CCM4901 (Jan start) March 2014

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CCM4901 (Jan start) March 2014

  1. 1. Finding research evidence http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library CCM4901 March 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. The real thing •Keywords •Alternative keywords •More specific keywords •Related subjects •Other ideas •Useful Resources
  7. 7. So far so good So far we’ve looked at: • The range of resources available • Choosing the right resource • Coming up with useful keywords Next: • Searching and evaluating information
  8. 8. Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Select Summon and search for information for your project
  9. 9. Refining your search
  10. 10. Journal Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > Computing Science Choose subjects for a list of relevant journal databases
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Web of Knowledge MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Knowledge > Web of Science
  14. 14. Get online help using resources MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Computing http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EIS
  15. 15. Keeping up-to-date with your subject • Zetoc Alert • CiteuLike • TicTOC • Google Alerts More information on Library Subject Guide: http://bit.ly/CSkeepingcurrent
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. But is it any good?
  18. 18. 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?
  19. 19. • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information
  20. 20. Referencing and Plagiarism myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides > Computing > Information Skills > Referencing and Citation http://bit.ly/CSrefandcite
  21. 21. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • More information http://bit.ly/RefWorkshelp
  22. 22. Keeping in touch • Blog http://satlibrarian.blogspot.com • Twitter http://twitter.com/SATlibrarian • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter http://twitter.com/MDXLibrary
  23. 23. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill v.hill@mdx.ac.uk http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/unihelp/

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