DISSERTATION RESEARCH       LEX4160       CATHERINE FUNNELLSENIOR LIAISON LIBRARIAN LAW AND            MARKETING        SH...
Why Do a Dissertation?Take 5-10 minutes and write down why you are doing a dissertation. What is the purpose of undertaki...
Why Do a Dissertation?...................A Job/Personal Satisfaction
ObjectivesTo be able to undertake a substantial piece of academic studyTo be able to develop a personal specialismTo pu...
ObjectivesTo be able to refine and extend skills in finding,selecting and critically analysing informationTo be able to ...
Processes Involved Planning/Organising Literature Review Research Writing
Literature ReviewSignifies the systematic study of a topicDefines, describes and explains what the topic isRequires the...
Planning /Organising
Undertaking a Literature Reviewhttp://www.mondofacto.com/study-skills/writing/how-to-write-              your-literature-r...
Useful Checklist
Some Useful Titles-1st Floor Sheppard Library    For Undertaking Literature Reviews
Researching and Writing Dissertations                         Try using legal                         writing, legal      ...
Legal Writing on the Catalogue-27 Results
Some Really Useful TitlesMcConville is Available as an E Book
SCONUL(Society of College, National and University Libraries) Have Developed policies to promote the research  process in...
The Skills Ability to distinguish the   gap between what you  already know and what you need to know to  complete a disse...
The Skills Locating and accessing information(knowledge and  skills to extract the information-using Boolean Logic Compa...
The Skills Finally, synthesising and building upon existing information with the creation of new knowledge,new content,ne...
Recap Ok, some of you may be enrolled in LEX4110, Issues  in EU Law and you recently undertook a Research  Proposal for y...
Evaluating Information Remember one of the objectives in undertaking a  dissertation is developing your ‘talent’ for  eva...
Considerations When Evaluating Authority: Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications?Is the article p...
Considerations When Evaluating Intent: What is the purpose of the information-eg financial gain,propaganda, academic etc?...
Evaluating WebsitesConsiderations are very similar to those evaluatingInformationAuthority: Who is responsible for the pa...
Evaluating Websites Audience: Is the information at the right levelto be quoted  in your work?(general, public higher edu...
Have a Look at...........INTERNET DETECTIVE TUTORIAL                                     Really useful                    ...
.................................And AlsoInternet Lawyer                      Terrific                                    ...
Authoritative ?                                        Take 10                                        minutes             ...
Dissertations/Theses
Middlesex DissertationsSearch thelibrarycatalogue forMiddlesexDissertations.Use the defaultGeneralKeywordoption andtypedis...
Complete Request Form               Take to Help Desk-Ground Floor       DISSERTATION         REQUEST (Please complete all...
ETHOS-British LibraryWhere theses aredigitised they are usuallyavailable as a freedownload. Register atethos.bl.uk. See th...
Index to ThesesCan access linkfrom my SubjectGuide
Getting Started           Step 1Step 2
Abstract and Access to Thesis              Step 3  Step 4
Current Awareness                                  BLOGS!PODCASTS    !      RSS                         ALERTS!     FEEDS!
International Law-International Criminal Court                       Access this site via                       link on my...
Press Releases             Keep yourself            informed about             the status of a                  case
BlogsI have a numberof key BLOGs onmy SubjectGuide but thereare numerousother usefulones-see nextslide
More Useful Blogs Inner Temple Libraryhttp://www.innertemplelibrary.com/Law Professor Blogshttp://www.lawprofessorblogs.c...
Podcasts Legal Currenthttp://legalcurrent.libsyn.com/Oxford Transitional Justice Research Podcasts(Recordings of selected...
Other Libraries/Catalogues
Copac                     Testing a Beta                    Version Try it outFree access tomerged onlinecatalogues ofmany...
Choose Advanced Search                Step 1Step 2
Searching for Theses on a Topic
Results                                Published                                    3Click On this 2                  1
Availability
Availability eg .-Blackwells If You Wish to Purchase
Summary of Book
British Library’s Holdings
Interlibrary Loan   Interlibrary Loan
Access From Library Services >Visiting Other Libraries
IALS(Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)Access for fulltime taughtpostgraduate andPhD students only–with letter fromDirec...
Bibliographic Management SoftwareSave Citationsand Format aBibliography!
REFWORKS AND LEXIS                              New way of                           displaying resultsSearchstatement isl...
Saving Your Results                                  Export to                                  RefworksIt’s a goodidea to...
Click on Refworks Icon                         Step 1              Step 2
Create a FolderStep1Register inRefworksand thencreate aNewFolder
MY MAIN REFWORKS PAGE-I HAVE ALREADY CREATED                  FOLDERS                                        Folders      ...
Give the Folder a Name                    Folder                  appears on                    Quick                    A...
Set up Your Search on Lexis
Export to Refworks
Click on Export
Journal Citation Has Been Exported to Refworks
Click on Last Imported
Add to My ListYou can create aLIST of citationsthat will then beconverted into aBIBLIOGRAPHY                              ...
Create a Bibliography
Create a Bibliography                   1                       2               3                           4
Bibliography Completed
Formatted Saved Bibliography Barnard, Catherine, The EU constitution-dealing with the deficit - 156 NLJ 173  (2006) The N...
Export from BSC to Refworks                        We’ll search                        the same                        key...
Result List              Click on the 1st              result you want to              look at
Export to Refworks                      Step 2Step 1
Results Exported                   Click on View                   Last                   Imported
BSC Article Now in Refworks
Add to Designated Folder                  Step 2                             Place a tick in the                          ...
Create Bibliography of Merged Records(Lexis and BSC)
Choose the EU and Democratic Folder                       Step 1                      Step 2
Merged Bibliography   Barnard, Catherine, The EU constitution-dealing with the deficit - 156 NLJ 173 (2006) The New Law J...
FLAG(Foreign Guide IALS)
Enter as Much Information
Results
Detailed Record of Holdings
United Nations Treaty Collectionhttp://www.treaties.un.org
Lawlinks-University of Kent                       http://www.kent.ac.uk//lawlinExcellent sourcefor links tofurther usefulr...
My Subject Guide!
Dissertation Writing and Plagiarism                                Their                                Calendar isBook a ...
Finally...................Contact meCatherine Funnellc.funnell@mdx.ac.uk
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  1. 1. DISSERTATION RESEARCH LEX4160 CATHERINE FUNNELLSENIOR LIAISON LIBRARIAN LAW AND MARKETING SHEPPARD LIBRARY MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY MARCH 2012
  2. 2. Why Do a Dissertation?Take 5-10 minutes and write down why you are doing a dissertation. What is the purpose of undertaking a dissertation?What are the/your objectives?What elements are involved in the process?
