Literature searching for MSc Risk, Dec 2013

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Literature searching for MSc Risk, Dec 2013

  1. 1. MSc Risk and MSc Environmental Pollution Control November 2013 Library research resources http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
  2. 2. Today we will cover… • • • • • Searching for journal articles Thinking about keywords Searching databases for articles on a topic Accessing full-text online Referencing and RefWorks
  3. 3. Library subject guide for PRS
  4. 4. Reading Lists
  5. 5. What is a journal? • • • • • • • • • Similar to magazines Academic subjects Current research Peer reviewed Published regularly Well qualified authors Unbiased, objective Abstracts References
  6. 6. What is in a journal database? • Example from Medline. • Journal = Cancer Science • Is there an Abstract?
  7. 7. Finding a specific article myUniHub > My Study > My Library Select Library Catalogue, choose A-Z and then Journal Title
  8. 8. Finding a specific article Choose A-Z Change to Journal A-Z Search for journal title
  9. 9. Find the article pdf Tombs, S. (1999) Death and work in Britain The Sociological Review Vol. 47 (2) pages 345-367 Almond, P. (2006) An inspector’s-eye view: the prospective enforcement of work-related fatality cases British Journal of Criminology Vol. 46 pages 893-916 Baldock, R., James, P., Smallbone, D., Vickers, I. (2006) Influences on small-firm compliance-related behaviour: the case of workplace health and safety Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy Vol.24 pages 827-846
  10. 10. Thinking about search terms http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
  11. 11. The real thing Your project - Have you thought about? • Search terms • Alternative terms • More specific terms • Related subjects • False positives
  12. 12. Searching for articles on a topic: Google Scholar
  13. 13. Searching for articles on a topic: Summon Select Summon and try a search
  14. 14. Summon 2.0 results
  15. 15. Searching for articles on a topic: Journal databases • Peer reviewed articles • Information not available elsewhere • Up-to-date • Your subjects • Full-text access • Access on/off campus • Personalize • Citation and journal impact info
  16. 16. A few search tips… • • • • • Use specific keywords (not sentences) Think of alternatives Flood* = Flood or Floods or Flooding, etc “Risk management” for set phrase Try Advanced search to combine words – e.g. flood AND policy – e.g. risk OR hazard
  17. 17. Accessing journal databases MyUniHub My Study My Library Library subject guide: Public health, Risk, Safety & Environment Resources tab Finding journal articles/ Using databases
  18. 18. Try these databases… Barbour • Best practice, guidance, law for practitioners Science Direct • Full text online journals collection Medline • Biomedical references ….Don’t forget British Standards Online too….
  19. 19. Science Direct To get full-text only: Choose Advanced Search, then the Journals tab Select Subscribed journals and Open Access articles Select 2003 to present
  20. 20. Medline
  21. 21. Barbour estates and facilities management
  22. 22. Citation indexes • • • • Which articles have cited an earlier article? Find articles on similar/related subject How many times an article has been cited Best journals in your field
  23. 23. Web of Science MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W
  24. 24. But it’s not in the Library…. • Inter Library Loans – myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Inter Library Loans – Log in: Complete form – PDF link to article via email – Takes 2 days or so – £3 charge • Sconul Access – http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
  25. 25. Is it reliable?
  26. 26. Evaluating information • Think about: – Authority – Relevance – Intent – Objectivity – Currency
  27. 27. Referencing Writing help: Learner Development Unit http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/ldu/index.aspx
  28. 28. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • How to guides: – http://bit.ly/RefWorkshelp
  29. 29. Keeping in touch • Librarian Blog http://satlibrarian.blogspot.com • Librarian Twitter http://twitter.com/SATlibrarian • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter http://twitter.com/MDXLibrary • Middlesex University app
  30. 30. Need help? Librarians - Specialist Zone - 1st floor 11-3 Monday – Friday (on call 9-11, 3-5) Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/ PRS Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/prs

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