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  • Welcome and intros.The picture is the National library of Belarus in Minsk, created in a rhombicuboctahedron (diamond) shape, opened in 2009. Over 4,500 LED lights are used to create this effect.
  • How to find information for your researchHow to develop an effective search strategyThe range of resources available and how to use them to find good quality and relevant informationEvaluating information for quality and relevanceKeeping up-to-date with your subjectManaging references
  • Use the trustworthy etc cards to prompt discussion of best resources.
  • Libguides bring together all the resources for your subject area.
  • 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 Science (Knowledge).Have a look on Web of Science:Citation infoJournal Citation Reports
  • What do you think about this quote from Abraham Lincoln?How do you decide if the information is any good?Game?
  • However you find information, it is important that you evaluate the information
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inter Library Loan serviceSCONUL Access The SCONUL Access Scheme provides reciprocal access and borrowing rights for staff and students to approximately 170 member institutions in the UK.Other libraries (specialist, catalogues etc):British Library 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.InforM25 search across some of the more technologically advanced higher education library catalogues in the London area in one search, as well as the Union List of Serials (ULS).SUNCAT SUNCAT, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries. More information: (information from LibGuide) (info from LR website)
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    • 1. image source Library Resources Information skills for Researchers http:// / study / library
    • 2. In this workshop we will look at... • Finding information for your research • Evaluating information • Managing references • Subject resources
    • 3. Using the right information source
    • 4. Library Subject Guides myUniHub > My Study > My Library
    • 5. Accessing resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library Select Summon and try keywords for your research area
    • 6. Summon 2.0 results
    • 7. Citation indexes • 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
    • 8. Web of Science MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W
    • 9. University repository
    • 10. Is it any good?
    • 11. 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?
    • 12. Referencing and Plagiarism myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides
    • 13. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • More information
    • 14. But it’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans • Sconul Access • Other libraries • Alumni rights • More information:
    • 15. Keeping in touch • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter • MDX App
    • 16. Questions so far? Your liaison librarian Ask a Librarian
    • 17. Subject resources in detail Art & Design, Media and Performing Arts Jane Hartzig Business Jamie Halstead Health, Education Kathy McGowan Law, Science and Technology Adam Edwards