Systematically retrieving research in the digital age: Case study on the topic of social networking sites and young people’s mental health

Paul Best, Brian J Taylor, Roger Manktelow, Janice McQuilkin

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    Abstract

    Online information seeking has become normative practice among both academics and the general population. This study appraised the performance of eight databases to retrieve research pertaining to the influence of social networking sites on the mental health of young people. A total of 43 empirical studies on young people’s use of social networking sites and the mental health implications were retrieved. Scopus and SSCI had the highest sensitivity with PsycINFO having the highest precision. Effective searching requires large
    generic databases, supplemented by subject-specific catalogues. The methodology developed here may provide inexperienced searchers, such as undergraduate students, with a framework to define a realistic scale of searching to undertake for a particular literature review or similar project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)346-356
    JournalJournal of Information Science
    Volume40
    Issue number3
    Early online date17 Feb 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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