Sources for geography research : library tutorial for Honours year students

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Sources for geography research : library tutorial for Honours year students

  1. 1. Sources for Geography Research Nureza Ahmad clbna@nus.edu.sg
  2. 2. Objectives • Identify useful e-resources relevant to Geography • Identify resources & services from library portal (linc+)
  3. 3. Learning outcomes • Search e-Databases using keywords, boolean operators • Search & retrieve e-journal articles, e-books, e-book chapters, full text articles • Navigate & find materials from LINC+
  4. 4. Outline • Search strategy • Electronic resources • LINC+ • Getting help • Hands-on session
  5. 5. • Search Strategy Boolean operators (and, or, not) • Truncation (*) • Grouping using parentheses (…) • Keywords & concepts • Search statements •
  6. 6. Boolean operators Tropical AND = ALL terms must be AND present; narrows search Forests OR = Any of the terms may be present Tropical broadens search OR Forests NOT = Excludes specific search term Tropical narrows search NOT Forests
  7. 7. Truncation * • Use (asterisk) * to retrieve variant forms of term nation* = nations, national Teen* = teens, teenager
  8. 8. Parentheses ( ) • Use parentheses ( ) to group search terms (low income or single) and migrants (Urban heat island) and (Singapore or Malaysia)
  9. 9. Keywords & concepts • Identify key concepts • Group using parentheses • Identify keywords within each concept, use synonyms or * • What are the impacts of urbanisation on water quality?
  10. 10. Q. What are the impacts of urbanisation on water quality? Keywords: Impacts, Urbanisation, Water quality Search statement: (Impact*or effect* or result*) and (urban*) and (water quality)
  11. 11. • E- resources Databases • • E-Journals • E-books • Newspapers Examination papers • Statistical data •
  12. 12. Databases for Geography 1. Geobase (through OvidSP) 2. Scopus 3. Geodok 4. Web of Science 5. SpringerLink 6. PERIND
  13. 13. Ways to access E-res • 1. Click on E-Res Tab at top of portal
  14. 14. Ways to access E-Resources 2. Navigate to middle of portal and go to E-Resources
  15. 15. 1. Geobase (OVIDSP) • Access directly by “geobase” or in OvidSP • URL: http://ovidsp.ovid.com • UserID: nustrain • Password: training • (valid 2 weeks from date) • Start OvidSP • [DEMO geobase]
  16. 16. Geobase (OVIDSP)
  17. 17. Geobase (OVIDSP)
  18. 18. Geobase: Results page
  19. 19. Geobase: Results (cont.)
  20. 20. 2. Scopus
  21. 21. Scopus: Results
  22. 22. 3. Geodok • 115000 geographically related entries since 1950. • provides bibliographical data for scientific articles indexed by keywords. • product of Department of Geography of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
  23. 23. Geodok
  24. 24. Geodok: Results
  25. 25. 4. Web of Science
  26. 26. Web of Science : Results
  27. 27. 5. SpringerLink
  28. 28. SpringerLink : Results
  29. 29. 6. PERIND
  30. 30. PERIND
  31. 31. Perind : Results
  32. 32. E-Newspapers • Two major databases – Factiva • (produced by Dow Jones & Reuters) – Lexis/Nexis Academic • (produced by LEXIS-NEXIS) – Access via Library portal>E- Resources> E-Newspapers
  33. 33. Statistical Sources • Access via E-Resources>Databases>By type>Statistical Data • EIU Country Data • General household survey 2005 : socio-demogra • SingSTAT Time Series • Statistics on Singapore : an annotated bibliograp • Tourism focus • Yearbook of statistics, Singapore (print & web)
  34. 34. NUS Theses & Academic Exercises • In LINC – Find by or limit to Theses collection • Search LINC – Call no: G58 200* (for 2000- ) – Keywords: • Tourism and academic exercise and geography and national university and singapore
  35. 35. • Library Catalogue: LINC+ • new interface, more visual information through the book covers, table of contents & reviews, etc., • Eg search for “university thesis geography”
  36. 36. LINC+
  37. 37. Online Search Tips Too many retrieved limit by additional concepts Too little retrieved include synonyms / alternate terms Too many irrelevant ones exclude terms that cause irrelevancy Nothing retrieved use more general search terms reduce number of concepts used refocus search
  38. 38. • Getting help
  39. 39. Getting help : Subject Guides (Geography)
  40. 40. Getting help : E- Forms • Request for DDS (document delivery service) of journal articles, book Chapters, conference papers. • Request for purchase of New book/Journal/Multimedia for research purposes • Note: Login required
  41. 41. Getting help : LION • Library Instruction Online (LION) Citation styles Database guides –Library portal>(Library instruction online (LION)>How to cite references>Citation styles
  42. 42. Getting help: Ask-A-Lib • Email askalib@nus.edu.sg • Request for advisory service • Getting help from special libraries eg business hssmlib@nus.edu.sg eg (med/sci) sclib@nus.edu.sg
  43. 43. T h a n k YOU!

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