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  • 1. Critical analysis 2 Further practice using sources
  • 2. Review of critical reading
    • Practice speed reading
    • Keep notes of all reading
    • Consider how appropriate to your current needs
    • Question the validity and reliability of research data and interpretation
  • 3. Keywords to find sources
    • Use keywords to search http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/searchstrat.html
    • Become a “google-whacker”?? http://www.googlewhack.com/
    • Keep a note of which keywords and synonyms
    • Record keywords with reference details (author’s name, publication date etc)
    • http:// www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/infoskills.shtml
  • 4. Categorise and sub-divide
    • Look for related terminology
    • Note who uses which terms and categories
    • E.g. reading:
    • Consider using mind-maps
  • 5. Bibliographies
    • Be consistent
    • All references in your text; no items that are not referred to in your text
    • Alphabetical order of surname (including websites)
    • Titles in italics
  • 6. Compiling bibliographies
    • Use BS 1629 or Harvard system
    • Alphabetical order of author’s surname
    • Surname – initial – title (in italics) – place of publication – publisher – date of publication
    • Problems in bibliographies – see library pages FAQ or WebCT “TESOL Student Guide”
      • http:// www.lib.ed.ac.uk/faqs/parqs.shtml#Biblio
  • 7. Using sources
    • Quotation: must have author’s name, date of publication and page number
    • Summary of idea: must have author’s name, date of publication
    • Long quotes: indented paragraph; single-line spacing; justified margins
  • 8. Plagiarism
    • Acknowledge your sources
    • Summarise or quote – but still acknowledge
    • Try to find out where the idea came from
  • 9. Tasks for next week
    • Bring five books / journal articles / www sources of interest to you
    • Compare the way individuals in your group searched for sources; organisation/type of information in sources; systems of keeping notes/records of reading
    • Prepare some “mini-data” for next week (a small questionnaire?)