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An overview of scholarly communication, databases, and other Civil Engineering resources; followed by an Endnote workshop.

An overview of scholarly communication, databases, and other Civil Engineering resources; followed by an Endnote workshop.



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  • The “literature” is the written conversation between scientists about what they’ve found out (by reading or experimenting).Searching the literature is all about learning who the cool people are and where they hang out.May be literal conversations; conferences; journals; standards; patents; books; encyclopaedias; websites; social media....
  • Research process is iterative – as you learn more, you constantly refine your strategies and even your research question.For the best research questions, the answer doesn’t exist yet! You’re looking for clues that will let you piece together the puzzle yourself.
  • Library website > Subject guides > a sample guide to show subject librarian (contact details and asklive) reference materials textbooks talk about papers from supervisors
  • Use “Refine” to get specific content types as well as narrowing the topic.Articles – mostly link directly to the article but sometimes you’ll get routed through ArticleLinkerPrint books – links to our catalogue to see call number and whether it’s in libraryE-books – either links directly to the book or via ArticleLinker
  • All aspects of Engineering.Has similar “Refine” column.Look for
  • Subject guide -> databases -> Web of Science looking up a known article title following citation trails looking at keywords keyword searching author searching finding full text button5 min free searching
  • Includes material from open access sources eg Canterbury IRGo into “Scholar Preferences” and * find University of Canterbury * select Endnote for export
  • FreeE-delivery of most journal articles; books and theses take longer
  • Instruction at http://wiki.canterbury.ac.nz/display/LIBRARY/EndNote
  • Find citations in a databaseExport to Endnote
  • Organise in EndnoteThousands of citation styles
  • Write your paper

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  • A brief tourof Engineering resources - 2012
  • What we know aboutscholarly communication...  Peer review  journals
  • The Literature You
  • The Research ProcessDefine your topic What information do you need? Who would have written about it? Where? Find information Judge it – is it reliable? relevant? – does it point in new directions? – is it enough? or do you still need more? Analyse and synthesise Cite all sources!
  • Resources we’ve used...  GeoScience/GeoRef  ASCE  Standards websites  MultiSearch
  • Getting Started
  • MultiSearch
  • Compendex
  • Web of Science
  • ScienceDirect
  • More databases
  • Open Access © $
  • Open Access Sources journals individual articles, papers, theses, etc aggregates research repostitories
  • Google Scholar
  • We evaluate results by...  Look at title, abstract – does it seem relevant?  Authors – who wrote it?  Citations
  • Evaluating ResourcesIs it… and... relevant? Who is it written for? basic/advanced? What kind of research is it? up-to-date? How far along is the research? What questions haven’t they answered yet? accurate?
  • Theses
  • Standards  Online –  AS/NZS  ASTM  IEEE  NFPA fire codes  or  Print collection  AS  BS  ISO  Eurocodes
  • Patents
  • Interloans(image: world map of libraries)
  • We’ve cited with...  APA  Zotero
  • Citing
  • Using Endnote
  • Using Endnote
  • Using Endnote My Grand Chemical Engineering Research Project Thing
  • We’ve learned... Databases and how to get citation webs That there are lots of different websites that search from different websites, and it’s free! Many databases where I can find what I need and the way to get access them Use Google Scholar to find more How to find free journals once I have left uni
  • We’ve learned... More efficient way of finding journal articles. Previously I had searched Google and individual journal websites How to access various databases and journals. The layout of the library website and how resources within UC repository can be accessed.
  • Slides and tipshttp://library.canterbury.ac.nz/enci
  • Contact me Chat Meet Email