Tracking Down Studies: Going Around Obstacles
While I’ve spent a lot of time teaching about databases and indexes, they certainly are not the only way you can track down studies. In this final installment of the tracking down studies part of the Understanding Research series, I’ll show you how you can track down studies in other ways.
Last May I read an interesting blog post on Teri Shilling’s blog.
She posted about some research she’d read about in a magazine. The study had found that attending a childbirth class was the only significant predictor of whether or not a woman was satisfied with her childbirth experience.
Naturally, I wanted to know more, and being the “go straight to the source” type, I wanted to see the actual study. Teri had listed a few key pieces of information:
Study author = Angelina Arcamore
Study author’s place of work = Villanova University
Teri’s source: CBEreporter article written my Marsha Rehms
I started by asking Teri what she knew.
Next I tried doing a search in EBSCO and PubMed for the author. Nothing. Tried searching for the key words “Childbirth Education” and “satisfaction”. A few results, but nothing like what I was looking for.
Did a general Google searches for “Angelina Arcamore”, “CBEreporter” and for “Marsha Rehms”. Nothing helpful there.
So my only remaining clue was Villanova University. I went to their web site:
I searched their site for “Arcamore” and got nothing. Then I tried “childbirth education” and got a single hit:
And voila! I found the faculty bio page of Angelina Arcamone!
Notice her name is actually spelled “Arcamone” instead of “Arcamore”! Somewhere along the way, a letter got misread as an r instead of an n. Very easy mistake.
So then I go back and do EBSCO, PubMed and Google Scholar searches for the correctly spelled name.
Still no results.
But remember how the faculty bio page had an e-mail address on it? Well, I decided to write to her and ask about the study. Within 24 hours she responded with a very nice e-mail:
While I found the information she sent me to be helpful, I am looking forward to seeing her study published!
Did you like this step-by-step of how I tracked down this study? You can find more articles like this on my web site. If you have a study you’re having trouble finding and would like me to give it a try, send me an e-mail andrea [at] lythgoes [dot] net and I just might do it here on Science & Sensibility!