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Set of slides used to teach a class in managing the research process for grad students and faculty, and how to do it more efficiently.

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  • Tools for Managing Information Overload Mary A. Axford Revised September 2009
  • Outline
    • Chaotic Information World
    • Planning Research
    • Choosing Sources
    • Performing Search
    • Alerting Services
    • Organizing the Research
    • Evaluating the Research
    • Publishing the Results
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  • Planning: Mind-Mapping Tools
    • Visual outline of a topic
    • 99 Mind-Mapping Resources, Tools, and Tips ( http://is.gd/3J0L )
    • Exploratree – includes templates. ( http://www.exploratree.org.uk/ )
  • Choosing the Right Sources
    • The right databases
    • The right blogs
    • The right journals
    • Sources of new research
  • The Right Databases
    • Library Home Page > Search and Find > Articles (Databases)
    • OR: Search and Find> Research Guides > (your topic) > Databases
    • OR CrossSearch by Subject link on top page
  • Library Home Page
  • Research Guides: Databases
  • Biomed Databases
  • Databases by Subject
  • Databases - Psychology
  • Choosing Databases
    • Researchers you know
    • Talk to your Subject Librarian
  • List of Subject Librarians
  • The Right Blogs
    • What’s the Buzz in your research area?
  • Academic Blog Portal - http://is.gd/3ZQu
  • Other Blog Sources/Searches
    • Technorati ( http://technorati.com/ )
    • Science Blogs ( http://www.scienceblogs.com/ )
    • PostGenomic ( http://www.postgenomic.com/ )
    • Front Page ( http://www.scientificblogging.com/ )
  • Finding the Buzz on Research
    • Research Blogging ( http://www.researchblogging.org/ )
      • “ Research Blogging allows readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer-reviewed research, instead of just news reports and press releases.”
  • Research Blogging
  • The Right Journals
    • Impact Factor
    • Use with caution
    • Citation searching
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • Journals by Subject Category
  • Gerontology Journals by Impact
  • Use with Caution
    • Newer journals won’t have high impact factor
    • Most open access journals are newer
    • Endless feedback loop
  • Sources of New Research
    • Journal articles take time to research and publish
    • Newer:
      • Dissertations and theses
      • Patents
      • Technical Reports
  • Dissertations Library Page
  • Patent Research Guide
  • Technical Reports
  • Databases: Performing the Search
    • Find the “help” button in each interface – often top right of screen
    • Notice useful features
    • Use controlled vocabulary
    • CrossSearch vs. Native Interface?
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • Controlled Vocabulary
    • Look for:
      • Subject headings
      • Descriptors
      • Controlled Vocabulary
      • Thesaurus
    • Why?
      • No need for synonym search
      • Major topic of the work in question
  • Library Catalog Subject Headings
  • INSPEC Database
  • PsycInfo Thesaurus Search
  • CrossSearch vs. Native Interface?
    • CrossSearch = searching several databases at once
    • Good for getting overview
    • Native interface of each database may offer search refinements and features missed with CrossSearch
    • Sledgehammer (CrossSearch) vs. Scalpel (Native interface)
  • Alerting Services
    • E-mail Alerts
    • RSS feeds
    • Saved searches
    • Journal Tables of Content (TOCs)
  • Science Direct Alerts
  • EI Village Alerts and Feeds
  • Email alerts
    • Runs whenever database updated or new issue of journal
    • Check interface for availability
    • Usually requires you to create personal account on that interface in order to save searches or journal selections.
  • RSS Feeds and Readers
    • Really Simple Syndication
    • Notifies you of updates to a “website” – includes blogs, searches in databases, etc.
    • Many readers
    • Wikipedia has list ( http://is.gd/3JLR )
  • Advantages to RSS
    • Doesn’t overwhelm email inbox
    • Automatic updates
    • Available on your schedule
    • Most popular:
      • Google Reader
      • Bloglines
      • In-browser readers
  • Google Reader
  • Bloglines
  • In-browser RSS Readers
    • Firefox Live Bookmarks for RSS feeds - http://is.gd/3Qtp
    • Internet Explorer - http://is.gd/3QtS
  • CiteULike Tables of Content Feeds
  • CiteULike TOC RSS Feeds
  • Other TOC services
    • TicTOCs prototype - http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/
    • Run Run Shaw Library alerts and RSS page - http://is.gd/3QBy
    • MIT RSS page - http://is.gd/3QCq
    • Google search: journal name +rss
  • Organizing Your Research
    • Social Bookmarking/ Tagging
    • Collaboration Tools
  • Social Bookmarking/Tagging
    • Web-based Bookmarking Tools that allow tagging, sharing, and descriptions.
    • Tags: User-created subject headings which, in total, creates a “folksonomy”
      • Improves access to your bookmarks
      • Find other people’s bookmarks
      • Share tags among collaborators
  • Social Bookmarking Apps
    • Delicious – most popular
    • CiteULike – for researchers
    • 2collab – for researchers
    • Connotea – for researchers
    • Mendeley – for researchers
  • Delicious User Top Page
  • Bookmarks for Specific Tag
  • Most Popular Bookmarked Sites
  • RSS Feeds for Tags - Delicious
    • Feeds at every level
      • Popular tags
      • New tags
      • A User
      • A User’s tag
    • Feed back into a website or blog
  • Delicious Tag Feed
  • Article: Delicious in Research
    • “ Tips for Using Delicious in (Doctoral) Research - http://is.gd/3QI1
  • CiteULike
  • CiteULike record
  • CitULike library and tagging
  • 2Collab - Elsevier
  • Connotea – Nature Publishing
  • Connotea – My Library
  • Mendeley - http://www.mendeley.com/
  • Mendeley Guides
  • Evaluating the Research
    • Peer-reviewed sources
      • Limit in databases
    • Blogs that discuss research
  • Peer-review=Scholarly
  • PAIS – Peer-reviewed Articles
  • Some DBs All Scholarly
    • JSTOR – full text of CORE scholarly journals from 1 st issue, not most current 3-5 years
    • Databases by professional groups mostly scholarly (Inspec, Medline/PubMed, etc.)
  • Publishing Research Results
    • Bibliographic Management Tools
      • EndNote
      • Zotero
      • Others
    • Finding Journals in Field
      • Ulrichsweb database
  • Library Citation Styles Guide
  • Library Classes on Endnote
  • Finding Journals - Ulrichsweb
    • Database about journals and magazines
    • Searchable by subject
    • In-depth information on journals, including web links, where indexed, etc.
  • Ulrichsweb Top Page
  • Journals by subject
  • Info on Specific Journal
  • Info on Specific Journal – cont.
  • Journal – Where Indexed
  • Research Guide with Links
    • Tools for Managing Information Overload Class - http://is.gd/409n
  • Contact Information
    • Mary A. Axford
      • [email_address]
      • 404-894-1392