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  • Library contactSubject specific enquiriesLocating resourcesHelp with literature searchingYou’re be hearing from Paula Bernaschina next week: Academic writing, reading, referencing etc
  • I’m going to concentrate on information literacy skills, but also ensure that you know where to find online help for using our resources.How to find information for your projectsHow 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 informationEvaluating information for quality and relevanceManaging referencesResearch from Uni of Huddersfield shows that correlation between library usage and good grades.
  • Important to use a wide range of quality resources in your research:Books, journals/magazines, conference proceedings, websites and newspapers.Have a look at the online guide (link at bottom of page), to get an overview of what each type of resource offers.
  • More information about the range of resources available on the Library Subject Guide for Computing.
  • Before you start researching, it is important to think about the keywords/search terms that you are going to use.You need to consider different ways of describing the subject: alternative spellings, synonyms (word that means exactly or nearly the same as another word in the same language) etcAlso consider more detail ie. what you want to focus on.It may also be useful to consider the broader picture, so that you have a context including related topics.
  • Need to carry out the same process when you start searching for information for a project.
  • When you have an essay or project, you 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 need ie. right level, current if important, sufficient breadth or detail etc
  • If you are using Summon outside the University, then click on this link to set the Middlesex University Cookie on to your home/work computer. This will make it easier to access anything available full-text online. Only need to do this once.
  • Students can also search individual databases.Select ‘Computing science’ for a list of subject specific resources.
  • ACM: Database of papers published and marketed by the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) including journal and newsletter articles, and conference proceedings; plus citations/abstracts to material from other publishers. 1940s>Business Source Complete (BSC) is a large and comprehensive full text and abstracting database that includes content form a huge range of peer reviewed (scholarly) and business journals and magazines. BSC has content from over 5000 journals and magazines 4000 of which are full text and of these over 1200 are scholarly, peer-reviewed journals Computer Source: Searchable database of c750 publications (mostly journals), providing access to the latest information and current trends in high technology including topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software.Emerald is a leading English language publisher of academic and professional literature in the fields of Business, Economics, Management and library and information management.IEEE Xplore: Access to quality technical literature from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines and conference proceedings, IET journals and conference proceedings, and IEEE published standards.Key Note gives access to over 3000 UK and European Market Intelligence Reports. New titles are added or updated every month. Our subscription also includes access to Business Ratio Reports which compare, contrast and analyse the financial performance of the leading companies in each sector. Science Direct Freedom Collection: Leading full-text scientific database providing access to journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books, plus additional content associated with authors’ research including audio and video files, datasets and other supplementary content.
  • To summarise.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 campusPersonalize eg. 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
  • Which articles have cited an earlier articleie. Way of looking forward in the literature-if have found excellent article, can use a citation index to see which articles have subsequently cited it Find articles on similar/related subjects: Citation implies subject relationship, so can find papers on a similar topic without using any keywords or subject termsFind out how many times a paper has been cited ie. gauge the usefulness/quality. esteem of a paperDetermine which are the best journals in your field: citation data used to rank journals within particular subject areas…..useful way of seeing how journals perform in relation to others in the same subject area
  • Citation data and journal citation reports available from Web of Knowledge
  • Lots of useful online guides eg.How to find booksHow to find information for your projectAccessing journal databases etc
  • 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 The SCONUL Access Scheme provides reciprocal access and borrowing rights for staff and students to approximately 170 member institutions in the UK. Apply online.Requesting MDX books: online guide at this link
  • This will enable you to request books for postal loan
  • ZetocBL current awareness service - provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of around 20.000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published every yearThe database covers from 1993 to the present, and is updated on a daily basis. It includes current awareness services, so that subscribers can receive notification of relevant new material either from particular journals, authors or on particular subjects (keywords)CituLikeHeadline articles from recent publicationsSome journals publish an electronic table of contents for the most recent issueBrowse all the recent articles in these journals just as if they were on your bookshelf Currently 13507 journals onlineTicTocSearch for 1000s of journal table of contents (TOCs) RSSfeeds by title, subject or publisher, export citations or link to full text, and then save TOCs in your ticTOCs account Also things like Google Alerts and Google Blog Search
  • How do you decide if the information is any good? Especially important with the Internet.What do you think about this quote?
