Search

& Research

PSRF /  09/12/18
Sarah Elichko
Social Sciences & Data Librarian

• Document your process

• Save consistently

• Annotate sources

Three ways to stay organized
while doing research: 

{ ideas, searches, sources }

{ done & to-do }

{ while you still remember }

Finding Sources
Two Approaches

Open-Ended

Expertise-Based

Who has relevant expertise?

Who = disciplines,

professions, experiences

What's out there?

Go to Coggle.it
Sign up (Swarthmore Google account)
Create a new diagram
• Start with your topic (center)
• Add a branch:  Expertise
   - List possibilities

 


Research Mapping

Expertise-Based Searching
Tool #1:  Review Articles

Annual Reviews

Good for:

  • Up-to-date and reliable information about environmental harms
     
  • Substantial, research-based overviews for broad categories of interventions

See also: Web of Science (if you limit results to Reviews)

Start with:

Expertise-Based Searching
Tool #2: Filtering & Refining Results

Web of Science

Example: Looking for evidence on sustainability interventions at other institutions.
 

1. Search for  TOPIC: composting

2. Look over results- many will be irrelevant. (Why?)

3. Improve your results by...

Start with:

This strategy works across research tools (JSTOR, Google, Tripod, etc.)

Adding terms that help differentiate your interests from those represented in the results.

Expertise-Based Searching
Tool #2: Filtering & Refining Results

Web of Science

3. Improve your search results by...

Start with:

This strategy works across research tools (JSTOR, Google, Tripod, etc.)

Adding search terms that help differentiate your interests from those represented in the results.

TOPIC: compost

AND TOPIC: (industry OR management OR program OR initiative)

Limiting your results by year

Re-sort by "Relevance" to try to emphasize the best results.

Expertise-Based Searching
Tool #3: Discipline-Specific Databases

GreenFile

Start with:

See others listed on the class research guide: https://guides.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/psrf

"Search is a form of data mining, but a strangely focused form that only shows you what you already know to expect."

-- Ted Underwood, "Theorizing Research Practices We Forgot
to Theorize Twenty Years Ago" (2014)

Search  Research

Web of Science

Keywords Results
hydrofracking 34
hydrofracking OR "hydraulic fracturing"

4,142

Keywords Results
hydrofracking
hydrofracking OR "hydraulic fracturing"

19,400

Google Scholar

2,890

Keywords Results
hydrofracking
hydrofracking OR "hydraulic fracturing"

19,400

Google Scholar

2,890

Research Tool

Improve Searches
Identify & Modify Search Elements

Cross-Disciplinary
Web of Science • ProQuest
Google Scholar • JSTOR

Discipline-Specific
PubMed • EconLit
GreenFile • PsycInfo • ERIC

Research Tools:

TriCo Libraries

Research Guides

To Find:

Keywords Results
hydrofracking

19,400

Google Scholar

2,890

Improve Searches
Identify & Modify Search Elements

Search Operators

 hydraulic fracturing

hydrofracking

OR "

"

 

 

 

Keywords Results
hydrofracking

19,400

Google Scholar

2,890

Improve Searches
Identify & Modify Search Elements

Search Operators

 hydraulic fracturing

hydrofracking OR

"

"

Phrase Search

hydrofracking OR hydraulic fracturing

215,000

Keywords Results
hydrofracking

19,400

Google Scholar

2,890

Improve Searches
Identify & Modify Search Elements

Search Operators

 hydraulic fracturing

hydrofracking

OR "

"

OR  (Term 1 or 2)

AND (1 and 2)
 

hydrofracking          hydraulic fracturing

14,440

AND "

"

hydrofracking   hydraulic fracturing

14,440

"

"

Keywords Results
hydrofracking

19,400

Google Scholar

2,890

Improve Searches
Identify & Modify Search Elements

 

 

hydrofracking

OR "

 hydraulic fracturing

"

Keyword Choice

Keywords Results
(hydrofracking OR "hydraulic  fracturing")  6,440
(hydrofracking OR "hydraulic  fracturing")  7,250

19,400

Google Scholar

Improve Searches
Identify & Modify Search Elements

hydrofracking

OR "

 hydraulic fracturing

"

Keyword Choice

AND accidents

AND (accidents OR spills)

Group Synonyms
with (T1 OR T2)

Combine groups
using AND/OR

Need help finding sources?  Want to talk over your research?

 

Get research advice:
Sarah Elichko (Social Sciences Librarian)
 

Email (questions or to make an appointment) selichk1@swarthmore.edu

 

Office hours at Research & Info Desk in McCabe:

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am-1pm

 

 

PSRF - 09/12/18

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PSRF - 09/12/18

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