Information Literacy 
- MA European Development Studies 
- MA Contemporary Migration 
Ronan Madden 
Arts & Humanities Libr...
Topics 1. 
1. Basics: Library resources, catalogue, website 
2. Journals and e-journals: 
- what they are, how to source a...
Topics 2. 
5. How to use the web more effectively e.g. 
advanced searching, Google Scholar, other 
search engines, gateway...
Geography in the Boole Library 
• Read: Geography guide (see Subject Guide) 
• Books for Geography shelved on Q+1, Q+2, Q+...
Library Web Site 
N.B. 
•Catalogue 
•Journal Portal 
•Databases A-Z 
•Searcher 
•Subject Guides 
•How do I? 
•Study & Rese...
Subject Guides 
Starting point for 
relevant library & 
web material 
- databases 
- journals 
- free web 
See Geography 
...
Catalogue: Tips 
• Title searches: word-perfect 
• Keyword searches: you can ‘modify search’ e.g. 
material type ‘Video/DV...
Off-Campus Access 
• Use ‘My Library Account’ 
(like when renewing or requesting books) 
• Name + student number + six dig...
What if an item is not in UCC Library? 
Aside from Googling it (book/article title or author and 
you may be lucky): 
• In...
Journals 
• Serials/Periodicals: published continuously 
• New research, cutting-edge 
• Print and/or electronic (30,000+ ...
Other Periodicals 
• Popular Magazines: (articles written by journalists) 
- Newspapers 
- Substantive news e.g. ‘The Econ...
Finding a Journal Article 
Example: 
Bourne, L. S. (2007). Understanding change in cities: a 
personal research path. The ...
Exercise 
Is the following journal article available 
a. In print form in the Library? 
b. Electronically through the Libr...
‘Searcher’ Federated Search 
• Good starting 
point 
• Some results will 
be from non-academic 
periodicals 
• N.B. you sh...
What are Databases? 1. 
• Collections of logically related data e.g. library 
catalogue 
• A bibliographic/research databa...
What are Databases? 2. 
• Sometimes the full text of the articles is included, or 
links to the full text. 
• Some are ind...
How are Databases Organised? 
• Records: one record for each article, book etc. 
• A field is the basic unit of entry in a...
Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
Search Skills 
Boolean Operators: AND, OR 
poverty AND crime 
college OR university 
Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
Search Skills 
Boolean Operator: NOT 
cats NOT dogs 
Some Youtube videos: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tm-sDKCnO4 
htt...
Search Skills 
• migration AND women 
• (migration OR emigration OR immigration) AND women 
• (migration OR emigration OR ...
How to Find Relevant Databases 
• Subject Guide: Geography 
• Databases A-Z 
Drop-down menu ‘Browse databases by Subject a...
Databases without full-text 
• Indexing and abstracting databases 
• Metadata – descriptive information i.e. not 
necessar...
Bibliographic Databases/Indexes 
• Try using: 
- OCLC (incl. Worldcat, Articlefirst) 
- Web of Knowledge 
- Geoscienceworl...
Exercise 
• Look for scholarly articles on the following subject: 
‘The role/influence of religion in the lives of 
immigr...
Getting Started 
Example: 
‘The role/influence of religion in 
the lives of immigrants in France’ 
Keywords & terms: 
Reli...
Getting Started 
• Initial reviews: identify broad problem area, potential 
research problem, theoretical background, rele...
Further Resources 1. 
[N.B. See also subject guides for links to free resources] 
•Online Reference Resources: (alternativ...
Further Resources 2. 
• E-books: 
ACLS Humanities E-book (HEB), Ebrary 
• Thesis Databases: 
Library: ProQuest Dissertatio...
Practice: 
Find: 
•Definitions/explanations of the term ‘expatriation’ 
using resources like ‘Oxford Reference Online’ 
•I...
Search the Web More Effectively: 
Overview 
• Anyone can publish: quality control? 
• Google: uses index/database of web p...
5 Tips 
1. Use ‘advanced search’ techniques on Google and 
other search engines 
2. Use Google Scholar, Google Books & ‘mo...
1. Use Advanced Search Techniques. 
Won’t guarantee that you find quality , but may help 
you to control the sheer quantit...
2. Use Google Scholar/Books & ‘more’ 
• Works better on-campus, or from home through 
the Databases A-Z 
• If no full text...
Practice 
• Look for scholarly web material for the 
following topic (try a basic search first, then 
advanced search, the...
Tip 3. Use Other Search Engines 
Don’t use same search engine for everything - try 
others (examples below). See here also...
