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    1. 1. Linda Crane Liaison Librarian for the Arts lcrane@liverpool.ac.uk English Information for your Dissertation Library Skills
    2. 2. What today is about  If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn‟t be called Preparation research, would it? Search tips  Albert Einstein Resources - some searching – mainly  Guide to „getting there‟ what is ‘out there’ Reference management software  Research is the act of going up alleys to see if they are blind.  Plutarch  Stop you going down the same alleys
    3. 3. What today is about  Types of information you will need Preparation Search tips  Importance of preparation – the bare bones of your Resources - some searching – mainly dissertation in less than an hour??? what is ‘out there’ Reference management software  Resources – not just the obvious  Bringing it all together – a brief mention of reference management software
    4. 4.  Looking for a variety of relevant, quality resources Need to evaluate and analyse those resources Google The leading Internet search company, whose primary business mission is to organize the worlds information. Anyone can write a webpage Anyone can write/edit a Wikipedia entry
    5. 5. Types of information Primary, Secondary & Tertiary sources Primary. Tertiary. Secondary. Original materials which Information which is a have not been filtered Information about primary, distillation and collection of through interpretation, or original, information, primary and secondary condensation, or, often, which usually has been sources even evaluation by a modified, selected, or second party. rearranged for a specific purpose or audience Dairies Letters Manuscripts Article critiquing the novel Encyclopaedia with an Novel entry on the authorThe types of information that can be considered primary sources may varydepending on the subject discipline, and how you are using the material
    6. 6. Types of information -decide what you needEstablished facts and figures Reference books- encyclopaedias, ‘companions to’, biographiesGeneral information on a topic Books of collected articles, text books, research monographs, scholarly websitesReviews of the literature of a topic Journal articles Books of collected articlesPublications of recent research results Journal articles Proceedings of conferencesPrimary sources – actual documents On-line digitised collections,or scanned images of original texts Library’s Special Collections and Archives. National archive organisationsScholarly debates Journal articles, newspapers Websites of relevant organisations
    7. 7. Define your topic.What is it you want to say? What is the scope? Literature, women and politics in Renaissance England Literature Fiction Women Female Politics Play Government Renaissance Drama Gender England ? Preparation is key
    8. 8. Do a rough and ready keyword search on the catalogueChoose a few relevant items - organise your thoughts
    9. 9. Print books
    10. 10. Added keywords. Defined your topic. Defined the scope. Literature, women and politics in Renaissance England Literature Women Politics Renaissance Fiction Female Government England Play Gender Parliament Tudor Drama Monarch Ministers Elizabeth I Poetry Whore Northern Renaissance Linguistics Witch Compare twoInvestigate the portrayal of real dramatists people in drama
    11. 11. Could also search reference works e.g. Oxford Reference On-line
    12. 12. Oxford Reference On-line
    13. 13. May also want to look at other Thesis & Dissertations Good for keywords / layout/ ideas / bibliographies
    14. 14. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Search
    15. 15. Relationships between your keywords (Boolean searching) Shakespeare AND Sonnet Playwright OR Dramatist Renaissance NOT Italian
    16. 16. Search tips Truncation  Wild card  Wom?n Politic*  Globali?ation Politics Politician  “Search for a phrase in quotation Political marks” Check the Help pages on electronic sources before you start
    17. 17. Record what you find Take a photocopy Record search Be flexible – of the title page strategies review searches Make sure you have enough detail to find the information again Source used and the date you used it Searches undertaken and results found Keywords used, date range searched, location of material Full bibliographic details of the material found
    18. 18. Remember to:- Plan ahead Keep up to date Inter-Library loans  RSS feeds Visits to archives  Set up alerts in databases Interviews
    19. 19. Resources
    20. 20. 3 main access points
    21. 21. Off campus access
    22. 22. Catalogue – all the items, print and electronic the Library has. Mainly used for in-depth works (print & ebooks)
    23. 23. Catalogue featuresClick on the Search link associated withany of your preferred searches in the listand your search will be quickly executedfor you again, finding any new items thathave been added to the catalogue as wellas the ones you found before.
    24. 24. What books are ‘out there’ that the University of Liverpool doesn’t have? Visit Inter-library loan
    25. 25. Special Collections & Archives finding primary resources
    26. 26. University of Liverpool Special Collections: books/manuscripts. Primary sources
    27. 27. Primary resources: University of Liverpool Archive Ted Hughes
    28. 28. Search results – click on full record
    29. 29. Primary resources: external archives – theArchives Hub – available via LibGuides or Google search Full record: where it is, what it consists of, how to access Archivist will advise you as to copyright
    30. 30. Journals
    31. 31. Use University catalogue to search for a journal (s) that fits your topic. (Search for it using keywords and limit to journals)  Browse through back copies – don‟t just search  Catalogue can only find journal titles – not articles
    32. 32. Easy to search as Google Cross searches a number of databases at any one time Contains peer reviewed material Can search for journal articlesIs largely material not freely available on the InternetCan find articles that are full text or just bibliographic citationsAlso has the University of Liverpool Library Catalogueloaded on to it as well – in theory a one stop shop for information DISCOVER
    33. 33. Accessing DISCOVER
    34. 34. Simple search on DISCOVER Renaissance AND drama
    35. 35. Automatically defaults to material available at Liverpool If want external content take off limiter
    36. 36. External content results
    37. 37. If want full text but not printed books Un-tick Tick Limit publication dates to 2012 -2013
    38. 38. Accessing full text
    39. 39. What if no PDF?
    40. 40. Individual databases
    41. 41. Why bother if DISCOVER so good? Not all databases are loaded onto DISCOVER Easier to customise individual databases. Easier to manipulate individual database LibGuides brings resources for English together
    42. 42. Where can you find individual databases?Electronic library LibGuides
    43. 43. Literature onlinedatabase (LION)
    44. 44. LION Homepage
    45. 45. Browse complete contents
    46. 46. Browse contents 2
    47. 47. Browse: Author Index
    48. 48. Browse author index(Literary movements)
    49. 49. Browse author index (Literary movements) Search results
    50. 50. Results for Kingsley Amis
    51. 51. LION- use my archive
    52. 52. Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics Contains 271 full-text books
    53. 53. Information on Margaret Atwood
    54. 54. Shakespeare Survey on-line – now separate database
    55. 55. British Literary Manuscripts Online 1660 -1900
    56. 56. Primary sources – digitised Aphra Behn manuscript
    57. 57. Conference papers Conference proceedings papers are often more up to date than journal articles Often published in journals together as body of work. Brings together ideas in a particular area of interest Shows who is working in the field – can look for other articles written/books Good for projects were there is little established literature & „hot topics‟ Not peer reviewed Often need time to see how effective these ideas are. This can be a plus – what didn‟t work (and why?) – what made an academic change their opinion?
    58. 58. Zetoc(under general databases in LibGuides)
    59. 59. Search for wom?n andRenaissance literature
    60. 60. Just the record is good for authors / keywordshttp://www.conferencealerts.com/search?searchTerm=english+literature&x=0&y=0
    61. 61. Conference papers 2Subscription element - browse for contact names / website for no charge What conferences do your lecturers attend /speak at? Sometimes authors will put up their papers on their websites via Google Scholar Web of Knowledge contains ISI Proceedings, so you can search by keywords for conference papers on your subject
    62. 62. Just to mention a few more resources.Don’t forget TLS Historical Archive! The back numbers of the TLS have long been legendary as a store of treasure for anyone interested in 20th century literature.
    63. 63. Newspapers – good for updating a dissertation
    64. 64. Lexis Library Pros Cons Average date of digitization  No foreign press 1996 (decent archive)  No photographs Contains UK nationals and  Difficult to interpret gravitas many local papers of a story Good for comparing tabloid and broadsheet Good for seeing how a national story is treated locally
    65. 65. Lexis Library homepage need to click on ‘news’ tab
    66. 66. Lexis Library
    67. 67. Library PressDisplay Pros Cons Foreign & UK Press  60 day archive Fully digitised  University has only 4 licences – only 4 people can use it at any Fully searchable one time Can browse latest editions Good for comparing how the same story is treated in different countries
    68. 68. Library PressDisplay
    69. 69. British Cartoon Archive
    70. 70. Websites
    71. 71. Evaluating sources - websites Accuracy - is the information reliable and error free? Authority - is the source of the information reputable? Coverage - does it provide the evidence or information you need? Currency - when was the information published / updated? Objectivity - Does the information show bias?
    72. 72. If unsure of how to use internethttp://www.vtstutorials.co.uk/default.aspx?s=1
    73. 73. Recommended websites National Library websites – e.g. British Library
    74. 74. Websites 2
    75. 75. Links to web pages on LibGuides
    76. 76. Managing references store and manage your referencesformat the in-text citations and bibliographies for your documents RefWorks Endnote
    77. 77. Referencing LibGuide(Also available via Architecture LibGuide)
    78. 78. RefWorks
    79. 79. Training Sessions
    80. 80. Summary Types of information PreparationCatalogue /Special collections / Archives Hub DISCOVER – one stop search engine LibGuides - individual databases Websites Reference Management tool – RefWorks
    81. 81. Linda CraneLiaison Librarian for the Artslcrane@liverpool.ac.uk