Literature Searching For Your Summer Scholarship 2011 - Arts and Humanities


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An introduction to library resources, including database search skills, to support the UC Summer Scholarship programme in the arts and humanities fields, presented by Janette Nicoll and Cuiying Mu.

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  • Janette. 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.We can help youwith finding information – it’s your job to analyse, interpret
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  • Guide brings together relevant information sources for your subject – may not be everythingIncludes dictionaries & encyclopedias, books, databases, any subject specific resources, citation styleMost important is contact for your Liaison librarian who can provide one to one consultation
  • JanetteWorldcat – 1.5 billion itemsGoogle Books – full-text added as older content comes out of copyright. You can read excerpts from recent material & check the library to find it the book is held here.Interloan anything
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  • Dave review of these points
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  • Dave – mention date coverage and breath of each
  • Dave free! Department pays????(+ $20 for urgent delivery)E-delivery journal articles; books longer
  • Manages your references – makes citing easy!Instruction at available; also support from me and DaveEndNote X3 - install on your own computer
  • Literature Searching For Your Summer Scholarship 2011 - Arts and Humanities

    1. 1. Library Searching For Your Summer Scholarship 2011
    2. 2. 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!
    3. 3. What is available to you Books Journal articles Newspapers Theses Non-book materials e.g. video, eTV Primary sources – archives, statistics, photos
    4. 4. Getting started
    5. 5. Books Don’t be restricted by what is in the library WorldCat – world’s largest network of library content Google Books – search the content of published books, read limited content but not complete full- text E-Books - Your comments or questions!
    6. 6. Encyclopedias Wikipedia – scan the bibliography Scholarly encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks in all disciplines – provide an overview of the topic, often include a literature review and a bibliography e.g. Palgrave dictionary of economics Encyclopedia of disaster relief Encyclopedia of globalization
    7. 7. Journal articles & databases • Use a variety of academic search tools & compare results • Be aware of the level of content i.e. scholarly, popular • Switch the type of keywords you use from the broad to the highly specific – e.g. natural disasters/ earthquakes or tsunamis or floods • Use different options for refining your search – Limit and sort, apply relevance and times cited  Be prepared to scroll/scan through lists of results to find the best  Scan bibliographies
    8. 8. Searching in key journals Browse individual issues
    9. 9. MultiSearch Searches across content held by UC Library Includes books, e-books, book chapters, full-text journal and newspaper articles Use the faceted searching options to limit by date, format and subject
    10. 10. Databases forHumanities/Social Science/Commerce Discipline based databases Explore suggestions from Subject guides JSTOR & Project Muse, Oxford Journals Online, Cambridge journals online, Sage, Wiley, Emerald Journals for Commerce
    11. 11. “Big 3” Multidisciplinarydatabases Web of Science – indexes the top journals in each subject category, very strong for science, weaker in humanities and social science SCOPUS – strong on science, good for most social sciences, excludes humanities Google Scholar All include cited searching
    12. 12. Web of Science
    13. 13. Scopuslooking for the best bits …..
    14. 14. Cited references
    15. 15. Google Scholar – free full text
    16. 16. Your first taskUse either Web of Science or SCOPUS to find:1. What your supervisor has written2. How many times his/her work has been cited3. Select an article or book in your research area – find it in Google Scholar. How many times has it been cited in Google Scholar?
    17. 17. Google Scholar…it’s more and less than youthought it was… Library databases Google Scholar  Index selected sources  Does not index journals systematically systematically  Provide a variety of options  Multidisciplinary to refine searches  Indexes more than journal  Provide a variety of options articles – free PDF content to sort searches  Sorts by relevance  Limited NZ content  Easy to construct a search  Can use sophisticated  More citation counts syntax to construct a comprehensive search
    18. 18. New Zealand databases Te Puna and Index New Zealand (National Library of New Zealand) findNZarticles ANZ Reference Centre Newspaper sources – Newztext, Papers Past eTV – Archive of Television programmes Kiwi Research Information Service (KRIS)
    19. 19. Newspaper databases Press Display
    20. 20. Theses
    21. 21. Interloans(image: world map of libraries)
    22. 22. Managing your results
    23. 23. Install EndNote software Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs>Add New Programs Start>All Programs>EndNote
    24. 24. Activity1. Create your personal EndNote Library2. Search MultiSearch and export your references to your EndNote Library3. Search Google Scholar and export your references into EndNote Library as well
    25. 25. Learn more about EndNoteWant to know more about EndNote? Link fulltext articles In-text citations, reference list and morePlease go to Library homepage >Quick links> Book a Library Course
    26. 26. Contact us
    27. 27. Feedback One thing you’ve learned One thing you still want to know