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Introduction to Research forCivil EngineeringUsing the Library Resource Centre Melanie Parlette, BA, MLIS Program Liaison January 2013
I AM . . .Melanie ParletteLRC Program LiaisonSchool of Engineering and Information TechnologyEmail:firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @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. Produce IEEE style endnote citations of resources you find4. Understand how to use RefWorks and Referencing tools to reference Journal Articles and websites5. Locate resources to search for Newspaper articles
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!
Today’s Research Topic is….What environmental risks areinvolved with petroleumpipelines?
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: Petroleum Pipelines RisksRelated Terms or Synonyms (words that Related Terms or Synonyms (words thatmean the same as the first term, above) mean the same as the first term, above)
Let’s Research : LRC Discover Tool petroleum pipelines and risks 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: Pipeline design and construction and risk assessment and Keystone XL . . . 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 severalreasons: 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
Importing to RefWorks1. Export database direct to RefWorks2. Sign in to RefWorks if not already logged in3. View last imported folder4. *New Folder “Name your folder”5. Check new reference6. Add to new folder
Balanced Research Effective research taps into a variety of sources Encyclopedias Websites Books Newspapers Scholarly (these can be ONLINE Journals, Prof – on a website or in a essional database) Magazines
Need more sources? Explore the “Civil Engineering” Research Help Guide to discover Databases focused on Civil Engineering. These database have: Advanced Search Tools Subject Specific Material http://exploreguides.conestogac.on.ca/civileng
What about websites? Visit www.cgs.ca Click Resource Centre Select a page on this website and complete the fields needed.
Creating a Works Cited• Click “Create a bibliography”• Select Output style manager• Select “IEEE Communication Magazine”(found under Conestoga College Specific) asOutput Style• File Type “Word for Windows”• References to include “Folder Name”
Let’s Cite our Sources: Don’t forget to check the style guides to make sure your citation is correct (sometimes there are mistakes!)
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/civileng Use the “Cite” feature in each database Remember no “citation generator’ is ever perfect Check it manually using the Writing Centre’s resources for IEEE. www.conestogac.on.ca/learningcommons/resources/writing.jsp
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