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    • 1. Search tips and resources for your English Lit independent research project
    • 2. Explore and discover with LibrarySearch Books, articles and much, much more Full & mobile views
    • 3. Our subject guides are packed with resources, news and guidance
    • 4. Library Search? Subject guide?
    • 5. Your literature search needs to be thorough…. …but selective (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
    • 6. Plan Narrow down Keep ahead Broaden Keep on track Evaluate Explorer Hop on board at the Dissertation Station!
    • 7. Search a more specialised resource More specific search terms Found too much? Combine terms with ‘AND’ Apply limits (date, genre etc)
    • 8. Search a less specialised resource Use different search terms Can’t find enough? Combine terms with ‘OR’ Flickr Commons/US National Archives Truncate your search terms
    • 9. Narrow down Start broad Keep refining Recipe for success!
    • 10. Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place altogether? Or perhaps it doesn’t exist at all? Top picture: Flickr Commons/LSE Library
    • 11. Keeping ahead Alerts Citation searching Social media Flickr Commons: US National Archives; San Diego Air and Space Museum
    • 12. Beyond our library….. Inter library loans – for items we don’t have in stock SCONUL access scheme allows access to many other academic libraries Northumbria, Durham, City Library, Lit and Phil… Search other library catalogues online
    • 13. Can't find the books you need for your research? All copies out on loan? Use ‘Books on Time’ to recommend a book
    • 14. How will you manage your references? Flickr: (CC-BY-2.0) and (CC -BY-2.0-NC-SA)
    • 15. A better option…. Store and organise references Various styles possible Import references from databases Create bibliographies and footnotes Enter references manually Transfer references into Word
    • 16. Endnote - need to know Where What • On campus clusters • Off-campus via • vX7 (compatible with Word 2007 and 2010) Help • Online Guide • Workshops and surgeries • Email help
    • 17. Things to do …. Dissertation Station Work through ‘Dissertation Station’ and proforma Look through the SELS library subject guide Watch out for referencing week and Boot Camp campaigns..