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  • 1. BUS1003
    Information Retrieval: Session 1
    19th October 2010
  • 2. Aims
    This session will:
    Show you how to find relevant resources for Business
    Show you how to construct a basic search strategy
    Introduce you to academic journals
  • 3. The Library Catalogue
    The Library Catalogue should be the first place you look for resources for your studies:
    Everything on the Library Catalogue has been chosen by Edge Hill tutors – so it’s relevant and high quality
    You can find more than just books on the Library Catalogue – it’s your gateway to all our online resources such as e-books and e-journals
  • 4. What you can find on the Library Catalogue
    • Book and e-books
    • 5. Reference collections (such as Oxford Reference Online and Credo Reference)
    • 6. Newspapers
    • 7. Journals (print and electronic)
    • 8. DVDs
    • 9. Exam papers
    • 10. The resources on your module reading lists
  • Analysing the assignment question
    A business analysis of Tesco using micro-economic theory
  • 11. Analysing the assignment question
    A business analysis of Tesco using micro-economic theory
  • 12. Using reference sources
    Use reference sources to define your key words and identify other terms you could use when searching:
    Oxford Reference Online incorporating:
    A Dictionary of Business and Management
    The Handbook of International Financial Terms
    A Dictionary of Economics
    Credo Reference Collection incorporating:
    Collins Dictionary of Business
    Capstone Encyclopaedia of Business
    The Ultimate Business Library
  • 13. Planning your search strategy
    Search for an exact phrase using “…….”
    Use * to truncate words
    e.g. strateg* will find strategy, strategies, strategic
    Combine key words using:
    • AND (=‘find all’) – narrows your search
    • 14. OR (=‘find any’) – widens your search
  • Exercise
    Try these four searches on the Library Catalogue and compare the results:
    business OR analysis
    business AND analysis
    business analysis
    “business analysis”
    Which would you use?
  • 15. Using journals
    Journals are important because they are:
    up to date – the best source of the latest research
    high quality – written by expert academics and researchers
    specialised – offer in-depth coverage of almost every aspect of Business
  • 16. Finding journals
    To find a specific journal or article on the Library Catalogue, search by the title of the journal.
    For example:
    Nutt, P. (2008) ‘Investigating the success of decision making processes’ Journal of Management Studies 45 (2) pp.425–455.
  • 17. Journal collections
    Journal collections are a powerful tool for researching your subject:
    Business Source Premier
    • a database of over 2300 journals covering all areas of Business, Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance etc
    Emerald Full Text
    • a database of 100 high quality Management journals all available in full text