Research
Survival Guide:
Mastering your
Dissertation or
Project
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Liz Osman

College Librarian

Annie Gleeson

Senior Library Assistant
In this session…
•
•
•
•

Finding material
Evaluating print and online sources
Referencing
Tools to make referencing easie...
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/libatcam/

Photo by Libatcam
http://www.flickr.com/photos/libatcam/

Photo ...
Ask us
to buy
books!
Useful…

…but watch out!
Photo by Libatcam
http://www.flickr.com/photos/libatcam/

Museums, archives & rare books
Photo by Nightowl
http://pixabay.com/en/users/nightowl/

The literature search
What is a literature search?

A detailed and organised,
step by step search for all the
material available on a topic
How do I know what to search for?

Photo by Thom
http://www.flickr.com/photos/minifig/
Research topic
Research question
Concept

Concept
Concept

Synonyms

Variant
spellings
Impact of advertising
Does television advertising have any influence
on the eating habits of teenagers?

Eating
habits

Te...
Are you getting too many results?
…or too few?

Photo by Thomas Guignard
http://www.flickr.com/photos/timtom/
Evaluating sources
Books
Why was the book written?
Who published the book?
When was it published?
Is the book well organised?
Has the book go...
Journal articles
Databases
Newspapers Be aware of bias
How trustworthy or accurate are
the results?
Websites
Why was the site written?
Who wrote the content?
When was it last updated?
Who is the target audience?
Image by Andrew Tarvin
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewtarvin/
Why is referencing important?
of Cambridge students
have plagiarised during
their time at University
Michael Stothard ‘1 in 2 admits to Plagiarism’, Var...
did not know that failing
to cite sources could be
considered plagiarism
Michael Stothard ‘1 in 2 admits to Plagiarism’, V...
Why is referencing important?

GIVE credit –
for the work that
you are building
on

GET credit –
for the work that
you hav...
How do I do it?
Referencing means…
You need to include a citation every time
you use another author’s work in your essay.
To do this, you ...
Referencing means…
Copyright Licensing Agency. “Copyright Licensing Agency
(CLA) : Licences for Education,” 2012.
http://w...
When should I
start to think
about
referencing?

Photo by Bethan
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beth19/
What information do I need?
For books… author/editor, full title, page numbers,
publisher, date and location of publicatio...
How do I keep track?
Both have…
• Desktop application – Windows/Mac/Linux
• ‘Cite while you write’ plug-ins for the most
popular word-processin...
But…
• Zotero is alternatively available in an online
only version as a Firefox extension
• Mendeley has an official iPad/...
A detailed comparison of several
reference managers:
http://library.wisc.edu/citationmanagers/comparison.html
Photo by The...
in action
For more information…
Pop in and see us in the Library, or email
library@homerton.cam.ac.uk

The UL runs further research ...
Research Survival Guide: Mastering Your Dissertation or Project
Research Survival Guide: Mastering Your Dissertation or Project
Research Survival Guide: Mastering Your Dissertation or Project
Research Survival Guide: Mastering Your Dissertation or Project
Research Survival Guide: Mastering Your Dissertation or Project
Research Survival Guide: Mastering Your Dissertation or Project
Research Survival Guide: Mastering Your Dissertation or Project
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Working on a longer piece of research can be daunting, and you need to find and evaluate the literature around the subject. This session will provide you with tools to do a comprehensive literature search, to assess the material to identify the most useful and appropriate items, and some tools to help with compiling a bibliography.

