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Other libraries (specialist, catalogues etc): British Library http://www.bl.uk/ COPAC http://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. Search25 http://www.search25.ac.uk/: helps you discover library resources across London and the South East. You can also see where the libraries are and find out how to visit them. SUNCAT http://www.suncat.ac.uk/ SUNCAT, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries.
How do you decide if the information is any good? Especially important with the Internet.
What do you think about this quote?
Divide class into group
Hand out worksheet and 4x items.
Discuss. No right or wrong answers. All items found by doing a search on Network Security.
Which items are most relevant: Academic journal and Wiki most relevant. Newspaper article is sensationalist and trade journal is a review of software.
Which items would be no use: Newspaper article useless, and trade journal probably not unless needed to know about software packages.
Which item has the most academic authority: Academic journal. It has biography of authors, references, in-text citations and uses academic language. Article has been peer reviewed. Wikipedia has refs, but don’t know who has added information.
Are any of the items bias: Newspaper Trade journal is reviewing software and may be swayed by advertisers.
Which item is the most current: Wikipedia Academic journal is very out-of-date 2004
Would not use any of them and would continue search. Discuss the importance of evaluating the information that you find.
Take feedback and discuss.
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?
BIS4430 (Jan start) May 2014
Finding research evidence
http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
BIS4430 (Jan start) May 2014
In this workshop we will look at...
• How to find information
• Developing an effective search strategy
• Resources available and how to use them
• Evaluating information for quality and relevance
• Managing references
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > Computing Science
Choose subjects for
a list of relevant
Summon and journal databases provide:
• Access to quality information
• Information not available elsewhere
• Full-text access
• Access on/off campus
• Citation and journal impact info
• 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
Web of Knowledge
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Knowledge > Web of Science
Other useful resources
• Company, market and sector reports plus financial data
• British Standards Online
MyUnihub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B
• Research Repository
MyUnihub > MyStudy > MyLibrary
Get online help using resources
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Computing
Keeping up-to-date with your subject
• Zetoc Alert
• Google Alerts
More information on Library Subject Guide:
It’s not in the Library!
• Inter Library Loans http://bit.ly/InterLibraryLoans
• Sconul Access http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
• Other libraries http://bit.ly/visitingotherlibraries
Imagine you are writing an essay on ‘Network Security’.
Have a look at the 4 items that you have been given and
consider the following:
• Which items are the most relevant to your essay?
• Which items would be no use?
• Which item has the most academic authority?
• Which items might have bias?
• Which item is the most current?