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 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.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
MPIRICAL CCM4901 Feb 2014
Finding research evidence
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Your Librarian is:
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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
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Thinking about keywords
The real thing
•More specific keywords
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon
Select Summon and search
for information for your
Enter your search terms (keywords)
into the search box and click ‘Search’
Click on this link to
set the Middlesex
on to your
computer. This will
make it easier to
Human Computer Interaction
Your search results are displayed in a list
Your search will
find print and
print and electronic
This is a print book for
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
Click here to read online
This is an electronic book, which can
be read online or downloaded for a
To get more information about an item…
the title or
an abstract will
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
Limit to scholarly
journals ie good
Limit search within a
engineering. Click on
‘More’ for further
Scroll down the screen for
more refining options eg.
refining by subject, date
and language etc
Other refining options are available further down the screen
To refine by
and drag the
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
Some items are available full-text online
Look out for
.…you can then open
the PDF or HTML file
to view the full-text
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
A tick appears on the
‘file’ icon and the item
reference has been
saved to a temporary
....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
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
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > Computing Science
Choose subjects for
a list of relevant
Summon and journal databases provide:
• Access to quality information
• Information not available elsewhere
• Full-text access
• Access on/off campus
• Citation and journal impact info
• 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
If you are using our e-resources outside the University, you
may sometimes experience problems accessing full-text items
A troubleshooting online guide is
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary >
Library Subject Guides > Accessing
Get online help using resources
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Computing
It’s not in the Library!
• Inter Library Loans http://bit.ly/InterLibraryLoans
• Sconul Access http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
• Requesting MDX books http://bit.ly/RequestingBooksDL
Register as a Distance Learner
Register as a Distance Learner by
completing this form. The form
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Keeping up-to-date with your subject
• Zetoc Alert
• Google Alerts
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