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    1. 1. c.funnell@mdx.ac.uk<br />14th March 2011<br />Middlesex University<br />DISSERTATION RESEARCHLLM<br />
    2. 2. WHY DO A DISSERTATION?........A JOB/PERSONAL SATISFACTION<br />2<br />
    3. 3. OBJECTIVES<br />3<br />To be able to undertake a substantial piece of academic study<br />To be able to develop a personal specialism<br />To be able to put a personal stamp on a piece of work<br />To be able to explore the literature on a chosen topic<br />
    4. 4. OBJECTIVES CONT’D<br />4<br />To be able to refine and extend skills in finding,selecting and critically analysing information<br />To be able to refine skills in decision-making,task management and problem solving<br />To be able to refine skills in summarising and presenting findings<br /> Cottrell,The Study Skills Handbook<br />
    5. 5. PROCESSES INVOLVED.....JUST A FEW<br />5<br /><ul><li>PLANNING/ORGANISING
    6. 6. LITERATURE REVIEW
    7. 7. RESEARCH
    8. 8. WRITING</li></li></ul><li>DISSERTATION/OBJECTIVES?<br />6<br />
    9. 9. LITERATURE REVIEW<br />7<br />
    10. 10. PLANNING/ORGANISING(GOOGLE SCHOLAR)<br />8<br />
    11. 11. RESEARCH-WHAT IS IT?<br />9<br />
    12. 12. RESEARCH/WHAT IS IT?<br />Signifies the systematic study of a topic<br />Defines, describes and explains what the topic is<br />Requires the ability to access and critically assess the various debates and issues the topic has generated<br /> Salter M and Mason<br />10<br />
    13. 13. RESEARCH AND LITERATURE REVIEWSCAN TAKE DIFFERENT FORMS..........<br />11<br />
    14. 14. ........AND SHAPES<br />12<br />
    15. 15. BUT IN THE END<br />13<br />
    16. 16. SOME USEFUL TITLESSheppard Library -001.42RES-Oxford University Press<br />14<br />
    17. 17. USEFUL TITLES Sheppard Library-001.42FIN-Sage Publishing<br />15<br />
    18. 18. USEFUL TITLESSheppard Library-300.72 OLI-Sage Publishing<br />16<br />
    19. 19. FINDING USEFUL TITLESSEARCH THE CATALOGUE!!<br />17<br />
    20. 20. SCONUL<br />18<br />Society of College, National and University Libraries<br />Promotes excellence in library service in higher education and national libraries<br />Has formulated a Policy to address the Research Process in Higher Education<br />
    21. 21. SCONULSEVEN HEADLINE SKILLS<br />19<br />1. Need for Information(gap between what you already know and what is needed to complete an assignment)<br />2. Distinguishing ways in which Information Gap may be addressed(awareness of different ways of meeting your information needs-variety of sources and channels, ie Books,Electronic Journals etc.)<br />
    22. 22. SCONUL<br />20<br />3. Constructing strategies to locate Information (getting the best out of your sources for effective results)<br />4. Locating and Accessing Information( knowledge and skills to extract the information-using Boolean logic)<br />
    23. 23. SCONUL<br />21<br />5. Comparing and evaluating Information from different sources(comparing different perspectives, evaluating the information critically and carefully)<br /><ul><li>6. Organising, applying and communicating Information to others(organising information for easy retrieval-bibliographic management tools, citing appropriately)</li></li></ul><li>SCONUL<br />22<br />7. Synthesising and building upon existing Information-creation of new knowledge(new knowledge, new content, new perspective)<br />
    24. 24. EVALUATING INTERNET RESOURCESThere is a great deal of information available on the Internet and the quality of the information is variable. Here are a few suggestions to assist you when evaluating the information on offer<br />23<br />
    25. 25. HAVE A LOOK AT.....<br />24<br />INTERNET DETECTIVE TUTORIAL<br />(http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/index/htm)<br /> AND<br />2. INTERNET LAWYER<br />(http://www.sosig.ac.uk/vts/lawyers/index.htm)<br />
    26. 26. TIPS FOR EVALUATING WEBSITES<br />25<br />1. AUTHORITY<br /><ul><li>WHO ........is responsible for the page/site?
    27. 27. Is it a RELIABLE organisation or a subject expert
    28. 28. Can you TRUST them?</li></li></ul><li>EVALUATING WEBSITES(Cont’d)<br />26<br />2 ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY<br /><ul><li>Is the information CORRECT?
    29. 29. Are the grammar and spelling CORRECT?
    30. 30. Is it COMPLETE or just ONE POINT OF VIEW?
    31. 31. Do they have their own AGENDA?
    32. 32. Is the informaction FACT or OPINION?</li></li></ul><li>WEBSITES(Cont’d)<br />27<br />3. CURRENCY<br /><ul><li>Can you tell how UP TO DATE it is? Is it regularly UPDATED?
