LibraryServices
Academic Skills:
Information Research for
Historians
libguides.rhul.ac.uk/
June 2014
Russell Burke
Library
Services
Aims of the session
• Overview of Library Services available to support your essay research
• Step 1 - Pl...
Step One:Think about your own research
topic & related concepts and write down the
keywords that you need to search for
Library
Services
My essay question / research topic:
What do I want to find out?
(Describe the next slide: what do you see...
Library
Services
5
Library
Services
Developing your search strategy
6
My topic: ‘Emigration during the Great Famine’
Main concepts &
keywords...
Library
Services
Developing your search strategy
7
Think carefully about which keywords you need to
search for:
Alternativ...
Step 2: Use your Library Subject Guide and select the
resources or types of resources you think you would need to
use to c...
Library
Services
Now that I know what I want to find out:
What resources would I use?
See part 1 of the following prezi fo...
Library
Services
Selecting information sources
Library Subject Guides: libguides.rhul.ac.uk/
Online databases (eresources)...
Library
Services
Primary material and reference resources
See the E-resources section of the:
History Subject Guide
http:/...
Library
Services
Secondary material resources
Full-text databases
• JSTOR
• Project Muse
Bibliographic databases
(no or so...
Library
Services
Why can’t I just use Google?
Evaluating information sources:
http://prezi.com/q5jglgamre6c/evaluating-inf...
Step three: think about how you will combing keywords
and enter your search queries in your selected eresources
(adjusting...
Library
Services
Now that I know what I want to find out
& where to find the resources:
How do I carry out searches to
fin...
Library
Services
Combining keywords - AND
Narrow your search using AND (also useful if you have too many results)
e.g. emi...
Library
Services
Combining keywords - too few results?
Broaden your search using OR (also useful if you have too few resul...
Library
Services
Making the most of synonyms
As well as searching for alternative terms, you can use wildcard characters (...
Library
Services
Combining keywords – phrase searching
19
“HundredYearsWar”
“Great Irish Famine”
Use quotation (speech) ma...
Library
Services
Now that I have found information on
my topic:
How do I know that it is what I
want and good quality
mate...
Library
Services
Reviewing & evaluating your research
Do you have
enough / too
much
information?
Is it relevant to
your re...
Step four: save the results that you need (references,
abstracts, URL links, full text) and organise these so that you
can...
Library
Services
Now that I have the information (books,
chapters, journal articles, webpages
etc) that I need:
How do I m...
Library
Services
Keeping track of useful items
• Emailing links to yourself
• Using the e-shelf in LibrarySearch
• Log in ...
Library
Services
RefWorks
Bibliographic reference management software
Capture, save and organise references
Create a bibli...
Library
Services
Access online resources off-campus
Royal Holloway ‘Campus Anywhere’ (VPN)
The only way to access all of o...
Library
Services
Using other libraries
Royal Holloway students all get free access to Senate
House Library (SHL):
take alo...
Library
Services
Questions?
Russell Burke
Information Consultant
2-07 Bedford Library
Royal Holloway University of London
...
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Information and research skills for historians

  1. 1. LibraryServices Academic Skills: Information Research for Historians libguides.rhul.ac.uk/ June 2014 Russell Burke
  2. 2. Library Services Aims of the session • Overview of Library Services available to support your essay research • Step 1 - Plan and prepare a literature search • Step 2 - Use LibrarySearch and subject specific resources to find information • Step 3 – Adapt & refine your searches • Step 4 - Manage your references (& generate bibliographies using RefWorks) • Access eresources off-campus • Using other libraries 2
  3. 3. Step One:Think about your own research topic & related concepts and write down the keywords that you need to search for
  4. 4. Library Services My essay question / research topic: What do I want to find out? (Describe the next slide: what do you see? What words would you search for to find information on what is depicted?)
  5. 5. Library Services 5
  6. 6. Library Services Developing your search strategy 6 My topic: ‘Emigration during the Great Famine’ Main concepts & keywords Alternative terms 1. Emigration migration, (Irish) diaspora 2. Great Famine Irish famine, Potato famine, Great Irish famine
  7. 7. Library Services Developing your search strategy 7 Think carefully about which keywords you need to search for: Alternative terms e.g. governance / policy / regulation Alternative spellings e.g. colour or color; organisation or organization Changing terminology e.g. consumption / tuberculosis
  8. 8. Step 2: Use your Library Subject Guide and select the resources or types of resources you think you would need to use to carry out your research
  9. 9. Library Services Now that I know what I want to find out: What resources would I use? See part 1 of the following prezi for an overview of the types of material available via the Library: http://prezi.com/24tl5r36eel5/developing-your-search-skills/
  10. 10. Library Services Selecting information sources Library Subject Guides: libguides.rhul.ac.uk/ Online databases (eresources): libguides.rhul.ac.uk/Databases LibrarySearch: librarysearch.rhul.ac.uk Senate House Library & their eresources: senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/ Other internet resources… e.g. public & private archives (you may have to visit these in person to gain access)
  11. 11. Library Services Primary material and reference resources See the E-resources section of the: History Subject Guide http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/History for lists of online primary material resources, reference resources and much more! (Listed by type in the drop-down menu.)