  3. 3. Why Do a Dissertation?...................A Job/Personal Satisfaction
  4. 4. ObjectivesTo be able to undertake a substantial piece of academic studyTo be able to develop a personal specialismTo put a personal stamp on a piece of workTo be able to explore the literature on a chosen topic
  5. 5. ObjectivesTo be able to refine and extend skills in finding,selecting and critically analysing informationTo be able to refine skills in decision –making,task management and problem solvingTo be able to refine skills in summarising and presenting findings Cottrell, The Study Skills Handbook
  6. 6. Processes Involved Planning/Organising Literature Review Research Writing
  7. 7. Literature ReviewSignifies the systematic study of a topicDefines, describes and explains what the topic isRequires the ability to access and critically assess the various debates and issues the topic has generated Salter M and Mason
  8. 8. Planning /Organising
  9. 9. Undertaking a Literature Reviewhttp://www.mondofacto.com/study-skills/writing/how-to-write- your-literature-review/06.html
  10. 10. Useful Checklist
  11. 11. Some Useful Titles-1st Floor Sheppard Library For Undertaking Literature Reviews
  12. 12. Researching and Writing Dissertations Try using legal writing, legal composition and /or legal research as search keywords
  13. 13. Legal Writing on the Catalogue-27 Results
  14. 14. Some Really Useful TitlesMcConville is Available as an E Book
  15. 15. SCONUL(Society of College, National and University Libraries) Have Developed policies to promote the research process in higher education Within these policies they have identified the skills that a research student should be mastering whilst undertaking the research and writing of a dissertation
  16. 16. The Skills Ability to distinguish the gap between what you already know and what you need to know to complete a dissertation Distinguishing the ways in which this information gap may be addressed(awareness of different ways of meeting your information needs-variety of sources and channels, eg books, journals, reports etc) Constructing strategies to locate information (getting the best out of your sources for effective results)
  17. 17. The Skills Locating and accessing information(knowledge and skills to extract the information-using Boolean Logic Comparing and evaluating information from different sources(comparing different perspectives, evaluating the information critically and carefully) Organising, applying and communicating the information to others(bibliographic management tools, citing appropraitely)
  18. 18. The Skills Finally, synthesising and building upon existing information with the creation of new knowledge,new content,new perspective
  19. 19. Recap Ok, some of you may be enrolled in LEX4110, Issues in EU Law and you recently undertook a Research Proposal for your paper on an EU topic So basically what you will be doing with your dissertation is a similar but substantively more comprehensive and longer version of the LEX 4110 assignment But you will already have worked through the rudiments of what will be involved in a dissertation
  20. 20. Evaluating Information Remember one of the objectives in undertaking a dissertation is developing your ‘talent’ for evaluating information-critically assessing the quality of the information you are gathering You will need to evaluate for for both quality and relevance Determine if what you are finding is both what you need and trustworthy
  21. 21. Considerations When Evaluating Authority: Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications?Is the article published in a scholarly/peer reviewed journal? Relevance: Is it ‘pitched’ at the appropriate level? Is it what I really need? Objectivity: Balanced view? Are opposing views presented? Supporting Information?
  22. 22. Considerations When Evaluating Intent: What is the purpose of the information-eg financial gain,propaganda, academic etc? Currency: How old is the information? When was it last updated and by whom?
  23. 23. Evaluating WebsitesConsiderations are very similar to those evaluatingInformationAuthority: Who is responsible for the page/site? A reliable organisation or subject expert(s)? Can you trust them?Accuracy/Reliability: is the information correct? Grammar and spelling correct? Just one point of view? Agenda-is it their own? Fact/opinion?
  24. 24. Evaluating Websites Audience: Is the information at the right levelto be quoted in your work?(general, public higher education) Currency: Can you tell how upto date it is? Is it regularly updated? Feel: Is the site well structured and easy to navigate? Links up to date and working?If the site is well designed and maintained then you can feelmore confident about the information it provides
  25. 25. Have a Look at...........INTERNET DETECTIVE TUTORIAL Really useful site!(http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/index/htm)
  26. 26. .................................And AlsoInternet Lawyer Terrific Help!(http://www.sosig.ac.uk/vts/lawyers/index.htm)
  27. 27. Authoritative ? Take 10 minutes and evaluatehttp://www.worldlii.org
  28. 28. Dissertations/Theses
  29. 29. Middlesex DissertationsSearch thelibrarycatalogue forMiddlesexDissertations.Use the defaultGeneralKeywordoption andtypedissertation Click onlaw the title to view details
  30. 30. Complete Request Form Take to Help Desk-Ground Floor DISSERTATION REQUEST (Please complete all sections) Please note this is a 2 hour service Borrower Surname:------------------________________________ Date: ________________ Time:______________ ID Number:_________________________ Author:__________________________________ Title:____________________________________ Barcode: _________________Year: __________
  31. 31. ETHOS-British LibraryWhere theses aredigitised they are usuallyavailable as a freedownload. Register atethos.bl.uk. See theETHoS FAQ page formore information ORUSE THE LINK ON MYSubject Guide
  32. 32. Index to ThesesCan access linkfrom my SubjectGuide
  33. 33. Getting Started Step 1Step 2
  34. 34. Abstract and Access to Thesis Step 3 Step 4
  35. 35. Current Awareness BLOGS!PODCASTS ! RSS ALERTS! FEEDS!
