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Library Sources


FINDING LIT REVIEWS & OVERVIEWS

Refresher Guide:

You might find relevant tips or refreshers in our library help guide How to write a literature review. It includes an example from the journal Qualitatitve Inquiry.
 

Scholarly encyclopedias and other reference tools:

For new or unfamiliar fields or subject areas, scholarly encyclopedias can also provide useful topic overviews, as well as handy bibliographies listing some of the "major" sources and authors in a subject area. Try:

Research Guides - annotated bibliographies and more:

These can provide brief introductions to branches or areas or research, and include extensive lists of important sources in many subject areas. Try: 

  •  Oxford Bibliographies. We do not have the complete collection, but we do subscribe to the Anthropology and Sociology components, as well as a few others, such as Communication.
     

Review & Survey Journals:

Articles in these specialized journals can be especially useful, as one their main tasks is always to review, survey  or circumscribe the literature related to a research topic. They include extensive bibliographies which can lead you to many other sources on your research question. Try these:


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Dissertations/Theses:

As you know, dissertations and theses include literature reviews and long bibliographies, and they often cover topics that are new or emerging.

Additional Lit Review Tools & Tips:


CITATION TRACING & CHASING

You can chase and trace citations and analyze citation patterns in  many different ways. Here are four ways.

*NOTE FOR OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS: To access Web of Science and Scopus off-campus you must first connect to Concordia's Virtual Private Network.

1 - Cited by/Times Cited

You can use the "Cited by" link available in many databases to get a quick view of who is citing a particular work within the confines of that database or index:

In Google Scholar:
  1. At the Google Scholar search screen enter a topic, known title or author.
  2. At the search results page, click on the Cited by link under an article or book of interest.
  3. You can then use the checkbox: search within citing articles to further focus your search.
     
In Web of Science:
  1. At the Web of Science Basic Search screen, enter topic keywords, a known title or an author.
  2. At the results page, click on the Times Cited number in the right column beside the article(s) of interest.
  3. [You could also select Create Citation Report to get a look at Citing Articles for the whole list of search results.]
  4. You can further focus your search in many ways
Scopus
  1. At the Scopus Document Search screen, enter topic keywords, a known title or an author.
  2. At the results page, click on the Cited By number in the far right clolumn beside the article(s) of interest.
  3. [You can also click on View Citation Overview or View Cited By to get a look at citing articles for the whole list of search results.]
  4. You can further focus your search in many ways. 

**TIPYou can also find "Times Cited/Cited by" links in many subject specific article databases, but these will not appear consistently, and are confined to what is indexed in that particular databases.
 

2 - Related Articles:

In Web of Science and Scopus, the related articles are ones that have **references in common in their bibliographies**. This is a feature that is UNIQUE to these two databases.

  • In Web of Science,
    1. Enter topic keywords, a known title or an author.
    2. At the results page, click on the title of the article you are interested in.
    3. At the summary page for the article, click on view related records.

  • In Scopus
    1. Enter a topic, title, or author
    2. At the results page, scroll and hover over the title that interests you, and click on Related documents.
  • TIP:
    • In Google Scholar and other Subject-Specific Databases the "Related Article"or "Related Record" links may also lead to additional articles that your own keyword searching did not retrieve, but these are based on shared keywords and authors, NOT on shared references in the bibliography. 
       

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3 - Cited Refererence Searching

use for 'FOUNDATIONAL' WORKS  and INFLUENTIAL AUTHORS

When following the trail of foundational works you should use Cited Reference Searching to find all the variants of that work and to then obtain and analyze a full set of citing articles.

HELP VIDEOS: This type of searching takes practice, and you are advised to view tutorials such as: How do I do a Cited Reference Search? and What is Cited Reference Searching?  --  info about books is always near the end of the video.  

