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How not to reinvent the wheel

How not to reinvent the wheel



Literature searching for ENCH 400 - the research process, useful information sources, Endnote.

Literature searching for ENCH 400 - the research process, useful information sources, Endnote.



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    How not to reinvent the wheel How not to reinvent the wheel Presentation Transcript

    • How not to reinvent the wheel or Literature Searching for ENCH400 2010
    • Our assignment is…  Research project  Literature review  Presentation  Reading past research – journals etc, company reports, wikipedia, textbooks  Citing sources – APA style  Design project  All of the above and  Make decisions based on research
    • We need to know…  More information sources  How to read quickly – and find the good parts  Which ones to read and which not to  How to work out what’s reliable  How to check what’s up-to-date  How to get journals without paying online
    • The Research Process Define your topic Gather background information What information do you need? Who would have written about it? Where? Find information Judge it – is it relevant? reliable? – does it point in new directions? – is it enough? or do you still need more? Write up your results Cite all sources!
    • Background  Wikipedia  Textbooks  People – lecturers, PhDs  Encyclopedias  Ullmann’s and Kirk-Othmer (linked from subject guide)  ChemSpider.com  lots of chemical data  search by name or structure
    • More questions How do the varieties differ? Is any resistance forming? What is the biological mechanism at work? Are there any health effects on humans?
    • Where next?  Journals  Conference papers  Previous research reports – theses  Standards  Patents  Check subject guide to find these
    • Subject guide
    • Evaluating Resources accurate? relevant? Is it… up-to-date? basic/advanced?
    • Citing
    • Using Endnote - 1
    • Using Endnote - 2
    • Using Endnote - 3 My Grand Chemical Engineering Research Project Thing
    • Summary  Everything you need is at: Library site -> Subject Guides -> Chem Eng -> How do I find…  Endnote – Library site -> Quicklinks -> Endnote wiki  or Zotero – plugs in to Firefox  on Linux use BibTex  Interloans  can borrow books/articles from other libraries
    • Slides and tips http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/ench
    • Contact me  Chat  Visit  Phone  Email See you around!