Tag Archive for research

Topic refinement

Over the last two months I have spent quite a bit of time reading and thinking. My topic has become refined further, to a smaller area that I can investigate to greater depths. My initial research questions will still fit, hopefully, but some of them I am breaking out in to other studies that I can refer to within my PhD.

The title hasn’t changed much, but I think it might end up changing further down the track, to be more suitable. Currently I’m using An investigation of the extent to which Australian public libraries are practicing sustainability, but I think it might end up changing.

I have further refined my topic to look specifically at public libraries and at the community partnerships that are occuring and the services and programs that are developing as a result of these linkages. I am interested to see if these sustainability related community outreach programs are having an effect on the library staff and the way the organisation functions internally.

Literature searching

It’s time to buckle down now and get started on some literature searching. I know that I’ve been teaching people how to do literature searching for such a long time, but now that it’s my turn, it’s a little intimidating.

So, from what I used to teach people, here is what I need to do:

  1. Leave no stone unturned
  2. Start with generic Library databases and construct some search strings that bring back results
  3. Set search alerts
  4. Broaden search to other databases (this won’t be hard considering that the UniSA library only has TWO databases listed under the subject heading of “Library“).
  5. Identify any key/useful journal titles and subscribe to table of contents alerts.

See, not that hard really is it?