In our second guide to Emerald we look at some of ways that you can get the best out of the database for students and your own research.
Emerald Insight can be a slightly intimidating database for new users. It doesn’t look like Google. There is a lot of information on there. It covers a lot of subjects but can be seen as quite specialist. It looks like it’s aimed at HE but it does have a few journals suitable for FE students wanting to do more research around their subject.
So, how to get the students using Emerald? One thing is to harness the power of Moodle. If you can find one or two really relevant journal articles, add active links (rather than links to PDFs) into the relevant section of your course. This will help bring students in to the actual database to look around. They can then take advantage of some of the extra features of Emerald such as active links to references within the article, most popular articles within that journal, clicking on related keywords, viewing the current issue of that journal. Your librarian can help you identify articles and add them to your Moodle page.
Do you have a favourite journal in Emerald? Or – ask your librarian to recommend the best journals for your modules. If you can identify a really relevant journal that you would like your students to scan through from time to time, add a link to the journal homepage in your Moodle course. This can encourage students to browse different issues and have a look at the most recent issue. The journal homepage looks like this (below) and includes links to all the volumes and issues. The home page also shows special editions which may be relevant to students or staff.
For staff or students undertaking research, Emerald has a great cross-referencing tool enabling you to search forward. Find a key article and use it to locate more recent articles which have included your reference in their bibliographies. If a journal article which has cited your article is also available in Emerald, you can click on a direct link to access it. This also goes for references which your article has cited. In essence you can move back and forwards from an article as an alternative way to simple keyword searching.
Emerald also has current awareness tools to help you keep up-to-date with the latest published research in your area. You can easily set up an alert so you can be emailed when an article on your topic is published.
Finally – enter our Emerald quiz – the first 10 entries will win a prize!
Subjects covered by Emerald include: Business, Management, Accounting & Finance, Economics, Education, Engineering, Health & Social Care, HR, Marketing, Public Policy, Sociology, and Tourism & Hospitality.