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Searching PsycInfo – a video guide

Thanks to the availability of a Mac with easy to use screen recording software, I’ve put together a short video that talks you through searching on PsycInfo using the thesaurus. It also explains searching on Academic Search Complete and PsycInfo together using keyword searching and goes through the filters that you can use to help you refine your search results.

I hope you find it useful!


Getting started on Twitter…

(Image c/o Kooroshication on Flickr.)

This week I ran a couple of workshops on how to get started on Twitter (thanks to those of you who came!). You can find all the materials related to these sessions under the “Useful Guides” section on this blog. The guides include an extensive guide to creating an account and getting started, plus brief guides and a few tips. All of these guides are available to download as a PDF file. There are also many other guides available online to help you get the most out of Twitter.

There’s an excellent guide aimed at academics that has been produced by Amy Mollett, Danielle Moran and Patrick Dunleavy of the LSE Public Policy Group which is available here:

Using Twitter in University Research, Teaching and Impact Activities

This guide provides lost of really useful advice on how to use it effectively, and is probably the best such guide I have come across.

The team behind Buffer (a really great tool I will cover in a future workshop!) often produce a series of great tips for getting the most out of Twitter. They’ve recently produced a free ebook covering their “33 best Twitter tips”. You can download their ebook via the Buffer website, here:

Our Best Twitter Tips: 33 Ways To Get The Most Value Out Of Twitter

Finally, the Twitter website also contains a wealth of hints and tips and is well worth checking out.

As noted above, I intend on running a more advanced Twitter workshop in due course which will cover a range of tools to help you get the most out of the service, both in terms of connecting with others and supporting the teaching process.

As always, do drop me a line or add a comment to this post if you have any questions and I’ll do what I can to help!