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  • 1. DISSERTATION RESEARCH LEX4160 CATHERINE FUNNELLSENIOR LIAISON LIBRARIAN LAW AND MARKETING SHEPPARD LIBRARY MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY MARCH 2012
  • 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. Why Do a Dissertation?...................A Job/Personal Satisfaction
  • 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. 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. Processes Involved Planning/Organising Literature Review Research Writing
  • 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. Planning /Organising
  • 9. Undertaking a Literature Reviewhttp://www.mondofacto.com/study-skills/writing/how-to-write- your-literature-review/06.html
  • 10. Useful Checklist
  • 11. Some Useful Titles-1st Floor Sheppard Library For Undertaking Literature Reviews
  • 12. Researching and Writing Dissertations Try using legal writing, legal composition and /or legal research as search keywords
  • 13. Legal Writing on the Catalogue-27 Results
  • 14. Some Really Useful TitlesMcConville is Available as an E Book
  • 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. 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. 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. The Skills Finally, synthesising and building upon existing information with the creation of new knowledge,new content,new perspective
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Have a Look at...........INTERNET DETECTIVE TUTORIAL Really useful site!(http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/index/htm)
  • 26. .................................And AlsoInternet Lawyer Terrific Help!(http://www.sosig.ac.uk/vts/lawyers/index.htm)
  • 27. Authoritative ? Take 10 minutes and evaluatehttp://www.worldlii.org
  • 28. Dissertations/Theses
  • 29. Middlesex DissertationsSearch thelibrarycatalogue forMiddlesexDissertations.Use the defaultGeneralKeywordoption andtypedissertation Click onlaw the title to view details
  • 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. 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. Index to ThesesCan access linkfrom my SubjectGuide
  • 33. Getting Started Step 1Step 2
  • 34. Abstract and Access to Thesis Step 3 Step 4
  • 35. Current Awareness BLOGS!PODCASTS ! RSS ALERTS! FEEDS!
  • 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. Press Releases Keep yourself informed about the status of a case
  • 38. BlogsI have a numberof key BLOGs onmy SubjectGuide but thereare numerousother usefulones-see nextslide
  • 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. 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. Other Libraries/Catalogues
  • 42. Copac Testing a Beta Version Try it outFree access tomerged onlinecatalogues ofmany majoruniversity,specialist andnationallibraries in UKand Ireland(BL)
  • 43. Choose Advanced Search Step 1Step 2
  • 44. Searching for Theses on a Topic
  • 45. Results Published 3Click On this 2 1
  • 46. Availability
  • 47. Availability eg .-Blackwells If You Wish to Purchase
  • 48. Summary of Book
  • 49. British Library’s Holdings
  • 50. Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan
  • 51. Access From Library Services >Visiting Other Libraries
  • 52. IALS(Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)Access for fulltime taughtpostgraduate andPhD students only–with letter fromDirector of LLMProgramme andMDX student card
  • 53. Bibliographic Management SoftwareSave Citationsand Format aBibliography!
  • 54. REFWORKS AND LEXIS New way of displaying resultsSearchstatement islamfalussy w/p“europeanunion”
  • 55. Saving Your Results Export to RefworksIt’s a goodidea to saveyour results inaBibliographicManagementSystem
  • 56. Click on Refworks Icon Step 1 Step 2
  • 57. Create a FolderStep1Register inRefworksand thencreate aNewFolder
  • 58. MY MAIN REFWORKS PAGE-I HAVE ALREADY CREATED FOLDERS Folders already created
  • 59. Give the Folder a Name Folder appears on Quick Access
  • 60. Set up Your Search on Lexis
  • 61. Export to Refworks
  • 62. Click on Export
  • 63. Journal Citation Has Been Exported to Refworks
  • 64. Click on Last Imported
  • 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. Create a Bibliography
  • 67. Create a Bibliography 1 2 3 4
  • 68. Bibliography Completed
  • 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. Export from BSC to Refworks We’ll search the same keywords in another database and export to RefWorks
  • 71. Result List Click on the 1st result you want to look at
  • 72. Export to Refworks Step 2Step 1
  • 73. Results Exported Click on View Last Imported
  • 74. BSC Article Now in Refworks
  • 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. Create Bibliography of Merged Records(Lexis and BSC)
  • 77. Choose the EU and Democratic Folder Step 1 Step 2
  • 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. FLAG(Foreign Guide IALS)
  • 80. Enter as Much Information
  • 81. Results
  • 82. Detailed Record of Holdings
  • 83. United Nations Treaty Collectionhttp://www.treaties.un.org
  • 84. Lawlinks-University of Kent http://www.kent.ac.uk//lawlinExcellent sourcefor links tofurther usefulresources
  • 85. My Subject Guide!
  • 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. Finally...................Contact meCatherine Funnellc.funnell@mdx.ac.uk