check out our post on truncation here.)

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Some snippets of results returned from this search include:

  • “the purpose of this study was to develop an instrument for the assessment of”
  • “the instrument developed consists of behavioral descriptors”
  • “I developed an instrument to assess whether”

Prefer to see this tip in action?  Check out our quick tip proximity searching video:

The fine print…as per usual…is that different databases may use different syntax/symbols for a proximity search.  I showed the ‘N/#’ example as this is used by all ProQuest databases.  Should you ever try to run a proximity search and find it does not work as you expected, consult the help guide for the tool you’re using to see their preferred syntax.

Happy Searching!

Library Hack — emailing links from FASTsearch

For today’s post, I wanted to show you a useful library ‘hack’ to help you better access items you’ve emailed yourself from FASTsearch.

As you’ve likely seen, when you email yourself a list of citations from the temporary save folder in FASTsearch, all you really get is a bare-bones citation and a link:

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While it’s great to have the citation, sometimes following the links to get back to full-text can cause a bit of frustration…

Broken

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Okay, hopefully they don’t lead to a broken computer, but you may have noticed that sometimes you follow a link only to be greeted with our proxy server’s error message:

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Why is this happening?

Well, our proxy server needs to know that you’re someone who is authorized to access our resources before it will let you do so.  When you follow a saved/bookmarked URL from an email (or wherever), the proxy server has no idea who you are, so instead of redirecting you to the page in the link it displays the error message.

What can you do?

While I haven’t found a perfect fix, I can share the most reliable work-around I’ve found so far.  (Of course, other than this work-around, you can always re-find the item in FASTsearch, use Google Scholar through the library, or connect to the larger publication via the ‘Journal and Book Title’ look-up.)

Caveat: It’s important to remember that this is just a hack/work-around so there is no way to guarantee it will work in every instance, with every computer, or with every browser.  There are many variables at play–but this is something worth trying.

Alright, step one, connect to the library homepage:

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Step two: copy and paste the URL from your emailed FASTsearch result into the address bar, on top of the library’s URL:

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And that’s it.  Ideally, when you input it this way it will take you straight to the article in its database:

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Just remember to connect first to the library homepage, copy the link, and paste it on top of the homepage URL. As Emeril would say, ‘Bam!’

Other Details

I’ve tested this method out in a few different scenarios.  While I find that it tends to work with both the Firefox and Chrome browsers, I haven’t had as much success with it using Internet Explorer. Also, I should note that I operate on a PC, so I would love to hear Mac users’ experiences to find out if it works the same, or if it works with Safari.

Happy searching, and copying/pasting!

Throwback Thursday: WorldCat at your service

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No…that’s not what I mean by WorldCat.

WorldCat, short for ‘world catalog’, is a service which allows library users to look up articles, books, DVDs, and more to see which libraries in their area own a copy.  Thousands of libraries, not only in the United States, but around the world participate in this service and more content is being added every day.

In a distributed learning environment with a digital library, sometimes we forget about the physical materials available in our own communities.  But WorldCat gives us a way to quickly search those local holdings without even leaving the house.  Yes!

I am so excited to wear my new snowflake pajamas that I can't sleep! I just want to research all night. Sigh it's 4am - why am I always awake at this hour? Gahhh

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So, how does it work?

Simple! Once you connect to www.worldcat.org you will immediately see a search box:

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Select the proper tab at the top or select ‘advanced search’ if you’d like a little more search control.  Then input the title of the work you’re looking for and press search.

The next page will show you a list of potential matches:

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If you don’t see a match on the screen, try using the filters on the left to narrow down the results.  If you do see the title you’re interested in, just click on it to be taken to a new screen where you can determine which libraries in your area own the work.

On the new page, scroll down about half-way to a section labeled ‘Find a copy in the library’.  Here, you can input a city or zip-code to determine local holdings (click on the image to enlarge it):

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I know what you might be thinking…”that’s great, but those results are for academic institutions that I don’t attend.”  True, but most public universities allow members of the community to come in and use their resources within the library.  Permissions to check out materials will vary by location, but WorldCat makes it easy to get in touch with a librarian so you can determine your access privileges.

