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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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  • Biology 3 projects mb

    1. 1. Project & dissertation resources and adviceMST8011:Finding andManagingacademicinformation Moira Bent Faculty Liaison University Library Librarian
    2. 2. But first….we’ve changed…
    3. 3. Biology 570s
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. It needs to be thorough…. …but selective(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Don’t sink underthe weight of allthe information! University Library
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. 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’
    11. 11. Start Narrow broad down Keep refiningRecipe for success!
    12. 12. 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)
    13. 13. LibrarySearch is a good place to start Includes the library catalogue and a range of electronic resources Full & mobile views
    14. 14. 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
    15. 15. Use your Library Guide to identify key databases:
    16. 16. 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
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. Now you have allthe info youneed – relax! University Library
    19. 19. Keeping ahead Alerts Citation searching Social mediaFlickr Commons: US National Archives; San Diego Air and Space Museum
    20. 20. 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
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. 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
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. Cant find the Use Inter Libraryresources you Loans for journalneed for your articles & books research?Use ‘Books on Time’ to recommend a book purchase
    25. 25. Contact us.... @nulibsage Flickr the Commons: Smithsonian Institution
    26. 26. Things to do7 steps on the LiteratureProject tab of search the Library proforma Guide Online guidance and resources: Biology Library Guide