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MIST 253

Coupled Natural Human Systems

Workshop Goals & Agenda

I. Introductions (15 minutes) 

  • How long have you been at UC Merced? 
  • What are your research interests related to this course? 
  • Do you have a "go-to" database or research for locating scholarly journal articles?

II. Locating & accessing library resources (20 minutes)

  • VPN
  • Get it at UC
  • UC Library Search & placing InterLibrary Loan requests
  • Journals list & using BrowZine
  • Databases A-Z List

III. Tools & resources to support your scoping review project (15 minutes) 

  • Citation management tools 
  • Systematic review guide
  • Literature tracking resources

IV. Practice searching in subject specific databases (25 minutes) 

  • Identifying search terms
  • Using search strategies
  • Obtaining citation information

V. Wrap-up & future research support (5 minutes) 

Scoping Reviews

The general purpose for conducting scoping reviews is to identify and map the available evidence:

  • To identify the types of available evidence in a given field.
  • To clarify key concepts/ definitions in the literature.
  • To examine how research is conducted on a certain topic or field.
  • To identify key characteristics or factors related to a concept.
  • As a precursor to a systematic review.
  • To identify and analyze knowledge gaps.

Arksey & O'Malley framework for conducting a scoping study:

  • Stage 1: identifying the research question
  • Stage 2: identifying relevant studies
  • Stage 3: study selection
  • Stage 4: charting the data
  • Stage 5: collating, summarizing and reporting the results

For further reading, see: 

Hilary Arksey & Lisa O'Malley (2005) Scoping studies: towards a methodological framework, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 8:1, 19-32, DOI: 10.1080/1364557032000119616.