And don’t forget about your good ol’ public library!  Even if they don’t own a work, most public libraries participate in loan agreements (many with academic libraries!) so they can get a hold of what you need.  Since Fielding’s interlibrary loan service is limited to articles and book chapters, your public library might be just the place to snag a copy of a book without having to purchase it!

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Will WorldCat always find the work you need in your area?  Unfortunately, no; it’s not a 100% guarantee.  But the more tools you have at your disposal, the better chance you have of freely accessing the information you need.

You can always contact you Fielding librarians for additional help and suggestions in locating resources.  Happy hunting!

Throwback Thursday: Free Samples!

This Thursday, we look back to a post from last year with guidance on how to find sample survey instruments, interview questions, and more. Enjoy!!

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Okay, you caught me…the library is not giving out free hugs (although after how busy Summer Session was perhaps it’s not a bad idea).

This ‘free samples’ post actually refers to finding sample survey instruments, interview questions, questionnaires, and so on.  A post we did not too long ago, Test It Out, covered some of the key steps in finding studies which employed certain tests or measures (hooray!).  But today’s post focuses on a way to find actual survey and interview questions…which can be a bit tricky.

As you probably know, scholarly articles do not typically publish appendices revealing the survey/interview questions used in obtaining results.  So what do you do when your advisor directs you to “find some sample questions” other academics have used?

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First, you resist the urge to set fire to your laptop.  Second, you cruise on over to the Fielding library website and connect to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global database (by following the ‘databases’ link on the main library website).

While most scholarly articles do not include the full-text of their survey instruments, dissertations and theses do!  That’s right, as you are well aware, graduate and doctoral students must meticulously account for how and why they achieved the results of their studies. Lucky for you, this means the appendices of these documents are a gold-mine of sample measures.  Let’s head on over to the database to take a look at how this works.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global

When you connect to the database, you will land on the familiar blank advanced search screen.  If you’ve connected to this database with the intention of finding sample questions–or just sample studies which employ a certain method (i.e. phenomenology, case study, etc.)–the best way to accomplish this goal is to search using a term or two describing your topic and a term describing the type of measure/study you hope to find.

Let’s imagine I’m doing some research into organizational cultures and need to find some sample interview questions.  I may build my search like so:

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Though quite basic, I’ve asked the database to look for the phrase “organizational culture” and the keyword ‘interviews’ anywhere except for in the full-text of the document.  Since the dissertation’s abstract will include a piece about the methodology used, this is a fairly reliable method to employ to find the samples you need.  Here are the first few results this search retrieved (**note, I blacked out the author/institution names since I could not ask for permission to display them):

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As you can see underlined in red, each of these works’ abstracts has a portion which explains interviews were used (at least in some capacity) to obtain some data.  From here, I could preview abstracts, select a relevant document, then open the PDF to view the appendix which would contain a copy of the questions employed.

Your particular research topic is likely more specific that just ‘organizational culture’ so remember you can use multiple terms to refine your search.  Let’s do one slightly more refined sample search together for good ‘measure’ (pun intended).

In this case, let’s imagine my research focuses on the use of social media by teenagers and I plan to conduct a case study. I might build my search like so:

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Not sure about all that fancy syntax?  Make sure to check out the search tip handout on the ‘Quick Tip Docs’ page for explanations.

In essence, that search asks the database to find the phrase “social media”, to find any one of those terms describing teens or youth or adolescent, and to find the phrase “case study”.  This yielded 17 results total, here’s a sampling:

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And there you have it.  Just another trick to have up your sleeve as you work on your own research.  Hopefully this means that next time you’re asked to find some samples you’ll react like this…

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Happy searching!  And remember you can always contact the library with questions (library@fielding.edu).

Dead URLs — let’s go wayback

Does this scenario sound familiar? You read an interesting article. You’re perusing the list of references to discover further reading suggestions. You find an awesome prospect with a ‘retrieved from’ URL.  You follow the URL only to be presented with that persnickety message….“The page cannot be found”.  

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

What to do? Turn that frown upside down and head over to the ‘Wayback Machine’, a tool brought to you by the Internet Archive.

