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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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  • Project & dissertation resources and adviceMST8011:Finding andManagingacademicinformation Moira Bent Faculty Liaison University Library Librarian
  • But first….we’ve changed…
  • Biology 570s
  • 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
  • It needs to be thorough…. …but selective(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  • 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
  • Don’t sink underthe weight of allthe information! University Library
  • 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
  • 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 biodiversity ‘AND’AND fish Flickr Commons: LSE Library
  • Search a less specialised resource Use Can’t Truncate different your search find search terms enough? terms Eg Conserv* finds conserve, conservation, conserving CombineEg sea OR ocean OR marine terms with ‘OR’
  • Start Narrow broad down Keep refiningRecipe for success!
  • 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)
  • LibrarySearch is a good place to start Includes the library catalogue and a range of electronic resources Full & mobile views
  • 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
  • Use your Library Guide to identify key databases:
  • LibrarySearch is fab!Why use specific databases? To download results to EndNote Proquest  Unique content for biology  Search in images, figures and tables  Use taxonomic terms  Set search alerts Scopus  Unique content for biology  Set search alerts  Search within results University Library
  • Finding websites • Portal to quality information on the internet • Resources selected by subject experts • Provided for UK academic community • Google’s search engine for academic literature • Scientific search engine – filters out non-scientific sites University Library
  • Now you have allthe info youneed – relax! University Library
  • Keeping ahead Alerts Citation searching Social mediaFlickr Commons: US National Archives; San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • Citation alerts Save your search strategy as an email alert Get alerts for your favourite journals too Receive an email every time a new article is added to the resource which matches your search Receive an email every time a new issue of the journal is published You can usually determine the frequency (daily, weekly, monthly, etc...) University Library
  • Keeping up to date: Email alerts Individual databases – for topics • Scopus, Proquest, Science Direct Zetoc – for journal TOCs • • British Librarys TOC for journal articles & conference proceedings. • search 1993 = • 28,000 journals & 45m articles & conference proceedings • email alerts by subject / journal TOC • set up RSS feeds for journals University Library
  • Keeping up to date: RSS feeds For web based content – web pages, EJs Information sent to a “reader” – your personal web page Relies on you checking your reader regularly – you may need to change your work practices Easy links to original information University Library
  • Getting started • Find an RSS reader/viewer e.g. Google Reader, Reader Netvibes • Find a site with an RSS feed Feed • Click on and paste the link into your chosen RSS Link reader • Go back to your RSS viewer at regular intervals Read for your ‘news’ – it’ll be there waiting for you University Library
  • Cant find the Use Inter Libraryresources you Loans for journalneed for your articles & books research?Use ‘Books on Time’ to recommend a book purchase
  • Contact us.... @nulibsage Flickr the Commons: Smithsonian Institution
  • Things to do7 steps on the LiteratureProject tab of search the Library proforma Guide Online guidance and resources: Biology Library Guide