    33. 33. You shouldn’t be quoting out of date information
    34. 34. 4. AUDIENCE
    35. 35. Is the information at the right LEVEL to be quoted in your work?(general public , higher education)</li></li></ul><li>WEBSITES(Cont’d)<br />28<br />5. FEEL<br /><ul><li>Is the site WELL STRUCTURED and EASY to navigate?
    36. 36. Are the links from the page UP TO DATE and VALID?
    37. 37. If it is WELL DESIGNED and maintained then you can feel more confident about the information it provides.</li></li></ul><li>AUTHORITATIVE?http://www.worldlii.org/<br />29<br />
    38. 38. MIDDLESEX REGULATIONSTHESES/DISSERTATIONS<br />30<br />
    39. 39. GUIDES&HELPSHEETS<br />31<br />
    40. 40. STUDY SKILLS<br />32<br />
    41. 41. GUIDANCE FOR FORMAT<br />33<br />
    42. 42. DISSERTATIONS ON THE CATALOGUE<br />34<br />
    43. 43. SEARCH RESULTS<br />35<br />
    44. 44. DISPLAY<br />36<br />
    45. 45. ETHOS-BRITISH LIBRARY<br />37<br />
    46. 46. INDEX TO THESESAccess from the LR homepage<br />38<br />
    47. 47. BASIC SEARCH<br />39<br />
    48. 48. RESULTS<br />40<br />
    49. 49. ACCESS TO ETHOS<br />41<br />
    50. 50. DISSERTATION.COMFULL TEXT OPTION<br />42<br />Commercial site which publishes dissertations from all over the world<br />Can search by topic,browse by subject or look up a specific author<br />If willing to pay you can download the dissertation or have printed copies sent to you<br />Alternatively do the search here and request it via our Inter Library Loan team<br />
    51. 51. DISSERTATION.COMhttp://www.dissertation.com/index.php<br />43<br />
    52. 52. SEARCH FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW<br />44<br />
    53. 53. ABSTRACT<br />45<br />
    54. 54. COPAC-HOLDINGS OF UK UNIVERSITIES<br />46<br />
    55. 55. ACCESS VIA LR WEBSITE<br />47<br />
    56. 56. SEARCHING COPAC<br />48<br />
    57. 57. RESULTS<br />49<br />
    58. 58. FULL RECORD<br />50<br />
    59. 59. CHOOSE A LOCATIONMAY REQUIRE AN INTER LIBRARY LOAN<br />51<br />
    60. 60. FLAG VIA IALS<br />52<br />
    61. 61. FLAG(Cont’d)<br />53<br />Freely available-Internet<br />Lists UK university libraries’ holdings of foreign legal materials<br />Maintained by IALS(Institute of Advanced Legal Studies-Russell Square)<br />Letter from Director of Programmes(taught postgraduate student)<br />
    62. 62. BASIC SEARCH<br />54<br />
    63. 63. RESULTSLOCATION, TYPE,DATES<br />55<br />
    64. 64. FULL RECORD<br />56<br />
    65. 65. INTERNATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH TUTORIALFREELY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET<br />57<br />
    66. 66. IMPORTANCE OF THIS RESOURCE<br />58<br />Some extremely useful links here, such as ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law so USE them!<br />Good starting point for information about international organisations such as links to websites for both IGO’s(inter governmental organisations) and NGO’s(non governmental organisations)<br />
    67. 67. FOREIGN LAWESSENTIAL SOURCES<br />59<br />
    68. 68. INTERNATIONAL LAW RESOURCE PAGE<br />60<br />
    69. 69. GOOD STARTING POINT FOR OVERIEW<br />61<br />
    70. 70. REFUGEE LAW RESOURCES ON THE WEB<br />62<br />
    71. 71. GLOBALEX<br />63<br />
    72. 72. INTERNATIONAL LAW RESEARCH<br />64<br />
    73. 73. EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEMNEW AND UP TO DATE!-2010<br />65<br />
    74. 74. WHAT IT PROVIDES<br />66<br />Treaties<br /><ul><li>Key organisations
    75. 75. Specific topics and themes within the broad area</li></ul> of European Human Rights and useful links<br />
    76. 76. CITATION STYLE<br />67<br />For Law the ‘Gold Card’ for style manuals is OSCOLA (University of Oxford). You may wish to refer to it<br />The University of Cardiff Legal Research Centre has condensed the OSCOLA documentation into a very accessible and user friendly website<br />Access via the Law Subject web pages, Learning Resources<br />https://ilrb.cf.ac.uk/citingreferences/oscola/tutorial/index.html<br />
    77. 77. CITING SOURCES<br />68<br />
    78. 78. LAW SUBJECT WEB PAGES<br />69<br />
    79. 79. SUBJECT GUIDES LIST<br />70<br />
    80. 80. LAW SUBJECT WEB PAGES<br />71<br />
    81. 81. 72<br />

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