The Wayback Machine “is a service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites.” Your friends at the Internet Archive have been diligently archiving webpage content for decades which makes it possible for you to view, browse, and surf older versions of URLs.

Why is this good news for you?  This tool can allow you to follow that great ‘retrieved from’ URL so you can actually see the content instead of the irritating ‘page not found’ message.  Hooray for no dead ends!

 

How does it work?

Step 1: Connect to the Wayback Machine at this URL: https://archive.org/web/

Step 2: Copy and paste the dead URL into the search box at the top of the page, like so:

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Step 3: Press ‘Browse History’.  When you do so, the results screen will indicate any dates on which the contents of this specific URL were saved by the archive.  You can use the graph at the top of the screen to select a particular year, then click on an individual date to actually see what the page looked like at the time:

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Step 4: Explore the archived site.  If you went to a very specific URL (like in this example) you may only be able to view one page.  If you followed a general URL (see our older post about the Wayback Machine to see it used on Fielding’s own website) you will be able to click on links and ‘surf’ the site.

Here’s a screenshot of what you see following the example above:

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Notice with delight that this allows you to read the full article that used to be posted at this URL!

Even though the URL currently leads to a dead-end, the Wayback Machine allows you to see what used to be there.

Next time you run into a dead-end scenario, try plugging the URL in here to see if you can still access the past content.  While the Internet Archive, of course, cannot index every webpage ever created, it does store A TON of content.

Happy Searching!

Do I D.O.I or Don’t I?

Ah yes, the elusive ‘D.O.I.’ number. Do you use it? Do you not use it? Does this article even have one? What is a DOI anyway? Sometimes this little number can leave you feeling a bit confused about what to do next…

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Time to demystify (and hopefully not re-mystify!).

What the heck is it and where does it come from?

First things first, what is a DOI number?

DOI stands for ‘Digital Object Identifier’. In essence, a DOI number is a unique number (it’s actually alphanumeric) assigned at the individual item level.   Since we’re an academic library, we’ll focus the explanation to the context in which you’ll most commonly see DOIs: scholarly journal articles. In this context, DOIs are incredibly useful because they help to unambiguously identify items. Two articles may both have a similar title–“Toward a theory of management”–but will have unique DOIs which make it crystal clear to which article is being referenced.

When you consider the sheer volume of information (digital and otherwise) which exists, it can be hard to find and re-find the same information again and again. When a DOI is assigned to an article, the article now has a unique identifier and a persistent internet address. That means the article is easier to find and its related citation information has a permanent home. Yay! (That’s exciting because then if the journal tanks or changes its name or website, you still have a way to find the necessary citation information without a wild goose chase.)

Of course, the DOI system has not existed for all time. Older articles will likely not have DOIs assigned retroactively, so you should not expect an article to always have a DOI.

Most of the time, publishers assign DOI numbers to scholarly articles at the time of publication.

Should you for some reason desire  more technical information, the International Organization for Standardization developed the system. You can read more here (preferably with a large cup of coffee).

How do I know if the article I’m reading has a DOI? Wait, what if I have a DOI but no citation?! Ahhhh…..

 

Fear not, there’s one handy tool to help answer all of these questions: CrossRef. As expressed in their mission statement, “Crossref’s specific mandate is to be the citation linking backbone for all scholarly information in electronic form.” They are a non-profit community trying to create a space which helps expedite the research process by making it easier to look up/confirm/etc. information.  You can think of them as a space that does not store full-text papers, but that stores all of the metadata about those papers. While they technically do not have everything, their database does included some 76 million records, making it a great tool for any researcher.

So let’s say you read an article and are going to cite it (APA Style) in a paper.  If it has a DOI, APA wants you to include it in your citation. What if you are unsure?  Head on over to www.crossref.org. Copy and paste the full article title (or author, or full citation) into the search box like so:

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The results page will show you matches ranked by relevance.  This search found a match and displayed the DOI number.  Notice that you can also click on the ‘actions’ link if you want to generate a citation for the work:

Crossref results page.

