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CSD3333 Dec 2018

  1. Information skills for research CSD3333 Dec 2018
  2. In this workshop we will look at... • Developing an effective search strategy • Resources available and how to use them • Evaluating information for quality and relevance
  3. Coursework marking criteria Coursework 1 Report: 15 Marks • Executive summary • Layout • Appropriate language / style • References • Evidence catalogue • Findings from the investigation • Building the case • Group Contribution Guide – 1 mark
  4. Using the best information for your project
  5. Quality of resources used e.g. • Good range of resources • Quality sources/expert authors • Information is up-to-date Relevance to project • Supports project Quality of referencing • Harvard referencing system correctly used. Using the right information
  6. The real thing •Keywords •Alternative words •More detail/specific •Related/broader subjects
  7. MyUniHub > MyStudy >MyLibrary
  8. MyLibrary Library Search MySubject Library Guides Databases Inter Library Loans
  9. Sign-in to Library Search Click on ‘Sign-in’, choose ‘Middlesex University’ and use your MyUniHub ID and password. Signing-in enables you to access full text material, check your library record, request items, create lists, save searches and create alerts and export references to RefWorks.
  10. Library Search MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Search
  11. Journal databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases • ACM Digital Library • Computer Source • IEEE Xplore • Science Direct
  12. Library Search and journal databases provide: • Access to quality information • Information not available elsewhere • Up-to-date • Focussed/specific • Full-text access • Access on/off campus
  13. Google Scholar You may be able to access the full-text here Refine your search results here Create an alert for your search, so you can keep up-to- date with new publications
  14. It’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary • Sconul Access
  15. Cite Them Right Online myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C
  16. • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information
  17. Find out more MyLibrary > MySubject Library Guides > Computing, Maths and Engineering
  18. Life after Uni •Accessing academic information •Using other libraries •Careers advice •Preparing for job interviews •Professional associations •Keeping up-to-date •Online communities •Conferences
  19. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill

Editor's Notes

  1. Welcome and intros.
  2. How to develop an effective search strategy when you need to find information for an essay or project The range of resources available and how to use them to find good quality and relevant information for your essay/project……now and in the future once you leave MDX Evaluating information for quality and relevance Research from Uni of Huddersfield shows that correlation between library usage and good grades.
  3. Hand out Reference game: Imagine that you are a lecturer teaching on a computer security module.   You have asked your students to write a report on Computer Security and Malware.   You will award 15% of the total marks for a list of quality references, which are both relevant and correctly given using the Harvard Referencing System. (The other marks will be awarded for content and style).   Look at the 3 reference lists that you have been given, and award a mark out of 5 for each list under the 3 headings (marking criteria): 1 = low mark 5= high mark.
  4. List 1 All items relevant Good range of resources: British Standards, encyclopaedia, conference proceedings, academic journals, books Academic quality: reputable sources e.g. BSI, Britannica, IEEE....peer reviewed etc Up-to-date: Nothing more than 2 years old. Correctly referenced: Very good. List 2 Some items relevant, some not e.g. newspaper article Limited range of resources: mainly websites Academic quality: poor academic quality- local newspapers, wikipedia, webopedia etc Not Up-to-date e.g. book 1985 Correctly referenced: Badly referenced e.g. don’t know when accessed electronic resources, no publisher details for the book List 3 All items relevant Good range of resources: reasonable range of academic resources e.g. academic journal, books, conference proceeding Academic quality: reputable sources e.g. IEEE Up-to-date: older edition of Gollman book, everything just a little too old. Mothing really up-to-date. Correctly referenced: Good, although brackets missing from date on Massicote item and single quotes missing from article title by Andrews.
  5. Hand out worksheet. 5 mins. Feedback.
  6. Accessing resources Click on MyStudy. You can now access library resources from the MyLibrary box……detail on next page.
  7. Students can also search individual databases. Choose individual database or select @Computing, Maths and Engineering’ from the drop-down menu. The 4 databases listed are particularly useful.
  8. Access to quality academic information e.g. Peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings , research etc Information not available elsewhere Up-to-date Focussed/specific....not designed to sell you things, search results not sponsored Full-text access Access on/off campus Personalize e.g. In MyEBSCO, once signed up you can: Save preferences Organise research within folders Share folders Save search history Create email alerts/Rss feeds for searches and subjects Can provide citation and journal impact info > more info on next slide
  9. Another source of information which supplements library resources is Google Scholar. Find journal articles, theses, books, and more, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Search across many disciplines Locate the full-text document through your library or on the web Keep up with recent developments in any area of research Save items in a personal library
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. More information about resources available for your subject area on the MySubject Library Guide plus useful online guides e.g. how to find information for your project using Library Search, How to request books etc. Another feature is ‘Life after Uni’ on next slide……
  13. Accessing academic information: once you leave you won’t be able to access our full-text e-books and e-journals, but you can still search Summon and our library catalogue and get information from other sources Using other libraries: British Library and specialist libraries in London Careers advice: careers advice available from the Uni Preparing for job interviews: we have a number of databases which you can use (before you leave) which can help you find company information to impress potential new employers Professional associations: The Library subscribes to several online resources provided by professional organisations, which provide academic quality information. By taking out a personal subscription to a professional organisation, it is possible to maintain partial access to key information sources, as well as professional support and development. Keeping up-to-date: Journal databases:Create email alerts/RSS feeds for searches and subjects Table of Contents Alerts: Zetoc , CituLike, TicToc Google Alerts: Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.), based on your queries. Simply enter a subject that you wish to monitor and you will be sent regular updates. Blogs: Use Blogsearch to find blogs and blog posts for your subject Online communities: Online communities are a useful tool for professionals to keep up-to-date with the latest news, trends, tools, techniques, as well as sharing best practice and advice. Conferences: Attending conferences is a good way to find the latest information, make contacts with the leading authorities and vendors in the industry, as well as being an opportunity to network with your peers. More information: