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Like assistance with writing your thesis? PhD, Masters and Professional Doctorate by research students can access a range of services and resources
|SAGE Research Methods|
SAGE research methods is a comprehensive online collection of resources which you can access through the Library. You can explore methodological concepts to help you design your research project, understand a particular research method or identify a new method, and write up your research.
Video Length: 2 minutes 7 seconds
|Research methodologies example search|
This short (approx 2 mins) video from the Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University provides a quick introduction to literature reviews.
For help completing your literature review please see the following links:
|Other review types|
The Library's Systematic Review guide provides an overview of the scoping, narrative and systematic review types.
Key multidisciplinary databases:
Record your search strategy so that you (and others) can replicate the process - this is essential for systematic reviews, but is generally advised to ensure transparency and replicability. Document search tools used, date searches conducted, search terms, any limits (e.g. year, language), and number of hits
Sign up for accounts with key database providers (e.g. Ovid and ProQuest) so that you can save articles, search strategies, alerts and more for later use
Set up alerts so that you keep up to date with material as it is published on your topic
To conduct a comprehensive search, go beyond the major indexed databases to locate grey literature
Manage and organise your search results using bibliographic management software such as EndNote
Systematic review methodology was developed for medicine and healthcare, and aspects of the approach prescribed in the discipline may be inappropriate for certain social sciences research questions. Alternatives such as that developed by the UK Social Care Institute for Excellence may be more appropriate
Davies, KS 2011, 'Formulating the evidence based practice question: a review of the frameworks', Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, vol. 6, no. 2, p. 75.
Developing a Research Question (Academic Skills, University of Melbourne)
A range of standardised frameworks have been developed to assist in developing focused, answerable questions which can be easily broken down into searchable components for more relevant results.
Examples of framing the question are available on the UniSA Systematic Review Guide.
Why look for existing theses?
Our Theses guide will help you to search databases to find theses, exemplars and share your thesis through the Research Outputs Repository.
|Watch this video: Finding grey literature: definition and key sources (5:13)|
| AACODS checklist - Jess Tyndall, Flinders University, 2010. Guidance on how
to evaluate and critically appraise grey literature
'Each of these Handbooks survey the field in a critical manner, evaluating theoretical models in light of the best available empirical evidence. Distinctively sociological approaches are highlighted by means of explicit comparison to perspectives characterizing related disciplines such as psychology, psychiatry, and anthropology. These seminal works seek to record where the field has been, to identify its current location and to plot its course for the future' - Publisher description.
|Handbook of religion and social institutions
by Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh
Publication date: 2006
|Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities
by John DeLamater (Editor); Rebecca F. Plante (Editor)
Publication Date: 2015
|Handbook of the Life Course
by Michael J. Shanahan et al. (eds)
Publication Date: 2015
|Publish with impact|
|Watch this presentation: Publishing with impact (28:29)|
Professor Jill Dorrian of the University of South Australia (UniSA) gives tips and advice on getting your research published, such as how to choose the right journal for your research, how to increase your chances of getting published, and how to publish strategically to maximise the impact of your research.