  36. 36. International Law-International Criminal Court Access this site via link on my Subject Guide Important to keep up to date with developments, eg cases. Look at Press Releases
  37. 37. Press Releases Keep yourself informed about the status of a case
  38. 38. BlogsI have a numberof key BLOGs onmy SubjectGuide but thereare numerousother usefulones-see nextslide
  39. 39. More Useful Blogs Inner Temple Libraryhttp://www.innertemplelibrary.com/Law Professor Blogshttp://www.lawprofessorblogs.com/UK Lawyers Blog of Blawgshttp://www.ukblawgroundup.co.uk/Martin Partington-Key Developments in Justice Systemhttp://martinpartington.com/
  40. 40. Podcasts Legal Currenthttp://legalcurrent.libsyn.com/Oxford Transitional Justice Research Podcasts(Recordings of selected seminars, workshops and conferences)http://www.csls.ox.ac.uk/otjr.php?show=podcastsLaw Society Gazette Newsfeedshttp://www.lawgazette.co.uk/node/rssfeed
  41. 41. Other Libraries/Catalogues
  42. 42. Copac Testing a Beta Version Try it outFree access tomerged onlinecatalogues ofmany majoruniversity,specialist andnationallibraries in UKand Ireland(BL)
  43. 43. Choose Advanced Search Step 1Step 2
  44. 44. Searching for Theses on a Topic
  45. 45. Results Published 3Click On this 2 1
  46. 46. Availability
  47. 47. Availability eg .-Blackwells If You Wish to Purchase
  48. 48. Summary of Book
  49. 49. British Library’s Holdings
  50. 50. Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan
  51. 51. Access From Library Services >Visiting Other Libraries
  52. 52. IALS(Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)Access for fulltime taughtpostgraduate andPhD students only–with letter fromDirector of LLMProgramme andMDX student card
  53. 53. Bibliographic Management SoftwareSave Citationsand Format aBibliography!
  54. 54. REFWORKS AND LEXIS New way of displaying resultsSearchstatement islamfalussy w/p“europeanunion”
  55. 55. Saving Your Results Export to RefworksIt’s a goodidea to saveyour results inaBibliographicManagementSystem
  56. 56. Click on Refworks Icon Step 1 Step 2
  57. 57. Create a FolderStep1Register inRefworksand thencreate aNewFolder
  58. 58. MY MAIN REFWORKS PAGE-I HAVE ALREADY CREATED FOLDERS Folders already created
  59. 59. Give the Folder a Name Folder appears on Quick Access
  60. 60. Set up Your Search on Lexis
  61. 61. Export to Refworks
  62. 62. Click on Export
  63. 63. Journal Citation Has Been Exported to Refworks
  64. 64. Click on Last Imported
  65. 65. Add to My ListYou can create aLIST of citationsthat will then beconverted into aBIBLIOGRAPHY Once added to your list it will say COMPLETED in green
  66. 66. Create a Bibliography
  67. 67. Create a Bibliography 1 2 3 4
  68. 68. Bibliography Completed
  69. 69. Formatted Saved Bibliography Barnard, Catherine, The EU constitution-dealing with the deficit - 156 NLJ 173 (2006) The New Law Journal. Duina, Francesco, Book Review: National Parliaments and European Democracy: A Bottom-up Approach to European Constitutionalism - Eur J Int Law (2008) 19 (2): 454 (2008) European Journal of International Law. Koskenniemi, Martti, By Their Acts You Shall Know Them ... (And Not by Their Legal Theories) - Eur J Int Law (2004) 15 (4): 839 (2004) European Journal of International Law. Kumm, Mattias, The Legitimacy of International Law: A Constitutionalist Framework of Analysis - Eur J Int Law (2004) 15 (5): 907 (2004) European Journal of International Law. Snell, Jukka, European Constitutional Settlement, an Ever-Closing Union, and the Treaty of Lisbon: Democracy or Relevance (2008) Eur Law Rev. Thürer1, Daniel, Max Huber: A Portrait in Outline - Eur J Int Law (2007) 18 (1): 69 (2007) European Journal of International Law.
