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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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    • 1. Information Literacy MA History Ronan Madden Arts & Humanities Librarian
    • 2. Topics 1. Basics: Library resources, catalogue, website 2. Journals and e-journals: - what they are, how to source a journal article 1. Resource discovery using electronic databases: full-text and bibliographic: Boolean searching, fields, keeping up-to-date, Searcher 2. Off-campus access to e-resources 3. A word on Google and information quality Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 3. Library Web Site N.B. •Catalogue •Journal Portal •Databases A-Z •Searcher •Subject Guides •How do I? •Study & Research Help Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 4. Subject Guides Starting point for relevant library & web material - databases - journals - free web See History, Government subject guides Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 5. 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 2014/15
    • 6. 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 ‘Your Library Record’ screen will appear • Contact Information desk on Q floor for queries e.g. forgotten password • See: Learn about Pin Numbers Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 7. What if an item is not in UCC Library? Aside from Googling it: •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 2014/15
    • 8. 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 2014/15
    • 9. Other Periodicals • Popular Magazines: (articles written by journalists) - Newspapers - Substantive news e.g. ‘The Economist’, ‘National Geographic’, ‘Film Ireland’, ‘Sight & Sound’, ‘Books Ireland’ - Magazines • Trade Journals (specific industry, enable practitioners share market and product information within an industry) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 10. Finding a Journal Article Example: Miller, William L. "Religion, Risk and Legal Culture: Balancing Human Rights against a ‘War on Terror’." The British Journal of Politics & International Relations 13, no. 4 (2011): 514-33. • 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 2014/15
    • 11. Practice Find the following article online: Augusteijn, Joost. "Political violence and democracy: an analysis of the tensions within Irish republican strategy, 1914–2002." Irish Political Studies 18, no. 1 (2003): 1-26. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 12. ‘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 2014/15
    • 13. What are Databases? 1. • Collections of logically related data, designed to meet information needs of one or more users 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 2014/15
    • 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. Historical Abstacts, 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 2014/15
    • 15. 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 2014/15
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    • 17. Search Skills Boolean Operators: AND, OR poverty AND crime college OR university Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 18. Search Skills Boolean Operator: NOT cats NOT dogs 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 Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 19. Search Skills • film AND Ireland AND women • film AND Ireland AND (women OR feminism OR gender) • (film OR movie OR cinema) AND (Ireland OR Irish) AND (women OR woman OR feminis* OR gender OR female) _____________________________________________ • “print media” • (radio OR “broadcast media”) NOT television Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 20. How to Find Relevant Databases • Use Databases A-Z: (See ‘Search the Library’) Drop-down menu ‘Browse databases by Subject area’. Use History and Political Science 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 2014/15
    • 21. 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 readily available) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 22. Exercise: Look for articles on the following topic: The role of women in Irish politics Try: JSTOR, Academic Search Premier, EBSCO databases, Proquest databases, Wilson Omnifile, Project Muse, Web of Knowledge, Historical Abstracts etc. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 23. 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 2014/15
    • 24. Further Resources 1. [N.B. See also subject guides for links to free resources] •Online Reference Resources: (alternative to Wikipedia) see: Reference Resources •Images: ARTstor and others: See Images page •Online Newspapers: Irish Newspaper Archive, Irish Times Digital Archive, Irish Times Newspaper and see other news resources Also: British Newspaper Archive •Music: Music Online, Oxford Music Online , Naxos Music (See Music Subject Portal) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 25. Further Resources 2. • E-books: ACLS Humanities E-book (HEB), Ebrary, See: here for more • Thesis Databases: Library: ProQuest Dissertation & Theses UK & Ireland , Index to Theses (UK/IRL), Proquest Dissertations (North America), Free: ETHOS (UK), DART-Europe E-theses Portal , RIAN Also: How do I find a thesis? • Conferences Proceedings: Proceedings (OCLC), ZETOC Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 26. Practice: • Search for the term “Zionism” in Oxford Reference Online • Search for “Daniel Corkery” in Dictionary of Irish Biography • Search for “Sean O’ Casey” in Irish Times Digital Archive • Search for theses relating to your area of interest Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 27. Google? • Use Google scholar advanced search to improve quality and quantity of results • 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 email alerts on Google Scholar • See tutorial: Search the Web More Effectively for your Assignments and Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 28. • 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, • Images: Find images for your coursework & research (guide) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 29. Information Quality • Fundamental to developing a literature review that will be a solid foundation on which you can build quality research and assignments • See ‘Learn how to Evaluate information for your assignments and research on the ‘Study & Research Help’ page Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    • 30. 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 2014/15
    • 31. • Referencing: - See Study & Research Help - See catalogue: Style guides - Chicago Manual of Style • Endnote training: - Contact Richard Bradfield r.bradfield@ucc.ie and look for details on Library news Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15