CMT3342 (Jan start) Feb 2014

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CMT3342 (Jan start) Feb 2014

  1. 1. CMT3342 (Jan start) Feb 2014 Information skills for research http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
  2. 2. In this workshop we will look at... • Developing an effective search strategy • Resources available and how to use them…..now and in the future • Evaluating information for quality and relevance
  3. 3. Example of coursework marking criteria 10% Introduction 15% Overview 30% Critical analysis Maximum marks for a well referenced and accurate description of [subject] using suitable references 15% Discussion 10% Conclusion 10% Referencing 10% Quality etc Maximum of 10 marks for a list of references which is both relevant, and correctly given in Harvard style Maximum of 10 marks for quality, style of writing and presentation
  4. 4. Thinking about resources
  5. 5. Books What are they: A written or printed work of fiction or fact. May be electronic. Good for: Clear overview. Not so good for: Up to date information.
  6. 6. Web page What are they: An information resource which can be easily created by anyone on any topic. Electronic. Good for: Very up to date information. Not so good for: Accurate and reliable information.
  7. 7. Newspaper What are they: A regular publication containing current events, informative articles, diverse features and advertising. May be electronic. Good for: Daily information. Not so good for: Balanced and well researched information.
  8. 8. Journal What are they: A regular publication containing articles on a particular academic subject. Presents new research. Good for: Latest research, critically reviewed by experts. Not so good for: Broad overview of a subject.
  9. 9. Popular (trade) journal What are they: A regular publication containing new products plus information for a business sector. Good for: Latest product news. Not so good for: Detailed and objective reports.
  10. 10. Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EIS
  11. 11. Thinking about keywords http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
  12. 12. The real thing Compare the concept and practice of risk management in traditional and agile project management approaches •Keywords •Alternative keywords •More specific keywords •Related subjects
  13. 13. So far so good So far we’ve looked at: • Choosing the right resource • Developing a search strategy • Coming up with useful keywords Next: • Searching, evaluation, and looking to the future
  14. 14. Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Select Summon and search for information for your essay on risk management in traditional and agile project management approaches
  15. 15. Journal Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases Choose ‘Computing Science’ for a list of relevant journal databases
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Get online help using resources MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Computing http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EIS
  18. 18. It’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans http://bit.ly/InterLibraryLoans • Sconul Access http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access • Other libraries http://bit.ly/visitingotherlibraries
  19. 19. Evaluating information
  20. 20. Evaluating information Imagine you are writing an essay on ‘Project Management’. 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?
  21. 21. Evaluating information • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency
  22. 22. Example of coursework marking criteria 10% Introduction 15% Overview 30% Critical analysis Maximum marks for a well referenced and accurate description of [subject] using suitable references 15% Discussion 10% Conclusion 10% Referencing 10% Quality etc Maximum of 10 marks for a list of references which is both relevant, and correctly given in Harvard style Maximum of 10 marks for quality, style of writing and presentation
  23. 23. Library Subject Guides myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/eis http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing
  24. 24. Keeping in touch • Blog http://satlibrarian.blogspot.com • Twitter http://twitter.com/SATlibrarian • Library Facebook Middlesex University Library • Library Twitter http://twitter.com/MDXLibrary
  25. 25. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill v.hill@mdx.ac.uk http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/unihelp/

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