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Library resources and how to get the most out of them

Library resources and how to get the most out of them

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    • 1. Edinburgh University Library M Ed TESOL Literature Searching Denny Colledge Information Skills Librarian (Humanities and Social Science)
    • 2. Session Outline
      • Library Online
      • What will Databases give me?
      • Your Research Strategy
      • Why can’t I just use Google?
    • 3. Library Online Guide for new users http:// www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/begin.html How to… http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/ Researching your assignment http:// www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/infoskills.shtml Resources by Subject http:// www.lib.ed.ac.uk/resbysub /
    • 4. Want to ask a question? General Help http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/services/requests.shtml Ask a Librarian http:// www.lib.ed.ac.uk/qp /
    • 5. What will a database give me? Citation - i.e. publication details Abstract - i.e. summary of the article Full text Pay-per-view (beware!) Inter-Library Loan Service - http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/services/ill1.shtml Your Library/Find it at Edinburgh Links to Bibliographic Management Software
    • 6. Getting and Managing Records
      • Mark records
      • View records
      • Save records (Folder/Filing Cabinet)
      • Print records
      • E-mail records
      • Bibliographic Management Software
      • Search History
      • Search Alerts
      • Citation Searching
    • 7. Planning Your Research Strategy
      • What is your research question?
      • Define subject keywords
      • Use the thesaurus if there is one
      • Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
      • Use appropriate truncation
      • Limit your search results
    • 8. Keywords
      • Be clear about the topic.
      • Think of related terms.
      • Variation in word endings.
      • Synonyms, homonyms.
      • Variant terminology and spelling.
    • 9. Thesaurus
      • Thesaurus – a controlled vocabulary of subject keywords.
      • Ensures that all items on a particular topic have standard search terms.
      • Using thesaurus terms can help you to focus your search.
    • 10. Truncation
      • Truncation allows you to look for all forms of word….plurals, variant endings.
      • Type in start of word plus truncation symbol:
      • ($ * ? #)
    • 11. Boolean Searching Record contains both A and B Record contains A but not B Record contains either A or B
    • 12. English Language Proficiency for Academic Purposes - Mind Map EAP English Language United Kingdom Language Proficiency
    • 13. Limiting Your Search Results
      • Too many hits:
      • Add additional keywords with AND
      • Use more specific keywords
      • Use thesaurus terms
      • Limit by particular fields
      • Too few hits:
      • Check your spelling
      • Use truncation
      • Use all possible synonyms for topic
      • Terminology can differ
      • Use alternative spelling
      • Combine keywords using OR
      • Check the thesaurus terms
    • 14. “ Snowballing”
      • Move from the specific to the general - just one useful reference can lead you to more.
      • Note keywords assigned to reference(s) in the database - use these to run a new search.
      • Search for other writings by same author.
      • Follow up on references used by author in bibliography.
    • 15. Help with using databases Help with your search strategy http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/searchstrat.html Database help http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/#db Getting to know a database http:// www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/Database.pdf
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    • 18. New Service
    • 19.  
    • 20. E-Journals
      • Look up journal title in the Catalogue
      • Use the E-journals list
      • http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/resources/collections/serials/ejintro.shtml
    • 21. Scholarly Alerts SARA http:// www.tandf.co.uk/sara / ZETOC http:// etoc.mimas.ac.uk /
    • 22.  
    • 23. Pre-prints Edinburgh Research Archive http:www.lib.ed.ac.uk/news/era.shtml Educati on-line http:// www.leeds.ac.uk/educol /
    • 24. Good Googling! Google Help http:// www.google.com /support Google Guide http://www.googleguide.com/index.html Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/ Google Print http:// books.google.com /
    • 25. Not just Google….
      • Other search engines
      • http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/resources/netsearch/srchtool2.shtml#engines
    • 26. Webpage Evaluation 1
      • Source:
      • Is the author identifiable?
      • Does the author have good credentials?
      • Is the location appropriate (ac.uk, .edu,
      • gov, gov.uk)
      • Are comments and enquiries invited?
    • 27. Webpage Evaluation 2
      • Content:
      • Accuracy, bias, identifiable sources
      • Comprehensiveness (is this an aspect of a topic, or a complete picture?)
      • Currency (date of last update?)
      • Links (are they relevant? Do they work?)
    • 28. Webpage Evaluation 3
      • Style and functionality:
      • Is the site easy to navigate?
      • Is the site well organised and clear?
      • Is there a search tool, if the site is big?
      • Are there any prerequisites? (e.g. Java, browser version, Flash, plug-ins)
      • Is the style appropriate for an academic context?
    • 29. Internet Help Internet Detective http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/ Intute Virtual Training Suite http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/ TONIC http:// www.netskills.ac.uk /
    • 30. [email_address] Thanks – and Good Luck!