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DT2100 Library Skills Presentation

DT2100 Library Skills Presentation



Using the Library for Research - sessions given to Drama 2nd Year Undergraduates on 4th and 5th November 2013.

Using the Library for Research - sessions given to Drama 2nd Year Undergraduates on 4th and 5th November 2013.



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  • Library Services DT2100: Library Skills libguides.rhul.ac.uk/Drama November 2013 Kim Coles
  • Aims of the session Library Services • Use LibrarySearch and subject specific resources to find information • Plan and conduct a literature search • Use advanced search techniques • Manage references to generate bibliographies using RefWorks • Access eresources off-campus 2
  • Library Services 3
  • Library Services My essay question / research topic: What do I want to find out?
  • “The role of women in Irish drama” What are the main concepts? Role, women, Irish theatre Are there any synonyms/alternative terms I could use? Role = part, function, purpose Women = woman, actress, performer, playwright, chara cter, type Irish drama= Ireland, theatre, theater, performance, a specific kind of theatre, a specific play Are they any limits I could use? 5 Only in the last 10 years In English Books, journal articles Library Services
  • Exercise One: Think about your own research topic and write down some keywords
  • Library Services Now that I know what I want to find out: What resources would I use?
  • Selecting information sources Library Services Drama Subject Guide: libguides.rhul.ac.uk/Drama Online databases: libguides.rhul.ac.uk/Databases LibrarySearch: librarysearch.rhul.ac.uk Senate house library catalogue: ull.ac.uk Other internet resources… These can also be found on the main Library webpage
  • Library Services Why can’t I just use Google? 9
  • Exercise 2: Go to the Drama Subject Guide and note down which resources or types of resources you think you would use to carry out your research
  • Library Services Now that I know what I want to find out & where to find the resources: How do I search for information on my topic?
  • Making the most of synonyms Library Services Use wildcard characters ($ ? * -) to replace letters in search terms Examples theat* - finds theatre, theater, theatrical, etc. wom*n - finds women, woman, etc. NB: Help pages in online databases will explain which character is used as the wildcard 12
  • Too many results? Library Services Narrow your search using AND 13 Narrow your search using NOT
  • Too few results? Library Services Broaden your search using OR 14
  • Combining keywords Library Services 15
  • Exercise 3: Go to http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/DT2100 and suggest some search queries in the Searching box
  • Library Services Now that I have found information on my topic: How do I know that it is what I want and good quality material?
  • Reviewing your research Library Services Do you have enough / too much information? Do you need to review your underlying research question? Is the information current / within the date you require Is it relevant to your research? Does it answer the whole question?
  • Library Services Now that I have the information (books, chapters, journal articles, webpages etc) that I need: How do I manage & reference them?
  • Keeping track of useful items Library Services • Emailing links to yourself • Using the e-shelf in LibrarySearch • Log in to LibrarySearch • Click on the star icon beside useful results • Go to ‘e-shelf’ • Create baskets, email, export results • Exporting references to RefWorks 20
  • RefWorks Bibliographic management software Capture, save and organise references Access it via the Online Resources A-Z lists Contains online self-help tutorials Library RefWorks sessions: Check the Library Information Skills Training Session from the Drama Subject guide: http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/drama Library Services
  • Questions? Library Library Services Services Kim Coles Information Consultant 2-07 Bedford Library Royal Holloway University of London k.coles@rhul.ac.uk 01784 404107 22 Leo Reynolds. Flickr. CC-BY-NA