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PSYC591-17A Honours Dissertation

Contact your Subject Librarian for help: Jillene Bydder

Available in K2.11 at drop-in hours  or by appointment

Literature Searching

  • Quality Information - why use our databases?
  • Library Search
  • Useful search terms
  • Choosing a research methodology?
  • Finding books and online books
  • Finding journal articles
  • Using databases: Index New Zealand, Proquest Social Sciences, PsycINFO, Web of Science, Newztext Plus, and PINI.
  • Setting up Alerts
  • Using Google Scholar
  • Finding government documents
  • Other useful resources: nzresearch.org, Research Commons
  • Writing up

Library help for Graduate Students

Library Support for Postgraduate Students

Why EndNote?

Why Advanced Word for Thesis Writing classes?

APA Referencing

See the APA Referencing Style Guide

Look at the APA Style: Common Examples pages and follow the examples exactly

DEMONSTRATION: Understanding a reference. How do you know a reference is a book? How do you know a reference is a journal article?

Use the APA Style Guide to Electronic References listed under Official Style Guides/Info for any e-resources like websites

You may also like to try APA Interactive from Massey University

Literature Reviews

Research Methods in Psychology p.30- Reviewing the research literature

Information quality

Slide showing dodgy information

Predatory publishers - be careful out there!

We spend ? on database subscriptions - why?

Library Search

Library Search has a different look. We are updating our printed, online and video guides to reflect the changes. If you need assistance, please contact a librarian. You can ask us, or use Library chat, or email library@waikato.ac.nz.

Here is a link to the Library Search Guide


Library Search is is an aggregated search tool that searches through ALL of our subscribed databases in one go. It is brilliant for looking for articles if you know their titles. Note all the buttons above the Library Search search box.

N.B. Library Search doesn’t search Index New Zealand. It does have some New Zealand material though – why?

Useful Search Terms

Examples

  • methodology [your subject] e.g. methodology psychology
  • research methodology
  • psychology experimental
  • psychology research
  • social psychology
  • qualitative research
  • dissertations academic
  • report writing

Choosing a Research Methodology?

How to find books using Library Search

We could simply search for sage handbooks psychology! Let's do that first.

Now let's use psychology methodology as an example

Choose Advanced Search

Type psychology methodology in the Any field contains search box but  CHANGE Any field to Subject, and CHANGE  Material Type to Books (scroll up). Click SEARCH.

At the results screen, go to the right hand navigation bar and Refine your results. Choose from the Sort by alternatives (leave at Relevance to start with, but you can select Date-newest if you prefer).

Next, have a look at Resource Type.   Choose Books.

Look at Subject. Click on Show More. Choose from the list to create a list of filters (see top of right-hand navigation bar).

You can also choose Full-Text Online or Available in the Library from the Availability Option if that is important.

General Hints

Use the technique above but combine words

e.g.

  • methodology [your subject] e.g. methodology psychology
  • quantitative research
  • quantitative methodology
  • research [your subject]

Look at the call numbers for the books and go and browse the shelves!

N.B. Use PsycINFO Why?

Finding Journal articles

Use Library Search to find articles on a topic

EXERCISE: find an article on families and paid work and look at the PDF

Using Subject-specific Databases to Find Articles

PsycINFO

YOUR database! We will do a search suggested by the class, or search for articles on autism and its treatment

Remember to use Term Finder to find your terms and check the scope notes e.g. check therapy and treatment

Remember AND, OR, NOT logic

e.g. autism spectrum disorders = Index Terms

AND treatment = Index Term

How do you use OR searching?  e.g treatment OR behavior modification = Index Terms

Remember the help on the left-hand navigation bar - to find tests, methodologies, other index terms, etc.

Setting up Alerts

Web of Science

IMPORTANT! This database has some unique ways of searching. We will do a search suggested by the class.

Remember how to use Cited References, Related Records, Times Cited

Index  New Zealand Scroll down to find Index New Zealand and click on the link. Why do we have to use this as well?

N.B. Most articles are not full-text but we have online access to them - how?

EXERCISE: Search for autism.

Click Get It. Note the instructions. You will need to see if our Library has a subscription to the journal.

NOTE: This is an INDEX not a full-text database. Copy the title of an article you want to see. Go to Library Search and paste it into the search box.

Remember that Library Search isn't good at New Zealand material. If you don't find the article immediately, we may have a subscription to the journal the article is in, and it may be online. Try searching by the title of the journal. If we have it, click on the link and look for the right volume, issue and pages till you find the article.

If the article is from a newspaper, trying pasting the title of the article into Newtext Plus.

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar from the Library Databases page so that Find@Waikato will work for you.

EXERCISE: Looking for a known article on Google Scholar gives you extra information. Type Doing family without having kids into the search box. Cited by – Why is this important?

Government Publications

Which government department offers help for people with mental health problems in New Zealand?

EXERCISE: Go to Government A-Z, type mental health and follow the trail from the links given or go to the websites of the Government departments that deal with this  (see Contact on the left hand navigation bar).

Other Useful Resources

Interloan

Writing up?

How to find books using Library Search

Let’s use dissertations academic as an example

Choose Advanced Search

Type dissertations academic in the Any field contains search box but CHANGE Any field to Subject, and CHANGE Material Type to Books (scroll up). Click SEARCH.

At the results screen, go to the right hand navigation bar and Refine your results. Choose from the Sort by alternatives (leave at Relevance to start with, but you can select Date-newest if you prefer).

Look at Subject. Click on Show More. You can choose from, for example e.g. Report writing

You can also choose from Availability.

Look at the call numbers for the books and go and browse the shelves!!!