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Library Research Methods for MA FTVA Liaison Librarian : Sue Nolan email: email@example.com://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/library
In this workshop we will look at...• Services and facilities available from the Library• Using our resources to find information• Developing an effective search strategy• Evaluating information for quality and relevance
UniHub home page and login http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk
Example of an electronic journal:Sight and sound
Databases and Indexes• Business Source complete• Film and Television Literature Index• Film Index International• International Index to Performing Arts• Media, Cultural and Communication Studies Collection• Paley Centre Seminars• Proquest Newsstand• Sage Journals Online
Principles of literature searching• Define your question• Identify significant keywords• Identify related terms• Identify broader and narrower terms• Watch out for spelling and terminology e.g. English vs American
What is a literature review?• What has been written, by whom?• A literature review is a systematic and comprehensive search for information.• The information you search for will inform, underpin and /or shape your research.• A literature review will enable you to find out what has already been written in your subject area and enable you to identify the main trends.• The information can be contained in books, journal articles, newspaper articles, reports, case studies, policy documents, conference proceedings etc.
What is a Literature Review 2• It should summarise and analyse the arguments of others.• And describe what gaps exist in your area of interest.• It should highlight both widespread agreement, as well as debate and controversy in previous research.• And make it clear how this work relates to the research project you have undertaken
Five Key stages of a Literature Review• Identify your keywords• Identify which databases to search• Assess the relevance of the results• Source the most relevant articles/books• Critical Reading and Evaluation
Identify your keywords• Start with your research question and make a list of key, relevant topics• From these try to make a list of ‘keywords’ to search for in the catalogue/databases
Keyword example• Blogs• Synonyms – web log, blogging, blogosphere• Truncate: blog* finds all words beginning with blog• Wider subject• Online journalism, digital media, new media, alternative media.
• Narrow search eg. product AND design• Widen search eg. USA OR America• Exclude words eg. Computer games NOT video• Search for phrases eg. “human computer interaction”• Broaden search eg. design* (finds design, designing, designers etc)• Find different spellings eg. organi?ation (finds organisation and organization)• Include and exclude terms (Internet) eg. + “da Vinci” - code
Now it’s your turn• Use the resources mentioned to find• A book• A journal article• RELEVANT FOR YOUR RESEARCH
Search Strategy: keywords• Widen Search – too few results• Try different keywords and combinations, use less keywords, use truncation*• Narrow Search- too many results• Add another keyword, narrow by country, time period, use more specific keyword such as a name.
Inter-Library Loans• For books and journal articles not available at Middlesex• Fill in request form online on Inter-library loan page of on my study page• Charge is £3 per request• Journal articles are delivered electronically to your email address, books take 1-3 weeks.
Evaluating Information• Authority : Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications? How have they carried out their research?• Relevance : Is this what I need? Will it answer my question? Is it at the right level?• Intent : What is the purpose of information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, academic etc?• Objectivity : Balanced view? Opposing views represented? Links to supporting information?• Currency: How old is this information? When was it last updated and by whom?
Managing your research• Time management. Aim for date to complete literature search• Allow time to find material, access and read it.• Allow time to collect inter library loans, visit other libraries if some material has to be sourced elsewhere.• Keep a log book detailing full bibliographic details of materials used.
Referencing:• You must reference your work properly with full details of all resources used, e.g. books, journal articles, websites• Keep a record of what you are using from the start of your literature searching• Guides on subject pages
Working off Campus...You may see this screenClick on the link and login with your myUniHubusername and password.
If so, simply follow the link and if asked tologin again use your myUnihub usernameand password
Other Libraries• BFI Library. Reopening on the Southbank, 12 June. Search catalogue before going. Free to use. Reference only.• SCONUL Access Scheme provides access to other academic libraries. Apply at the Library Helpdesk for a card• For more information on the scheme visit the website http://www.sconul.ac.uk/using_other_libraries/access• British Library. Information on applying for a reader’s pass and links to catalogue are on their website http://www.bl.uk (check catalogue to see if materials you require is held at St Pancras Reading Rooms)