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ECE 4416 Research Skills Workshop Dan Sich, ECE Librarian Allyn and Betty Taylor Library September 17 & 24, 2009
Today you will learn about: <ul><li>literature research process </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks </li></ul><ul><li>trade publicati...
Suggested approach: <ul><li>State the topic as a phrase </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the individual concepts </li></ul><ul><...
Starting out <ul><li>All the info isn’t in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Type of info determines the search tool </li></ul><...
Background info
Background info <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><...
Books are good for finding… <ul><li>introductions </li></ul><ul><li>reliable info </li></ul><ul><li>lists of references </...
Library Catalogue <ul><li>Everything the library owns, including… </li></ul><ul><li>Books , journals (no articles), etc. <...
ENGnetBASE <ul><li>CRC engineering handbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Fulltext (PDFs) </li></ul><ul><li>Topics covered include: e...
Your turn <ul><li>2 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>ENGnetBASE & library catalogue </li></ul>
Magazines & trade publications <ul><li>industry news </li></ul><ul><li>product news & reviews </li></ul><ul><li>practical ...
Find them using: <ul><li>ProQuest Direct – ABI/Inform – Trade & Industry  (fulltext) </li></ul><ul><li>CBCA Business  (ful...
In journal articles you’ll find… <ul><li>peer-reviewed, scholarly research </li></ul><ul><li>narrow topics, focused resear...
Peer-review <ul><li>Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Ulrich’s </li></ul>
Use databases to find… <ul><li>Journal articles, conference articles… </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal a...
Journal article databases: <ul><li>Inspec  &  Compendex </li></ul><ul><li>IEEE Xplore </li></ul><ul><li>Scopus, Web of Sci...
Search tips <ul><li>use AND,  OR, NOT, * </li></ul><ul><li>use Search History </li></ul><ul><li>add Controlled Vocabulary ...
Getting articles <ul><li>Get it @ Western </li></ul><ul><li>Journal Title search in library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Is...
Interlibrary Loan (RACER) <ul><li>Free photocopies of articles (or loan of books) not at UWO </li></ul><ul><li>Standards a...
Your turn <ul><li>Find relevant news, reviews, etc. in either: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ProQuest Direct – ABI/Inform – Trade ...
Off-Campus Access <ul><li>for eJournals </li></ul><ul><li>for databases </li></ul>
Keeping track of articles <ul><li>create a RefWorks account </li></ul><ul><li>web app for citation management </li></ul><u...
Standards are… <ul><li>guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>procedures </li></ul><ul><li>rules </li></ul><ul><li>details on ways o...
Patents… <ul><li>grant exclusive rights </li></ul><ul><li>use technical, legal jargon </li></ul><ul><li>contain drawings <...
Description <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it do? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s it made of? </li></ul><ul><li>...
Tips on finding & using patents <ul><li>Google Patents search, describe the thing </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian, US, European...
Recap <ul><li>eBooks (ENGnetBASE) </li></ul><ul><li>magazines or trade publications </li></ul><ul><li>peer-reviewed journa...
Feedback <ul><li>On a piece of paper, briefly describe the one thing that you’re still confused by </li></ul><ul><li>It do...
