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

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