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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 - MSc GIS & Remote Sensing 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 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 Topics Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Geography in the Boole Library • Read: Geography guide (see Subject Guide) • Books for Geography shelved on Q+1, Q+2, Q+3 N.B. check the Library catalogue for location • Dewey decimal: class numbers are assigned based on subject content of book/journal • Official Pubs. & Euro. Docs.: Q+2 floor • Maps (mostly in Special Collections Q-1) • Open Reserve (4-hour loan)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 Geography 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? • Google 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’ 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’ - 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) Other Periodicals Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Finding a Journal Article Example: Bourne, L. (2007). Understanding change in cities: a personal research path. Canadian Geographer, 51(2), 121-138 • 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
  • Exercise Is the following journal article available a. In print form in the Library? b. Electronically through the Library? Connolly, J., Holden, N. M., Seaquist, J. W., & Ward, S. M. (2011). Detecting recent disturbance on Montane blanket bogs in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland using the MODIS enhanced vegetation index. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32(9), 2377-2393 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 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 • migration AND women • (migration OR emigration OR immigration) AND women • (migration OR emigration OR immigration) AND (women OR woman OR gender OR feminin* OR female) ____________________________________________ • GIS OR “geographical information systems” OR “geospatial information systems” _____________________________________________ • (“beach drainage” OR “beachface dewatering”) AND (cost OR expense) _____________________________________________ • “global warming” • “coastal zone management” _____________________________________________ • emigration NOT (Ireland OR Irish) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • How to Find Relevant Databases • Subject Guide: Geography • Databases A-Z Drop-down menu ‘Browse databases by Subject area’. Use ‘Geography’ list as a starting point only. Depending on your topic, you may need to search other lists e.g. - Law - Government - Environmental Science - Humanities - Economics - Political Science - Sociology - Science - Geoscience See online tutorial: Find the best databases for your assignments and research on ‘Study & Research Help’Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Databases to start with (1) For Geography (maybe) start with: • Science Direct • JSTOR • Informaworld/Taylor & Francis (not all full-text) • Springerlink • Academic Search Complete (not all full-text) • Wilson Omnifile (not all full-text) • Ingenta • Wiley Interscience • Cambridge journals • Sage journals • Oxford journals Also : PION (Environment & Planning) journals, DOAJ, Project Muse etc. [All on the Databases A-Z: See ‘Search the Library’] Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Databases to start with (2) Also try (not all full-text): ABI-Inform, Business Source Premier, Econlit, EI Compendex (engineering), Annual Reviews, Socindex, [All on the Databases A-Z] Also of interest: • MIDA (Marine Irish Digital Atlas) • Nature Journals Online • Scientific American Archive • Science Online [All on the Databases A-Z] 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 N.B. always check the journal portal to find out • 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 just because full-text seems unavailable) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Bibliographic Databases/Indexes • Try using: - OCLC (incl. Worldcat, Articlefirst) - Web of Knowledge - Geoscienceworld (incl. Georef) - British Humanities Index - ASSIA (Social Sciences Collection) - Worldwide Political Abstracts Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Exercise • Look for scholarly articles on the following subject: Using GIS as a tool in crime prevention (look for material from Britain and Ireland) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Getting Started Example: Using GIS as a tool in crime prevention (look for material from Britain and Ireland) Keywords & terms: GIS, “geographic information systems”, “geographical information systems”, “geospatial information”, geoinformatic, crime, criminal, unlawful, Ireland, Irish, Britain, British, London Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), truncation etc. to create appropriate search strings and apply the search (or variations of the search) to all relevant resources 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: Research Diary • Keep 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’ •Images: 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 • Thesis Databases: ProQuest Dissertation & Theses UK & Ireland , Index to Theses (UK/IRL), Proquest Dissertations (North America) + Free resources: DART-Europe E-theses Portal , RIAN , ETHOS Also: How do I find a thesis? • Conferences Proceedings: Proceedings (OCLC), ZETOC Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • Practice: Find: •Definitions/explanations of the term ‘expatriation’ using resources like ‘Oxford Reference’ •Irish Times articles on the ‘Lisbon Treaty’ •UCC theses on your topic Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • 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 • Look at ‘Cited by’ and ‘Cite’ • See tutorial: Search the Web More Effectively for your Assignments and Research. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • 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 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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