Quick start to theLibraryMarch 2011Clare HumphriesInformation specialist
Why are you here? • So we can say Welcome! • To meet your Information Emma Cathy Specialist • For a brief introduction to the services we offer you • Discuss the different types of Clare Heather information available • and when it is appropriate to use them • Find out what happens next Sarah Morag
BlackBoard • Additional information on your course BlackBoard • http://bb.cranfield.ac.uk – log in with your network username and password • ‘Library resources’ link
What you can expectfrom us • Much more than just books! • An information specialist to help you use the Library • We will always be approachable and friendly • Individual support when you ask for it
Library Essentials Your really useful guide to getting started using the Library. http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/library/cranfield/ documents/library%20essentials.pdf
The Library Catalogue:a good place to startlooking • Check availability of recommended textbooks • e.g. Raymer’s ‘Aircraft design: a conceptual approach’ • The classmark of a book e.g. 629.7.016 RAY tells you where to find it on the shelf • ‘Catalogue-only’ PCs available next to the Issue Desk • If you have an iPhone you can search it and manage your account using the ‘BookMyne’ app • http://www.sirsidynix.com/iphone/apps/bookmyne/
Reservations and recalls IMPORTANT! • You can borrow most library books, theses and reports for 6 weeks • If you need to borrow a book that somebody has already borrowed you can place a reservation for it • We will ask the borrower to return the book early (recall) so that you don’t have to wait too long Remember….. • If you have a book that somebody reserves, we will ask you to return it sooner than you expect! • We will contact you on your Cranfield email address The good news….. • We do not charge fines if you bring your books back late!
What we ask ofyou…… • Help us to provide a consistent service by abiding by our rules, which are… • Return recalled items when we ask for them • Look after books you have borrowed – you are responsible for them until they are returned • Use your mobile phone for anything but talking! • Make or receive calls outside • Put it on silent • Keep noise levels to a minimum, including Skype calls! • Keep food and drink in the foyer
Information – there’s alot of it out there! • We are your guides • It is our job to give you the skills you need to • Search for information • Find it • Evaluate it • Access it • It is up to you how you use the information!
Finding informationabout electric cars • Lots of different kinds of information are available: • Articles from academic journals • Textbooks • Articles from trade journals and special interest publications • News articles from the Internet, e.g. the BBC web site • Product adverts • Web sites of campaign groups
Articles from academicjournals • Original research • Specific • Peer-reviewed • Very trustworthy • Refers to the work of others • Published regularly - current • Volume and Van Vliet, O. et al, (2011). Energy use, cost and CO2 issue emissions of electric cars. Journal of Power Sources 196 (4), pp 2298-2310.
Books • Quite general • Bring together and present what is known and accepted in a subject area • Very good for background information • Is the publisher trustworthy? Westbrook, M. H. (2001). The electric car : • Can take a long time to development and future of battery, hybrid and fuel-cell cars. IEE and SAE, London. write and be published
Trade magazine article • More general, but engineering based • Not peer reviewed • May cite limited references • Good introduction to subject • May be biased Vasilash, G. (2010). Electric cars, streetcars and dead horses. Automotive Design and Production, Nov-Dec 2010.
News report from theWeb • Can be quite general • Current (check the date!) • Usually written by a non-expert • Often report on original research • Is it trustworthy? BBC (2011). Electric cars not accessible in next five years. Available from: Check the source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12124895. Date of access: 8th March 2011.
Product advert • Written by marketing department • May provide useful information • (Probably) Biased! • UK Advertising Codes “legal, decent, honest and truthful” Nissan (2011). Nissan LEAF advert. Available from: http://www.nissan.co.uk/#vehicles/electricvehicles/leaf/ca r-of-the-year. Date of access 8th March 2011.
Special interest groups • Usually written by non- experts • Could be biased, unreliable or vague • Present their own point of view • How old is the information? Can you tell? • If you trust the site, it could provide useful ElectricCarSite (2008). Electric cars in the UK. Available information from: http://www.electriccarsite.co.uk/. Date of access 8th March 2011.
What to use when…. • If you need: • Information on a specific product – company website • Current trends in a technology – news web sites and trade magazines • Debate and opinion – special interest group web sites and trade magazines • General introduction/background information – books • Academic research – journal articles/conference papers
What about Wikipedia?• You must not refer to Wikipedia articles in your work• You cannot see who has contributed to the articles• No guarantee of quality• BUT Wikipedia articles may provide links to Wikipedia (2011). Nissan Leaf. Available from: useful references http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Leaf. Date of access 8th March 2011.
Did you notice…..? • Every source we have talked about had a full bibliographic reference on the slide? • Van Vliet, O. et al, (2011). Energy use, cost and CO2 emissions of electric cars. Journal of Power Sources 196 (4), pp 2298- 2310. • You will also have to write a full reference for all the sources that you use information from in your work • You will have more training on this later
What happens next? • Discovering quality information • How to use our Library resources to find the academic information you will need • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism • RefWorks • Individual support throughout your course - when you ask for it! • ‘Like’ our Library Facebook page • http://www.facebook.com/cranfieldlibrary • Follow us on Twitter: KNL_MIRC