Questions? <ul><li>Dan Sich </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Subject line:  ECE 4416 </li></ul>
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  1. 1. ECE 4416 Research Skills Workshop Dan Sich, ECE Librarian Allyn and Betty Taylor Library September 17 & 24, 2009
  2. 2. Today you will learn about: <ul><li>literature research process </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks </li></ul><ul><li>trade publications </li></ul><ul><li>peer-reviewed journal articles </li></ul><ul><li>journal article databases </li></ul><ul><li>patents & standards </li></ul>
  3. 3. Suggested approach: <ul><li>State the topic as a phrase </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the individual concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Search each concept separately </li></ul><ul><li>Combine concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Add limits </li></ul><ul><li>Review results, modify search </li></ul>
  4. 4. Starting out <ul><li>All the info isn’t in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Type of info determines the search tool </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of research & publication cycle </li></ul>
  5. 5. Background info
  6. 6. Background info <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks (e.g., ENGnetBASE) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Books </li></ul>
  7. 7. Books are good for finding… <ul><li>introductions </li></ul><ul><li>reliable info </li></ul><ul><li>lists of references </li></ul><ul><li>numerical data </li></ul>
  8. 8. Library Catalogue <ul><li>Everything the library owns, including… </li></ul><ul><li>Books , journals (no articles), etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of ways to search </li></ul>
  9. 9. ENGnetBASE <ul><li>CRC engineering handbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Fulltext (PDFs) </li></ul><ul><li>Topics covered include: electric power and distributed generation, electric packaging, mechatronics, wireless communication and digital signal processing, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>E.g., AC Power Systems Handbook </li></ul>
  10. 10. Your turn <ul><li>2 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>ENGnetBASE & library catalogue </li></ul>
  11. 11. Magazines & trade publications <ul><li>industry news </li></ul><ul><li>product news & reviews </li></ul><ul><li>practical information </li></ul><ul><li>insights from practicing engineers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Find them using: <ul><li>ProQuest Direct – ABI/Inform – Trade & Industry (fulltext) </li></ul><ul><li>CBCA Business (fulltext) </li></ul>
  13. 13. In journal articles you’ll find… <ul><li>peer-reviewed, scholarly research </li></ul><ul><li>narrow topics, focused research, specific information </li></ul>
  14. 14. Peer-review <ul><li>Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Ulrich’s </li></ul>
  15. 15. Use databases to find… <ul><li>Journal articles, conference articles… </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles </li></ul><ul><li>Review articles </li></ul>
  16. 16. Journal article databases: <ul><li>Inspec & Compendex </li></ul><ul><li>IEEE Xplore </li></ul><ul><li>Scopus, Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed </li></ul><ul><li>others </li></ul>
  17. 17. Search tips <ul><li>use AND, OR, NOT, * </li></ul><ul><li>use Search History </li></ul><ul><li>add Controlled Vocabulary and/or Classification Codes </li></ul><ul><li>add Limits (data, language, etc.) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Getting articles <ul><li>Get it @ Western </li></ul><ul><li>Journal Title search in library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Is it free on the web? </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan (RACER) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Interlibrary Loan (RACER) <ul><li>Free photocopies of articles (or loan of books) not at UWO </li></ul><ul><li>Standards and theses are difficult to obtain </li></ul>
  20. 20. Your turn <ul><li>Find relevant news, reviews, etc. in either: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ProQuest Direct – ABI/Inform – Trade & Industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CBCA Business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find relevant articles in Inspec & Compendex </li></ul><ul><li>Get full text or find print in the library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Try more than one journal article database </li></ul>
  21. 21. Off-Campus Access <ul><li>for eJournals </li></ul><ul><li>for databases </li></ul>
  22. 22. Keeping track of articles <ul><li>create a RefWorks account </li></ul><ul><li>web app for citation management </li></ul><ul><li>download selected results from Inspec </li></ul><ul><li>automatically formats notes, bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>use the Write-N-Cite plugin for Word </li></ul>
  23. 23. Standards are… <ul><li>guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>procedures </li></ul><ul><li>rules </li></ul><ul><li>details on ways of doing things </li></ul><ul><li>expensive </li></ul><ul><li>sometimes available through the library </li></ul>
  24. 24. Patents… <ul><li>grant exclusive rights </li></ul><ul><li>use technical, legal jargon </li></ul><ul><li>contain drawings </li></ul><ul><li>contain technical information rarely found elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>are sometimes available free online </li></ul><ul><li>can be tricky to find </li></ul>
  25. 25. Description <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it do? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s it made of? </li></ul><ul><li>How does it work? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Tips on finding & using patents <ul><li>Google Patents search, describe the thing </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian, US, European; coverage varies </li></ul><ul><li>View full text, drawings, claims </li></ul>
  27. 27. Recap <ul><li>eBooks (ENGnetBASE) </li></ul><ul><li>magazines or trade publications </li></ul><ul><li>peer-reviewed journals </li></ul><ul><li>Inspec & other databases </li></ul><ul><li>Off-Campus Access </li></ul><ul><li>search tips, Get it @ Western, library catalogue, Interlibrary Loan, RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>Standards, Patents </li></ul>
  28. 28. Feedback <ul><li>On a piece of paper, briefly describe the one thing that you’re still confused by </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t have to be something I covered in the session </li></ul>
  29. 29. Questions? <ul><li>Dan Sich </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Subject line: ECE 4416 </li></ul>
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