cohousing research
From: Marcia J. Bates (mjbatesucla.edu)
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 22:00:25 -0700 (PDT)
Folks,

Of course, everyone starts with a search on Google. But a person working on a doctorate who limits their research to what they can find on Google is usually not going to get very far into the research literature. When earning a doctorate you have to be sure you find EVERYTHING relevant. In the social sciences, that means getting access to professional research journals--thousands of them--the sort that charge money and don't make their full contents available online, except by subscription.

In many cases, abstracts can be found through general search engines, but not the full text. To get the latter, and to get at indexes that produce dozens/hundreds of relevant items, rather than a million almost entirely irrelevant items, you need to go through an academic or large public library. They pay for the higher quality access, and if you are a student it's silly not to take advantage of it. By using your academic library's resources, it is often possible to do your entire literature search online, because you can access the full text and print off what you want.

Marcia
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Marcia J. Bates, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
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