Finding research evidencePDE4230 Engineering Innovationhttp:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
In this workshop we will look at...• Resources available• Developing an effective search strategy• Finding information• Evaluating information• Keeping up-to-date• Managing references
Assessment Criteria•Evidence of research as embodied in acorrectly referenced literature review•Quality of synthesis•Structure of report includinglayout, spelling, grammar, professionalism ofstyle, references
Thinking about resources
BooksWhat are they: A written or printed work of fiction or fact. May be electronic.Good for: Clear overviewNot so good for: Up to date information
Web pageWhat are they: An information resource which can be easily created by anyone on any topic. Electronic.Good for: Very up to date informationNot so good for: Accurate and reliable information
NewspaperWhat are they: A regular publication containing current events, informative articles, diverse features and advertising.May be electronic.Good for: Daily informationNot so good for: Balanced and well researched information
JournalWhat are they: A regular publication containing articles on a particular academic subject. Presents new research.Good for: Latest research, critically reviewed by expertsNot so good for: Broad overview of a subject
Popular (trade) journalWhat are they: A regular publication containing new products plus information for a business sector.Good for: Latest product newsNot so good for: Detailed and objective reports
Library Subject Guides http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pde myUniHub > My Study > My Library
Thinking about keywordshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
The real thingSurvey of new technologiesCarry out a survey of new technologies that maymake a major impact on society in the next 20 years •Keywords •Alternative keywords •More specific keywords •Related subjects
Accessing resources myUniHub > My Study > My LibrarySelect Databases and search forinformation for your project onnew technologies using Summon.
Why use journal databases?
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 infoMore info: http://bit.ly/JournalDB
But is it any good?In pairs discuss:3 criteria forevaluating thequality ofinformation
Evaluating information• 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?
But it’s not in the Library!• Inter Library Loans• Sconul Access• Other libraries• More information:http://bit.ly/PDEOtherLibshttp://bit.ly/visitingotherlibraries
Keeping up-to-date with your subject• Journal databases• Table of Contents Alerts• Google Alerts• Blogs More information on Library Subject Guide: http://bit.ly/KeepingCurrentPDE
Managing your references• Use bibliographic management software• RefWorks• myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R• More information http://bit.ly/RefWorkshelp
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