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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. Library & Research Skills - MSc GIS & Remote Sensing - MSc in Coastal and Marine Management 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. Geography in the Boole Library • Read: Geography guide (see Subject Guide) • Books 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 • Maps (mostly in Special Collections Q-1) • Open Reserve (4-hour loan) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Subject Guides Starting point for relevant library & web material - databases - journals - free web See Geography Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
  • 6. Catalogue: Tips • Title searches: word-perfect • Keyword searches: ‘modify search’ e.g. material type ‘Video/DVD’ • Consider synonyms, American spellings • Use the ‘bag’ to export record • Use ‘My Lists’ and ‘Preferred Search’ • Use ‘Worldcat’ link to search beyond UCC • Use ‘My Library Account’ to request books on loan, to see your reading history, access e-resources from home, and to save ‘lists’ of books Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
  • 7. 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 2014/15
  • 8. 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’ Check with customer services in Boole Library See: Accessing other libraries Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
  • 9. Journals • Serials/Periodicals: published continuously • New research • 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
  • 10. Other Periodicals • Popular Magazines: (articles written by journalists) - Newspapers - Substantive news e.g. ‘The Economist’, ‘National Geographic’, ‘New Scientist’ - Magazines • Trade Journals (specific industry, enable practitioners share market and product information within an industry) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
  • 11. Finding a Journal Article Example: O’Connor M.C., Lymbery G., Cooper J.A.G., Gault J., McKenna J. (2009). Practice versus policy-led costal defence management. Marine Policy, 33(6), 923-929 • 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
  • 12. 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 2014/15
  • 13. ‘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
  • 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 2014/15
  • 15. 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. PION • 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
  • 16. 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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  • 18. Search Skills Boolean Operators: AND, OR poverty AND crime college OR university Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
  • 19. 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
  • 20. 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” _____________________________________________ • “global warming” • “coastal zone management” _____________________________________________ • emigration NOT (Ireland OR Irish) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
  • 21. 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 & ResearcRhon aHn Meadldpen ’Info Lit 2014/15
  • 22. 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 2014/15
  • 23. 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 2014/15
  • 24. 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 etc. 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 2014/15
  • 25. 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 2012/13
  • 26. 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: ARTstor and others: See Images page •Online Newspapers: Irish Newspaper Archive, Irish Times Digital Archive, Irish Times Newspaper and see other news resources •E-books: ACLS Humanities E-book (HEB), Ebrary, See: here for more Ronan Madden Info Lit 2012/13
  • 27. Further Resources 2. • 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 , NDLTD Also: How do I find a thesis? • Conferences Proceedings: Proceedings (OCLC), ZETOC Ronan Madden Info Lit 2013/14
  • 28. Practice: Find: •Definitions/explanations of the term ‘geovisualization’ using resources like ‘Oxford Reference’ and ‘International Encyclopedia of Human Geography’ •Irish Times articles that mention ‘coastal erosion’ •UCC theses on your topic Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
  • 29. 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 2014/15
  • 30. 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
  • 31. 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
  • 32. • 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 2014/15
  • 33. Slideshare www.slideshare.net/rmadden1/ma-geography-gis Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15