  12. 12. Library Services Secondary material resources Full-text databases • JSTOR • Project Muse Bibliographic databases (no or some full text, can use Find It links to check for full text) • Web of Knowledge • MLA Bibliography
  13. 13. Library Services Why can’t I just use Google? Evaluating information sources: http://prezi.com/q5jglgamre6c/evaluating-information/ 13
  14. 14. Step three: think about how you will combing keywords and enter your search queries in your selected eresources (adjusting terms as you need to)
  15. 15. Library Services Now that I know what I want to find out & where to find the resources: How do I carry out searches to find information on my topic? (By combining your search terms in meaningful way!) See your Library Subject Guide >Training > Searching for videos & more help
  16. 16. Library Services Combining keywords - AND Narrow your search using AND (also useful if you have too many results) e.g. emigration AND Ireland 16 Results containing EMIGRATION Results containing BOTH TERMS Results containing IRELAND ie. only brings back results where all the words searched for are included somewhere in the title, summary and/or full-text
  17. 17. Library Services Combining keywords - too few results? Broaden your search using OR (also useful if you have too few results) e.g. role OR function 17 ie. brings back results where any the words searched for are included somewhere in the title, summary and/or full-text
  18. 18. Library Services Making the most of synonyms As well as searching for alternative terms, you can use wildcard characters ($ ? * -) to replace letters in search terms or to truncate a term: Examples histor* - finds history, historical, historiography etc. theat* - finds theatre, theater, theatrical, etc. wom*n - finds women, woman. NB: Help pages in the online resources will explain which character is used as the wildcard 18
  19. 19. Library Services Combining keywords – phrase searching 19 “HundredYearsWar” “Great Irish Famine” Use quotation (speech) marks to search for phrases where word need to appear next to each other (e.g. specific terminology, title of books / films, names & places).
  20. 20. 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? (see the ‘Evaluating information sources’ link mentioned above)
  21. 21. Library Services Reviewing & evaluating your research Do you have enough / too much information? Is it relevant to your research? Does it answer the whole question? Is the information current / within the date you require Do you need to review your underlying research question?
  22. 22. Step four: save the results that you need (references, abstracts, URL links, full text) and organise these so that you can find them when you need them & reference them in your assignments
  23. 23. Library Services Now that I have the information (books, chapters, journal articles, webpages etc) that I need: How do I manage & reference them? (You may have a lot of references and research material to keep track of!)
  24. 24. Library Services Keeping track of useful items • 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 • NB - most other eresources provide these functions (you can do the same in JSTOR / ProjectMuse / MLA Bibliography • OR you can keep all of your references in ONE PLACE and organised them by topic, essay title or course etc. by exporting references to RefWorks – this is really easy to do! 24
  25. 25. Library Services RefWorks Bibliographic reference management software Capture, save and organise references Create a bibliography for your essay from containing 1 to 1000 items in your Departments Referencing Style in seconds! Access it via the Library Subject Guides (Citation & Referencing) Contains online self-help tutorials Sign up to a free Library RefWorks training session: Check the Library Information SkillsTraining Session on the Subject guide: http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/
  26. 26. Library Services Access online resources off-campus Royal Holloway ‘Campus Anywhere’ (VPN) The only way to access all of our electronic resources off campus is to install theVirtual Private Network (VPN) service, known as 'CampusAnywhere'. This is quick and easy to set up and works on PCs, laptops & Macs Go to the IT Services website to find out more: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/it/home.aspx
  27. 27. Library Services Using other libraries Royal Holloway students all get free access to Senate House Library (SHL): take along your RHUL Id card if you want to borrow books or use the study space there. Online registration for SHL’s eresources: see the ‘Beyond RHUL’ section on the Library Subject Guides for more information Access to other Libraries using SCONUL Access: see the ‘Beyond RHUL’ section on the Library Subject Guides for more information
  28. 28. Library Services Questions? Russell Burke Information Consultant 2-07 Bedford Library Royal Holloway University of London Russell.Burke@rhul.ac.uk 01784 414065 Please remember to always check: • LIBRARY SUBJECT GUIDES • @RHUL_Library onTWITTER • the Library’s FACEBOOK PAGE for the latest information and updates! 28 Leo Reynolds. Flickr. CC-BY-NA

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