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  • Reflects what learners / researchers are doing… sharing, collaborating… research is no longer a solitary pursuit
  • Show delicious and how to add a bookmark – kind of sources (google to start with)
  • Find relevant databases and bookmark

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  • Online resources for postgraduate researchers
    A Graduate School Media Zoo Workshop
  • Aims of this session
    To learn about what’s available online and how to find it
    To think about how to use the internet for research
    To create a collection of bookmarks for online resources
  • Breaking with tradition
    New academic behaviours
    Research is more accessible
    You no longer have to visit the library to use it
  • Most useful digital apps for researchers
    Lifeguide – online community for health practitioners/researchers
    Skype – video and voice calls and instant messaging
    OpenWetWare– a wiki for biological science and engineering
    Delicious – a social bookmarking site
    Google wave – email with collaborative features
    Zotero – research paper organising tool
    List8D – reading list management system
    Mendeley – ‘iTunes for research papers’
    MyExperiment – a site for sharing scientific workflows
    Researchgate – professional network for scientists
    JISC Inform issue 27
  • Top tools for learning 2009
    Twitter - microblogging
    Delicious – social bookmarking
    Youtube – video sharing
    Google reader – reading news feeds
    Google docs – collaborative working
    Wordpress - blogging
    Slideshare – for sharing presentations
    Google search – search engine
    Audacity – audio editor and recorder
    Firefox - browser
  • Advantages
    Make it easy to share information
    Provide access to more information
    Facilitate collaboration and networking
    Encourage dialogue across disciplinary and national boundaries
    Make research a more social activity (good for motivational support!)
    Make it easier to disseminate your work
    Exploration potential…
  • Delicious
    Social bookmarking
    Bookmark websites (like favourites in explorer)
    Keep and share things you find
    Look at them anywhere you have internet access
    Look at what other people have bookmarked
  • Tag your bookmarks
    A tag is a keyword assigned to categorise a piece of information
    It works the same as tagging photos on facebook
    It will allow you to find that information again easily
    It can also be used to find information from other people’s bookmarks…
  • Activity 1:Set up a delicious account and save and tag some relevant bookmarks
  • You can also look at what others have tagged
    Do a tag search for your research area and bookmark something interesting.
    Look at the bookmarks of people who have used this tag
    When looking at a blog you can often use a tag cloud to judge whether posts will be of interest
  • Databases and search engines
    Where most of your research will be done…
    The Library website
    If you don’t know which databases to use, look in your subject room, or speak to your information librarian
    Google Scholar – a search engine designed for academic use
  • Books and articles
    Google books:
    Library website
    - digital library
    - subject rooms
    Project Gutenberg
  • Presentations
    Search for presentations on your research topic
    Share your own presentations
  • CFPs and conferences
    There are many websites on which you can find details of upcoming academic events:
    In general
    In your research area
    In your specific discipline
  • Subject news
    Find your research council
    Find your subject page
  • Support
    The Graduate School
    Student Development
  • Jobs and funding
  • Networking
    Social networking sites are used increasingly for academic purposes
  • Microblogging
    Do hashtag searches
    Find friends by looking at who other people follow
    Have a look at who we’re following
  • Blogs
    Find a community who share your research interests:
  • Second life
  • Some places to visit in SL
    Virtual Dublin
    Camp Darfur – refugee camp
    Virtual hallucinations
    Jet propulsion laboratory
    St Paul’s Cathedral
    September 11th Memorial
    Democracy Island
    See the destination guide:
  • The new search engines
  • Smartphone apps
    Search for “Scopus Alerts” on iTunes
  • “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.”
    Mitchell Kapor
    What are your worries about using the I internet for research?
  • Can I trust it?
    Information you find on the internet is often unfiltered
    Use your discrimination skills!
    It needs to be evaluated…
    - who is the author?
    - who is the publishing body?
    - is the information verifiable?
  • Can I use what I find?
  • The next steps
    RSS workshop
    How to make your information come to you
    This will enable you to down load automatic updates of info such as cfps, articles, new journal issues etc
    Reference management workshop
    ‘iTunes for research papers’
    Organising and sharing research
  • What do I do now?
    Create a bookmark library of sites/articles/images/slideshows relevant to your research
    Find some articles through online databases
    Sign up on twitter and find some people to follow