Literature search sources, Other Management

Use of the library: The researcher plans  to  concentrate the efforts on identifying information on  a specific topic. If you  are unfamiliar with a particular library get acquainted with the library facilities and holdings,  card catalogue, various indexes, computer assisted search and other reference materials. The  librarian will also inform you  about photocopy services, policies and inter library loans, etc. 

Locating literature source: Researcher is  in  the process of locating specific piece  of knowledge  and  there  are various sources  such as  the online public access catalogue, indexes, abstracts and computer assisted search mechanism that aids  in  locating of pertinent reference materials;  as given below: 

Books: Researcher needs to begin a systematic search first for books. Each library has a card catalogue. You  need  to  locate the book from authors index or  subject index. This may now be available on computer, many libraries have Online Public Access Catalogues (OPAC). Journals most research findings  are reported  in journals.  There are cumulative journal indexes, international nursing journals and allied health  and  nursing studies index. You  need  to  read  the  instructions in front  and  learn  to use these indexes by locating topic heading  and related words,  e.g. eating disorders  - search, G.1 disorders, anorexia  in  adolescents.  

Indexes: Health science indexes are  an  important  key to  vast health science literature. The printed indexes are used infrequently due  to availability  of computerized searches. However, some older references are available on International Nursing Index, Nursing Studies Index, Hospital Literature Index, etc. The researcher need to locate references  as  described in preliminary page  of each voiume, determine the proper subject heading, then subject section. Each reference contains the following information. Title of  the article, author, journal volume number, issue number, page number and date of  issuing. Once relevant reference  is  identified,  the reader can locate the journals  and proceed  to  record the research reports. 

Computer Searches:  It  has become increasingly popular especially in case of multiple concepts. A computer search provides the reviewer with list of references with complete bibliographic information and  in  some cases abstracts. If you  do not have knowledge of computer the reviewer fills out a  library request form indicating the topic  of  interest and any limitations on the search,  e.g.  to  the  articles published in past  five years. The  librarian confers with the reviewer, devises the best search is done immediately on receiving the request. 

MEDLAR  (Medical Literature Analysis Retrieval System)  and Medicine database are most commonly used by  nurse researcher as  it  is one of the largest data base worldwide. MEDLINE centres are located at the libraries of one of major research centres; Medline covers all areas of biomedical literatire  and corresponds with added coverage to nursing literature. Other data base that might  be useful includes combined Health  information data base ERIC (Educational material) Psychological Abstracts  (Psychological literature)  and SOCABS  (sociological literature).


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