Psychology 193 - Freshman Seminar: Social Aspects of Pediatric Chronic Illness
Library Instruction Program - Research
and Instructional Support
For more information about this topic contact Mary Boulanger
Table of Contents
- Library Research Assistance
- Tips and Strategies for Research
- Finding Resources at the UWM Libraries
- Using the Web Wisely
This link allows UWM students, faculty, and staff with Internet access to connect to most of the Libraries' subscription databases and electronic journals from home (a few titles are licensed for on-campus or in-library use only).
An email and chat service, AskaLibrarian provides a forum for questions at all hours. Check this web page for the various formats.
E-reserve materials generally consist of scanned journal articles, book chapters, lecture notes, and sample exams. These printable materials may be accessed from off-campus computers using the proxy server [see above].
When materials cannot be found at the UWM Libraries, use this link to pursue the many options available.
This is an in-depth advisory service about specific library research processes offered by librarians of the RIS Department to the students, staff and faculty of UWM. Use this link to find out more or to request an appointment.
Constructing a Search
- Write down research question and underline key concepts
- Think of synonyms and alternate terms for each of the main concepts
- Think broader, or narrower, depending on results of initial searches
- Consult a thesaurus or index, if available, to narrow and focus the search
For example: What ethical questions are raised by embryonic stem cell research?
Sample searches: embryo and stem cell and ethics embryonic stem cells and morality
Which to use: Catalog or Database?
- Use a library catalog to locate books and documents in a library's collections. It will also say if the library owns specific journals. PantherCat, MadCat, and MarqCat are examples of library catalogs
- A database, on the other hand, indexes the journals and is used to point to specific articles within the journals, articles on a topic or by a particular author. The full text of some, but not all, of these articles may be available online. Academic Search, ERIC and Web of Science are databases.
- Catalogs and databases do different things but work hand in hand to provide resources. Use one or more databases to find references to articles, then a library catalog to see if a library owns the journal where the article is published.
- Find It! is a helpful tool for locating electronic or print copies of articles available at the UWM LIbraries.
Scholarly vs. popular publicationsThere are many types of periodicals; all have their uses. Here are a few.
All of these types can be in print or electronic formats. For more information, check the Libraries' SearchPath tutorial section, Scholarly vs. Popular magazines .
- scholarly journals - usually written by subject experts, often peer reviewed, few photos
- popular magazines - geared towards the general public, many photos and ads
- trade publications - often product or industry oriented
- newspapers - often published daily, has items of local, current interest
Finding Resources at the UWM Libraries
Truncation symbol is ? For example work? searches work, works, working, worked...
Types of searches include, title, author, keyword (and, or not). Use this guide for more tips in searching PantherCat.
Sample Search [using Keywords (and, or, not)]: "fairy tales" and rat?
On the UWM Libraries home page under "Find Articles", the Resources A-Z link leads to an alphabetical list of databases. Some index journals, magazines and newspapers from various subject disciplines. Others are collections containing the electronic full text of such journals. The ones listed below are good sources for information on media and violence. They each have online guides.
- PsycINFO with PsycARTICLES [formerly PsychLIT, aka Psychological Abstracts]
- 1887-present (selected full text via PsycARTICLES 1987-present); provides citations to journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, dissertations, and other documents in the field of psychology and related disciplines, such as linguistics, law, business, and anthropology. PsycINFO covers the academic, research, and practice literature in psychology. It includes over one million citations and summaries,and is updated monthly. Many articles found in PsycINFO are available online via the PsycARTICLES companion service. Look for the "Linked Full Text" option. Guide
- MEDLINE via PubMed
MEDLINE via EBSCOHost
- 1950-present; indexes over 4,800 journals in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and the preclinical sciences. PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's search service that provides access to over 14 million citations in MEDLINE, and other related databases, with links to participating online journals. Guide | Tutorial
- Social Sciences Full Text
- 1983-present; indexes more than 600 international, English-language periodicals in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, and law. Full-text is available for 169 journals starting with January 1995. Guide
- Sociological Abstracts
- 1963-present; provides citations and abstracts to journal articles, conference papers, books and dissertations in the field of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. It covers over 1,700 publications, and is updated monthly. Guide
- Academic Search
- 1984-present; indexes over 3,400 scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers in the areas of business, social sciences, humanities, general academic, general science, education, and multi-cultural studies. Full-text is available for 2,000 journals starting with January 1985. Guide
American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. There are sections of their web site on psychology topics, careers in psychology, recent research and more.
Centre for Psychology Resources
This list of psychology resources is based at the Centre for Psychology of Athabasca University in Athabasca, Alberta, Canada. The Academic Content Sites section contains links to a large number of psychology web sites organized by the different sub-fields within psychology.
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Great American Rat Experiment
How NOT to do research, or at least, what happens when there is no bibliography.
Though not specifically related to a particular topic, the first three resources are Subject Directories to web sites evaluated by people (as opposed to "selected" by a search engines's web crawler). The other sites listed give some general guidelines to evaluating and citing web sites.
Librarians' Index to the Internet
Search by keyword or look through the directory - keyword can lead to directory sections to search further
Internet Scout Report
Subject directory maintained by UW Madison
Infomine - Scholarly Index Resource Collections
Contains over 20,000 well-selected and described links to scholarly resources on the Internet. Searchable.
How to evaluate and cite Web Sites
prepared for Psychology 193, H. Davies instructor, October 5, 2007