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  • Who we are and how we can help
  • What we mean by profiling
  • Fear of missing important stuff, lack of time to find it read it use it, managing results & not losing things
  • WoK and Scopus focus on important peer reviewed sources including conference papers WoK includes A&H Scopus stronger on Engineering interface choices Subjects – check from your Liaison Librarians page link to subject guide Type ask Liaison librarian advice, overlaps with others eg patents in Scopus RSS useful time saver and management tool
  • Remind them that in WOK it was the orange RSS icon
  • Select the TOCs you would like either individually or click Select All and click Export. Select where you would like the file to be saved to "eg. My Documents." (By default the file will be called mytocs.opml) To import your OPML file into Google Reader ; Login to Google Reader Click Manage Subscriptions Click the Import/Export tab Browse for your OPML file Click Open Click Upload You will see the following displayed until the import is completed: Your subscriptions are being imported
  • Handout on next slide refers.
  • Broad outline of the information cycle Then ask them where their sources of information fit into it.
  • Will Richardson writes a blog called Webblog-ed and has written a book: † Richardson, W., (2006) Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms , Sage Publications Ltd. The following contains some useful extracts from the book for what we’re considering. Research has shown that blogs can †(p20): Promote critical and analytical thinking Be a powerful promoter of creative, intuitive, and associational thinking Promote analogical thinking Be a powerful medium for increasing access and exposure to quality information Combine the best of solitary reflection and social interaction Blogs allow for a wider participation beyond the institutional boundaries. They provide a useful archiving process for learning and interactions for the student. Using blogs can enhance the development of expertise in a particular subject: students blogging on a subject tend to focus their research and writing activities specifically to a topic leading to greater expertise. Combined with the archiving process, this can develop into a useful database-like resource for the student. The use of blogs can allow students to develop the newer literacies for an information society; where analysis and managing of information is a critical skill. †(p2 A spectrum of the different blog post types has been proposed †(p32): Posting assignments Not blogging Journaling Not blogging Posting links Not blogging Links with descriptive annotations Not blogging, but getting close depending on the depth of the description Links with analysis that gets into the meaning of the content being linked A simple form of blogging Reflective, metacognitive writing on practice without links Complex writing, but simple blogging - commenting would probably fall in here Links with analysis and synthesis that articulate a deeper understanding or relationship to the content being linked and written with potential audience response in mind Real blogging Extended analysis and synthesis over a longer period of time that builds on previous posts, links, and comments Complex blogging
  • At the last count Technorati was tracking 112.8 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of tagged social media so how do you find relevant information for you without drowning in information? Tools like Technorati, Feedster and Blogpulse can be useful aids. Technorati general interest Memeorandum – political interest RSS compendium – everything you ever wanted to know about RSS feeds Tick Make sure you use the advanced search for your search engine and limit by format.
  • This may help when you need to publish your thesis electronically.  You can tag which are your copyright materials and which belong to others, which you have cleared copyright and which you are still waiting for.
  • Google Reader is not the only feature that Google provide to keep up to date monitoring a developing news story keeping current on a competitor or industry tracking medical advances getting the latest on a celebrity or sports team watching for new videos that match a specific topic
  • Profiling your research

    1. 1. Profiling your research 20 April 2009 Marion Tattersall & Lyn Parker Academic Services University of Sheffield Library
    2. 2. Profiling your research <ul><li>What is profiling? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>finding the latest & most relevant information for your research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>focussing on peer reviewed information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>adjusting as your research develops </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Techniques </li></ul><ul><ul><li>searching for formal published information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>searching informal communication sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>email & RSS feeds </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Profiling your research <ul><li>Identified needs </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid wasting time </li></ul><ul><li>Not missing anything important </li></ul><ul><li>Find really relevant stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Find material by foreign scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Search widely & effectively </li></ul><ul><li>How do I set up RSS? </li></ul><ul><li>Re-use good searches </li></ul><ul><li>We can help you to </li></ul><ul><li>Search systematically for latest publications </li></ul><ul><li>Identify other types of information of value </li></ul><ul><li>Automate updates </li></ul><ul><li>Save time with shortcuts </li></ul><ul><li>Find out more via our support materials </li></ul>
    4. 4. Profiling published material <ul><li>Use database alerts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary eg WoK Scopus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject specific eg BIOSIS Medline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type specific eg Library Catalogues, Dissertation Abstracts, patent databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice from your Liaison Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Delivery options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Web of Science alerts <ul><li>Require a personal account </li></ul><ul><li>2 types - search and citation </li></ul><ul><li>Can use refine & search within results </li></ul><ul><li>Results by RSS or email </li></ul><ul><li>Format for Endnote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>email select field tagged </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Web of Science screencasts <ul><li>Setting up a personal account </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Saving a search alert </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a citation alert </li></ul>Also available within the Library Information Skills MOLE course
