BIS4430 (Jan start) May 2014


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  • Inter Library Loan service: request copies of books and journals not held by MDX. £3 charge. Register as DL first. More info on our website.

    SCONUL Access The SCONUL Access Scheme provides reciprocal access and borrowing rights for staff and students to approximately 170 member institutions in the UK. Apply online.

    Other libraries (specialist, catalogues etc):
    British Library
    COPAC COPAC is a union catalogue that gives access to the merged online catalogues of members of the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL). Twenty  major university libraries currently contribute to COPAC.
    Search25 helps you discover library resources across London and the South East. You can also see where the libraries are and find out how to visit them.
    SUNCAT SUNCAT, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries.

  • How do you decide if the information is any good? Especially important with the Internet.

    What do you think about this quote?
  • Divide class into group

    Hand out worksheet and 4x items.

    Discuss. No right or wrong answers. All items found by doing a search on Network Security.

    Which items are most relevant:
    Academic journal and Wiki most relevant.
    Newspaper article is sensationalist and trade journal is a review of software.

    Which items would be no use:
    Newspaper article useless, and trade journal probably not unless needed to know about software packages.

    Which item has the most academic authority:
    Academic journal. It has biography of authors, references, in-text citations and uses academic language. Article has been peer reviewed.
    Wikipedia has refs, but don’t know who has added information.

    Are any of the items bias:
    Trade journal is reviewing software and may be swayed by advertisers.

    Which item is the most current:
    Academic journal is very out-of-date 2004

    Would not use any of them and would continue search. Discuss the importance of evaluating the information that you find.

  • 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?
  • BIS4430 (Jan start) May 2014

    1. 1. Finding research evidence http:// / study / library BIS4430 (Jan start) May 2014
    2. 2. In this workshop we will look at... • How to find information • Developing an effective search strategy • Resources available and how to use them • Evaluating information for quality and relevance • Managing references
    3. 3. Thinking about resources
    4. 4. Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides
    5. 5. Thinking about keywords
    6. 6. Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Select Summon and search for information for your project
    7. 7. Refining your search
    8. 8. Journal Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > Computing Science Choose subjects for a list of relevant journal databases
    9. 9. Summon and journal databases provide: • Access to quality information • Information not available elsewhere • Up-to-date • Focussed/specific • Full-text access • Access on/off campus • Personalize • Citation and journal impact info
    10. 10. Citation searching • 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
    11. 11. Web of Knowledge MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Knowledge > Web of Science
    12. 12. Other useful resources • Company, market and sector reports plus financial data • British Standards Online MyUnihub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B • Research Repository MyUnihub > MyStudy > MyLibrary
    13. 13. Get online help using resources MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Computing
    14. 14. Keeping up-to-date with your subject • Zetoc Alert • TicTOC • Google Alerts More information on Library Subject Guide:
    15. 15. It’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans • Sconul Access • Other libraries
    16. 16. But is it any good?
    17. 17. Evaluating information Imagine you are writing an essay on ‘Network Security’. Have a look at the 4 items that you have been given and consider the following: • Which items are the most relevant to your essay? • Which items would be no use? • Which item has the most academic authority? • Which items might have bias? • Which item is the most current?
    18. 18. • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information
    19. 19. Referencing and Plagiarism myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides > Computing > Information Skills > Referencing and Citation
    20. 20. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • More information
    21. 21. Keeping in touch • Blog • Twitter • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter
    22. 22. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill