Lc Lfor Oua2009 Pt1

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  • 1. ‘ Help! I need information for my assignment’ (Alternative title: Researching the topic)
  • 2. Part 1:Where do I start?
    • Read your essay question or assignment details carefully.
    • analyse the question
    • determine what you are asked, and
    • how you are to do it,
    • e.g. describe, compare, critically appraise etc
  • 3. Then think about…
    • How much material you need
    • Is it a 1000 word essay or a major report?
    • What type of information
    • e.g. books, journal articles, websites, government statistics, company reports etc.
  • 4. Identify the key concepts or ideas in your essay topic…
    • E.g. What makes internet relationships so
    • apparently desirable?
    • Critically examine some recent literature on
    • friendship on the net. Are such relationships
    • as “real” as face to face ones?
  • 5. List the key concepts or words?
    • internet
    • relationships
    • friendship
    • face to face
    • You may need to try using alternative terms
    • such as interpersonal relations for
    • relationships. You could also try dating ,
    • cyberspace and online chat as search terms.
  • 6. Now look at your essay questions and choose one of the following…
    • Critically evaluate the role of consumption in our society today. Is shopping more important than production?
    • Discuss the role of sport in Australia’s national identity. Is Australia as sporting as we are led to believe?
  • 7. Essay topics cont’d…..
    • 3. What role do mobile phones play in society? Discuss the influence of technology on everyday life: education, relationships, social movements.
    • 4. Is climate change the new apocalypse?
    • Are western nations too influenced by capitalism to effectively deal with the problem?
  • 8. Defining the topic
    • Gives you a general understanding of the topic
    • Enables you to build a list of synonyms for key concepts/words to allow searching using alternative terms if necessary.
    • E.g. climate change/global warming
    • Mobile phones/cell phones
  • 9. Filling in the gaps….
    • If you don’t know much about your chosen essay topic, consult a
    • reference work such as an encyclopedia or subject dictionary
    • to give yourself a brief background to the subject.
    • It may also help you clarify the key concepts/ words to use in
    • your literature search.
    • Many of these reference works are available online
  • 10. Online reference resources…
    • You can find them in:
    • the Swinburne catalogue, and
    • the Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries ‘Subject Starter Guide’
    • from the Library Home Page www.swin.edu.au/library
  • 11. Use the Search by campus and more button for all your searching options
  • 12. Swinburne library catalogue
    • Find books to give you a good background on the topic by checking the Swinburne catalogue
    • Use the dropdown menu to select search options:
    • Keywords e.g. consumption, production, shopping/ sport, Australia, society/ mobile phones, society/ climate change, global warming, capitalism
    • You can also select ‘ online keywords ’ as your search option to find e-books to print out a chapter or read online.
  • 13. Swinburne catalogue cont’d
    • Subject headings
    • Consumption(economics)- social aspects
    • Sports- social aspects- Australia
    • Cellular telephones- social aspects
    • Climatic changes
    • My subject code e.g. SSK13, LCL100 etc for books and readings recommended by your subject convenor
  • 14. Swinburne catalogue cont’d…
    • Use the Select your campus box when you want to place holds on books to pick up at a particular campus. A red flag symbol marks those held at the nominated campus. This is really helpful if you want to search the catalogue and be able to quickly scan your results for titles held at Lilydale or your chosen campus.
    • You can select these options from the Library home Page- simply click ‘ Search by campus and more ’
  • 15. 1.Click the arrow for the drop down menu options 2. Enter search terms 3. Hit enter or click search
  • 16. Search results for subject search ‘climatic changes’. Click ‘Show details’ for the full record. In this example, a red flag denotes held at Lilydale campus. The second title is an electronic book- just follow the link.
  • 17. Subject starter guides: selected online resources by subject
    • When you need online information sources such as
    • journal articles and web sites for your topic, but are
    • not sure which ones to use or how to access them,
    • have a look at the Subject starter guides from the Library Home Page
  • 18. From the library home page click on Subject starter guides
  • 19. Select Arts, psychology and social science
  • 20. You can do a quick search for journal articles from here, e.g. 'global warming’ OR Scroll down for more detailed guides such as sociology, which has links to the best databases, electronic books and internet resources. Links to Encylopedias and dictionaries
  • 21. End of part 1….