Self Care and Strategic Searching

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Valentine’s Day honors our relationships.  How do we nurture ourselves, so that we can nurture those relationships?  We can use this question to demonstrate strategic searching.

Part of search strategy is finding the right initial scale of a project (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration section, Knowledge Practices subsection).  For this example we can start with self-care in the workplace.  That choice can  guide us to the  databases PsycINFO  (for the self-care aspect of our question) or Business Source Complete (for the workplace aspect).  After all, we also want to choose the right tools for the question (ACRL, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration section, Knowledge Practices subsection).

We can start with a rough keyword search.  Once we find a promising article, we can check its database record for subject headings.  One sample article (Devenish-Meares, 2015) yields such headings as Occupational Stress and Mindfulness.  We can also use the PsycINFO Thesaurus to explore relevant subject terms.  These strategies show the use of different search vocabularies (ACRL, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration section, Knowledge Practices subsection).

I demonstrated the concept before in a Halloween post.     All the same even experienced searchers hone their skills with practice.  Anyway I hope you can practice some self-care.

References

Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website : http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

Devenish-Meares, P. (2015). Call to compassionate self-care: Introducing self-compassion into the workplace treatment process. Journal Of Spirituality In Mental Health, 17(1), 75-87. doi:10.1080/19349637.2015.985579

 

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