1. Because you can find primary studies at usm libraries
2. You can also find journal articles in at usm libraries databases
Let Introduce about USM Libraries for primary studies
Once you are on the library homepage, find the “databases & guides” location. Then choose a database that begins with a letter from a to z. Databases that are good for finding primary studies:-
- The method of research you are hoping to find. If you topic is technology, you might be looking for a quantitative study with a target population of middle school. This is an approach developed by professor beaudry for finding primary studies in his classes.
- This should result in a few good articles that are on that topic. For example, note the presence of an introduction, methods, results and conclusion, the hallmarks of a primary research study. If you need more results than this method provides, there are a few techniques you can use to expand the search you already have in front of you. Synonyms and related terms are used to increase the search results.
- Or statements can be used to increase the number of articles captured by the keywords used. Truncation can further expand the forms of the keywords used by including plurals, singulars and other forms of the word.
- For example, middle school can become middle school or junior high. Quantitative can become quantitative or statistics or survey. Technology can become technology or computers, or some other specific device.
- Note how the number of hits increased from 89 to 860. We can further expand our search by using truncation. The search then becomes: middle school* or junior high quantitative or statistic* or survey* technology* or computer* note again the increase in hits.
- Then in order to ensure the expansion hasn’t taken us too far away from our primary search result, we add another search box with the search phrase: method* or study in both search strategies, you will want to define a date range, and click to make sure the results are all peer-reviewed. And as you can see, it did decrease the number of hits.
- Upon finding your primary studies you may be asked to create a literature review with the articles. Follow your professor’s directions on this process. It may help to try to find articles where the target audience and other particulars of the study are similar.
Journal articles in at usm libraries databases
- This article is about searching the databases for journal articles. Database searching is a basic skill you need in order to find journal articles reports, and book chapters in our library collection. Begin by going to the homepage of the library.
- If you are off-campus, please page down to the my usm portal located on many usm pages here. Once you are on the usm portal page, navigate your mouse across the top of the page until you reach the libraries and technology link clicking on this link will change the page below. Look for the usm libraries link and click here
- Though they often function in the same way. Here is an ebsco database. The vendor, ebsco, provides access to databases such as academic search complete, education full-text, and Eric. Here is education full-text. Databases are searched using keywords and connecting words such as and and or. And tells the database i want my search to include everything i connect with and.
- So that each article i find will contain every keyword connected by the word and. Or tells the database, i will take either one keyword or the other in my search. This allows results to include several different groups of results. Some of my results will include one of the keywords with or, and the other results will include the other keyword i connect with or. If i use the keywords equity and education, for example, i will get results that include both keywords. These keywords will show up in either the title, abstract, descriptors, or some other part of the article record.
- Notice the following result record, and where the keywords i searched appear. From here, i could decide to add more limits to my results. For example, a ten year publishing window, and/or peer-reviewed articles only. If i have too many articles, i could add another keyword that would further narrow my search. If i have too few results, i might change my keywords or use fewer of them.
- I could also use some or connectors to find synonyms or related terms. For example, (equity or equality) and education once you get your results, the abstract is a excellent way to find out if the article in your results matches your topic. Note: not all results you find will be exactly on target. By reading the abstract, you can move quickly from one article to the next. This is also a good time to notice some of the features this database provides you, the researcher. One, some way to get the article.
- Many databases have articles that appear in full-text, such as linked full-text, html full-text, or as a PDF. If the item is not available in full-text, you may request it via inter library loan. Please view the inter library loan article for more information about inter library loan. Another way to get access to the article is through the article linker button.
- The article linker button may provide either full-text, or a way to order the article via interlibrary loan. Two, to the far right of the record, are links that provide the ability to print, save, email, cite and export the item to a citation manager like zotero, mendeley or endnote. If you are unsure of which to use, the ris export option works well with many citation managers.