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  • Adapted from a presentation by Ruth Russell, ruth.russell@ucl.ac.uk The presentation was aimed at academics at UCL who were beginning an individual “educational enquiry” as part of their UKPSF-accredited PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. References to UCL have been replaced by place-holder text, in square brackets and highlighted, e.g . [institution name]. You can either replace the placeholder with text relating to your institution or delete it and the surrounding text.
  • Either delete this slide or customise to your institution.
  • NOTE: The comparatively low impact factors for education journals may surprise those from scientific disciplines and it might be worth discussing the possible reasons for this difference.
  • URLs can be inserted if there is not an access point via the institution: British Education Index - http://www.leeds.ac.uk/bei/index.html There is also Web of Science: Large multidisciplinary database covering Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities
  • We asked our subject librarian to take this session and she worked through a search. A video such as this one would be an alternative.

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  • Disciplinary Thinking – Textual Practices Library resources: teaching and learning Adapted from a presentation by Ruth Russell - ruth.russell@ucl.ac.ukNOTE: References to UCL have been replaced by place-holder text, in square brackets and coloured red, e.g. [institutionname]. You can either replace the placeholder with text relating to your institution or delete it and the surrounding text.
  • Presentation overviewresentation covers• Book collections• Access to electronic resources• Print & Electronic Journals• Databases for finding journal articles • British Education Index • Web of Science • Other databases
  • Book collections[This slide gives the locations of relevantcollections of books, in the institutional libraryand other libraries close by].
  • Access to e-resourcesost electronic resources can be accessed on oroff campushe best route to these is via the library websiteou will need your userid to log in
  • Journalsost education journals available in electronic formatearch the Library catalogue: [URL]• May be able to link to the full text journal-journals list is at [URL] • Can filter the list to look at journals in particular subject collectionsirectory of Open Access Journals:
  • Discovering and rating journalsournal Citation Reports (JCR) is a database whichallows you to view lists of journals in variousdisciplineshe database also allows you to rate these journalsaccording to various criteriaask: use JCR to find out which journal in theEducation & Educational Research subject categoryis the highest rated according to impact factor
  • Search Strategyhink about the terms you use• Are there alternative phrases?• Use truncation and wildcard symbols (*, ?)ink search terms:AND, NOT to narrowOR to broadense “quotation marks” to search for phrases
  • Search strategy illustratedTeaching Learning Only finds articles containing both teaching and learning Finds articles containing either teaching or learning Finds articles which do contain the term teaching but do not also contain the term learning
  • Example Searchddressing student diversity in e-learningdelivery for higher educationossible key concepts (remember synonyms,alternative words)• Diversity or cultural difference*AND• E-learning or online learning or virtual learningAND
  • Bibliographic databasesibliographic databases index journal articlesbstracts often includedllow searching content in a range of journalsnly high quality scholarly writing is includedption to download search results e.g. to referencemanagement software
  • Database DemonstrationsAlways access via the library databases page +URL]ritish Education Index• Provides details about the contents of various literature sources including journals, reports and conference material• Can be searched alongside other education databases (ERIC and Australian Education Index)
  • Searching ERICVideo demonstrationFrom University of Toronto. Does not assume you arefamiliar with database searches:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IrWC96tVi4NOTE: It is addressed to University of Toronto studentsand shows the link to ERIC on the institutional website.
  • Tasko apply your database searching skills:se either British Education Index OR Web ofScience to start searching for articles on a topicof your choice.mail yourself a list of the references you find
  • Other databases for educationCOPUS large multidisciplinary databaseBSS an index of literature in the social sciencesand related disciplinesexis UK (formerly Lexis Nexis Executive) full textdatabase of news articles
  • Material not held in the institution• [link] can be used to check journal holdings at [your institution] and other universities• You can search across library catalogues with COPAC or ULS• Books and journal articles can be requested via inter-library loan: [Give details or further information].
  • HelpInsert information relevant to theinstitution, e.g.nquiry Desksubject librarianore tips on searching bibliographicdatabases
  • Learning Resource MetadataField/Element Value:Title Disciplinary Thinking – Textual Practices: Library ResourcesDescription Slides that could be used to introduce institutional routes to education literatureModule Textual PracticesSubject HE - EducationAuthor Ruth Russell; Jane Hughes; Colleen McKenna: HEDERA 2012Owner The University of BathAudience Educational developers in accredited programmes & courses in higher education.Issue Date 20/04/2012Last updated Date 28/07/2012Version V1PSF Mapping A5, K2, K3, V3License Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. ukoer, omac, education, higher education, discthink, disciplinary thinking, hedera,Keywords university of bath, research-teaching relationships, textual practices, teaching and learning, scholarship of teaching, information literacies 17