Information Literacy 
PG6004 
Ronan Madden 
Arts & Humanities Librarian
Topics 
1. Basics: Library resources, catalogue, website 
2. Journals and e-journals: 
- what they are, how to source a jo...
PG6009 
• Content: 8 related units: 
Unit 1: Research Resource Discovery 
Unit 2: Using the Web Effectively and Evaluating...
Research at UCC Library 
• Basics: student card, self-issue & return, group 
research rooms, network access, quad reading ...
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 
Ronan Madden I...
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): 
•Int...
Journals 1. 
• Serials/Periodicals: published continuously 
• New research, cutting-edge 
• Print and/or electronic (30,00...
Journals 2. 
• How do you know? 
- Ulrichs Periodicals Directory 
- List of editorial board members 
- Journal Citation Re...
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 ...
Practice 
Find the following articles online: 
Ireland, B. (2003). American highways: Recurring images and 
themes of the ...
‘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: Examples 
• migration AND women 
• (migration OR emigration OR immigration) AND women 
• (migration OR emig...
How to Find Relevant Databases 
Use Databases A-Z: (See ‘Search the Library’) 
•Drop-down menu ‘Browse databases by Subjec...
Advanced Search Example 
Topic: Religion in the lives of Irish women who emigrate 
Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
Databases without full-text 
• Indexing and abstracting databases 
• Metadata – descriptive information i.e. not 
necessar...
Bibliographic Databases/Indexes 
• Relevant examples: 
Scopus, MLA International Bibliography, OCLC, Web 
of Knowledge, Br...
Practice 
Look for scholarly articles on the following subject: 
The role/influence of religion in the lives of 
immigrant...
Getting Started 
Example: 
The role/influence of religion in the lives of 
immigrants in France 
Keywords & terms: 
Religi...
Getting Started 
Example: 
Race in American cinema 
Keywords: 
race, racism, racial, discrimination, blackness, 
whiteness...
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, See: here for 
more 
• Thesis Databases: 
ProQuest...
Practice: 
• Search for the term ‘poetics’ in Oxford Reference 
Online 
• Search for ‘Lady Gregory’ in Dictionary of Irish...
Google? 
• Use Google scholar advanced search to improve 
quality and quantity of results 
• Works better on-campus, or fr...
Don’t Always Use Search Engines 
Save time by going straight to sites likely to be the most 
useful - gateways and portals...
(contd.) 
• Search catalogues from other libraries: 
COPAC, British Library, Library of Congress, 
The European Library, W...
Information Quality 
• Fundamental to developing a literature review that will 
be a solid foundation on which you can bui...
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
  • Pg6004

    1. 1. Information Literacy PG6004 Ronan Madden Arts & Humanities Librarian
    2. 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, 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. 3. PG6009 • Content: 8 related units: Unit 1: Research Resource Discovery Unit 2: Using the Web Effectively and Evaluating Research Resources Unit 3: Tracking Down Results & Keeping up-to- date Unit 4: Managing your Information Unit 5: Ethics in using Research Information Unit 6: Publishing/Disseminating your research Unit 7: Using Archives for Research in Ireland (optional) Unit 8: Using Special Collections Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    4. 4. Research at UCC Library • Basics: student card, self-issue & return, group research rooms, network access, quad reading room, information desks and subject librarians • Dewey decimal: class numbers are assigned based on subject content of book/journal • Special Collections & Archives Q-1 (also theses) • Open Reserve (4-hour loan) • Audio-visual on Q+3 • Group study rooms 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 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 1. • 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. Journals 2. • How do you know? - Ulrichs Periodicals Directory - List of editorial board members - Journal Citation Reports: impact factors (in Web of Knowledge) - Number of times cited by others (check Science Citation Index, Google Scholar) • Accepted/rejected: contribution to the field/new ideas, bias/conflicts of interest, suitability for journal • Why Publish? - contribute to the field - claim ownership of new research - recognition and career advancement (not for pay) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    12. 12. Other Periodicals • Popular Magazines: (articles written by journalists) - Newspapers - Substantive news e.g. ‘The Economist’, ‘National Geographic’, ‘New Scientist’, ‘Irish Theatre Magazine’ - Journals of opinion - Magazines • Trade Journals (specific industry, enable practitioners share market and product information within an industry) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    13. 13. 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