 

4 - "My Citations" in Google Scholar:

Google Scholar has also launched Google Scholar Citations, which allows you to track and organize your own citations, but also:

 


ARTICLE DATABASES: subject-specific & multi-disciplinary

There are several possible ways to identify databases that might be relevant to you at Concordia. You might:

  • Use the appropriate SUBJECT GUIDE to discover and access the article databases recommended by the Subject Librarian for a particular discipline or subject area

  • Use the DATABASE BY SUBJECT listing on our homepage for quick alphabetical access to your favourite database, more subject access, and browsing by database type, such as Book ReviewsNews & Current EventsPrimary SourcesSoundVideo.

Examples of Subject-Specific Sources in Anthropology, Sociology & Other Disciplines:

 

Examples of Multi-Disciplinary Favourites:


Remember to find more favourites in your disciplines  and all others at Concordia by using the Subject Guides  and/or Database by Subject listing.

*USEFUL DATABASE TIPS:
  1. For search strategies which can be used in most of the above databases, see this one-page CHEAT-SHEET.

  2. In addition to using the Discovery Search you can search many databases at once using the following methods:

    • Try starting with one of our EBSCO databases, such as Academic Search Complete, and then selecting the "Choose Databases" link near the top of the screen to identify and select additional databases to search simultaneously.

    • You can try the same trick with ProQuest databases: Select all ProQuest Databases at once or choose only a few by using the "Change Databases" link at the top of the screen. 
       
  3. Even MORE databases are available to you beyond Concordia at Other Local Libraries, including the BAnQ, which Quebec residents can access online from home. 
     

RESEARCH METHODS: useful sources & tools

Virtually all of the tools listed on this page can help you find material about the research method(s)/design you are considering.

But you should also try out our new specialized tool:

  • Sage Research Methods Online
    • This tool contains encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, journal articles and videos dealing with research methods in both theoretical and practical terms. It also includes Methods Map, a visualization tool that tries to map relationships between methods. 

BOOKS: library catalogues

at Concordia:

  • Use our library catalogue (CLUES):
    • be sure to use the Search Options for TitleAuthorAdvanced Keyword, Journal Title and more
    • when you find items of interest, click on the Subject Headings to browse for more related items

  • Though our library catalogue includes thousands of online books,  you can also explore our ebooks by publisher. Try especially OxfordPalgrave and Project MUSE for instance.

BEYOND Concordia:

  • WorldCat simultaneously searches the catalogues of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. 

  • See  also our other library catalogues page to check for material at other institutions locally and worldwide, including the BANQ (Bibliothèque et Acrhives nationales du Québec)

  • Google Books. Unlike simple library catalogues, this tool searches inside the pages of books

For more information on how to look up & access books and other material that you have identified in your searches or found in lists of references, see Looking up & Accessing Material below.


News archives & Primary Sources

**News, archival and primary sources can be found in many different places, depending on the context. If you are not certain that you are looking in the right places, use one of our our ASK A LIBRARIAN services or contact me.**


JUST FOR YOU: grad student perks & privileges

Our Graduate Students Library Guide tries to bring together all the library-related resources and services you will need for your studies at Concordia. It can help you pinpoint the best spots on the library web site for graduate students and discover the perks reserved for grad students only.


Bibliographic MANAGEMENT Tools: RefWorks and more

You can oganize and manage the citations you find in your searches in many different ways.  Try out more than one bibliographic management tool and pick your favourite: 

RefWorks

REFWORKS not only creates bibliographies. It can also help you keep track of and annotate your references, as well as share them with your colleagues. 


Zotero & Other Competitors

ZOTERO is a free and popular alternative to RefWorks.
To begin:

  1. Register for a free account
  2. At the Download page select either:
    • Zotero for Firefox (all-in-one program via that browser)
    • Zotero Standalone (an easy extension on your browser + a component on your computer) 
       

You can also try other alternatives to  both RefWorks and  Zotero:


Bibliography Basics




Optimizing your access from on & off campus

 


Keeping up to date with search alerts & RSS feeds

Though each resource is different, Google Scholar and almost all Subject-Specific Databases offer you the option to create an alert that will let you know whenever aparticular search produces new results. You can usually choose between email alerts or RSS alerts, for which you need to first set up an RSS Reader


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