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Research Survival Guide: Mastering Your Dissertation or Project

  1. 1. Research Survival Guide: Mastering your Dissertation or Project Photo by Shreyans Bhansali http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebigdurian/
  2. 2. Liz Osman College Librarian Annie Gleeson Senior Library Assistant
  3. 3. In this session… • • • • Finding material Evaluating print and online sources Referencing Tools to make referencing easier
  4. 4. Photo by Libatcam http://www.flickr.com/photos/libatcam/ Photo by Libatcam http://www.flickr.com/photos/libatcam/ Photo by Faoch http://www.flickr.com/photos/faoch/
  5. 5. Ask us to buy books!
  6. 6. Useful… …but watch out!
  7. 7. Photo by Libatcam http://www.flickr.com/photos/libatcam/ Museums, archives & rare books
  8. 8. Photo by Nightowl http://pixabay.com/en/users/nightowl/ The literature search
  9. 9. What is a literature search? A detailed and organised, step by step search for all the material available on a topic
  10. 10. How do I know what to search for? Photo by Thom http://www.flickr.com/photos/minifig/
  11. 11. Research topic Research question Concept Concept Concept Synonyms Variant spellings
  12. 12. Impact of advertising Does television advertising have any influence on the eating habits of teenagers? Eating habits Television Advertising Teenagers Youth? Adolescent? Teen? Young people
  13. 13. Are you getting too many results?
  14. 14. …or too few? Photo by Thomas Guignard http://www.flickr.com/photos/timtom/
  15. 15. Evaluating sources
  16. 16. Books Why was the book written? Who published the book? When was it published? Is the book well organised? Has the book got a bibliography? Who is the target audience?
  17. 17. Journal articles
  18. 18. Databases
  19. 19. Newspapers Be aware of bias
  20. 20. How trustworthy or accurate are the results?
  21. 21. Websites Why was the site written? Who wrote the content? When was it last updated? Who is the target audience?
  22. 22. Image by Andrew Tarvin http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewtarvin/
  23. 23. Why is referencing important?
  24. 24. of Cambridge students have plagiarised during their time at University Michael Stothard ‘1 in 2 admits to Plagiarism’, Varsity (October 2008)
  25. 25. did not know that failing to cite sources could be considered plagiarism Michael Stothard ‘1 in 2 admits to Plagiarism’, Varsity (October 2008)
  26. 26. Why is referencing important? GIVE credit – for the work that you are building on GET credit – for the work that you have done yourself
  27. 27. How do I do it?
  28. 28. Referencing means… You need to include a citation every time you use another author’s work in your essay. To do this, you will either put the reference in brackets (Smith 2014, p. 123) or you will use footnotes/endnotes.1 1 Smith, J. Reference Like a Boss (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) p. 123 …in-text references
  29. 29. Referencing means… Copyright Licensing Agency. “Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) : Licences for Education,” 2012. http://www.cla.co.uk/Licencesforeducation. Curley, Duncan. Intellectual Property Licences and Technology Transfer: A Practical Guide to the New European Licensing Regime. Intellectual Property Series. Oxford: Chandos, 2004. Pedley, Paul. Digital Copyright. 2nd ed. London: Facet Publishing, 2007. Secker, Jane. Copyright and E-Learning : A Guide for Practitioners. London: Facet, 2010. …a bibliography
  30. 30. When should I start to think about referencing? Photo by Bethan http://www.flickr.com/photos/beth19/
  31. 31. What information do I need? For books… author/editor, full title, page numbers, publisher, date and location of publication, edition For articles… author, article title, page numbers journal title, date, volume/issue/number of the journal For websites… author, date of publication, website title, full web address, date accessed
  32. 32. How do I keep track?
  33. 33. Both have… • Desktop application – Windows/Mac/Linux • ‘Cite while you write’ plug-ins for the most popular word-processing programmes • Ability to create groups to share references, PDFs, comments etc. with peers • Back-up and synchronisation across different devices
  34. 34. But… • Zotero is alternatively available in an online only version as a Firefox extension • Mendeley has an official iPad/iPhone app, with 3rd party apps available for Android. No official Zotero apps, but 3rd party available for both Android and iOS. • PDF annotation feature in Mendeley.
  35. 35. A detailed comparison of several reference managers: http://library.wisc.edu/citationmanagers/comparison.html Photo by TheBusyBrain http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebusybrain/
  36. 36. in action
  37. 37. For more information… Pop in and see us in the Library, or email library@homerton.cam.ac.uk The UL runs further research skills courses: http://training.cam.ac.uk/cul This session was adapted from some of Emma Coonan’s presentations at: http://researchcentral.wordpress.com/

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