    14. 14. Practice Find the following articles online: Ireland, B. (2003). American highways: Recurring images and themes of the road genre. The Journal of American Culture, 26(4), 474-484. Shandy, D. J., & Power, D. V. (2008). The Birth of the African-Irish Diaspora: Pregnancy and Post-Natal Experiences of African Immigrant Women in Ireland. International Migration, 46(5), 119-142. Are they also available in hard copy in the Library? Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    15. 15. ‘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
    16. 16. 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
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. 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
    19. 19. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    20. 20. Search Skills Boolean Operators: AND, OR poverty AND crime college OR university Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. Search Skills: Examples • migration AND women • (migration OR emigration OR immigration) AND women • (migration OR emigration OR immigration OR diaspora) AND (women OR woman OR gender OR feminin* OR female) ____________________________________________________ • censorship AND theatre AND Spanish • censorship AND (theatre OR theater OR drama OR play OR stage OR “performing arts”) AND (Spain OR Spanish) ____________________________________________________ • (radio OR “broadcast media”) NOT television Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    23. 23. How to Find Relevant Databases Use Databases A-Z: (See ‘Search the Library’) •Drop-down menu ‘Browse databases by Subject area’. •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
    24. 24. Advanced Search Example Topic: Religion in the lives of Irish women who emigrate Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    25. 25. 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
    26. 26. Bibliographic Databases/Indexes • Relevant examples: Scopus, MLA International Bibliography, OCLC, Web of Knowledge, British Humanities Index, International Medieval Bibliography, Film Index International, Historical abstracts, Bibliography of British & Irish History, Philosopher’s Index, RILM, ASSIA (Social Sciences Collection), Sociological Abstracts etc. Same applies to many of the references you might find through Google Scholar! Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    27. 27. Practice Look for scholarly articles on the following subject: The role/influence of religion in the lives of immigrants in France OR Race in American film Try: Wilson Omnifile, Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, etc. Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    28. 28. 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, French, Paris 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
    29. 29. Getting Started Example: Race in American cinema Keywords: race, racism, racial, discrimination, blackness, whiteness, “black power”, African American, Afro-American, “black America”, blaxploitation, blacksploitation, cinema, film, movie, “motion picture”, Hollywood, America* etc. Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), truncation etc. to create appropriate search strings Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    30. 30. 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
    31. 31. 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 •Music: Music Online, Oxford Music Online , Naxos Music (See Music Subject Portal) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    32. 32. Further Resources 2. • E-books: ACLS Humanities E-book (HEB), Ebrary, See: here for more • Thesis Databases: 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 2014/15
    33. 33. Practice: • Search for the term ‘poetics’ in Oxford Reference Online • Search for ‘Lady Gregory’ in Dictionary of Irish Biography • Search for articles mentioning ‘Sean O’ Riada’ in the Irish Times Digital Archive • Search for theses relating to your area of interest • Search for images of William Orpen paintings in ARTstor • Look for explanations of the term ‘Darwīsh’ in the Encyclopedia of Religion Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    34. 34. 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 Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    35. 35. Don’t Always Use Search Engines Save time by going straight to sites likely to be the most useful - gateways and portals can help: •General Examples: Europeana, Academicinfo.net, Euscreen , Internet Archive, H-Net, World Digital Library, DHO Discovery, HSIS, Irish Resources in the Humanities, Digital Repository of Ireland, Library of Congress (U.S.): digital collections, RCUK Gateway, iTunesU , dp.la, EDSITEment, Archives Hub (U.K.), Irish Archives Resource , MHRA , Open Grey , Go Geo, Infomine, Digital Librarian , DMOZ, Voice of the Shuttle, etc. etc. •Look at subject guides Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    36. 36. (contd.) • Search catalogues from other libraries: COPAC, British Library, Library of Congress, The European Library, Worldcat, Cornucopia Also: Hathi Trust Digital Library, Project Gutenberg, OAPEN, Librophile, JURN, RASCAL • Open Repositories: RIAN, OAIster, CORA, BASE • Images: Find images for your coursework & research (guide) Ronan Madden Info Lit 2014/15
    37. 37. 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
    38. 38. 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
    39. 39. • 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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