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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 academic informationMST8011:Finding andManagingacademicinformation Moira Bent Faculty Liaison University Library Librarian
  • 2. Programme Finding Information/ Search strategy  Library Search  Academic internet  Databases and EJs for quality information Managing Information  Academic integrity  EndNote University Library
  • 3. Literature reviews – essential for projects Inform your research Contextualise your Identify gaps work Summarise, synthesise, Track key critically evaluate issues/debates/peoplePic credit: Flickr Commons: US National Archives; Microsoft clipart
  • 4. It needs to be thorough…. …but selective(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) flickr.com/photos/sunlightfoundation/2385174105
  • 5. Information overload? Maps Experimental data Books Chemical andGovernment reports Internet E-Books physical data Information resourcesCommercial material Digital images Journal Theses articles Statistical data Conf Papers University Library
  • 6. Don’t sink underthe weight of allthe information! University Library
  • 7. Having a search strategy keepsyou afloat • Main • Logical terms approach • Related • Use proper terms strategies Search Keywords • Synonyms Techniques Limits Info type • How much? • Primary data • What date? • Secondary • How quickly? sources • Which language • Maps/images University Library
  • 8. Keywords – an example “The environmental impact of terrorism at sea” University Library
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Search a more specialised resource More Found Apply specific limits search too (date, type terms much? etc) Eg LIMIT to Journal articles after 2004 Combine terms withEg terrorism ‘AND’AND sea Flickr Commons: LSE Library
  • 11. Search a less specialised resource Use Can’t Truncate different your search find search terms enough? terms Eg Terror* finds terror, terrorism, terrorist, terrorists CombineEg sea OR ocean OR marine terms with ‘OR’
  • 12. Start Narrow broad down Keep refiningRecipe for success!
  • 13. 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) flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/4812269151
  • 14. LibrarySearch is a good place to start Includes the library catalogue and a range of electronic resources Full & mobile views
  • 15. 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 for your literaturereview – not all our resources are included. University Library
  • 16. Use your Library Guide to identify key databases: libguides.ncl.ac.uk/marine
  • 17. LibrarySearch is fab!Why use specific databases? To download results to EndNote Compendex  Unique content for marine engineering  Set search alerts Scopus  Unique content for engineering  Set search alerts  Search within results Knovel eBooks  Interactive tables University Library
  • 18. Finding websites http://www.intute.ac.uk • Portal to quality information on the internet • Resources selected by subject experts • Provided for UK academic community http://scholar.google.co.uk/ • Google’s search engine for academic literature http://www.scirus.com • Scientific search engine – filters out non-scientific sites University Library
  • 19. Now you have allthe info youneed – relax! University Library
  • 20. • 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 • 50 requests @ £1.50 • New books to buy • Books on Time system to recommend newRecommend titles for purchase
  • 21. Contact us.... Moira.bent@ncl.ac.uk Lib-sage@ncl.ac.uk @nulibsage facebook.com/NULibraries libguides.ncl.ac.uk/biology Flickr the Commons: Smithsonian Institution
  • 22. Things to do 7 steps on Literature the Project search tab of the proformaLibrary Guide Online guidance and printed handouts: Marine Library Guide
  • 23. Lectures and workshops Workshop: Finding resources Mon 29 Oct 11-12 ArmB 1.64 Lecture 2: Thurs 1st Nov 2.00-3.00 – RidB2 1.63  Specialised resources: standards, conference, theses  Keeping up to date/ social media Lecture 3: 13th Nov 12-1 ArmB 1.49  EndNote Workshop : Endnote: 14th Nov 9-10 ArmB 1.64 University Library