ThesisResearchRoadmap

Preliminary Research I need ideas for my thesis topic OR I need to narrow a broad thesis topic.
  Literature Type   Database(s)   Locate/Evaluate   Topic
  4Book subject overviews
How Do I Find Books?
4Browse books to get ideas of narrower topics (review table of contents and index, read specific chapters or entries)
Identify a suitable topic of interest
             
               
  4Specialized handbooks and encyclopedias
How Do I Find Handbooks and Encyclopedias?
     
               
               
  4Specialized discipline journals (e.g. neuropsychology)
How Do I Find Journals?
4Scan table of contents of recent issues; read abstracts or articles of interest to get ideas    
    Find Resources by Subject/Track      
           
 
  4Most current journal articles in PsycINFO (2010)
More about PsycINFO
 
   
               
  4Annual Review of Clinical Psychology (2009)
FIPP call number RC 467.A55 2009
     
               
      Forest theses        
      Add n:thesis to your WORD search in Forest Library Catalog        
  4Theses (from Forest) and dissertations (from Forest and other schools)
Other theses
4Do subject search in PsycINFO; limit search results to Document Type: Dissertation
4Do subject search in ProQuest; click on results tab for Dissertations
4Browse Forest theses in the Library
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Scan abstracts in PsycINFO
4Scan full text of document in ProQuest (2000-2006 only)
 
               
Preliminary Research I have a thesis topic but need more background information.
  Literature Type   Database(s)   Locate/Evaluate   Topic
  4Books (besides subject overviews)   How Do I Find Books?   4Start research log
4
Start reference list
4Make notes
  Focus or re-define topic as needed
          4Review references of relevant items
4Request materials Forest doesn't own
   
               
  4Specialized handbooks and encyclopedias   How Do I Find Handbooks and Encyclopedias?        
               
Preliminary Research I need to start my scan of the psychology journal literature.
  Literature Type   Database(s)   Locate/Evaluate   Topic
  Journal articles
4Identify literature review articles
  Seach PsycINFO first   4Update research log
4Add citations to reference list
4Save search histories to database folder
4Save articles to database folder or download to PC, other media or reference manager software
  Further define or narrow topic as needed
      How Do I Find a Literature Review?        
          4Make notes    
  Journal articles
4Identify key authors during literature scan
  Perform author searches in library catalog or databases to see what else the authors have written   4Review references of relevant items
4Request materials Forest doesn't own
   
               
      E-Journal Portal        
  Journal articles
4Identify specialized journal titles during literature scan
  Is the niche journal available full text?
4Review journal table of contents
4Search niche journal content

Visit journal's website if not available full text at Forest.
       
               
          4How do your findings affect your topic or research question?   If possible, finalize topic.
          4Have you identified new terminology?    
               
          Conduct additional database search(es) if necessary.    
               
Exhaustive Research I need to complete my scan of the journal literature in psychology and related disciplines.
  Literature Type   Database(s)   Locate/Evaluate   Topic
  Start with the most current research, then work backwards  
Forest Library
Identify relevant library databases in psychology and all related disciplines (include general ones)
  Continue activities mentioned under initial scan above.    
               
  Look for theoretical articles   How Do I Choose a Database?
http://www.forest.edu/lib-choose.aspx
       
               
  Look for empirical research articles   Databases by Subject
http://www.forest.edu/lib-db-subj.aspx
       
               
  Look for landmark and classic studies   Other Springfield Area Libraries   Ask Nan or Renee for advice prior to searching databases at other libraries.    
      Forest does not subscribe to databases in all subject areas.        
  Continue to look for important authors, researchers or theorists   Other SWAN libraries may subscribe to databases that relate to your topic (see Choose a Database tab).        
               
Exhaustive Research Do I need to search for grey literature?
  Literature Type   Database(s)   Locate/Evaluate   Topic
  Search for unpublished studies or grey literature if appropriate (conference papers, dissertations, government & technical reports, preprints)   How Do I Find Grey Literature?   Continue activities mentioned under initial scan above.    
               
Exhaustive Research Do I need to search for cited references?
  Literature Type   Database(s)   Locate/Evaluate   Topic
  Identify citing articles for key older articles   How Do I Find Cited References?   Continue activities mentioned under initial scan above.    
               
      Google Scholar        
      Watch for "Cited By "        
               
Exhaustive Research Do I need to search other web resources?
  Literature Type   Database(s)   Locate/Evaluate   Topic
  Scholarly search engine   Google Scholar   4Use evaluation criteria for content and source
4Add citations to reference list if relevant
   
               
  Identify other scholarly subject-specific web resources, such as Find Resources by Subject/Track
To identify relevant organizations
4Scan domains in Google search results
   
  4Specialized databases   Psychology Metasites (under Psychology General)   4Find mentions in articles    
          4Look at Resources or Links pages of relevant organizations    
  4 Key author websites   Google        
               
  4Organizational websites (research institutes, not-for-profits, government agencies)            
               
  OPTIONAL: Search journal publisher content   Journal Publisher Websites of Interest   4When relevant citation is found, check journal title in E-Journal Portal for full text availability    
          4Request articles through ILL if needed    
               
Exhaustive Research Do I need to search for test materials?
  Literature Type   Database(s)   Locate/Evaluate   Topic
  Identify tests or measures if needed   How Do I Find Tests?   Locating Tests    
               
  Keep expanding your source net wider until you have enough citations or the same citations keep appearing
or you cannot identify any new relevant literature. Keep your research up-to-date throughout the thesis process.
   
               
  ONGOING: New books and journal articles on your topic   Set-up regular search and/or journal alerts in library catalogs, full text library databases and on journal publisher websites   Tweak alerts/feeds as necessary. Incorporate new citations into reference list if relevant    
      Using Your Account in Millenium (Library Catalog)        
      Creating EBSCO Search and Journal alerts        
      Your Gale Account        
      OVID Personal Accounts        
      Sage My Tools        
      Wiley Cochrane Library (Saved Searches and Alerts)        
      ProQuest MyResearch Summary        
    Adapted in part from chapter 3 "Selecting a topic and identifying literature for review"
Galvan, J. L. (2006). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (3rd ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak.