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Walden University Library. Library Tips for the Literature Review. Welcome. Your hosts Michelle Desilets Michelle Hajder QUESTIONS? Enter questions in the GoToWebinar control panel We will have time for Q&A at the end of the session. 2. Introduction.

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welcome
Welcome
  • Your hosts
    • Michelle Desilets
    • Michelle Hajder
    • QUESTIONS?
    • Enter questions in the GoToWebinar control panel
    • We will have time for Q&A at the end of the session

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introduction
Introduction
  • This presentation will use browser sharing
  • When sharing is enabled, this PowerPoint will be replaced with a view of my web browser
  • You will be able to watch me click, search, use the databases, etc.
  • You will not be able to interact with the browser
  • The GoToWebinar control panel will remain at the top right of the screen

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the literature review
The Literature Review
  • Tells you what you need to know to design your study
  • Tells you what you need to know to understand and interpret your study results/outcomes
  • Helps you develop an unbiased, objective understanding of your topic

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The Literature Review
  • Developing your literature review:
  • Research -
  • The Walden Library can help!
  • Summarize and write it up –
  • http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/50.htm

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scope and purpose
Scope and Purpose
  • Mastery of the literature in your area
  • Learning process, iterative process

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scope and purpose8
Scope and Purpose
  • Literature review “makes a case” for your personal research project
    • Scope of review a little broader than your specific research
    • Relevant, related literature
    • Alternate viewpoints, gaps in the literature

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plan and organize
Plan and Organize

Planning and organization are key!

Develop a log or journal to keep track of your library searches

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library search journal
Library Search Journal
  • Include a page or section for:
  • Search terms or keywords to try
  • Databases or other sources to try
  • Searches you have already tried, their results and notes for future searches
  • Citations from bibliographies to track down

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brainstorming search terms
Brainstorming Search Terms

Search terms

Real dissertation topic:

Applying Hirschi's social learning theory to cases of child and teen fire setters

Williams, Dian Leslee (1998) Delinquent and deliberate firesetters in the middle years of childhood and adolescence. Ph.D. dissertation, Walden University, United States -- Minnesota.

What are some possible search terms?

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possible search terms
Possible Search Terms?

Firesetting, arson

Children, youth, teens, adolescents

Travis Hirschi, social control, social learning, social bond, attachment, commitment, involvement, belief

Social psychology, criminology, juvenile delinquency

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tools to help
Tools to Help

Exploratory research

Reference sources, textbooks

Previous readings

Subject indexes built in to databases

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sources
Sources

Possible sources

Know your databases!

Other sources?

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at this point
At this point…
  • You’ll have a list of different topics to investigate, search terms to try
  • You’ll have a list of databases that you would like to search
  • You’re ready for a lot of library searches!

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additional tips
Additional Tips
  • Check the bibliographies of the sources you already have!
  • Library tools for citations
    • Citation links in the databases
    • Finding specific articles in the Walden Library

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Additional Tips

Going beyond the library

Google Scholar and others

Document delivery

Local libraries

???

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summary
Summary
  • Be prepared for the time investment
  • Plan your research; keep notes or a log
  • Brainstorm search terms & concepts
  • Explore many possible sources
  • Get to know the advanced library tools
  • Be aware of resources outside the library
  • Review your research, plan the next round

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