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Library Induction sessions, October 2013

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  • vast amount of information published each dayplaces your work in a wideracademiccontextobtain dataacknowledge contribution of othersenables the development of critical practicesobtain methodological approachesstimulates fresh ideaskeeps your work practice up-to-date
  • Different methods are needed through out your thesisSerendipity – browse shelves, browse journals, association journal delivered to doorRecommendation – supervisor / colleagueCitation following – read a good article and find the articles they have citedCitation searching – find a key paper / author and you wish to track who has cited it and read their workKeyword / topic searchingSystematic reviewsAlerts
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  • Introduction to literature searching Selina Lock & Helen Steele Research Information Advisors David Wilson Library Adapted, with permission, from materials created by Loughborough University
  • Sources of research information – what do you expect to use? In pairs, please discuss: • The different types of publications, or sources of research information, that are most important for research in your subject area?
  • Why is literature searching important?
  • Searching Please complete the ‘Finding information questionnaire’
  • Possible search strategies: • Serendipity • Recommendation • Following references • Citation searching • Keyword searching • Systematic reviews • Alerts
  • Planning a keyword search strategy 1. Define your topic 2. Keywords & how to combine them 3. Identify limits and scope 4. Types of publication 5. Where to search 6. Searching (Conducting your lit search) 8. Choosing what to read (Critical Reading) 9. Managing your references (Bibliographic software) 7. Evaluating & refining (Conducting your lit search)
  • How to select databases to search…  My subject page/s.  Recommendations from supervisor & peers.  Check database page for information on what the database covers.  Do a trial search to see if it bring back useful results.
  • Further Help • The library’s Research Services team are available to help • E: (Science & Medicine) • E: (Arts & Social Sciences) – Visit the Graduate School Reading Room on weekday afternoons, 2-4pm • Planning your literature search (1 hr) • Conducting your literature search (1 hr)