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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. <br /> <br /> SCONUL Access The SCONUL Access Scheme provides reciprocal access and borrowing rights for staff and students to approximately 170 member institutions in the UK. Apply online. <br /> <br /> Other libraries (specialist, catalogues etc): <br /> British Library <br /> COPAC 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. <br /> Search25 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. <br /> SUNCAT SUNCAT, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries. <br /> <br />
  • How do you decide if the information is any good? Especially important with the Internet. <br /> <br /> What do you think about this quote?
  • Divide class into group <br /> <br /> Hand out worksheet and 4x items. <br /> <br /> Discuss. No right or wrong answers. All items found by doing a search on Network Security. <br /> <br /> Which items are most relevant: <br /> Academic journal and Wiki most relevant. <br /> Newspaper article is sensationalist and trade journal is a review of software. <br /> <br /> Which items would be no use: <br /> Newspaper article useless, and trade journal probably not unless needed to know about software packages. <br /> <br /> Which item has the most academic authority: <br /> Academic journal. It has biography of authors, references, in-text citations and uses academic language. Article has been peer reviewed. <br /> Wikipedia has refs, but don’t know who has added information. <br /> <br /> Are any of the items bias: <br /> Newspaper <br /> Trade journal is reviewing software and may be swayed by advertisers. <br /> <br /> Which item is the most current: <br /> Wikipedia <br /> Academic journal is very out-of-date 2004 <br /> <br /> Would not use any of them and would continue search. Discuss the importance of evaluating the information that you find. <br /> <br /> <br />
  • Take feedback and discuss. <br /> <br /> Authority : Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications? How have they carried out their research? <br /> Relevance : Is this what I need? Will it answer my question? Is it at the right level? <br /> Intent : What is the purpose of information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, academic etc? <br /> Objectivity : Balanced view? Opposing views represented? Links to supporting information? <br /> Currency: How old is this information? When was it last updated and by whom?

BIS4430 (Jan start) May 2014 BIS4430 (Jan start) May 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • Finding research evidence http:// / 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
  • Thinking about resources
  • Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides
  • Thinking about keywords
  • 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 journal databases
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 • TicTOC • Google Alerts More information on Library Subject Guide:
  • It’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans • Sconul Access • Other libraries
  • 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 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?
  • • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information
  • Referencing and Plagiarism myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides > Computing > Information Skills > Referencing and Citation
  • Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • More information
  • Keeping in touch • Blog • Twitter • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter
  • Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill