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Search for a known paper; find citing papers and related papers; look for review articles; evaluate resources; and cite with Endnote.

Search for a known paper; find citing papers and related papers; look for review articles; evaluate resources; and cite with Endnote.



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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....
  • Subject guide -> databases -> CompendexCovers all aspects of Engineering.
  • Subject guide -> databases -> ScopusGeneral science/engineering
  • Subject guide -> databases -> Web of ScienceGeneral science/engineering
  • preferences before you search to get the “Full-text @ UC Library” link
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  • Find citations in a databaseExport to Endnote
  • Organise in EndnoteThousands of citation styles
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Searching Critically for ENFE602 (2012) Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Searching critically for ENFE602, 2012
  • 2. Our mission... Google/Research/Find information Sift Put together evidence/data Draw conclusions Reference
  • 3. Today Search for known articles in databases Find articles citing a known article Find related articles by keywords Find review articles on a given topic Find relevant standards
  • 4. The Literature You
  • 5. Resources we’ve used... Google – not necessarily reliable Wikipedia – presearch Forums – work-internal, subscription forums – get people’s opinions Magazines – SFPE Websites – DBH, NIST Books – handbooks, textbooks Primary sources – conference papers, journal articles, theses
  • 6. Getting Started
  • 7. Compendex
  • 8. Scopus
  • 9. Web of Science
  • 10. Google Scholar
  • 11. Finding similar articles Similar topics Keywords Same author Where published - eg same conference Similar references
  • 12. Related by references
  • 13. Related by keywords
  • 14. More keywords
  • 15. Yet more keywords
  • 16. Review articles
  • 17. We evaluate papers by... Which year published Author - well-known, professional standing Check calculations and models Check references Have they limited their scope – for what reasons Check their assumptions
  • 18. Evaluating papersIs 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?
  • 19. Standards  Online –  AS/NZS  ASTM  IEEE  NFPA fire codes  or  Print collection  AS  BS  ISO  Eurocodes
  • 20. Other resources Books Theses Patents Interloans Consultations Endnote
  • 21. Citing
  • 22. Using Endnote
  • 23. Using Endnote
  • 24. Using Endnote
  • 25. We’ve learned…  The Engineering databases (such as Compendex, Scopus) UoC can provide to assist our research  Google Scholar might be useful  In theory, how to search for documents in the on-line library – functions of databases and how to use them  Online access to NFPA standards  There are programs that assist with referencing  Why Endnote is so useful  Endnote vs free Zotero
  • 26. We still want to learn…Setting up preferences to access full texts online If you access databases via the library website or subject guide, you’ll automatically get access where we have it. If you come via Google Scholar:  Go to Scholar Preferences (  Under Library Links search for and select “University of Canterbury”  Save your preferences  When you search, look for the “Full-Text @ UC Library” linkHow to troubleshoot searches eg if you’re not finding what you want... Hmm – try looking at the results you are getting – what’s wrong and what’s right? Can give you clues of different keywords/databases to try which may get you closer. Or just come and see me. 
  • 27. We still want to learn…How to search photos or tables General photos: Reusable photos: and select the appropriate option under “usage rights”. (Remember to give credit too.) Scientific/technical photos: - browse by subject then in the “Refine” options tick “Only accessible images” Searching within other databases – I don’t know of any way but will keep an eye out....More about referencing Book a tutorial at: Or teach yourself at: Or try Zotero:
  • 28. Slides and tips
  • 29. Contact me Chat Meet Email