Systematic and comprehensive search for information
Finding information to inform, underpin and shape your research
Finding what has already been written on your subject
Identifying the main trends
Finding appropriate literature
Before you start searching for information think about the following....
What do I need to find out?
Why do I need this information?
When do I need the information by?
How am I going to find the information?
Where am I going to find the information?
Who created this information?
How am I going to find the information? ie. plan your search strategy
It is useful to start your research (literature
Thinking about the questions that needs to be asked
Outlining the main areas of interest
Considering the scope of your subject
Gathering keywords (search terms)
HCI Specific Broader Related Alternative User interface design User experience design Design interactions Usability User centred design IxD Social interaction design Instructional design Computing devices Education software Cognitive psychology Mobile phones Interaction Design
The Library Catalogue
You can access the Library Catalogue from the LR website
The Library Catalogue lists all the material held in all the Middlesex University libraries
You can search by subject or by author/title
Use the Library catalogue to request books which are on loan or at another campus
KOSHMAN, Sherry. (June 2005). Testing user interaction with prototype visualization based information retrieval system. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 56(8). pp.824-833.
Journal Title Volume Part Page Nos.
This is an example of a report from a website:
Author Title Date
Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and Department of business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. (2009). Digital Britain: the interim report [online]. DCMS and DBERR, London. (Cm 7548). Available from: http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publicaitons/digital_britain_interimreportjan09.pdf. [Accessed 1 Feb 2009] .
Web Address Date Accessed
Exercise 1: Use the Library Catalogue to find the following books and journals