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Let's Get it On(line)! (Oct 2008)

Let's Get it On(line)! (Oct 2008)



The are the slides used for the HWUL workshop on finding online information, which passwords were needed, and how to access online materials off-campus

The are the slides used for the HWUL workshop on finding online information, which passwords were needed, and how to access online materials off-campus



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Let's Get it On(line)! (Oct 2008) Let's Get it On(line)! (Oct 2008) Presentation Transcript

    • Library Workshops 2008
    • Let’s Get it On(line)
    • Wednesday 8 th October
    • 12.15-13.45
    • Anderson Room
    • Which HWUL resources are available online?
    • How do I know which one/s to use?
    • Which of these resources can I access from home?
    • What restrictions are there?
    • How do I get the FT?
    • HWUL provides access to resources, services and facilities to help staff, students and researchers with their learning, teaching and research
    • We pay for many resources, which are offered to you free at the point of use:
      • Library Catalogue
      • Bibliographic databases
      • Full-text databases
      • British Standards
      • Company information
      • Census data
      • Encyclopaedias
      • Map data
      • Cases, Legislation, Commentary, Forms and Precedents
      • Newspapers
      • Thesis and dissertations
      • And more…
  • Which Resource/s to Use?
    • The key is to use a resource that has been designed to help you find the type information you require
    • This will save you time , as your results will be more relevant
    • The Library website lists all of our resources and any access restrictions
    • There are also ‘Subject Guides’ which aim to give you a help you select relevant resources
  • Isn’t it easier just to Google?
    • On the one hand, yes, type in a couple of keywords and you are bound to get some results…but how useful and/or comprehensive are they?
    • The answer depends again, on the ‘type’ of information you are looking for
    • Sometimes Google is a great starting point, but when you want to use information of sufficient academic quality, you have to go beyond Google...
  • Common Mistake #1
    • If the information cannot be found on Google (or via a web search), then it must not exist
    • This is simply not true!
    • There are many useful information sources, particularly academic material, that are not indexed by search engines
  • ‘ Academic’ Literature
    • Articles in journals/conferences/books are thought to be more reputable because they have be refereed i.e. prior to publication, the content of these publications has gone through a peer review process
      • Peer review is the process of review of an author's scholarly work/research/ideas by others who are experts in the same field
    • There is a difference between general web-sites and scholarly material available online
      • Although you do sometimes find academic literature via a web-search, you will see there are better resources to use…
  • How to find Academic Literature – What are the best resources to use?
  • Common Mistake #2
    • I need to research a topic, but I don’t think the Library has any material as I cannot find any useful journal articles using the Library Catalogue…
    • All Library Holdings (print and online) can be found by searching the Library Catalogue
    • The Catalogue allows you to search at the source title level (e.g. book title or journal title), but does not allow you to search at the article or chapter level
    • Therefore, search the catalogue for the Title of the Journal, Book or Conference ( NOT the article title, book chapter, or conference paper)
    • We currently subscribe to 110 Bib DBs
    • In 2007/08 there were 75,029 database sessions
    • Examples: see subject Guides
    • Pros: designed specifically to find published peer-reviewed literature from a range of publishers; search limiting/refining features; cited reference searching; finding similar/related articles; automatic notification of new papers; saving searches; exporting references
    • Cons: use more than one to ensure a comprehensive search; doesn’t necessarily link to the full-text/you are prompted for payment; limits to number of results returned
  • Common Mistake #3
    • This DB is rubbish, it doesn’t give me the FT!
    • Remember the primary purpose of the Bib DB is to not to give you the FT, rather it is to allow systematic searching across a range of publishers/publications and to highlight academic papers of interest
    • If the link prompts for payment/there is no link, you can still get the FT (will go over this later)
    • We currently subscribe to 35 FT DBs, providing access to 5041 online Journals
    • In 2007/08 there were 446,989 full text downloads
    • Example platforms: ScienceDirect, ACM, Emerald
    • Pros: more likely to get direct access to full-text online of scholarly published material; often access papers prior to their print publication; sometimes links to papers in bibliography or similar/related items
    • Cons: only searching one publisher ; is not a comprehensive review of previously publisher literature; limits to number of results returned; may not have the same functionality as Bib DBs
    • N.B even though we have access to a platform, we may not have access to all available journals or for all years
    • What about search engines?
    • Pros: very familiar and easy to use; always likely to get some results; very good when you already know what you are looking for e.g. A professional Organisation, Dixons website etc
