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A level study skills sept 13 A level study skills sept 13 Document Transcript

  • Study Skills Carrying out Effective Research 1
  • Background Effective research WILL help with time management, good quality essays and coursework. For example, A level & BTEC courses, coursework can account for a large part of your final mark. Maximum marks could take you through the two grade boundaries. Minimum marks could therefore drop you from an A to C. Improve your writing skills. 2
  • Aims Maximum marks for least time and work. 3
  • Keys to Success Successful students .. check that the information they require is easily available. Remember there are no marks for time spent searching for information. High quality information needs to be  Accurate  Up to date  Aware of bias Have a range of effective search strategies. Effectively use a variety of resources. Cited sources and have an accurate and complete bibliography. 4
  • Causes of failure and under achievement Plagiarism Poor time management  Too much time spent finding information  Equal time needs to be given to using the information Insufficient sources of information. Inability to evaluate the quality of the information. Weaker candidates tend to over use the internet. 5
  • Keywords Help you with search terms, including synonyms Help you find similar articles Give you an immediate sense of the main thrust of the article 6 Task Does increased physical activity reduce obesity in teenagers?
  • Keywords and synonyms in action .. Does increased physical activity reduce obesity in teenagers? 7  Weight management interventions targeting young women  School-based physical activity programs for promoting physical activity and fitness in children and adolescents aged 6 to 18  Emerging adulthood: a critical age for preventing excess weight gain?  Interventions for treating overweight and obesity in adolescents
  • Task Look at the resources on the tables and identify The benefits and advantages of each resource? Why might this resource be useful? Which type of resource would be the most suitable for your courses? 8
  • Books – the starting point? Authors, editors and referees recognised as experts in their field. Have an unbiased view point. Examiners will be familiar with standard works. This underpinning work will clarify your understanding and enable you to evaluate information you find on the internet more effectively. Ensure that you include the standard works in your bibliography. 9
  • Using books Recap basics – dewey number & … Eclipse.NET Kindles & e-lending platform Local libraries 10
  • Using the internet It is up-to-date. There is a wealth of information presented in a variety of ways. You are the editor!  This means you have to decide whether the author / organisation responsible for the information is credible.  You need to look for bias.  You need to check that the information is up to date and accurate. 11
  • Evaluating websites  Wikipedia, Real Madrid CF  Look at the .. URL Dates Author Contact details Statements of purpose Style Content  does it seem credible?  Does it fit with what you know?  Can you verify it from print sources or other web sites?  Use the advanced search option .. Search using  language option  format option 12
  • Evaluating websites When you have a chance, have a look at this: http:// www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_o nline_filter_bubbles.html 13
  • Journals There are different types of journals with different audiences & purposes. We subscribe to several both print and on-line. Magazines. On-line journals. 14
  • Free on-line journals Google Scholar PubMed European version American platform Directory of Open Access Journals www.doaj.org 15
  • The role of the bibliography  To show the sources of all ideas which are not uniquely your own or common knowledge  All sources cited must be included in a bibliography  All sources consulted but not cited must also be included in a bibliography  Avoid padding the bibliography with sources you have not read  Alphabetical order by author for humanities  Sciences and Humanities have slightly different orders. 16
  • Books in a bibliography How: Second name, first name, year of publication, title of book (underlined, in bold or italics), place of publication, publisher Example: BRIDE, M., 1996. Teach Yourself HTML Publishing on the World Wide Web. London: Hodder & Stoughton. HARRAR, H.J., 1975. Photographs, pictures and prints. In: GROVE, P.S. (ed), Non-print media in academic libraries. Chicago: American Library Association. pp. 173-192. 17
  • Internet websites in a bibliography  NICHOLAS D, 1998. Hacking the net. Ariadne (Web version) Issue 16, July. http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue16/c over [Viewed 22-9-98].  HM TREASURY, 1997. EMU Practical information for business. http://www.hm- treasury.gov.uk/pub/html/docs/emu bus/main.html [Viewed 22-9-98].  HMSO, 1998. Data Protection Act. C29. http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts1998/1 9980029.htm [Viewed 22-9-98]. 18
  • Task To help when you need to find information ..  Find the dewey number for your subject area.  Find these books in the library.  Find a useful website for ones of your subjects.  Have a look at Eclipse.NET and Google Scholar. 19
  • Summary Use a variety of resources for your information. Record ALL the resources you use and include them in your bibliography. 20