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 Taylor, Roger Manktelow, Janice McQuilkin

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12 Citations (Scopus)

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 search- ers, 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
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Social Work
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2014

Keywords

  • literature review
  • database searching
  • mental health
  • young people
  • social networking

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