Dewey decimal: class numbers are assigned based on subject content of book/journal
Official Pubs. & Euro. Docs.: on Q+2 floor
Maps (mostly in Special Collections Q-1)
Open Reserve (4-hour loan)
E-journals and databases
Library Web Site
How do I?
Study & Research Help
Starting point for relevant library & web material
- journals - websites
Title searches must be word-perfect
For keyword searches, you can ‘ modify search ’ e.g. material type ‘Video/DVD’
Consider synonyms , American spelling
Use the ‘ bag’ to export records
Use ‘ Worldcat ’ to find books beyond UCC
Use ‘ My Library Account ’ to request books on loan, to see your reading history and to access e-resources from home
If not in UCC Library:
- Inter-library loan
- Visit another library e.g. ALCID
- Try Google books , Internet Archive Text or other free resources
Periodicals, published continuously
Contain new research , cutting-edge
Available in 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’.
Accepted/rejected: contribution to the field/new ideas, bias/conflicts of interest, suitability for journal
Popular Magazines: (articles written by journalists )
- Substantive news e.g. ‘National Geographic’, ‘The Economist’, ‘New Scientist’
- Journal of opinion e.g. ‘Magill’, ‘Phoenix’
Trade Journals (specific industry, enable practitioners share market and product information within an industry) e.g. ‘Macworld’, ‘Restaurant Business’, ‘Chemical Week’, ‘Beverage World’
Finding a Journal Article
Bourne, L. (2007) ‘Understanding change in cities: a personal research path’. Canadian Geographer , 51(2):121-138
To find article: Check the Journal Portal on Library homepage, or on ‘Search the Library’ page
See tutorial: ‘Learn How To…Find the Full-Text of a Journal Article’ on the ‘Study & Research Help ’ page
What if the Journal is not in UCC?
Obviously Google the article title or the author and you may be lucky!
Visit other libraries:
‘ ALCID’ or ‘SCONUL’ card required
check with customer services in Boole Library
Is the following journal article available
In print form in the Library?
Electronically through the Library?
(PC password: Qfloor1 )
Bayliss, D. (2004) ‘ Creative planning in Ireland: the role of culture‐led development in Irish planning’, European Planning Studies, 12 (4): 497-515
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 or research database is a database of bibliographic information i.e. usually an electronic index to periodical articles, containing citations, abstracts. Sometimes information about books, conference proceedings, theses etc. also included.
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. ABI-Inform, Medline.
Must be used when conducting literature searches .
Other examples: ARTstor for images, Music Online for streaming music
What are Databases? 3.
N.B. you need to search a range of relevant databases in order to produce a literature review
Publisher databases such as Cambridge journals, Springerlink, Oxford journals (even Science Direct) alone are not sufficient for a comprehensive literature search
Sometimes extras include alerting services, export to Endnote, saved searches etc.
Most require payment/subscription from library e.g. JSTOR. Some are freely available on the web e.g. Pubmed (medical database)
How are Databases Organised?
Consist of records: one record for each article, book etc.
A field is the basic unit of entry in a record
For a 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.
Search Skills college OR university poverty AND crime Boolean Operators: AND, OR
Search Skills cats NOT dogs Boolean Operator: NOT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1LpTbzSKd0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsSZps3NH-M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vube-ZcJFk4 Some Youtube videos:
migration AND women
(migration OR emigration OR immigration) AND women
(migration OR emigration OR immigration) AND (women OR woman OR gender OR feminin*)
“ urban planning”
“ sustainable development”
(“spatial planning” OR “urban planning” OR “regional planning” OR “territorial cohesion”) AND (Ireland OR Irish)