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Managing Your Research Literature

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Presentation on World Book & Copyright Day (23 April 2014) at JNU, New Delhi by Dr. Sanjaya Mishra

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Managing Your Research Literature

  1. 1. Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia Managing Your Research Literature Sanjaya Mishra
  2. 2. In this presentation  Literature Review  Document Management using Technology (not particular one)  About Plagiarism  Promoting Open Access
  3. 3. Literature Reviews  Broadly three types: historical, conceptual, methodological  Searching and managing reference  Coding the concepts  Writing (in your own words): – Tone: constructively inform the readers; do not be over critical – Tense: past or present? – Thought: develop a theoretical underpinning; build constructs and give meaning to the writing by weaving a logical story
  4. 4. Managing Document  First, a good comprehensive search (use appropriate databases, reviews, indexes; beyond Google)  Library Cards are old fashioned; use a bibliographic management too, such as  Take notes while searching; add your code to the notes to help sorting  Use your own systematic approach – I use a two column table in the world file, add my codes in one column, and notes in another with link to my database.
  5. 5. Plagiarism is a habit…  Habit is a type of behaviour that is repeated regularly; these are acquired either intentionally or unintentionally  Unintentionally plagiarism happens in most cases, due to lack of training and rigour in academia  Plagiarism happens, when you steal someone else idea or word and pass off as yours without crediting the source  Remember ideas are not copyrighted; expression of ideas are. But, idea in the sense of a plot in a story or drama, if used without credit is plagiarism.  Paraphrasing without credit to the source too is plagiarism  But, from where this habit comes?
  6. 6. Stages of Creating …  Copying: Everyone of us learn by copying. It is an essential element of learning.(early schooling)  Imitating: modelling behaviour of our parents and teachers to imitating an artist’s work (maybe up to senior secondary stage)  Generating: where start compiling data to generate some reports (normally at undergraduate stage, but also happen at school level)  Creating: actually creating something new, writing a dissertation; designing a new experiment; developing a new product, etc (beyond graduation)
  7. 7. Plagiarism comes from:  Lack of fear of consequences of getting caught (loss of image, job, etc)  Lack of training and rigour in writing process  Lack of conceptual understanding, and language skills  Lack of understanding of open online, copyright and open access  Lack of honour code in educational institutions
  8. 8. Reference/Bibliography Styles  APA Style, Ed 6  MLA Style  Chicago Manual of Style, Ed 16  Harvard Style  Indian Standard for Information and Documentation 2009
  9. 9. Thank You

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