    • Cons: indexes any material published online - no quality control; too many results; irrelevant/non-scholarly results included; not very systematic approach to finding published literature; does not have the have the same functionality as Bib DBs
    • Pros: fine for a ‘quick and dirty’ e.g. if you are not looking for comprehensive results; not just peer reviewed literature (therefore results and citation counts higher); can export citations (but only one at a time)
    • Cons: still beta, doesn’t specify what is ‘scholarly’; doesn’t indicate which publishers they are searching/sources; often prompts for payment (may soon be able to provide accurate links to the full-text you are able to access via Library subscriptions, but currently there is no link); doesn’t state how often they update; doesn’t allow you personalise/save searches/set up alerts/refine results; can’t de-duplicate; limits to number of results returned
      • Most of the ‘cons’ are things that Bib DBs do, which Google Scholar doesn't currently do
  • So, how do I get the FT??
    • Regardless of where you find the reference – on a reading list, via Google, from a bibliographic DB, the answer is always the same…
    • Check the Library Catalogue!
    • By searching for the journal title (NOT the article title) you will see:
      • whether we subscribe to the journal
      • whether or not we have access to the Volume you require
      • if we have online access
      • if there are any access restrictions
    • If you are not sure, check with the Library, even if it turns out that we don’t have immediate access (either in print or online), you can:
      • Apply for ILL
      • Visit and/or borrow from another Library
    • We currently have eBooks available on four platforms
      • 159 on NetLibrary
      • 26 on MyiLibrary
      • 22 on Dawsonera
      • 10 on Books@Ovid
    • You can search for the book via the platform, or more easily via the Library Catalogue
    • Can I order/recommend an eBook?
    • Reference management software allows you to
      • store, in one place, useful bibliographic details, regardless of where you found the information
      • export the relevant details from various databases, without the need to type the information in directly (though this is an option)
      • insert citation details at the appropriate point in the body of your work and in the bibliography (cite while you write)
      • format the bibliography and citations using a set of pre-defined styles (e.g. numeric, author/date, publisher format), or you can create your own style (check if your School has a preferred style)
    • This ensures consistency
      • you don’t have to think about putting the commas , colons, full stops and italics in the right place
      • If you change the order of the text, the bibliography is updated accordingly (v.useful for numbered bibliography)
  • EndNoteWeb v EndNote
    • Full version of EndNote available on all PC Cal machines
      • Greater functionality/options that EndNote Web
    • EndNote Web available via the Internet on ANY connected machine
      • Access via Web of Knowledge
      • Scaled down version, but probably has all of the functionality you require
      • Registration required
    • This will be covered in greater detail in our next lunchtime session…
  • Next Lunchtime Session
    • The Cite is Right
    • Wednesday 29 th October
    • 12.15-1.45
    • Getting to grips with citing and referencing, what are citations and references and how can you manage them more easily??
    • Guide Books
    • Textbooks
    • Conference Proceedings
    • Review Articles
    • Research reports, preprints and postprints
    • News and Newspapers
    • Theses and Dissertations
    • Standards
    • Official Publications
    • Patents
    • Company Information
    • Country Information
  • Accessing Resources
    • Subscription based and require authentication
    • Majority of resources are IP authenticated
      • On campus (PC Cal, Wireless) – no UN/PW
      • Off-campus/ResNet - VPN ( http://www.hw.ac.uk/library/hwvpn.html )
        • Use same UN/PW as you use for Vision/WebMail
    • Some require a username and password (on/off-campus)
      • Athens ( http://www.hw.ac.uk/library/athens.html )
        • UN/PW specific to you, that lets you access several resources
      • Individual ( http://www.hw.ac.uk/library/private/passwords.html )
        • UN/PW specific to the resource, which everybody uses
    • Phasing out of Athens
      • In favour of using Vision/WebMail UN/PW. Will announce nearer the time
    • How do I know which to use??
      • Easy! Check the Library website for resource passwords. If you wish to access a particular book/journal, the Library Catalogue will tell you
  • Common Mistake #4
    • Athens is needed for all resources and gives you access to everything
    • FAQs
      • My lecturer said I had to use the Athens DB
      • I need to register with the Library for ejournals
      • I typed in my Athens password and I still couldn’t get access
    • Be aware of what Athens is…and is not
    • But, if you are stuck PLEASE ASK LIBRARY STAFF
  • So what can I access from home??
    • I am not going to list all of the resources you can access from home!
    • By using the Library website or Catalogue, you can check whether or not the resource is available off-campus, and any restrictions that apply
    • Remember:
      • if you are ever prompted for payment…don’t pay
      • Always check the Library Catalogue
  • Help/Contact/Comments
    • Enquiry Service
      • Face to face
      • Email [email_address]
      • Instant message
      • Telephone
    • Service Desk
    • Subject Librarians
    • Web pages
    • Your School Library Representative