Introduction to Research forMechanical Systems EngineeringUsing the Library Resource Centre Melanie Parlette-Stewart, BA, MLIS Program Liaison February 2013
I am . . .Melanie Parlette-StewartLRC Program LiaisonSchool of Engineering and Information TechnologyEmail: email@example.comTwitter: @ConestogaLib_MP
TODAY we will :1. Improve your search skills through “pre-searching” and “re-searching” to refine keyword strategies2. Locate various types of resources to balance your research with high quality information from the LRC’s collections3. Understand the criteria you can use to evaluate resources to ensure they are of good quality.4. Discover resources to assist you in creating proper citations
Off-Campus Access Visit the LRC to PIN NUMBERS - You can use your PIN to: get your PIN. • Access resources from Off-Campus Don’t forget to bring • Renew a book, place a hold your student card • Review your account with the 2013 sticker on it!
LRC Homepage Research Help Engineering Mechanical Systems EngineeringYOUR Research Guide http://bit.ly/MechanicalSysKey Tabs:• Articles from Databases• Books . . .• Cite Your Sources• Contact Us
Today’s Research Topic is….• Is there a relationship Facebook use and academic performance?
Finding a source to answer yourquestion . . .• Where do we begin? • Google • Wikipedia • Other suggestions…
Balanced Research Effective research taps into a variety of sources Encyclopedias Websites Books Technical Scholarly Papers Journals Conference Newspapers Papers Professional Magazine (aka Trade Journals)
Types of Sources What‟s the Difference?Scholarly Journals Popular Magazines Trade Journals• Scholarly research or projects. • General interest articles, entertainment, or • Industry related information, news and• Illustrations are usually charts and graphs. information aimed at the consumer. Usually trends. Some illustrations.• Authors are authorities in their field. Often colour photographs and illustrations. • Authors are industry experts, professionals, professors or researchers. • Articles are usually written by magazine or practitioners who are not always• Peer review process is in place where the staff, freelance writers, or may be identified content of an article is reviewed by one or anonymous. • Typically no peer review or refereeing more experts in the field. • No peer review or refereeing process. process.Examples: Examples: Examples:IEEE/ASME transactions on mechatronics Wired, Popular Mechanics ASME Mechanical Engineering Magazine
Choosing Better Sources • How can you tell trustworthy information (the “better” information) from less-trustworthy information (“worse” information)?The CARS Test • C redibility Look for believable, well written information that is free of bias. Locate information about the author(s) and their credentials. How credible are the authors, what is their level of expertise on this particular topic. • A ccuracy The information should be up-to-date, clear. You can confirm accuracy by locating information from a variety of sources. Look for a last updated date. • R easonableness Information should be present objective and balanced arguments. • S upport Other sources should support the information found. Always look for a reference list, bibliography or citations demonstrating where the information came from.
Pre-Searching:Thinking About Your Search• What are the keywords or phrases in the question that you would use in your search?• Also think of synonyms and related terms….
Pre-Searching: Academic Facebook PerformanceRelated Terms or Synonyms (words Related Terms or Synonyms (wordsthat mean the same as the first that mean the same as the firstterm, above) term, above)
Let’s Research : LRC Discover Tool Facebook and Academic Performance http://www.conestogac.on.ca/lrc/
Let’s Re/search: Don‟t forget to Re/Search: Full Text Date Source Type Subject
Let’s Re/search: Don‟t forget to try using other “PRE-SEARCHING” terms: Ex: Social Networks and Media and Grades . . . and again: don‟t forget to Re/Search: Full Text Date Source Type Subject
Citing our SourcesIts important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons: To show your reader youve done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list
Let’s Cite our Sources: Don’t forget to check the style guides to make sure your citation is correct (sometimes there are mistakes!)
Need more sources? Explore the “Mechanical Systems Engineering” Research Help Guide to discover Databases focused on Mechanical Engineering. These database have: Advanced Search Tools Subject Specific Material http://exploreguides.conestogac.on.ca/MSE
SummaryResearching using the LRC Use Discovery Search first www.conestogac.on.ca/lrc After that, try a relevant Research Help guide for links to even more resources to search http://exploreguides.conestogac.on.ca/MSE Use the “Cite” feature in each database Remember no „citation generator‟ is ever perfect Check it manually using the Writing Centre’s resources for your Citations Style. www.conestogac.on.ca/learningcommons/resources/writing.jsp
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