http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/ Quality Control Quality Control Free Internet tutorials on a range of subject areas produced by a consortium of UK universities to give students the skills needed to evaluate information sources. Mostly aimed at undergraduates, but still of some use at postgraduate level to give a broad view of what professional sites are available.
Better than working…. Gloucestershire Reintegration Service, (Teachers TV: 2006) http://www.teachers.tv/video/3488 (downloaded 25/03/10) Available under a Creative Archive Licence.
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Copyright Law in the UK Be aware of the “fair use” regulations on copyright materials. If you feel brave you can read 69 pages of advice from the University’s legal department http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/cam-only/offices/legal/copyright/copyright.pdf Basically you should not download, photocopy, or scan whole books or journals unless they are so old that they are no longer in copyright or the copyright owner has given you permission. EDITIONS of very old works may still be copyrighted by the publisher who has made them available).
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http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/electronicresources/ Quality Control Quality sources for postgraduate research The University Library’s Electronic Resources web page should be your first point of departure for online research as it lists all the databases to which the UL subscribes. These change very frequently, so it’s a good idea to return to the page every so often.
Owned by Thomson Reuters who also own EndNote, Procite and Reference Manager
Because these are a “stable” of products they are designed for effective interoperability (e.g. Zotero can harvest citations from WoK, but can’t automatically find full text articles).
Authoritative, with human oversight, and tools to investigate relative importance of papers (e.g. controlling for heavy citation of BAD science by articles refuting them).
Quality Control Avoiding plagiarism Correct referencing helps to avoid unintentional plagiarism. Working through the online tutorial produced by Elizabeth Boling, Theodore Frick , Meltem Albayrak-Karahan, Joseph Defazio and Noriko Matsumura at Indiana University Bloomington will help if you are unsure when to insert references to sources you have consulted. https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/ (and you can even print yourself a certificate at the end if you complete their final test with no errors).
Quality Control Avoiding plagiarism You could also take a look at http://www.plagiarismadvice.org/ and the interactive subject-based tutorials available from the University of Leicester’s website http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ssds/sd/ld/resources/study/plagiarism-tutorial You need to be aware that the term “plagiarism” is now used for instances of careless referencing as well as deliberate, dishonest cheating.
Quality Control No one product is right for everyone
A user with minimal computer skills, but good, fast & accurate typing may be safest with MS Word. The best choice if few useful references are available to harvest online (e.g. critical edition of 18th century letters).
Someone in a department where everyone uses BibTeX may get on well by fitting in with the rest.
If you enjoy experimenting with gadgets, you may be happy using a mix of Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote.
In a discipline which requires complex reference layouts, EndNote desktop may be the only viable option.
If you are a spy you do not want the CIA to look at your reading list!