SMLLC Year 1 UG Academic Skills sessions - Information & Research Skills (Library)


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  • SMLLC Year 1 UG Academic Skills sessions - Information & Research Skills (Library)

    1. 1. SMLLC Academic Skills: Information & Research Skills November 2013 Russell Burke Library Services
    2. 2. Aims of the session Library Services • Overview of Library Services available to support your essay research • Step 1 - Plan and conduct a literature search • Step 2 - Use LibrarySearch and subject specific resources to find information • Step 3 - Use more advanced search techniques • Step 4 - Manage references to generate bibliographies using RefWorks • Access eresources off-campus • Using other libraries 2
    3. 3. Library Services My essay question / research topic: What do I want to find out?
    4. 4. Library Services 4
    5. 5. Developing your search strategy “In the avant-garde films of the 1920s, everything we see, including the human being, is subservient to rhythm & movement.” Main concepts 1. avant-garde films 2. 1920s 3. What we see on film 4. Rhythm & movement 5 Alternative terms Experimental, art, modernist / cinema, filmmaking … Early 20th Century, pre-war, silent era … Mise-en-scène, frame(d), screen, shot, represented … Pace, flow, repetition, flow, editing … Library Services
    6. 6. Step One: Think about your own research topic & related concepts and write down the keywords that you need to search for
    7. 7. Library Services Now that I know what I want to find out: What resources would I use?
    8. 8. Selecting information sources Library Services Modern Languages Subject Guide: Online databases (eresources): LibrarySearch: Senate house library catalogue: Other internet resources… These can also be found on the main Library webpage
    9. 9. Library Services Why can’t I just use Google? 9
    10. 10. Step 2: Go to the Modern Languages Subject Guide and note down which resources or types of resources you think you would use to carry out your research
    11. 11. 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?
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. Combining keywords - too many results? Library Services Narrow your search using AND e.g. avant-garde AND film Results Results containing containing BOTH AVANT-GARDE TERMS 13 Results containing FILM
    14. 14. Combining keywords - too few results? Library Services Broaden your search using OR e.g. role OR function 14
    15. 15. Combining keywords – phrase searching Library Services “À la recherche du temps perdu” “French New Wave” 15
    16. 16. Step three: think about how you will combing keywords and enter your search queries (adjusting terms as you need to)
    17. 17. 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?
    18. 18. Reviewing & evaluating 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?
    19. 19. Library Services Now that I have the information (books, chapters, journal articles, webpages etc) that I need: How do I manage & reference them?
    20. 20. 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 • Most other eresources provide these functions • Exporting references to RefWorks 20
    21. 21. RefWorks Library Services 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 on the Subject guide:
    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
    23. 23. Access online resources off-campus Library Services Royal Holloway ‘Campus Anywhere’ (VPN) The only way to access all of our electronic resources off campus is to install the Virtual Private Network (VPN) service, known as 'CampusAnywhere'.
    24. 24. Using other libraries You all get free access to Senate House Library (SHL) Online registration for SHL’s eresources see the Library subject Guide for Modern Languages Library Services
    25. 25. Questions? Library Services Russell Burke Information Consultant 2-07 Bedford Library Royal Holloway University of London 01784 414065 SEE THE LIBRARY SUBJECT GUIDE FOR MODERN LANGUAGES / SMLLC 25 Leo Reynolds. Flickr. CC-BY-NA