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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
  • OVERVIEW
    • 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?
  • RESOURCES
    • 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…
  • 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)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES
    • 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)
  • FULL-TEXT DATABASES
    • 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
  • GOOGLE
    • 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
  • GOOGLE SCHOLAR
    • 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
  • HWUL E-BOOKS
    • 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)
    REFERENCE MANAGEMENT ONLINE
  • 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??
  • OTHER RESOURCES
    • 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
    • HOW TO ACCESS OUR RSOURCES
  • 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
    • DEMONSTRAION - HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF THE LIBRARY WEBSITE
  • Help/Contact/Comments
    • Enquiry Service
      • Face to face
      • Email [email_address]
      • Instant message
      • Telephone
    • Service Desk
    • Subject Librarians
    • Web pages
    • Your School Library Representative
    • QUESTIONS?