  • 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?
  • Referencing and Plagiarism libguide includes information on how to reference material correctly.Also information about Plato, LDU support and links to helpsheets.Don’t forget: Computing LibGuide bring together all the resources for your subject area.
  • RefWorks is online software that helps you collect, store and organise the references you use in your work. It makes producing a reference list or bibliography quick and easy. It is web-based, so you can access your references from anywhere, and you will never loose them if your computer fails.
  • MPIRICAL CCM4901 Feb 2014

    1. 1. MPIRICAL CCM4901 Feb 2014 Finding research evidence http:// / study / library
    2. 2. Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill tel. +44 (0)20 8411 2191 Blog Twitter
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. Thinking about resources
    5. 5. Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides
    6. 6. Thinking about keywords
    7. 7. The real thing •Keywords •Alternative keywords •More specific keywords •Related subjects
    8. 8. Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Select Summon and search for information for your research
    9. 9. Enter your search terms (keywords) into the search box and click ‘Search’ Click on this link to set the Middlesex University Cookie on to your home/work computer. This will make it easier to access anything available full-text online. Human Computer Interaction
    10. 10. Your search results are displayed in a list Number of results Your search will find print and electronic books, print and electronic journals, DVDs, conference proceedings, and reports etc. This is a print book for example.
    11. 11. Other things you might see on Summon This is a full-text journal article. Click here to read online or download This is a full-text conference proceeding. Click here to read online or download This is an electronic book, which can be read online or downloaded for a limited period.
    12. 12. To get more information about an item… ….hover the cursor over the title or click…. ….more information and an abstract will be displayed here
    13. 13. You can refine your search in several ways eg. Limit to items which are full-text online ie. you can read the article or paper on your computer Limit to scholarly journals ie good quality academic journals Limit search within a discipline eg. engineering. Click on ‘More’ for further options Scroll down the screen for more refining options eg. refining by subject, date and language etc
    14. 14. Other refining options are available further down the screen Refine your search by subject, date, or language To refine by date, select and drag the button, then click ‘Update’
    15. 15. Refining by Subject allows you to select additional subject terms ie. search terms/keywords Click on ‘More’ to get a full list of subject terms, then select subjects to refine your search
    16. 16. Some items are available full-text online Look out for this icon Select ‘Full-text online’…. .…you can then open the PDF or HTML file to view the full-text article/paper
    17. 17. It is possible to save your references Hover the cursor over the item you want to save and click on the ‘file’ symbol when it becomes bold A tick appears on the ‘file’ icon and the item reference has been saved to a temporary file.... ....the temporary file is at the top of the page. The number indicates how many references you have saved. Click on this file to see your saved references.
    18. 18. Once ‘Saved items’ is open you can …. ….convert the reference into the appropriate referencing style eg. Harvard, and email the reference to yourself You can save as many references as you want to the ‘Saved items’ file
    19. 19. Journal Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > Computing Science Choose subjects for a list of relevant journal databases
    20. 20. 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
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. Web of Knowledge MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Knowledge > Web of Science
    23. 23. If you are using our e-resources outside the University, you may sometimes experience problems accessing full-text items A troubleshooting online guide is available : MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Accessing Electronic Resources
    24. 24. Get online help using resources MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Computing
    25. 25. It’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans • Sconul Access • Requesting MDX books
    26. 26. Register as a Distance Learner Register as a Distance Learner by completing this form. The form can be found on the webpage below.
    27. 27. Keeping up-to-date with your subject • Zetoc Alert • CiteuLike • TicTOC • Google Alerts More information on Library Subject Guide:
    28. 28. But is it any good?
    29. 29. Evaluating information • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency
    30. 30. Referencing and Plagiarism myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides > Computing > Information Skills > Referencing and Citation
    31. 31. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • More information
    32. 32. Keeping in touch • Blog • Twitter • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter
    33. 33. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill Ask a Librarian