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  • Take you through the following topics Briefly search techniques, knowledge will help you in research essays etc. Talk about bd’s Take through the ejournals Athens, in a nutshell. Access to electronic resources that lib provides, from outside ucd/off campus. Firstly clarify difference bd and ejournal package: original published research from around world, biblio details v material from one o a few publishers, full text, less thorough, broad sweep of research on a particular topiv, literature search
  • Take you through the following topics Briefly search techniques, knowledge will help you in research essays etc. Talk about bd’s Take through the ejournals Athens, in a nutshell. Access to electronic resources that lib provides, from outside ucd/off campus. Firstly clarify difference bd and ejournal package: original published research from around world, biblio details v material from one o a few publishers, full text, less thorough, broad sweep of research on a particular topiv, literature search
  • Take you through the following topics Briefly search techniques, knowledge will help you in research essays etc. Talk about bd’s Take through the ejournals Athens, in a nutshell. Access to electronic resources that lib provides, from outside ucd/off campus. Firstly clarify difference bd and ejournal package: original published research from around world, biblio details v material from one o a few publishers, full text, less thorough, broad sweep of research on a particular topiv, literature search

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  • Information Literacy MA English Ronan Madden Arts & Humanities Librarian
  • 1. Basics: Library resources, catalogue, website 2. Journals and e-journals: - what they are, how to source a journal article 3. Resource discovery using electronic databases: full-text, bibliographic: Boolean searching, fields, keeping up-to-date, Searcher 4. Off-campus access to e-resources Topics 1. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Topics2. 5. How to use the web more effectively e.g. advanced searching, Google Scholar, gateways, etc. 6. Evaluating web and other information resources for quality 7. Keeping up-to-date with RSS, alerts, bookmarking Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Library Resources for English • Print resources, e-journals, research databases • Special Collections & Archives • A-V Collection Q+3: DVDs, Blu-ray, VHS - Multimedia area (for more see here) -View DVD, Blu-ray and VHS -Access audio and visual material from the web • Group research rooms • Open Reserve: -4 hour loan, DVDs and videos included Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Special Collections & Archives • Q-1 in the Library • Special Collections for English • Browse the Archives collections Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Library Web Site N.B. •Catalogue •Journal Portal •Databases A-Z •Searcher •Subject Guides •How do I? •Study & Research Help Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Subject Guides Starting point for relevant library & web material - databases - journals - free web See English, Film Studies , History subject guides Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Catalogue: Tips • Title searches: word-perfect • Keyword searches: you can ‘modify search’ e.g. material type ‘Video/DVD’ • Consider synonyms, American spellings • Use the ‘bag’ to export records • Use ‘Worldcat’ link to search beyond UCC • Use ‘My Library Account’ to request books on loan, to see your reading history, to access e- resources from home, and to save ‘lists’ of books Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Off-Campus Access • Use ‘My Library Account’ (like when renewing or requesting books) • Name + student number + six digit password (alpha-numeric) • N.B. You should access e-resources through the Library web pages so that the ‘My Library Account’ screen will appear • Contact Information desk on Q floor for queries e.g. forgotten password • See: Learn about Pin Numbers Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • What if an item is not in UCC Library? Aside from Googling it (book/article title or author and you may be lucky): •Inter-library loan See: Inter-library loans service •Visit other libraries: ALCID, SCONUL or ‘Cork PAL’, ‘Music PAL’ Check with customer services in Boole Library See: Accessing other libraries Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Journals • Serials/Periodicals: published continuously • New research, cutting-edge • Print and/or electronic (30,000+ e-journals in UCC) • ‘Peer-reviewed’/‘refereed’ =academic journals ‘The process by which an academic journal passes a paper submitted for publication to independent experts for comments on it’s suitability and worth; refereeing’ • Quality control: Papers accepted/rejected based on contribution to the field/new ideas, bias/conflicts of interest, suitability for journal etc. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • • Popular Magazines: (articles written by journalists) - Newspapers - Substantive news e.g. ‘The Economist’, ‘National Geographic’, ‘New Scientist’, ‘Irish Theatre Magazine’ - Journals of opinion e.g. ‘Magill’, ‘Phoenix’ - Magazines e.g. ‘Vogue’, ‘Readers Digest’, ‘Hello’ etc. • Trade Journals (specific industry, enable practitioners share market and product information within an industry) e.g. ‘Publisher’s Weekly’, ‘Moviemaker’, ‘Film Journal International’ Other Periodicals Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Finding a Journal Article Example: Singer, Katherine. “Stoned Shelley: Revolutionary Tactics and Women Under the Influence.” Studies in Romanticism 48.4 (2009): 687-707. • Check the Journals Portal first • See online tutorial: ‘Learn how to find the full-text of a journal article’ on the ‘Study & Research Help’ page Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Practice Find the following articles online: Ireland, Brian.“American Highways: Recurring Images and Themes of the Road Genre.” Journal of American Culture 26.4 (2003): 474-484. Newman, Barbara. “The Artifice of Eternity: Speaking of Heaven in Three Medieval Poems.” Religion & Literature 37.1 (2005): 1-24. Are they also available in hard copy in the Library? Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • ‘Searcher’ Federated Search • Good starting point • Some results will be from non- academic periodicals • N.B. you should still search specific databases individually • You can set up an alert Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • What are Databases? 1. • Collections of logically related data e.g. library catalogue • A bibliographic/research database: usually an electronic index to journal articles and books, containing citations & abstracts. Sometimes information about conference proceedings, theses, and other information formats is also included. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • What are Databases? 2. • Sometimes the full text of the articles is included, or links to the full text. • Some are indexing and abstracting only: i.e. metadata – not necessarily a link to the full text. • Some are general e.g. Web of Science, others are more subject-specific e.g. LION, RILM. • Essential for literature searches. • Other types of databases: ARTstor for images, Music Online for streaming music, ACLS & Ebrary for e- books Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • How are Databases Organised? • Records: one record for each article, book etc. • A field is the basic unit of entry in a record • Journal article fields might include: - Title, Author, Keywords, Source, Publication Year, Abstract etc. • For each record (e.g. article) added to the database, these fields must be included, and data is entered in that format. • Searches of the databases can be narrowed to one or more fields: e.g. Author, Title, Author + Keyword, Keyword + Publication Year etc. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
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  • Search Skills college OR university poverty AND crime Boolean Operators: AND, OR Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Search Skills cats NOT dogs Boolean Operator: NOT Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14 Some Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tm-sDKCnO4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1LpTbzSKd0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsSZps3NH-M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vube-ZcJFk4
  • Search Skills • film noir AND women • film noir AND (women OR feminism OR gender) • “film noir” AND (women OR woman OR femini* OR female OR gender) _____________________________________________ • censorship AND theatre • censor* AND (theatre OR theater OR drama OR play OR stage) AND America* _____________________________________________ • (radio OR “broadcast media”) NOT television Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • How to Find Relevant Databases Use Databases A-Z: (See ‘Search the Library’) •Drop-down menu ‘Browse databases by Subject area’. Use ‘English literature’, ‘Medieval Studies’, ‘Film Studies’ lists as a starting point. •Depending on your topic, you may also need to search other lists e.g. – Humanities •You could also check the Subject Guides •See online tutorial: Find the best databases for your assignments and research on the ‘Study & Research Help’ page Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Databases without full-text • Indexing and abstracting databases • Metadata – descriptive information i.e. not necessarily a link to the full text • Full-text might be available in UCC through another database/resource • Check the Journals Portal to find out (or Searcher) • You should use as many databases as possible for a thorough literature search (don’t ignore something important just because full-text not immediately available) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Bibliographic Databases/Indexes • Relevant examples: - MLA International Bibliography - OCLC incl. Worldcat, Articlefirst - - Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge) - International Medieval Bibliography - Film Index International - Historical abstracts - Bibliography of British & Irish History Same applies to many of the references you might find through Google Scholar! Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Exercise: Look for scholarly articles that discuss/explore race in American film Try: Wilson Omnifile, Project Muse, Academic Search Complete, JSTOR •Keywords: race, racism, racial, film, movie, cinema, “motion picture”, American, America, Hollywood •Also maybe: discrimination, blackness, whiteness etc.? Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Getting Started • Initial reviews: identify broad problem area, potential research problem, theoretical background, relevant terminology (keywords and terms): Scoping • Once approved, further searches to refine research problem and methodologies: ‘Trawling’ and ‘Mining’ • There may be a number of strands to your lit search • Keep a record of all of resources searched, and the search terms and strings that you applied • Keeps a record of all books/articles that you are likely to need for your bibliography e.g. Endnote, Zotero Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Further Resources 1. [N.B. See also subject guides for links to free resources] •Online Reference Resources: (alternative to Wikipedia) see: Reference Resources under ‘Search the Library’ N.B. Oxford Reference Online , LION , Film Indexes Online •Images: ARTstor and others: See Images page •Online Newspapers: Irish Newspaper Archive, Irish Times Digital Archive •Music: Music Online, Oxford Music Online , Naxos Music (See Music Subject Portal) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Further Resources 2. • E-books: ACLS Humanities E-book (HEB), Ebrary, EEBO, ECCO , Patrologia Latina , LION , African Writers Series • Thesis Databases: ProQuest Dissertation & Theses UK & Ireland , Index to Theses (UK/IRL), Proquest Dissertations (North America), Free Resources: DART-Europe E-theses Portal, ETHOS, RIAN Also: How do I find a thesis? • Conferences Proceedings: Proceedings (OCLC), ZETOCRonan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Practice: • Search for the term ‘poetics’ in Oxford Reference Online • Search for ‘Lady Gregory’ in Dictionary of Irish Biography • Search for ‘Man of Aran’ in Irish Times Digital Archive • Search for theses relating to your area of interest (held in other institutions) • Look for works by Mark Twain in LION Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Search the Web More Effectively: Overview • Web: 8 billion pages? No one knows for sure • Anyone can publish: quality control? • Google: uses index/database of web pages compiled from sites found by it’s spider programs. Full text of sites sent to Google index. ‘Pagerank’ retrieves based on word occurrence, proximity, location on page, links to the page, traffic etc. about 100-200 ‘ingredients’. For the most part a keyword search. • Problem: finding relevant scholarly material Quantity and quality of information • Use the Library’s resources first! Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • 5 Tips 1. Use ‘advanced search’ techniques on Google and other search engines 2. Use Google Scholar, Google Books & ‘more’ 3. Try other search engines – not just Google 4. Don’t always use search engines, go straight to good portals and sites suitable for your topic 5. Always evaluate your findings for quality See tutorial: Search the Web More Effectively for your Assignments and Re Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • 1. Use Advanced Search Techniques. Won’t guarantee that you find quality , but may help you to control the sheer quantity •Consider: word order, word choice, ‘stop words’, •Use Google advanced search, operators, domain search, phrase search etc. see: Inside search and Googleguide •Remember that Google personalises your search. To turn off see here. See also ‘Verbatim’ tool. See: Google Basic Search Video and Google Advanced Search Video on Library website here Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • 2. Use Google Scholar/Books & ‘more’ • Works better on-campus, or from home through the Databases A-Z • If no full text, check the journal portal and the Library catalogue as usual • See advanced search and email alerts on Google Scholar Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Practice • Look for scholarly web material for the following topic (try a basic search first, then advanced search, then Google Scholar & Google Books): ‘The Irish gothic novel’ Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Tip 3. Use Other Search Engines Don’t use same search engine for everything - try others (examples below). See here also: Microsoft Academic Search as a possible alternative to Google Scholar Also: Exalead, Ask Jeeves, Yahoo , Bing , Kartoo, Scirus, Hakia , Zuula, Metacrawler, Yippy, Dogpile, Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • 4. Don’t Always Use Search Engines Save time by going straight to sites likely to be the most useful - gateways and portals can help: •General Examples: PINAKES,  Infomine, Digital Librarian , DMOZ, Europeana, Academicinfo.net,   Voice of the Shuttle , Euscreen , Internet Archive, H-Net, DHO Discovery, HSIS, Irish Resources in the Humanities, Digital Repository of Ireland, Library of Congress (U.S.): digital collections, iTunesU , Internet Public Library, WWW Virtual Library , dp.la , EDSITEment , Archives Hub (U.K.), Irish Archives Resource , Merlot , MHRA •Look at subject guidesRonan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • 4. (contd.) • Search catalogues from other libraries: COPAC,  British Library,  Library of Congress,  The European Library,  Worldcat, World Digital Library, Cornucopia Also: Hathi Trust Digital Library, Project Gutenberg, OAPEN, Librophile, JURN, RASCAL • Open Repositories: RIAN, OAIster, CORA , Driver, Institutional repository search U.K. • Images: Find images for your coursework & research (guide) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • 5. Evaluate your Information Sources • Quality information: fundamental to developing a literature review that will be a solid foundation on which you can build quality research and assignments • ‘Wiki’: can be edited by anyone with permissions; can’t rely on this information; can be useful for ‘getting your head around’ something i.e. background information, understanding a word/concept and for finding relevant keywords for your search • See ‘ Learn how to Evaluate information for your assignments an on the ‘Study & Research Help’ page Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Alerts and Feeds • RSS Feeds: ‘Really Simple Syndication’ Information comes to your reader/aggregator of choice (you don’t have to go looking for it). E.G. Netvibes, Feedly, The Old Reader , NewsBlur , Bloglines, Feedreader, My Yahoo , Genieo, etc. (Feeds from websites, blogs, databases, journals etc. Note: Feed reader apps for mobile devices • Email Alert: Save searches on databases, Searcher, Google Scholar, or receive TOC alerts from journals, see TOC Alerts Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Social Bookmarking Bookmark web pages or journal articles on the web and share with others who have a similar research interest Examples: General: - Delicious – Diigo Academic: – Mendeley – Papers – Zotero Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Recap: What to use? • Catalogue: what does the Library hold? Books, e-books, DVDs etc. • Journal portal: to see if the Library provides access to a particular journal/serial title • Searcher: search box on the library website - one quick search for books, articles, and more. • Library Databases: to locate articles and other resources for a specific subject area - a more thorough literature search • Worldcat: to discover resources that are not available at UCC Library • Subject Guides: sources customized for a particular subject area • Internet Search: for quick facts and a general introduction to topic. Google, Bing, Wikipedia, etc. • Google Scholar: to locate academic (journal articles, books) information on a topic. For full text check the Library’s resources. • Social Web: for the latest news and updates on a topic/field Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • • Referencing: - See Study & Research Help - See catalogue: Style guides • Endnote training: - Contact Richard Bradfield r.bradfield@ucc.ie and look for details on Library news Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
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