Forum for the Future Sept 2013


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  • Welcome and intros.
  • 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
  • Discuss
  • 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.Blogs 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 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 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.InforM25 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).SUNCAT, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries. More information: (information from LibGuide) (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

    1. 1. Finding research evidence Forum for the Future http:// / study / library
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. Using the right information source
    4. 4. Library Subject Guides myUniHub > My Study > My Library
    5. 5. Thinking about keywords
    6. 6. The real thing •Keywords •Alternative keywords •More specific keywords •Related subjects Your project exercise
    7. 7. So far so good So far we’ve looked at: • Choosing the right resource • Coming up with useful keywords Next: • Searching, evaluating, and keeping up-to-date
    8. 8. Accessing resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library Select Summon and try out your keywords.
    9. 9. Summon questions
    10. 10. Citation indexes • Which articles have cited an earlier article • Find articles on similar/related subject • How many times an article has been cited • Best journals in your field
    11. 11. Web of Science MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W
    12. 12. Keeping up-to-date with your subject • Journal databases • Table of Contents Alerts • Google Alerts • Blogs More information in Library Subject Guides
    13. 13. Is it any good?
    14. 14. But is it any good? In pairs discuss: 3 criteria for evaluating the quality of information
    15. 15. • Authority : Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications? How have they carried out their research? • 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? Evaluating information
    16. 16. But it’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans • Alumni at old uni • More information:
    17. 17. Referencing and Plagiarism myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides
    18. 18. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • More information
    19. 19. Keeping in touch • Librarian Blog • Librarian Twitter • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter • MDX App
    20. 20. Need further help? Adam Edwards and Adam Miller Ask a Librarian