Search

& Research

PSRF /  09/27/17
Sarah Elichko
Social Sciences & Data Librarian

What guides your research?

Acquisition

Inquiry
 

Differentiate between:

Research •   

Larger process of inquiry

Searching  

Seeking partial answers

(from articles, data, etc.)

Intellectual Interests

↓↓↓

Topics

Research Question

Sources
(finding, analyzing, interpreting)

↓↓↓

Argument

Intellectual Interests

↓↓↓

Topics

Research Question

Sources
(finding, analyzing, interpreting)

↓↓↓

Argument

Finding Sources
Two Approaches

Open-Ended

Expertise-Based

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

Search for:  "hydraulic fracturing" OR hydrofracking

Narrow results:
   • Publication Date • Custom Range: 2011-2017

Which academic disciplines are represented?

Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Annual Review of Resource Economics
Annual Review of Public Health

Expertise-Based Searching
Tool #2: Journal Filters

Web of Science

Search for:  "hydraulic fracturing" OR hydrofracking

Timespan:  2011-2017

Narrow Results:
Web of Science Categories • more options / values
         Select: Economics (27)  Political Science (23)
                      Public Administration (20)

Rearrange Results:
Sort By • Relevance
                • Times Cited  (Highest --> Lowest)

"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

• 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 }

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:

T, 11-1 + W, 1-3