As you may remember, a little while back, I asked you what your biggest struggle was.
Today, I’m going to try and tackle one of the most popular topics that were mentioned:
In the past, I’ve shown you a few useful tips when using Google Scholar: how to link Google Scholar to your library, how to get more search options, and how to cite your references easily. You can see those tips in the original post over here.
Today, I want to show you my personal favourite way to use Google Scholar…
Recently, my list of tips to find the full-text of academic articles has been doing the rounds on Twitter.
In that article, I’m demonstrating my “librarian ways” for finding the full-text. I use and teach this technique very often and it works great!
But some kind Twitter souls mentioned some tools that might actually be easier to use when you’re desperate to find the full-text for something.
At the start of any literature review, there is a literature search. In some cases, especially for systematic reviews, it is recommended that you start your review by describing how to conduct your search.
How should you go about it?
What should it look like?
I’ve looked around for examples (all references are listed at the bottom of this article) and came up with a least of features to help you describe your literature search.
In another “back-to-basics” link round-up, I’m sharing articles from the past few months about searching the literature, reading what you’ve found, and taking notes from it.
Have a good read and a great weekend!
Some time ago, a reader left a question in the comments of an article on bibliographic databases.
Here is his question:
Hi Aurélie, thanks for taking this back to basics. A question: you say that we “need to use many different databases” to do a comprehensive search; what is your experience of the cross-database search tools (I am familiar with ‘CrossSearch’ at my university), are they sufficiently thorough, or do things still slip through cracks?
Today, let’s dive into some practicalities of the literature search.
You’ve probably used Google Scholar before. It’s a really practical, free tool, that allows you to find references for academic papers – and sometimes their full-text too.
But Google Scholar is more powerful that it seems at a glance, and it has many hidden options that make it very useful.
Let’s have a look at three of them.