  70. 70. Export from BSC to Refworks We’ll search the same keywords in another database and export to RefWorks
  71. 71. Result List Click on the 1st result you want to look at
  72. 72. Export to Refworks Step 2Step 1
  73. 73. Results Exported Click on View Last Imported
  74. 74. BSC Article Now in Refworks
  75. 75. Add to Designated Folder Step 2 Place a tick in the rectangular box, hover over Step 3 downward arrow and click on ADDStep 1 TO and then click on Folder you want to add to
  76. 76. Create Bibliography of Merged Records(Lexis and BSC)
  77. 77. Choose the EU and Democratic Folder Step 1 Step 2
  78. 78. Merged Bibliography Barnard, Catherine, The EU constitution-dealing with the deficit - 156 NLJ 173 (2006) The New Law Journal. Bellamy, Richard, Still in Deficit: Rights, Regulation, and Democracy in the EU (2006) 12(6) European Law Journal 725. LEXIS Bellamy, Richard, Still in Deficit: Rights, Regulation, and Democracy in the EU (2006) 12(6) European Law Journal 725. Crum, Ben, Tailoring Representative Democracy to the European Union: Does the European Constitution Reduce the Democratic Deficit? (2005) 11(4) European Law Journal 452. Duina, Francesco, Book Review: National Parliaments and European Democracy: A Bottom-up Approach to European Constitutionalism - Eur J Int Law (2008) 19 (2): 454 (2008) European Journal of International Law. Etzioni, Amitai, The Community Deficit (2007) 45(1) Journal of Common Market Studies 23. Fossum, John Erik and Agustín Jos Menéndez, The Constitutions Gift? A Deliberative Democratic Analysis of Constitution Making in the European Union (2005) 11(4) European Law Journal 380. Kitus, Andro, Europeanization, democratic deficit and the constitutional debate in Estonia (2008) 21(2) Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences 111. Koskenniemi, Martti, By Their Acts You Shall Know Them ... (And Not by Their Legal Theories) - Eur J Int Law (2004) 15 (4): 839 (2004) European Journal of International Law. Kumm, Mattias, The Legitimacy of International Law: A Constitutionalist Framework of Analysis - Eur J Int Law (2004) 15 (5): 907 (2004) European Journal of International Law. Lord, Christopher, Still in democratic deficit (2008) 43(6) Intereconomics 316. Meadowcroft, John, The European Democratic Deficit, the Market and the Public Space: A Classical Liberal Critique (2002) 15(3) Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences 181. Snell, Jukka, European Constitutional Settlement, an Ever-Closing Union, and the Treaty of Lisbon: Democracy or Relevance (2008) Eur Law Rev. Thürer1, Daniel, Max Huber: A Portrait in Outline - Eur J Int Law (2007) 18 (1): 69 (2007) European Journal of International Law. BSC
  79. 79. FLAG(Foreign Guide IALS)
  80. 80. Enter as Much Information
  81. 81. Results
  82. 82. Detailed Record of Holdings
  83. 83. United Nations Treaty Collectionhttp://www.treaties.un.org
  84. 84. Lawlinks-University of Kent http://www.kent.ac.uk//lawlinExcellent sourcefor links tofurther usefulresources
  85. 85. My Subject Guide!
  86. 86. Dissertation Writing and Plagiarism Their Calendar isBook a time in one of available viathese Workshops with Mystaff from the LDU UniHub>My Study>My Learning
  87. 87. Finally...................Contact meCatherine Funnellc.funnell@mdx.ac.uk

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