Library Services & Finding Information for M.Sc (DL) Students


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Talk given in April 2008 to distance learning students studying postgraduate degrees in education at Leicester. Covers general library practice and basic data resources available.

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  • Library Services & Finding Information for M.Sc (DL) Students

    1. 1. Library Services & Finding Information for M.Sc (DL) Students Gareth Johnson [email_address] Tue 8 th AM Apr 2008
    2. 2. Session Outline <ul><li>Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An overview of services available from the Library Distance Learning Service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce key subject information resources available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accessing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain access to physical and electronic information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking your searching beyond the basics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Time for questions </li></ul>
    3. 3. Services: Your Key Contacts <ul><li>Hywel Williams (Education Librarian) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( [email_address] ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tel: (+44) 0116 252 5048 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Distance Learners Enquiry service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(+44) 0116 252 5051 </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    4. 4. Services: Essential Things <ul><li>Your library number is on your student card under the barcode 075… </li></ul><ul><li>Your PIN is a 4 digit number </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emailed or from an enquiry point </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your CFS username and password </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once registered with the Computer Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Services: Library Website <ul><li>Provides a lot of online information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What support and help is available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information resources & catalogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leicester e-Link for journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passwords for off-campus access to resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Distance learning support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated section </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Details of all services open to you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demo! </li></ul>
    6. 6. Resources: Library Catalogue <ul><li>Accessible globally without a password </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers simple and more advanced searches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to other library services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access your library record on-line </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tips </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use author/title search when you know an item </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. drennan risk management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use subject search to find books on specific topics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advanced searching options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boolean logic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Truncation $ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. educat$ for education , educated etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Demo! </li></ul>
    7. 7. Resources: Bibliographic Dbs <ul><li>To find specific articles in journals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to search bibliographic databases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each one indexes lists of bibliographic information for publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Such as journal articles, reports, theses and some books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some overlap in coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bibliographic information normally comprises: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author, title, source (journal title), year, volume, page numbers & abstract summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not full text of articles </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Resources: Bibliographic Dbs <ul><li>Education bibliographic databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>British Education Index (BEI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ERIC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australian Educational Index (AEI) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each one specifically covers literature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the field of education and training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overlaps to a degree with each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use all for comprehensive searching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can search all three at once </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Resources: Bibliographic Dbs <ul><li>Web of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers all subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sophisticated but easy to learn interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very useful filtering tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best when researching cross-disciplinary areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PsycINFO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For educational psychology articles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject Rooms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lists other useful databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portal to trusted educational resources on the web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes guidance, tutorials and contacts </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Resources: Open Access <ul><li>A move from academics annoyed over journal prices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No passwords, subscriptions or access restrictions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full text (not just abstracts) in most cases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Researchers make articles available for free </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside of journals and held in online repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100,000s of articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still include peer-reviewed materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very useful when journal not available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can easily be searched </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenDOAR Search or BASE </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Accessing: Information Resources <ul><li>Off Campus </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start at </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Home Page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Demo! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education Indexes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web of Knowledge </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Accessing: Journal Articles <ul><li>Use Leicester e-Link to check if journal is available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links on Library Web page, Catalogue and from databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demo! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If articles are not available via Leicester e-Link </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try finding an Open Access version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the library catalogue to see if available in print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Request a photocopy through document supply </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 requests a year paid for by Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional ones may be purchased </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No more than one article from a single journal </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Accessing: Books (Worldwide) <ul><li>Search Library Catalogue to see if we have the text </li></ul><ul><li>Postal Loan Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 4 books by post on loan for 6 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are responsible for costs incurred when returning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short Loan and Reference items cannot be borrowed by post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternatively individual chapters (or 5%) of texts can be photocopied for you </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Accessing: Other Libraries <ul><li>Take advantage of access schemes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SCONUL Access scheme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application form on Web site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>6 tips to remember </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check opening hours before you go </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search online catalogues beforehand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have your Leicester ID or library card with you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If unsure contact Leicester Enquiry service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take money (for photocopying) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember – their rules bind you not ours! </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Next Steps: Searching Strategies <ul><li>Step by step plan </li></ul><ul><li>Step 1 Consider resources </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2 ID keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3 Build search </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4 Test search </li></ul><ul><li>Step 5 Refine results </li></ul><ul><li>Step 6 Evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>Step 7 Locate and read! </li></ul>
    16. 16. Next Steps: Boolean Logic <ul><li>Allows more sophisticated searching than keywords alone </li></ul><ul><li>AND </li></ul><ul><ul><li>disaster and management <- focuses down </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>disaster or management <- broadens a search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>disaster not management <- eliminates terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(handle with care!) </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Next Steps: Sophisticated Searches <ul><li>(risk or disaster) and management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple, will find some results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(risk* or disaster*) and manag* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better, will find more results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May need to limit/refine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>((risk* or disaster* or emergenc*) and (manag* or admin* or super*)) not earthquake* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best! But might need tweaking… </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Next Steps: Tools to Refine Results <ul><li>You can also use limits/filters to narrow your search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. by date or publication type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can include before or after a search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Helps avoid potentially overwhelming levels of results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to chose the pick of the crop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves you reading through hundreds of semi-relevant results </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Next Steps: Improved Internet Searching <ul><li>Use more than one search engine as they use different searching algorithms </li></ul><ul><li>Use the advanced search features in Google & Yahoo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phrase searching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search a specific field e.g. title or URL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit by language, file type, domain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the options for specific media e.g. images, groups, news…etc. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Next Steps: Google Scholar <ul><li>“ Searches specifically for scholarly literature ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No definition as to what Google classify as scholarly! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are some odd gaps/omissions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Often links to full text </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Might not link to the version of the full text available to the University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-campus e-link option will show whether you can access the full text for free </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good first place to see what is available and what keywords to use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But use bibliographic databases in your subject too! </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Next Steps: Evaluating Websites <ul><li>Intended Audience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the site aimed at researchers or the general public? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Authority and Reputation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the resource well known? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it an academic site? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it factual or opinion based? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the information have a basis in research and is a bibliography provided? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject Coverage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the site an overview or does it cover the subject in-depth? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has the site been recently updated? </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Next Steps: Top Tips <ul><li>Explore resources yourselves </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiment with searches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get in contact with the library for support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General assistance (e.g. books, accessing resources and general difficulties) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contact the enquiry service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert advice and assistance with searching information resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contact the Education Librarian </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>If in doubt – ask! </li></ul>
    23. 23. In Conclusion <ul><li>Library provides access to physical and electronic resources </li></ul><ul><li>The library catalogue contains books on broad topics of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Use bibliographic databases and other resources when looking for specific subject information </li></ul><ul><li>Time invested searching increases the quality of results </li></ul>
    24. 24. Questions?