PRS3999 November 2013

Literature searching for
your dissertation
http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
Today we will cover…
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Searching for journal articles
Thinking about keywords
Searching databases for articles on...
Library subject guide for PRS
Reading Lists
What is a journal?
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Similar to magazines
Academic subjects
Current research
Peer reviewed
Published regu...
What is in a journal database?

• Example from Medline.
• Find these pieces of information in the record:
Journal Title, I...
Finding a specific article
myUniHub > My Study > My Library

Select Library Catalogue, choose
A-Z and then Journal Title
Finding a specific article

Choose A-Z

Change to
Journal A-Z

Search for
journal title
Find the article pdf
Tombs, S. (1999) Death and work in Britain The
Sociological Review Vol. 47 (2) pages 345-367
Almond, ...
Thinking about search terms

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
The real thing
Your project - Have you thought about?
• Search terms
• Alternative terms

• More specific terms
• Related ...
Searching for articles on a topic:

Google Scholar
Searching for articles on a topic:

Summon

Select Summon and try a search
Summon 2.0 results
Searching for articles on a topic:

Journal databases
• Peer reviewed articles
• Information not available
elsewhere
• Up-...
A few search tips…
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Use specific keywords (not sentences)
Think of alternatives
Flood* = Flood or Floods or Floo...
Accessing journal databases

MyUniHub
My Study

My Library

Library subject guide:
Public health, Risk, Safety &
Environme...
Try these databases…
Science Direct
• Full text online journals collection

Medline
• Biomedical references

Barbour
• Bes...
Web of Science
(Science Citation Index)

Choose only the
databases that
are relevant:
Science Direct
To get full-text only:

Choose Advanced
Search, then the
Journals tab

Select Subscribed
journals and Open
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Medline
Barbour estates and facilities
management
But it’s not in the Library….
• Inter Library Loans
– myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Inter Library Loans
– Log in: Com...
Is it reliable?
Evaluating information
• Think about:
– Authority
– Relevance
– Intent
– Objectivity
– Currency
Referencing
Managing your references
• Use bibliographic management software
• RefWorks
• myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary >
Databases >...
Keeping in touch
• Library Facebook Middlesex University Library

• Library Twitter http://twitter.com/MDXLibrary
• Writin...
Need help?

