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  • Welcome and intros.
  • How to develop an effective search strategy when you need to find information for an essay or projectThe range of resources available and how to use them to find good quality and relevant information for your essay/project……now and in the future once you leave MDXEvaluating information for quality and relevanceResearch from Uni of Huddersfield shows that correlation between library usage and good grades.
  • Introduction: to essay topic and brief overview of how you will tackle the given topicOverview of Agile and Waterfall PM approaches: clear description of eachCritical analysis of Agile and Waterfall PM approaches: main differences between the two approachesRisk Management: importance in terms of project successUse of additional PM topics: if beneficial to project successConclusion and recommendationsReferencing using Harvard system: minimum of 8 relevant academic referencesQuality and style of academic writing
  • Books:Good overview of subject, but can be not specific enoughCan be out-of-dateEditedFurther readingJournals (also conference proceedings):Journal: up-to-date source, Focused/specific although may be too specificPeer reviewed journals good source of academic info, References/Further reading etcInternet/Wikipedia:Wikipedia: useful starting place, good for search terms, background but can’t trust info 100%...never refer to it in your workAnyone can put info on internetie. no editorial controlNewspapers:up-to-date can be biasSensationalist
  • Books:A written or printed work of fiction or fact. May be electronic.Overview: good for background knowledge, but not so good for detailed/specific informationEdited ie. qualityCurrency: may become out-of-date
  • Academic Journal:A regular publication containing articles on a particular academic subject.Presents new research.Critically Reviewed by experts.Up-to-date: published on a regular basis eg. monthlyFocussed: specialist subject areas, but can be too specificQuality: peer review…..built in quality control……lots of references to show where info came from, know who the authors are (biographies)Conference proceedings:Collection of academic papers distributed after a conference, containing the contributions made by researchers, academics etc.Up-to-date: latest research, ideas, thinking on a subjectFocussed: specialist subject areas, but can be too specificQuality: Stringent selection process for contribution to conferences
  • Newspaper:A regular publication containing current events, informative articles, diverse features and advertising.Daily information ie. up-to-dateEdited, but can be sensationalistBias ie. unbalanced informationAccessible: current issues are readily available, but harder to get hold of back-issues. We have access to electronic back copies.Webpage:An electronic information resource which can be easily created by anyone on any topic. Up to date: can be updates quickly, but info can be out-of-dateAll subjects coveredEasy to useMobileAccuracy and reliability: no editorial control, anyone can add informationProvenance: don’t always know where the information has come from or why it has been created
  • Company/market research report:Well researched overview of a company or product market. Could contain future trends, financial data, competitors and SWOT analysisUp-to-date: latest research/data.Useful for job applications and interviews.Insider information: information not freely available elsewhereObjective: Outsider viewpointAccurateMagazine:A regular publication aimed at a profession, business or interest. May include news, jobs, new products, events, advertising etc.Sometimes known as trade or popular journals.Latest news: events, jobs, products etcDetail: lacks detail, but has concise infoObjectivity: can be bias, adverts, preferential products etcAvailability: easy to obtain, but often hard to get hold of old issues
  • Accessing academic information: once you leave you won’t be able to access our full-text e-books and e-journals, but you can still search Summon and our library catalogue and get information from other sourcesUsing other libraries: British Library and specialist libraries in LondonCareers advice: careers advice available from theUniPreparing for job interviews: we have a number of databases which you can use (before you leave) which can help you find company information to impress potential new employersProfessional associations: The Library subscribes to several online resources provided by professional organisations, which provide academic quality information. By taking out a personal subscription to a professional organisation, it is possible to maintain partial access to key information sources, as well as professional support and development.Keeping up-to-date:Journal databases:Create email alerts/RSS feeds for searches and subjects Table of Contents Alerts:Zetoc ,CituLike,TicToc Google Alerts:Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.), based on your queries. Simply enter a subject that you wish to monitor and you will be sent regular updates. Blogs:Use Blogsearch to find blogs and blog posts for your subjectOnline communities: Online communities are a useful tool for professionals to keep up-to-date with the latest news, trends, tools, techniques, as well as sharing best practice and advice. Conferences: Attending conferences is a good way to find the latest information, make contacts with the leading authorities and vendors in the industry, as well as being an opportunity to network with your peers.More information: http://bit.ly/LifeafterUni
  • Standards:An agreed, often legally binding level of quality or way of doing something. Created by experts.Published in print or electronically.Regional: International, European, national, profession, industry etc eg. food industry has ‘Red tractor standard’Guidance: can provide framework or acceptable levelConfidence: ensure that product/service meets acceptable requirements/standards
  • More information about the range of resources available on the Library Subject Guide.
  • Whole group exercise:What can you see in the picture…fruitIf type ‘fruit’ into database will get millions of hits, how can you break it down ie. search for something more specific to get more manageable resultsCan you be more specific ie. Type of fruit: apples, oranges, bananas etcLocation: Stall, market, outdoor market, fruit market, BritainDetail: boxes, signs, astroturf, prices, colour of fruit, lights, pound £ signs, special offer etcPeople in background: old, young, male, female > stall holder, customers, browsers etcThink of related subjects eg. retail, commercial, financial, point-of-saleShopping, shops, fish/meat/clothes market, shopping centres, high streetTown, city, centre, British townNutrition: vits and minsAlso: Orange or Blackberry: fruit NOT telephoneApple: fruit NOT computerThinking beyond the obvious, looking for the detail that might make a difference.