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Of course, this system works in reverse as well.  What if someone provided you a short-hand list of references which is really just a list of DOIs? Grumble a little, then plug the DOIs into Crossref to find the full citation information:

Crossref DOI search.

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And Voila:

Crossref DOI search result.

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APA Style….

Yes, yes, the APA manual advises that you include DOI numbers (in the form of a web address) whenever they exist. While this can feel tedious, there are tools to help! In addition to CrossRef, the APA Style Blog created a great post explaining how and when to include DOIs in your citations: http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/digital-object-identifier-doi/.  At the bottom of the post, you will find links out to some additional information about DOIs.

And that concludes this introduction to DOIs. Feel free to contact the library with any questions.  Happy searching (and finding)!

I have a citation…..now what?

You’ve all been there.  Read a great article, found some awesome resources in the citation list….but….how can you easily determine if the articles in those citations are in the Fielding library?

We’ll show you two options to help make this task simpler, so you can focus on continuing to read and research.

We’ll walk though our examples today using this citation:

  • Catalano, A. (2013). Patterns of graduate students’ information seeking behavior: A meta-synthesis of the literature. Journal of Documentation, 69(2), 243-274. doi:10.1108/00220411311300066

 

Option 1: Check Our Access to the Journal First

 

Why It’s Good:  Most Reliable Method
What You Won’t Like:  Not the Fastest

How to Do It:

  • Identify the journal name in the citation.  In this case, the work is published in the Journal of Documentation.
  • Connect to the library website and click on the link labeled ‘Journal and Book Titles’.
  • Select the E-Journals Only tab at the top of the screen, then set the drop-down menu to how you would like to search.  We typically recommend using the ‘title contains all words’ option as it is the most flexible.
  • Input your search information (this will correspond to whichever search method you’ve chosen) and press search.  Here’s a screenshot of how I would look for this title:
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  • Your search result(s) will offer three key pieces of information: a) It will tell you whether we have access to the journal, b) You will see the publication dates to which we have full-text access and c) You will see what database stores the journal’s content (sometimes there will be more than one).  Here’s a screenshot of my results:
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  • In this case, we can see that we do have to this journal in a few different databases. We have access to full-text published from 1997-present in the Emerald Management database. Or, we can access articles published between 2001 and 1 year ago in either ABI/Inform or ProQuest Education Journals.
  • Since our citation is for an article published in 2013, we can use any of the databases  to reach the article. Let’s click on ‘Emerald Management 120″.
  • Once you connect to the journal, it’s just a matter of “drilling down” to the volume   and issue you need. This will look different depending on the database, but you will   typically either see a link to ‘all issues’ or the back issues will be listed on the page already. In my case, I need Volume 69, Issue 2 from 2013:
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  •  After you select the issue you need, you can just scroll down until you see the article you want to access.

Option 2: Use Google Scholar via the Library

Why It’s Good: Extremely fast
Why You Won’t Like It: Sometimes it doesn’t link properly

How To Do It:

  • From the main library website click on the ‘databases’ link.  You will need to scroll through the alphabetical list to select ‘Google Scholar’.
  • Copy and paste the full article title into the search box. *Note, most of the time you will not need to put the article title in quotation marks.  However, if the article title is fairly general (i.e. “a theory of management”) or if you do not immediately find a match, try putting quotes around the title and searching again.
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  • On the results page, look to the right of the matching article title. If you see a handy little “Full-Text @ Fielding” link that more than likely means we have the article (remember, occasionally this method won’t work right).
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  • Click on the ‘Full-Text’ link to be redirected to the article within Fielding’s library subscriptions.
  • Ideally, in a few seconds you will then be connected straight to the article:
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Why doesn’t it always work?  Well, this is just an unfortunate reality of indexing millions of digital documents. Most of the time, you will be linked without trouble.  However, sometimes there is an error (either because we don’t really have the article, it was not indexed correctly, etc. etc.).

If you receive an error using this method. the best thing you can do is use Option 1 to check our access to the journal. The great thing about these digital works is that there are always multiple routes you can take to access them.  If one option does not work, test another so you can confirm whether or not we should have the document. If we don’t have access, then you’ll know you can request a copy through interlibrary loan.

Happy (re)searching!