BSC/BA Product Design 1st yr Session 3 Jan 2014


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  • WelcomeIntrosFinal session of 3 to introduce you to the Library, our resources, services and facilities and how to use them.Finding information can be a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack!
  • What we haveWhy we have themWhat to use and when: Thinking about the range of resources available including Special CollectionsBeing curious: the need for researchKeywords: thinking about the words you can use to find the information that you needSearch tips: concentrating on how to search the Internet effectively
  • Searching for information for your projectEvaluating information
  • Your finished product (or essay, project etc) is just the tip of the iceberg.Below it is should be loads of research ie. looking at theory and facts, being inspired, getting ideas, stimulating your imagination etc.
  • Electrolux Design Project: Creating Healthy Homes: issues of health and sustainability ( Culinary enjoyment, fabric care and air purification)Entry can be a product, accessory, consumable or service. Trends and consumer trends.(Consumables (also known as consumable goods, nondurable goods, or soft goods) are goods that, according to the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, are capable of being consumed; that may be destroyed, dissipated, wasted, or spent. John Locke specifies these as "consumable commodities."[1]Consumables are products that consumers buy recurrently, i.e., items which "get used up" or discarded. For example consumable office supplies are such products as paper, pens, file folders, post-it notes, computer disks, and toner or ink cartridges.)
  • Show the students how to refine their search using:FTContent typeSubject termsPublication dateLanguage etcHave another go.
  • Google Familiar and easy to useFinds too much informationFast resultsAccess from any computerAccess to some books and journalsDesigned to sell you things eg. shoesSearch results sponsored…no accident that Wikipedia, Amazon etc at top of search resultsSearches for info from any sourcePay for academic informationSummonEasy to useFinds lots of academic infoFast resultsAccess from any computerAccess to lots of books and journalsDesigned to find you information: up-to-date, focussed/specificSearch results by relevanceSearches quality resources eg. Peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings , research etcFree accessto full text ie. Information not freely available elsewhereHowever in your subject area, the information might not be available in journals or books eg. Latest information on products/material or information about very new designers/products….so need to use Internet or other resources……next slide for search tips
  • Lots of useful online guides eg.How to find booksHow to find information for your projectAccessing journal databases etc
  • Worth Global Style Network Homebuildlife: is an online trend forecasting and product design tool for the industrial design, home and interiors markets across 16 product categories including furniture, lighting, textiles, interiors and garden design…….trends, forecasting, business strategy, trade news and shows. Hand out instructions.Google Images:Search for liftsSubjects along the topClick on an imageGet suggestionsAdvanced searchCOPYRIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Trend Hunter is the world's largest, most popular collection of cutting edge ideas, fueled by 132,000 insatiably curious people. Our trends, trend reports and innovation keynotes help creative people Find Better Ideas, Faster
  • Google Search has finally added a simple way to search for images that have reuse rights.
  • Don’t panic!Next slide.
  • 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 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 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 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, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries.
  • We’ve looked at the fun resources, now we’re going to look at more traditional resources……Divide class into group and hand out worksheet and 4x items.Discuss. No right or wrong answers. All items found by doing a search on Robots.Which item is most relevant:Journal Article: specialist journal of robots and roboticsBook: broad overview of robots and robotologyWhich item would be no use:Newspaper Article from the SunWebsite (fake)Which item has the most academic authority:Journal Article: peer-reviewed, citations and ref list, biography of authors, etcBook: author has some academic authority (back cover blurb)Are any of the items bias:Newspaper article could be depending on the subjectWebsites can also show bias if created for specific purposeAlso be aware of trade journals that have advertsWhich item is the most current:Journal article: Dec 2009Book: 1984Newspaper article: Nov 2004Website: Oct 2011Would need to continue search.
  • 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?
  • BSC/BA Product Design 1st yr Session 3 Jan 2014

    1. 1. Searching for information http:// / study / library
    2. 2. So far so good In previous sessions we looked at: • What we have • Why we have them • What to use and when • Being curious • Keywords • Search tips
    3. 3. Today we will look at.. • Searching for information for your project • Evaluating information
    4. 4. Why research?
    5. 5. Thinking about keywords Creating Healthy Homes: culinary enjoyment, fabric care and air purification. •Keywords •Alternative •Specific •Related
    6. 6. Using MDX resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library Select Summon and search for information for your project
    7. 7. Refining your search
    8. 8. Google vs Summon Google Summon • Familiar and easy to use • Easy to use • Finds too much information • Finds lots of academic info • Fast results • Fast results • Access from any computer • Access from any computer • Access to some books and journals • Access to lots of books and journals • Designed to sell you things • Designed to find you information • Search results sponsored • Search results by relevance • Searches for info from any source • Searches quality resources • Pay for academic information • Free access to full text
    9. 9. Get online help using resources MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides
    10. 10. Consumer trends and insight MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases Find out about companies, market sectors, industry and country profiles, and consumer trends: •Business Source Complete •Global Market Information Database •Keynote Find out more:
    11. 11. Images and inspiration •WGSN HomeBuildLife * •Google image search • • • • •British Standards Online * • * MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases
    12. 12. Copyright free images Google image search > Search tools > Labelled for reuse
    13. 13. But it’s not in the Library!
    14. 14. Don’t panic! • Sconul Access • Other libraries • Request the book
    15. 15. Evaluating information Imagine you are writing an essay on Robots Have a look at the 4 items that you have been given and consider the following: • Which item is the most relevant to your essay? • Which item would be no use? • Which item has the most academic authority? • Are any of the items biased? • Which item is the most current?
    16. 16. Evaluating information • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency
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