4. Don’t Always Use Search Engines 
Save time by going straight to sites likely to be the most 
useful - Look at subject g...
5. Evaluate your Information Sources 
• Quality information: fundamental to developing a 
literature review that will be a...
Alerts and Feeds 
• RSS Feeds: ‘Really Simple Syndication’ 
Information comes to your reader/aggregator of choice 
(you do...
Social Bookmarking 
Bookmark web pages or journal articles on the web 
and share with others who have a similar research 
...
Recap: What to use? 
• Catalogue: what does the Library hold? Books, e-books, DVDs etc. 
• Journal portal: to see if the L...
• Referencing: 
- See Study & Research Help 
- See catalogue: Style guides 
• Endnote training: 
- Contact Richard Bradfie...
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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
  • Ma Geography

    1. 1. Information Literacy - MA European Development Studies - MA Contemporary Migration Ronan Madden Arts & Humanities Librarian
    2. 2. Topics 1. 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 Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    3. 3. Topics 2. 5. How to use the web more effectively e.g. advanced searching, Google Scholar, other search engines, gateways, etc. 6. Evaluating web and other information resources for quality 7. Keeping up-to-date with RSS, alerts, bookmarking Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    4. 4. 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 2014/15
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. Subject Guides Starting point for relevant library & web material - databases - journals - free web See Geography Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. 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 2014/15
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. Finding a Journal Article Example: Bourne, L. S. (2007). Understanding change in cities: a personal research path. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien, 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 2014/15
    13. 13. Exercise Is the following journal article available a. In print form in the Library? b. Electronically through the Library? (PC password: Qfloor1) Schaeffer, P. (2010). Refugees: on the economics of political migration. International Migration, 48(1), 1-22. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    14. 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 2014/15
    15. 15. 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 2014/15
    16. 16. 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 2014/15
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    19. 19. Search Skills Boolean Operators: AND, OR poverty AND crime college OR university Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    20. 20. 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
    21. 21. 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) _____________________________________________ • “global warming” • “urban renewal” • “spatial planning” _____________________________________________ • emigration NOT (Ireland OR Irish) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    22. 22. 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
    23. 23. 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 2014/15
    24. 24. 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 Same applies to many of the references you might find through Google Scholar! Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    25. 25. Exercise • Look for scholarly articles on the following subject: ‘The role/influence of religion in the lives of immigrants in France’ Try: Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, Wilson Omnifile, Taylor & Francis Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    26. 26. Getting Started Example: ‘The role/influence of religion in the lives of immigrants in France’ Keywords & terms: Religio*, faith, immigra*, migration, migrant*, emigra*, diaspora, France Also maybe: Catholic*, Islam*, Muslim etc. Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), truncation etc. to create appropriate search strings Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    27. 27. 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
    28. 28. 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 Also: British Newspaper Archive •Music: Music Online, Oxford Music Online , Naxos Music (See Music Subject Portal) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    29. 29. Further Resources 2. • E-books: ACLS Humanities E-book (HEB), Ebrary • 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
    30. 30. Practice: Find: •Definitions/explanations of the term ‘expatriation’ using resources like ‘Oxford Reference Online’ •Irish Times articles on the ‘Lisbon Treaty’ •UCC theses on your topic Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    31. 31. Search the Web More Effectively: Overview • 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 2014/15
    32. 32. 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 Research. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    33. 33. 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. See also ‘ Verbatim’ tool. See: Google Basic Search Video and Google Advanced Search Video on Library website here Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    34. 34. 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 2014/15
    35. 35. Practice • Look for scholarly web material for the following topic (try a basic search first, then advanced search, then Google Scholar & Google Books): Rural development in Ireland Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    36. 36. Tip 3. Use Other Search Engines Don’t use same search engine for everything - try others (examples below). See here also: Exalead, BING, Blekko, Ask Jeeves, Yahoo, etc. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    37. 37. 4. Don’t Always Use Search Engines Save time by going straight to sites likely to be the most useful - Look at subject guides •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, JURN •Open Repositories: RIAN, OAIster, CORA , Driver, Institutional repository search U.K. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    38. 38. 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 and on the ‘Study & Research Help’ page Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    39. 39. 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, etc. (Feeds from websites, blogs, databases, journals etc. Note: Feed reader apps for mobile devices • Email Alert: Save searches on databases, Searcher, Google Scholar & receive alerts Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    40. 40. Social Bookmarking Bookmark web pages or journal articles on the web and share with others who have a similar research interest Examples: General: - Evernote - Delicious – Diigo Academic: – Mendeley – Papers – Zotero Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    41. 41. 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
    42. 42. • 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
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