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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 availa...
Thinking about resources
Find out more
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides
http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EIS
Thinking about keywords
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
Finding resources
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon
Select Summon and
search for information for
your project
Refining your search
Journal Databases
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
• Up-to-date
•...
Citation searching
• Which articles have cited an earlier article
• Find articles on similar/related subject
• How many ti...
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
http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/CareersVacancie...
Get online help using resources
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Computing
http://libguides.mdx.a...
Keeping up-to-date with your subject
• Zetoc Alert
• TicTOC
• Google Alerts
More information on Library Subject Guide:
htt...
It’s not in the Library!
• Inter Library Loans http://bit.ly/InterLibraryLoans
• Sconul Access http://www.access.sconul.ac...
But is it any good?
Evaluating information
Imagine you are writing an essay on ‘Network Security’.
Have a look at the 4 items that you have be...
• Authority
• Relevance
• Intent
• Objectivity
• Currency
Evaluating information
Referencing and Plagiarism
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides >
Computing > Information Skills > Re...
Managing your references
• Use bibliographic management software
• RefWorks
• myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases >...
Keeping in touch
• Blog http://satlibrarian.blogspot.com
• Twitter http://twitter.com/SATlibrarian
• Library Facebook Midd...
Need further help?
Your Librarian is:
Vanessa Hill v.hill@mdx.ac.uk
http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/unihelp/
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  • Inter Library Loan service: request copies of books and journals not held by MDX. £3 charge. Register as DL first. More info on our website.

    SCONUL Access http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/ The SCONUL Access Scheme provides reciprocal access and borrowing rights for staff and students to approximately 170 member institutions in the UK. Apply online.

    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?
  • Transcript of "BIS4430 (Jan start) May 2014"

    1. 1. Finding research evidence http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library BIS4430 (Jan start) May 2014
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. Thinking about resources
    4. 4. Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EIS
    5. 5. Thinking about keywords http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
    6. 6. Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Select Summon and search for information for your project
    7. 7. Refining your search
    8. 8. Journal Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > Computing Science Choose subjects for a list of relevant journal databases
    9. 9. Summon and journal databases provide: • Access to quality information • Information not available elsewhere • Up-to-date • Focussed/specific • Full-text access • Access on/off campus • Personalize • Citation and journal impact info
    10. 10. Citation searching • 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 Knowledge MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Knowledge > Web of Science
    12. 12. Other useful resources • Company, market and sector reports plus financial data http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/CareersVacanciesInterviews • British Standards Online MyUnihub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B • Research Repository MyUnihub > MyStudy > MyLibrary
    13. 13. Get online help using resources MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Computing http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EIS
    14. 14. Keeping up-to-date with your subject • Zetoc Alert • TicTOC • Google Alerts More information on Library Subject Guide: http://bit.ly/CSkeepingcurrent
    15. 15. 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
    16. 16. But is it any good?
    17. 17. Evaluating information 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?
    18. 18. • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information
    19. 19. Referencing and Plagiarism myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides > Computing > Information Skills > Referencing and Citation http://bit.ly/CSrefandcite
    20. 20. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • More information http://bit.ly/RefWorkshelp
    21. 21. Keeping in touch • Blog http://satlibrarian.blogspot.com • Twitter http://twitter.com/SATlibrarian • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter http://twitter.com/MDXLibrary
    22. 22. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill v.hill@mdx.ac.uk http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/unihelp/
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