Librarians - Specialist Zone (1st floor)
11-3 Monday - Friday (on call 9-11, 3-5)
Ask a Librarian
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  • Welcome and intros.Likely to be 30 people, 6 of whom are registered students.Sit in groups around people who do have logins.
  • EVERYONE PLEASE FACE THE FRONT FOR 2 MINUTES (NOT COMPUTERS).BEFORE next slide, ask students: Can tell me some key features of journals? What are they?
  • Introduce reading listsBest via MyUniHubLinks from Library and IT website, Library Subject Guides and also MyLearningBell book shown is the key text for the module.
  • GIVE STUDENTS 1-2 MINUTES TO DISCUSS THE TASK IN PAIRS.TAKE FEEDBACK.THEN PASS ROUND 3 EXAMPLES OF DIFFERENT PRINT JOURNALS FOR EVERYONE TO LOOK AT DURING THE LESSON.
  • NOTE: These refs are all from p22 of the Module Reader, which the tutor wants us to practise on.(NOTE: We DO have the full-text of them all!!)
  • Group discussion:What can you see in the picture…fruitIf type ‘fruit’ into database will get millions of hits, how can you break it down ie. search for something more specific to get more manageable resultsCan you be more specific ie. Type of fruit: apples, oranges, bananas etcLocation: Stall, market, outdoor market, fruit market, BritainDetail: boxes, signs, astroturf, prices, colour of fruit, lights, pound £ signs, special offer etcPeople in background: old, young, male, female > stall holder, customers, browsers etcThink of related subjects eg. retail, commercial, financial, point-of-saleShopping, shops, fish/meat/clothes market, shopping centres, high streetTown, city, centre, British townNutrition: vits and minsAlso: Orange or Blackberry: fruit NOT telephoneApple: fruit NOT computerThinking beyond the obvious, looking for the detail that might make a difference.
  • Ask students: How is it different to Google? (i.e: it aims to index academic articles only).SHOW STUDENTS LIVE: Link Google Scholar to Middlesex, to pick up full-text info. Go to Settings > Library links > Search for Middlesex University. (N.B. This may happen automatically on campus, but they will need to set it up themselves at home.)STUDENTS NOW FIND GOOGLE SCHOLAR AND ALL TRY SOME SEARCHES, USING 1) THE TOPICS TO BE PROVIDED BY ROB COUCH, AND 2) SOME ARTICLES BY AUTHOR NAME, AS REQUESTED BY ROB – get the names from p22 of the Module Reader.TAKE FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE SCHOLAR.
  • CS £1397 IEEE Xplore £61,000 Summon £16kAccess to quality information eg. Peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings , research etcInformation not available elsewhereUp-to-dateFocussed/specificFull-text accessAccess on/off campusPersonalize eg. In MyEBSCO, once signerd up you can:Save preferencesOrganise research within foldersShare foldersSave search historyCreate email alerts/Rss feeds for searches and subjectsCan provide citation and journal impact info > more info on next slideMore info on using journal databases and the range available for PDE students on LibGuide: http://bit.ly/JournalDB
  • STUDENTS ALL FOLLOW THIS PATH NOWNOTE THAT: The Occupational Health, Safety & Environment students’ guide is called Public Health, Risk, Safety & Environment
  • ARE THE ARTICLES IN THESE DATABASES PEER REVIEWED?SCIENCE CITATION INDEX (WEB OF SCIENCE) – Alljournals are peer reviewed, see: http://wokinfo.com/publisher_relations/journals/SCIENCE DIRECT - Alljournals are peer reviewed (It tells you at the top of the home page)MEDLINE – Alljournals go through a rigorous selection process before being accepted for the database. See this Fact sheet: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/jsel.html
  • STUDENTS TRY IT FOR 5 MINUTES (USE SAME KEYWORDS ON HANDOUTS).GO ROUND AND ANSWER QUESTIONSTAKE FEEDBACK FROM WHOLE CLASS.
  • STUDENTS TRY IT FOR 5 MINUTES (USE SAME KEYWORDS ON HANDOUTS).GO ROUND AND ANSWER QUESTIONSTAKE FEEDBACK FROM WHOLE CLASS.
  • STUDENTS TRY IT FOR 5 MINUTES (USE SAME KEYWORDS ON HANDOUTS).GO ROUND AND ANSWER QUESTIONSTAKE FEEDBACK FROM WHOLE CLASS.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald shot be Jack Ruby Nov 1963Information can be manipulated....need to make sure it is reliable.How do you decide if the information is reliable....what criteria?Hand out Criteria Game.
  • Take feedback and discuss.Authority : Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications? How have they carried out their research? Relevance : Is this what I need? Will it answer my question? Is it at the right level?Intent : What is the purpose of information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, academic etc?Objectivity : Balanced view? Opposing views represented? Links to supporting information?Currency: How old is this information? When was it last updated and by whom?
  • RefWorks is online software that helps you collect, store and organise the references you use in your work. It makes producing a reference list or bibliography quick and easy. It is web-based, so you can access your references from anywhere, and you will never loose them if your computer fails.
  • Prs3999 lit searching nov 2013 adam

    1. 1. PRS3999 November 2013 Literature searching for your dissertation 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. • Find these pieces of information in the record: Journal Title, Issue, Article title, Volume, Page Numbers, Date, Author/s • 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… Science Direct • Full text online journals collection Medline • Biomedical references Barbour • Best practice, guidance, law for practitioners Web of Science (Science Citation Index) • Key science & technical journal references
    19. 19. Web of Science (Science Citation Index) Choose only the databases that are relevant:
    20. 20. 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
    21. 21. Medline
    22. 22. Barbour estates and facilities management
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. Is it reliable?
    25. 25. Evaluating information • Think about: – Authority – Relevance – Intent – Objectivity – Currency
    26. 26. Referencing
    27. 27. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • How to guides: – http://bit.ly/RefWorkshelp
    28. 28. Keeping in touch • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter http://twitter.com/MDXLibrary • Writing help - Learner Development Unit http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/ldu/index.aspx • Middlesex University app
    29. 29. 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/ Library Subject Guide: Public Health, Risk, Safety & Environment http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/prs

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