    7. 7. Scopus alerts <ul><li>Scopus account for email alerts only </li></ul><ul><li>3 types – search, document citation (precise) author citation </li></ul><ul><li>Can use refine results + limit to </li></ul><ul><li>Results by RSS or email </li></ul><ul><li>Format for Endnote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>email select field tagged </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Scopus extras <ul><li>Web tab lists freely available scientific web sites and pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>theses, conference papers. technical reports, working papers, institutional repositories, science researcher homepages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Patents tab </li></ul><ul><li>Selected sources tab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>White Rose Research Online </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. And next… RSS feeds revealed
    10. 10. Keeping up-to-date with RSS <ul><li>RSS is a web feed to which you subscribe </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for content which changes regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Available within databases such as WOK and SCOPUS </li></ul><ul><li>Available for Web pages, News alerts, blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Optional so can tailor your set of feeds to your research interests </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces risk of spam and frozen inbox </li></ul><ul><li>Saves you losing or deleting important items </li></ul>
    11. 11. How do I know RSS is available? Previously More frequently a standard icon is used
    12. 12. Setting up an RSS reader <ul><li>We recommend Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Can star items, add notes, share interesting blog posts with your friends </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines possible alternative </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of others but be careful, many may not be maintained </li></ul><ul><li>Demo how to set an account </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    13. 13. Journal Table of Contents <ul><li>TicToc service </li></ul><ul><li>Like WOK you need to register individually for this service, a MyTOCs account </li></ul><ul><li>Select the journals you are interested in, or search library by subject and select all </li></ul><ul><li>Then add to your MyTocs account </li></ul>
    14. 14. Activity <ul><li>Write down all the different types of information that you might use in your research </li></ul><ul><li>Books, journals, theses, …… </li></ul><ul><li>Where do these fit within the Scholarly Information Cycle? </li></ul>
    15. 15. Scholarly Information Cycle RSS feeds may be available for all PEER REVIEWED Journal articles Published theses Scholarly books Databases Institutional repositories Catalogues GREY LITERATURE Reports/Working Papers Posters/Conference papers Unpublished theses Web pages INFORMAL COMMUNICATION Discussion boards Email lists Blogs/Wikis Personal communication Upcoming conferences Funding opportunities
    16. 16. What is a Blog? <ul><li>Short for Weblog </li></ul><ul><li>Content is organised in chronological order with most recent first </li></ul><ul><li>Content should be updated regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Readers can leave comments (but how many do?!) </li></ul>
    17. 17. Different types of blogs <ul><li>Personal journal, diary type entries containing reflection, thoughts, ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing and publicity tool </li></ul><ul><li>Current opinion and news </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations between people within a community </li></ul><ul><li>Useful primary source of information about relevant people and research </li></ul><ul><li>However essential to evaluate – who, why, what, etc </li></ul><ul><li>More help: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    18. 18. Finding relevant blogs <ul><li>Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati </li></ul><ul><li>Memeorandum </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Compendium </li></ul><ul><li>Search engines </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Use advanced search and limit format to RSS/XML (.xml) </li></ul><ul><li>Browse for blogs </li></ul>
    19. 19. Make sure you use Advanced Search within Google Blog ◄ Use this to ensure blog entry is about your topic
    20. 20. Why set up your own blog! <ul><li>Useful for reflection as a personal electronic diary </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track of blog postings both chronologically and through tagging, by subject or topic so you can organise your ideas and search for them later </li></ul><ul><li>Practice area for academic writing to rehearse arguments and organisation of thought and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Need to do the reading and reflection to write the post.  Highlight areas for further research and/or areas needing references to the literature. </li></ul><ul><li>Organise direct links to original articles; store descriptive annotations for your bibliography – Link into Endnote </li></ul>
    21. 21. Setting up your own blog - 2 <ul><li>By assigning tags to posts, connections can be made between topics, particular articles or thought processes </li></ul><ul><li>Capture changes in your thinking and the growth of ideas.  May help when writing up! </li></ul><ul><li>Store photos, video clips, and images by attaching files but beware copyright implications  </li></ul>
    22. 22. Google Alerts <ul><li>Google Reader is not the only feature that Google provide to keep up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Try Google Alerts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>monitor a developing news story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keep current on a competitor or industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>track medical advances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>get the latest on a celebrity or sports team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>watch for new videos that match a specific topic </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Delivered by email or as an RSS feed into your Google Reader </li></ul>
    23. 23. Links to quality sources for other types of information, including informal communication and grey literature
    24. 24. To summarise <ul><li>Search systematically for the latest publications </li></ul><ul><li>Identify other types of information worth searching </li></ul><ul><li>Generate automatic updates </li></ul><ul><li>Save time with shortcuts </li></ul><ul><li>Find out more via our support materials </li></ul>
    25. 25. Contact details <ul><li>Marion Tattersall </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Lyn Parker </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>