How to find information for your project How to develop an effective search strategy when you need to find information for an essay or project The range of resources available and how to use them to find good quality and relevant information Evaluating information for quality and relevance Keeping up-to-date with your subject Managing references Research 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… fruit If 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 results Can you be more specific ie. Type of fruit: apples, oranges, bananas etc Location: Stall, market, outdoor market, fruit market, Britain Detail: boxes, signs, astroturf, prices, colour of fruit, lights, pound £ signs, special offer etc People in background: old, young, male, female > stall holder, customers, browsers etc Think of related subjects eg. retail, commercial, financial, point-of-sale Shopping, shops, fish/meat/clothes market, shopping centres, high street Town, city, centre, British town Nutrition: vits and mins Also: Orange or Blackberry: fruit NOT telephone Apple: fruit NOT computer Thinking beyond the obvious, looking for the detail that might make a difference.
Ask for volunteer who has a project in mind Their project title Keywords they will use etc
Demo for LST
Which articles have cited an earlier article ie. 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 terms Find out how many times a paper has been cited ie. gauge the usefulness/quality. esteem of a paper Determine 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 info Journal Citation Reports
Journal databases….personalize Save preferences Organise research within folders Share folders Save search history Create email alerts/RSS feeds for searches and subjects Table of Contents Alerts: Zetoc CituLike TicToc Google Alerts Google 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 http://www.google.co.uk/blogsearch Use 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 service 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.
London School of Theology October 2013
London School of Theology
Finding research evidence
In this workshop we will look at...
• 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
Middlesex Alumni get Udini
• 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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