Literature Searching For Your Summer Scholarship 2011 - Biology and Geology


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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 Alison Johnston.

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  • Department pays???? $5 per item (+ $20 for urgent delivery) E-delivery journal articles; books longer
  • Manages your references – makes citing easy! Instruction at Tutorials available; also support from me and Dave EndNote X3 - install on your own computer
  • Find citations in a database Export to Endnote
  • Organise in Endnote Thousands of citation styles
  • Write your paper
  • Literature Searching For Your Summer Scholarship 2011 - Biology and Geology

    1. 1. Finding Good Stuff Quickly or Literature Searching For Your Summer Scholarship 2011
    2. 2. What I hope you get out of the session ….
    3. 3. <ul><li>Use a variety of academic search tools & compare results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What makes them different to the other search tools available ??? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Switch the type of keywords you use from the broad to the highly specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How .. what… why… ( where and when) use the SIPs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use different options for refining your search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit and sort, apply relevance and times cited/ CrossRef </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Note the source of the article – not all journals are created equal …. What journals should you be using? </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to scroll/scan through lists of results to find the best </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track of what you have found ….. </li></ul>My searching philosophy
    4. 4. Explode your keywords! <ul><li>If your topic is – Glacial Periods in New Zealand’s North Island; implications for Ruapehu Volcano </li></ul><ul><li>Possible keywords to search on will be…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ruapehu eruption history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zealand glaciation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volcano-ice interactions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clast analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>North island glaciation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pyroclastic flows </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Another example of exploding keywords … Exotic Pollinators in action Exotic pollinators Zealand animal mutualists Native pollinators plant-animal interactions Pollinator identity and behaviour Pollinator attractants native plants pollinators zealand
    6. 8. Google Scholar – free full text Is your laptop set up to access these…?
    7. 9. Google Scholar…its more and less than you thought it was… <ul><li>All the text is searchable…not true of Scopus or WoS </li></ul><ul><li>Great place to check out a topic and to develop a keyword list </li></ul><ul><li>Its fast…… </li></ul><ul><li>Sorted by relevance – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(not that anyone knows how this works) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May not include the most important journals in your subject </li></ul><ul><li>It may tell you that you don’t have full text access when you will have access via the library catalogue </li></ul>
    8. 10. What Scopus does really well/not well <ul><li>Direct links to publisher…fast full text download </li></ul><ul><ul><li>avoids an extra computer programme to connect to the full text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Great for following references at the end of each article and you can download them into EndNote </li></ul><ul><li>Related records can take your research into a new direction </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t record references used for each paper earlier than 1995 </li></ul><ul><li>Uses a different range of journals to other databases </li></ul>
    9. 11. Scopus looking for the best bits …..
    10. 13. Finding the article that has the highest citations in the documents that have cited the original documents …..
    11. 14. What Web of Science does really well/not well <ul><li>Includes full records from before 21 th Century </li></ul><ul><li>Lematization (!) </li></ul><ul><li>Try out the related references option </li></ul><ul><li>Makes you use the search for full text button….. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biologists beware </li></ul></ul><ul><li>List of cited references is not so user friendly </li></ul>
    12. 15. Web of Knowledge also known as Web of Science also known as….. Look for different sorting solutions
    13. 16. Keeping track of what you find.. <ul><ul><li>Use multiple sessions of your web browser and switch from one to the other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email results to yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy and paste records into Word </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the Mylist functions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use EndNote </li></ul></ul>
    14. 17. Interloans (image: world map of libraries)
    15. 18. Citing - DF
    16. 19. Using Endnote - 1
    17. 20. Using Endnote - 2
    18. 21. Using Endnote - 3 My Grand Chemical Engineering Research Project Thing