  • KEYWORDS: IT projects, Agile PM, Waterfall PM, project success, Risk Management, Project ManagementALTERNATIVE KEYWORDS:Project Management: Product based planning, change control techniques, quality review technique, Project governance/program management/software development process/systems development life cycleWaterfall: (Traditional) Sequence of steps/developmental components/pre-planned/Waterfall model/linear sequence:Initiation/aims and objectivesPlanning/design/developmentExecution/production/construction/implementationMonitoring/control/verificationCompletion/closingAgile: based on principles of human interaction management =flexible project development (series of small tasks conceived and executed as situ demands) =adaptive/flexibleRisk Management: uncertainty, minimize/monitor/control, maximise the realization of opportunities, manage threats etcMORE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTSSCRUM example of Agile PM System/Prince2 example of Waterfall methodConstraints: scope, time, budget (PM triangle)/human factorsStructure/stages/sprints (SCRUM): Initiate, plan, design, execute, managing/facilitating, control, organisation/organising, securing, review/monitoring, closeProject team roles: project manager/master, product owner, team, stakeholdersRelated subjectsProject management standard for ITEarned value management, process architecture, project accounting, project portfolio managementInternational standards: Capability maturity model, GAPPS, Hermes Method, Team Software process, V-model etc
  • Next……….. Searching, evaluation, and looking to the future
  • Need to carry out a literature search:Finding the information available on a subjectFinding information to inform, underpin and shape your researchFinding what has already been written on a subjectAnalyzing, evaluating and making judgements about the info foundIdentifying the main trendsFinding appropriate information: the information needs to be suitable for your needie. right level, current if important, sufficient breadth or detail etc
  • Students can also search individual databases.Select ‘Computing science’ for a list of subject specific resources.
  • CS £1397 IEEE Xplore £61,000 Summon £16kAccess to quality academic information eg. Peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings , research etcInformation not available elsewhereUp-to-dateFocussed/specific....not designed to sell you things, search results not sponsoredFull-text accessAccess on/off campusPersonalizeeg. In MyEBSCO, once signerd up you can:Save preferencesOrganise research within foldersShare foldersSave search historyCreate email alerts/Rss feeds for searches and subjectsCan provide citation and journal impact info > more info on 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 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/COPAChttp://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.SUNCAThttp://www.suncat.ac.uk/SUNCAT, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald shot be Jack Ruby Nov 1963Information can be manipulated....need to make sure it is reliable.How do you decide if the information is reliable....what criteria?Hand out Criteria Game.
  • Hand out ‘Evaluation criteria’ game.Imagine you have searched for information for your current project. Decide what criteria you think are important, not important or very important.
  • 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?
  • Introduction: to essay topic and brief overview of how you will tackle the given topicOverview of Agile and Waterfall PM approaches: clear description of eachCritical analysis of Agile and Waterfall PM approaches: main differences between the two approachesRisk Management: importance in terms of project successUse of additional PM topics: if beneficial to project successConclusion and recommendationsReferencing using Harvard system: minimum of 8 relevant academic referencesQuality and style of academic writing
  • Referencing and Plagiarism libguide includes information on how to reference material correctly.Also information about Plato, LDU support and links to helpsheets.Referencing tutorials available on request.EIS LibGuide bring together all the resources for your subject area.

CMT3342 Nov 2013 Information skills for research CMT3342 Nov 2013 Information skills for research Presentation Transcript

  • CMT3342 Nov 2013 Information skills for research http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
  • In this workshop we will look at... • Developing an effective search strategy • Resources available and how to use them…..now and in the future • Evaluating information for quality and relevance
  • Coursework marking criteria Introduction 5 Overview of Agile and Waterfall PM approaches20 Critical analysis of Agile and Waterfall PM approaches 20 Risk Management 20 Use of additional PM topics 5 Conclusion and recommendations 10 Referencing using Harvard system 10 Quality and style of academic writing 10 Total: 100 marks
  • Thinking about resources
  • Scenario 1 I need to find reliable information on a subject for my coursework
  • Scenario 2 I want to know about the latest research and ideas from the experts on a specific subject
  • Scenario 3 I am interested in a current technology initiative in Cornwall and need to find the facts, latest news, plus some useful case studies
  • Scenario 4 I have an interview for a job and want to find information about the company and their products
  • Life after Uni •Accessing academic information •Using other libraries •Careers advice •Preparing for job interviews •Professional associations •Keeping up-to-date •Online communities •Conferences More information: http://bit.ly/LifeafterUni
  • Scenario 5 I am creating a website and need to make sure it complies with national guidelines
  • 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/
  • The real thing IT project success: why some projects succeed and others fail •Keywords •Alternative keywords •More specific keywords •Related subjects
  • So far so good So far we’ve looked at: • Choosing the right resource • Developing a search strategy • Coming up with useful keywords Next: • Searching, evaluation, and looking to the future
  • Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Select Summon and search for information for your essay on IT project success: Agile and Waterfall PM approaches
  • Journal Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases Choose ‘Computing Science’ 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
  • 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
  • Is it reliable?
  • Evaluating information • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency
  • Coursework marking criteria Introduction 5 Overview of Agile and Waterfall PM approaches20 Critical analysis of Agile and Waterfall PM approaches 20 Risk Management 20 Use of additional PM topics 5 Conclusion and recommendations 10 Referencing using Harvard system 10 Quality and style of academic writing 10 Total: 100 marks
  • Library Subject Guides myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/eis http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing
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  • Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill v.hill@mdx.ac.uk http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/unihelp/