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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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 …

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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  • 1. Research Survival Guide: Mastering your Dissertation or Project Photo by Shreyans Bhansali http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebigdurian/
  • 2. Liz Osman College Librarian Annie Gleeson Senior Library Assistant
  • 3. In this session… • • • • Finding material Evaluating print and online sources Referencing Tools to make referencing easier
  • 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. Ask us to buy books!
  • 6. Useful… …but watch out!
  • 7. Photo by Libatcam http://www.flickr.com/photos/libatcam/ Museums, archives & rare books
  • 8. Photo by Nightowl http://pixabay.com/en/users/nightowl/ The literature search
  • 9. What is a literature search? A detailed and organised, step by step search for all the material available on a topic
  • 10. How do I know what to search for? Photo by Thom http://www.flickr.com/photos/minifig/
  • 11. Research topic Research question Concept Concept Concept Synonyms Variant spellings
  • 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. Are you getting too many results?
  • 14. …or too few? Photo by Thomas Guignard http://www.flickr.com/photos/timtom/
  • 15. Evaluating sources
  • 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. Journal articles
  • 18. Databases
  • 19. Newspapers Be aware of bias
  • 20. How trustworthy or accurate are the results?
  • 21. Websites Why was the site written? Who wrote the content? When was it last updated? Who is the target audience?
  • 22. Image by Andrew Tarvin http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewtarvin/
  • 23. Why is referencing important?
  • 24. of Cambridge students have plagiarised during their time at University Michael Stothard ‘1 in 2 admits to Plagiarism’, Varsity (October 2008)
  • 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. 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. How do I do it?
  • 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. 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. When should I start to think about referencing? Photo by Bethan http://www.flickr.com/photos/beth19/
  • 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. How do I keep track?
  • 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. 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. A detailed comparison of several reference managers: http://library.wisc.edu/citationmanagers/comparison.html Photo by TheBusyBrain http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebusybrain/
  • 36. in action
  • 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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