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  • Library catalogues – mainly for books, both at Newcastle and elsewhere – also includes PhD theses and journal titles (but not at article level)Bibliographic databases – include refs to journal articles and conference papers, include abstracts but not usually full-textEJournal collections – full-text access to EJs – limited by publisherEBooks – sometimes offer value-added interactivity toolsStandardsInternet sources (with care!)
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  • 1. Finding and managing informationfor your final year project: ACE3901Moira BentFaculty Liaison Librarian University Library
  • 2. Things to do today – some suggestions Read the Information for Projects handout and use it to  Work through the “Doing a Project” page on the Environment Library Guide  Search LibrarySearch for books on your topic  Find your subject Library Guides and identify the key databases for your research (click on the journals tab) Start to work through the EndNote workbook to create your EndNote Library. University Library
  • 3. What do you want to know about?  Finding Information  Developing your Search Strategy  Using Library Search to get started  Subject specific Databases and EJs for quality information  Library Guides – your one-stop-shop to information for your subject  Managing referencing with EndNote University Library
  • 4. Literature review – essential for projects Inform your research Contextualise your work Identify gaps Summarise, synthesise, Track key critically evaluate issues/debates/peoplePic credit: Flickr Commons: US National Archives; Microsoft clipart
  • 5. It needs to be thorough…. …but selective(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  • 6. Information overload?Government reports Experimental data Maps Books Internet E-Books Chemical and InformatioCommercial material n physical resources data Journal Theses articles Statistical data Conf Papers Digital images University Library
  • 7. Don’t sink underthe weight of allthe information! University Library
  • 8. Having a search strategy keepsyou afloat • Main terms • Logical • Related approach terms • Use proper • Synonyms Search strategies Keywords Techniques Limits Info type • How much? • Primary data • What date? • Secondary • How quickly? sources • Which language • Maps/images University Library
  • 9. Keywords – an example “The environmental impact of terrorism at sea” University Library
  • 10. Keywords – an example“The environmental impact of terrorism at sea” Environmental Terrorism Sea impact Disaster pirates marine prevention Maritime security Maritime incidents Catastrophes attack ocean Environmental protection offshore effect Environmental safety control Environmental Defence/ management defense University Library
  • 11. A searchstrategy canhelp you getstarted University Library
  • 12. Keywords and phrases? What kind of info? Which databases? Check keywords and revise Did you find what you need? Which are the best? In print? Online? Inter Library Loan? University LibraryImage from
  • 13. Mindmapping University Library
  • 14. Use search techniques Use a phrase • “environmental policy” Use AND, OR and NOT to make logical connections • conservation AND land • (Regeneration OR redevelopment) AND (UK OR Great Britain OR England) Use truncation • Conserv* finds conserve, conservation, conserving (and also conservatory!) University Library
  • 15. Building up a search UK OR GB OR England Redevelopment OR Expansion Polic* OR OR legislation regeneration University Library
  • 16. Start Narrow broad down Keep refiningRecipe for success!
  • 17. Library Search is a good place to start Includes data from the library catalogue and a range of electronic Full and mo resources Full & mobile views
  • 18. Use Library Search To find printed books in the Library To find electronic books To get a general overview of a topic To find a few journal references for an essayDON’T rely on Library Search as the only source foryour literature review – not all our resources areincluded. University Library
  • 19. Library Search is easy!Why use specific databases? Unique journal article content not covered by Library Search Index of search terms Finding specific types of info eg newpapers, official documents To download results to EndNote University Library
  • 20. Use your Library Guide to identify key resources:
  • 21. Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place altogether? Or perhaps it doesn’t exist at all?Flickr Commons/LSE Library and (CC BY 2.0)
  • 22. • For books on loan • Place a “hold” on books which are on loan Reserve • Borrow when book is returned • For articles and conferences we don’t have • Apply for an Inter Library Loan Request • 25 requests @ £1.50 • New books to buy • ‘Books on Time service to recommendRecommend new books for the library to buy
  • 23. Why reference? Every significant source of ideas or data should be formally acknowledged, whether you summarise using your own words or quote word-for-word University Library
  • 24. A reference is required if you…Paraphrase (use someone else’s ideas Summarise (use a brief account of in your own words) someone elses ideas) Quote directly (use someone else’s Copy (use someone else’s data, figures, exact words) tables, diagrams, experiment results…) University Library
  • 25. How to write referencesTwo parts to every reference• Citation in the body of your report• Corresponding entry in the reference listTwo main citation styles• Harvard (author, date) system• Number system University Library
  • 26. What do you do with all the references youfind? Keep a record as you search  Saves time later  what was that big red book I read?  Allows you to build on previous work  I’m sure I found a good article last year  Creates accurate citations  No chance of plagiarism University Library
  • 27. EndNote : EX5 & EX6Create your personal EndNote “Library”• Enter references manually• Download the results of online searches• Add images, files and PDFsOrganise the information• Sort and search your Library• Label and group referencesCite your references in Word• Choose your citation “style”• Create formatted bibliographies University Library
  • 28. HelpEndNote web pages workshops every monthEndNote surgeries Tues @ 1.00EndNote helpline blog Access EndNote On clusters and RAS Personal copy £77 University Library