Archive for March 23, 2007

Conducting Online Research

A big part of any graduate OT program is conducting research on any one of many topics. Whether it is for a research proposal, class assignments, or for a research class, everyone has to do some form of research. I have recently found a new way of doing research, which has helped me find relevant full text articles quickly and efficiently. While Ebsco does allow me to do this, I have found that it isn’t the best search engine because you have to choose multiple databases to find your search query. Even then, it is often times confusing which journal is found in which database. Therefore, I’ve started turning to Google Scholar.

Google Scholar is one of Google’s many search engines, and it allows you to search in peer-reviewed journal for just about anything. However, in most cases it does not allow me to access the full text articles. That is where my school library comes into play. My school has a list of each and every journal that they own, in addition to the ones that they have access to online. So after finding the article on Google Scholar, I make a note of the exact citation, log in to my school library, and I can quickly find the article. I’ve found that this cuts down the time it takes to carry out research almost in half.

Another great feature of Google Scholar is that in the preferences, you can set your own university to be included in search results. In this way, you can click on the link after each search result, which tells you if it is even available at your university.

If any of this is unclear, let me know, and I’ll try to explain it further.


March 23, 2007 at 12:46 pm 3 comments

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