LIBS7080 - MSE - (Van Ryn-Bocking) Jan 2013Presentation Transcript
Introduction to Research forMechanical Systems EngineeringUsing the Library Resource Centre Melanie Parlette, BA, MLIS Program Liaison January 2013
I AM . . .Melanie ParletteLRC 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 AnswerYour Question• 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 Conference Papers Technical Reports• Scholarly research or • General interest articles, • Industry related • Author is scholar in field, • Author is often a scholar projects. entertainment, or information, news and academic or researcher or a scientist, engineer,• Illustrations are usually information aimed at trends. Some • Conference papers tend government contractor, charts and graphs. the consumer. Usually illustrations. to be more recent than or technical personnel.• Authors are authorities colour photographs and • Authors are industry journal articles, but may • Published by a in their field. Often illustrations. experts, professionals, be considered less corporation or professors or • Articles are usually or practitioners who are authoritative depending educational institution researchers. written by magazine not always identified on the review and • Reputation is everything• Peer review process is in staff, freelance writers, • Typically no peer review acceptance process • Typically not peer place where the content or may be anonymous. or refereeing process. • Peer Review Process reviewed of an article is reviewed • No peer review or may or may not be Example: by one or more experts refereeing process. Examples: rigorous Design and Fabrication of a in the field. ASME Mechanical Tank-Applied Broad Area Examples: Engineering Magazine Example: Cooling Shield CouponExamples: Wired, Popular Mechanics Proceedings of ASME HeatIEEE/ASME transactions Transfer Divisionon mechatronics
Choosing Better Sources • How can you tell trustworthy information (the “better” information) from less- trustworthy information (“worse” information)?The CARS Test • Credibility 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. • Accuracy 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. • Reasonableness Information should be present objective and balanced arguments. • Support 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 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 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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