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Hist honours project 2013

  1. 1. Research Skills forthe Honours ProjectLibrary Workshop for History StudentsChris ChanInformation Services Librarianhttp://about.me/chancp30 April 2013
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes• Recognize the types and range of scholarly sourcesyou will be expected to use in the Honours Project• Use discipline-specific databases to search forinformation on your Honours Project topic• Choose an appropriate method to access the full textof articles that you find
  3. 3. How you will learn today• Mini-lectures• In-class quick polls• Live demonstrations• In-class exercise
  4. 4. Get set up for the quickpolls!Go to this URL:http://pollev.com/hkbulib
  5. 5. 1. Information Sources forthe Honours Project
  6. 6. Quick Poll #1• Pretend that you are an Honours Project supervisor• You have three students - on your handout you can seethe bibliographies of their Honours Projects• Which student has produced the best bibliography?• Spend 2 minutes discussing with the person sittingnext to you and then respond to the poll:http://pollev.com/hkbulib
  7. 7. What makes a goodbibliography?• Your bibliography reveals the quality, reliability, validity,and authority of the sources you have consulted• Books, scholarly journal articles, dissertations, andprimary sources should make up the bulk of yourbibligraphy• Websites can be useful, but make sure the source isauthoritative. Not sure? Ask a librarian!• The easiest way to locate and obtain scholarly sourcesis to use the tools and services on the Library website
  8. 8. Library Honours Project Database• The Library maintains a database of past HonoursProjects that have scored high marks - the link is onthe Library homepage and on your handout• Apart from the bibliography, you can look atexamples of how to organise your project
  9. 9. Finding Scholarly Sources:Disciplinary Databases
  10. 10. Quick Poll #2When you need to do a piece of academic writing (essay,project, etc.) what is the first information search tool thatyou will use?http://pollev.com/hkbulib
  11. 11. Why Use Databases?• General search engines are great for getting started on a topic• However, for in-depth scholarly research like the Honours Project,disciplinary databases are important• Example: Historical Abstracts
  12. 12. Focused SearchBroad search of thescholarly literature -science, education,philosophy, etc.Includes 2,300 academichistorical journals,covering world historyfrom 1450 to the present
  13. 13. Specialized Search LimitsDatabases provide specialways to limit results thatare useful to thediscipline.For example, HistoricalAbstracts allows you tolimit the results to thosethat cover a specifiedhistorical period
  14. 14. Subject thesaurus (1)Apart from simple keyword searching, databases usuallyprovide a thesaurus of subject terms. This allows for muchmore precise searching
  15. 15. Subject thesaurus (2)By matching the human-provided subject terms, relevantarticles can be more easily discovered
  16. 16. Citation informationIt is vital that you note down all of the citation informationfor articles that you use in your Honours Project...ArticletitleJournaltitleAuthor Publicationinfo
  17. 17. Automatic CitationGeneratorDatabases help by providing automatic citationgeneratorsYou still need to double-check the result!
  18. 18. China Academic JournalsFor Chinese-language articles, China AcademicJournals is a key source:
  19. 19. History Databases GuideDepending on your topic, there are many other databases thatmay be of use to you. The Library maintains a guide on itswebsite (link information is in your handout)
  20. 20. Quick Poll #3We have looked at a lot of the features that databasesoffer. In your opinion, what is the most important reasonfor using databases instead of Google when doingHonours Project research?Provide your answer in a couple of sentences:http://pollev.com/hkbulib
  21. 21. Historical Abstracts LiveDemo
  22. 22. Obtaining Full Text
  23. 23. No PDF?!Sometimes you will find results where there is nofull text available from the database:
  24. 24. Click this button:Citation (no full text)Check for directlink to Library e-subscriptionCheck LibraryCatalogue for access toelectronic/print versionYesFULL TEXT!InterlibraryLoan (ILL)YesYesNoNo
  25. 25. Interlibrary Loan (ILL)• Obtain journal articles from libraries all over theworld• Quota of 50 free articles for Honours Projectstudents (and only HK$5 for each article over thequota)• Article PDFs are delivered online within 3-4 workingdays• More info: http://library.hkbu.edu.hk/about/ill.html
  26. 26. Obtaining Full TextLive Demo
  27. 27. Finding Full Text: ExerciseLook up the following article:Xiaohua, Dai. "Hong Kong: Good beginning for the `one country,two systems." Beijing Review 41, no. 27 (July 6, 1998): 8-12.Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed April 29, 2013).How would you obtain the full text of this article? Make your choicein the online poll:http://pollev.com/hkbulibListen and follow the librarian’s instructions to access the database namedAcademic Search Premier
  28. 28. Honours Project ResearchConsultations• This workshop has given a brief overview of themajor skills and tools you will need to be successfulin your Honours Project research• For more help, you can request a one-on-oneconsultation with a professional librarian• Sign up on the Library website - the link is also inyour handout
  29. 29. Summary• You are expected to consult a range of differentscholarly source types when completing yourHonours Project• Use disciplinary databases to make finding andciting scholarly sources easier• The Library can get full text for you in most cases -remember ILL!• Need help with searching, citing, organising, oranything else? Ask a librarian!
  30. 30. Thanks!

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