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  • 1. RISC ( Research Information Support Centre) Postgraduate information support at the Bellville and Cape Town campuses CPUT Libraries GUIDE TO INFORMATION SEARCHING Research Information Support Centre (RISC) Bellville and Cape Town CPUT Libraries
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    • This presentation is structured around Library resources at CPUT, as postgraduate students and researchers use these resources in searching for relevant literature.
    • While information acquisition may be considered a relatively small part of the research process, it is important enough to warrant gaining more than basic search skills.
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    • Most literature will come from :
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    • Accessed via library resources
    • However, this has changed and is still changing, with resources now being accessed online, and with a multitude of new and existing literature available
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    • Information searching, especially in the sciences, technology and medical fields, but also increasingly in the humanities, is now mostly conducted online.
    • The Library subscribes to databases which provide access to a rich collection of journal articles and other materials.
    • There are many resources available online, with more being added all the time – one has to find them.
    • This is where library information support can assist.
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    • “ Pre-search” is a term which is used to describe information-gathering prior to serious searching. This could mean using Google and Wikipedia to establish what is available, by whom, and where. Basic subject orientation and defining terms can also be seen as a “pre-search” activity – unless of course you have sufficient subject knowledge
    • Identify the main concepts in your research question and add related terms or synonyms. Think holistically, write down all possible avenues of searching before you begin
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    • The Journal Impact Factor is taken from Journal Citation Reports (JCR), a product of Thomson Reuters. It is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time. The impact factor for a journal is calculated based on a three-year period, and can be considered to be the average number of times published papers are cited up to two years after publication. For example, the impact factor 2009 for a journal would be calculated as follows:
    • A = the number of times articles published in 2008-9 were cited in indexed journals during 2010
    • B = the number of articles, reviews, proceedings or notes published in 2008-9
    • Impact factors are contentious, and the JCR evaluation is not universally accepted. Other measures such as Eigenfactor and the H-index are also in use
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