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Presentation to Engineering postgrads, July 2007. Includes notes

Presentation to Engineering postgrads, July 2007. Includes notes

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  • 1. Information skills session July 2007 Catherine Davies
  • 2. Today we’re going to cover…
    • Background research – why?
    • Identifying resources
    • Locating resources
  • 3. By the end of this session…
    • You will be able to
    • Navigate around the library website and use the catalogue
    • Run a search on Compendex
    • Get materials not held in City University’s library
  • 4. Background reading…why bother?
    • Literature review
    • Shows you understand the subject
    • Can place your work in context
    • Support your arguments and theories
  • 5. Identify
    • Some resources to get you started:
    • Catalogue: http://library.city.ac.uk
    • Databases – Compendex
    • Internet – Google Scholar
  • 6. Be a detective…
    • Look at references of other articles
    • Bibliographies in book chapters
    • Citation searches
    • Jot down any good key words or expressions
    • Identify who the key authors are
    • Have a look at the shelves – what else is there?
  • 7. Caution!
    • Where has the information come from?
    • Who wrote it?
    • When did they write it?
    • Is it cited?
    • Is it authoritative?
    • Why was it written?
  • 8. It’s what you do with it that counts…
    • Don’t just copy information – do something with it!
    • Avoid plagiarism…
    • Always reference your sources
    • Quality, rather than quantity
  • 9. Locate
    • Step 1 – Library catalogue
    • Step 2 – E-journals list
    • Step 3 – Search online
    • Step 4 – Other libraries
    • Step 5 – Inter library loan
  • 10. Thanks! Catherine Davies Learning and Research Support Co-ordinator (Engineering and Maths) [email_address]