How to find information for your projectHow to develop an effective search strategy when you need to find information for an essay or projectThe range of resources available and how to use them to find good quality and relevant informationEvaluating information for quality and relevanceKeeping up-to-date with your subjectManaging referencesResearch from Uni of Huddersfield shows that correlation between library usage and good grades.
Use the trustworthy etc cards to prompt discussion of best resources.
Libguides bring together all the resources for your subject area.
Group discussion:What can you see in the picture…fruitIf type ‘fruit’ into database will get millions of hits, how can you break it down ie. search for something more specific to get more manageable resultsCan you be more specific ie. Type of fruit: apples, oranges, bananas etcLocation: Stall, market, outdoor market, fruit market, BritainDetail: boxes, signs, astroturf, prices, colour of fruit, lights, pound £ signs, special offer etcPeople in background: old, young, male, female > stall holder, customers, browsers etcThink of related subjects eg. retail, commercial, financial, point-of-saleShopping, shops, fish/meat/clothes market, shopping centres, high streetTown, city, centre, British townNutrition: vits and minsAlso: Orange or Blackberry: fruit NOT telephoneApple: fruit NOT computerThinking beyond the obvious, looking for the detail that might make a difference.
Ask for volunteer who has a project in mindTheir project titleKeywords they will useetc
Next……….. Searching, evaluating and managing your references
Which articles have cited an earlier articleie. Way of looking forward in the literature-if have found excellent article, can use a citation index to see which articles have subsequently cited it Find articles on similar/related subjects: Citation implies subject relationship, so can find papers on a similar topic without using any keywords or subject termsFind out how many times a paper has been cited ie. gauge the usefulness/quality. esteem of a paperDetermine which are the best journals in your field: citation data used to rank journals within particular subject areas…..useful way of seeing how journals perform in relation to others in the same subject area
Citation data and journal citation reports available from Web of Science (Knowledge).Have a look on Web of Science:Citation infoJournal Citation Reports
Journal databases….personalizeSave preferencesOrganise research within foldersShare foldersSave search historyCreate email alerts/RSS feeds for searches and subjectsTable of Contents Alerts:ZetocCituLikeTicTocGoogle AlertsGoogle Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.), based on your queries. Simply enter a subject that you wish to monitor and you will be sent regular updates.Blogshttp://www.google.co.uk/blogsearchUse Blogsearch to find blogs and blog posts for your subject
What do you think about this quote from Abraham Lincoln?How do you decide if the information is any good?
In pairs discuss 3 criteria for evaluating the quality of information found.
However you find information, it is important that you evaluate the information
Inter Library Loan serviceSCONUL Access http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/The SCONUL Access Scheme provides reciprocal access and borrowing rights for staff and students to approximately 170 member institutions in the UK.Other libraries (specialist, catalogues etc):British Library http://www.bl.uk/COPAChttp://copac.ac.uk/COPAC is a union catalogue that gives access to the merged online catalogues of members of the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL). Twenty major university libraries currently contribute to COPAC.InforM25http://www.inform25.ac.uk/Link/search across some of the more technologically advanced higher education library catalogues in the London area in one search, as well as the Union List of Serials (ULS).SUNCAThttp://www.suncat.ac.uk/SUNCAT, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries. More information: http://bit.ly/Csotherlibs (information from LibGuide)http://bit.ly/visitingotherlibraries (info from LR website)
Referencing and Plagiarism libguide includes information on how to reference material correctly.Also information about LDU support and links to helpsheets.Referencing tutorials available on request.EIS LibGuide bring together all the resources for your subject area.
RefWorks is online software that helps you collect, store and organise the references you use in your work. It makes producing a reference list or bibliography quick and easy. It is web-based, so you can access your references from anywhere, and you will never loose them if your computer fails.
Forum for the Future Sept 2013
Forum for the Future
http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
In this workshop we will look at...
• How to find information for your project
• Developing an effective search strategy
• Resources available and how to use them
• Evaluating information
• Keeping up-to-date
• Managing references
But is it any good?
In pairs discuss:
3 criteria for
• Authority : Who is the author? What is their knowledge
base/qualifications? How have they carried out their
• Relevance : Is this what I need? Will it answer my question?
Is it at the right level?
• Intent : What is the purpose of information e.g. financial
gain, propaganda, academic etc?
• Objectivity : Balanced view? Opposing views represented?
Links to supporting information?
• Currency: How old is this information? When was it last
updated and by whom?
But it’s not in the Library!
• Inter Library Loans
• Alumni at old uni
• More information:
Referencing and Plagiarism
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides
Managing your references
• Use bibliographic management software
• myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R
• More information http://bit.ly/RefWorkshelp
Keeping in touch
• Librarian Blog http://wbllibrarian.blogspot.co.uk/
• Librarian Twitter https://twitter.com/WBLLibrarian
• Library Facebook Middlesex University Library
• Library Twitter http://twitter.com/MDXLibrary
• MDX App http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/app/index.aspx
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