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Research searching for Civil 3rd pros 2012

Research searching for Civil 3rd pros 2012






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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.
  • 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.
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  • How not to reinvent the wheel for ENCI 3rd pro 2012
  • Our mission is…  Find self-motivation  Find out how to use databases  Research  References  Portray knowledge in a written manner
  • We already know...  Libraries are a good source of information  How to get physical books and textbooks  Masters theses  Journals  Have used some databases (but don’t know by name)  Mostly have used readings given by supervisors  To avoid plagiarism and how to reference  It’s difficult to find stuff
  • We need to know...  Technical knowledge  Where to look for information  How to source good information  What’s been done in the past in that area of work  Related studies  Literature reviews  Integrate information into research  Information management
  • 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!
  • Subject guide
  • Databases aka Compendex aka Web of Science
  • Open Access © $
  • Open Access Sources journals individual articles, papers, the ses, etc aggregates research repostitories
  • 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?
  • Citing
  • Using Endnote - 1
  • Using Endnote - 2
  • Using Endnote - 3 My Grand Chemical Engineering Research Project Thing
  • Slides and tipshttp://library.canterbury.ac.nz/enci
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