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  1. 1. CST4599 Feb 2020 Resources for research https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library
  2. 2. In this workshop we will look at... • Resources available • Accessing and obtaining information • Effective searching • Evaluating information • Referencing and managing references
  3. 3. Ideas Facts Figures Theories Imagination Inspiration
  4. 4. Thinking about resources
  5. 5. Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > MySubject Library Guides > Computing, Maths and Engineering http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/Resources
  6. 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
  7. 7. The real thing •Keywords •Alternative words •More detail/specific words •Related subjects
  8. 8. MyUniHub > MyStudy >MyLibrary
  9. 9. MyLibrary Library Search MySubject Databases Inter Library Loans
  10. 10. Sign-in to Library Search for full functionality Click on ‘Sign-in’, choose ‘Middlesex University’ and use your university email address. Signing-in enables you to check your library record, request items, create lists, save searches and create alerts and export references to RefWorks.
  11. 11. Library Search MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Search http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/LibrarySearch
  12. 12. Streamlining your search http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike_miley/2614472057/ comput* “Project management” http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/SearchTips
  13. 13. Library Search help http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/LibrarySearch
  14. 14. Journal databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/JournalDatabases • ACM Digital Library • Computer Source • IEEE Xplore • Science Direct
  15. 15. 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 • Personalize • Citation and journal impact info
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Web of Science MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Science Check ‘WebBridge’ to see if full text article is available See how many times article has been cited. Click on title for more information Click number of times cited to see list of citing articles http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/wos
  18. 18. MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/Standards
  19. 19. Google Scholar http://scholar.google.co.uk/ 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. Link to MDX resources: > Settings > Library Links > Search for MDX and save.
  20. 20. Google Scholar: Useful features Full text available from Middlesex Uni and/or other sources. Click on author’s name (if underlined) to view profile and check for other research by the author on the same topic. Click on ‘Cited by’ to see other articles that have cited this article. ‘All versions’: The same article on other websites – sometimes useful for getting full text if not available from MDX. Create a Harvard reference.
  21. 21. Zetoc Alerts myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases
  22. 22. It’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary • Sconul Access http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
  23. 23. Cite Them Right Online myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing
  24. 24. Managing references: RefWorks http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing/NewRW MyUniHub > My Study > MyLibrary > Databases > R > RefWorks (New) ‘RefWorks for Researchers’ guide available at: https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/Skills
  25. 25. Saving your references: Library Search > RefWorks http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing/NewRW
  26. 26. Evaluating information
  27. 27. Evaluating information • Imagine you are researching ‘The right to be forgotten’ • Go to http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EvaluatingInformationPG • Have a look at the 5 items and then answer the following question: How do we know if the information is reliable?
  28. 28. • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information
  29. 29. https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/linkedinlearning LinkedIn Learning myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > L
  30. 30. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill v.hill@mdx.ac.uk http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/Help

Editor's Notes


  • Welcome and intros.
  • In the session:
    Resources available to help you find information for your dissertation
    Accessing and obtaining information
    How to search effectively
    Evaluating information
    Referencing
    Managing references
  • Your finished piece of work is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Below it is should be loads of research ie. looking at theory and facts, being inspired, getting ideas, stimulating your imagination etc.

    Research at Uni of Huddersfield shows that students who use library resources get better degrees.

    We’re going to start off with an exercise to get you thinking about keywords.

  • Sources game

    Magazine (A regular publication aimed at a profession, business or interest....trade/popular)
    Good: Latest news: events, jobs, products etc, concise info, easy to obtain
    Bad: lacks detail, can be bias, old issues hard to come by
    Standards (An agreed, often legally binding level of quality or way of doing something....regional, Nat, Internat, profession/sector)
    Good: Created by experts, confidence
    Company/market research report (Well researched overview of a company or product market. Could contain future trends, financial data, competitors and SWOT analysis)
    Good: Up-to-date: latest research/data, Insider information: information not freely available elsewhere, objective, accurate
    Bad: Hard to locate
    Webpage
    Good: All subjects covered, easy to use, mobile
    Bad: accuracy, no editorial control, anyone can add information, provenance
    Newspapers
    Good: Daily information ie. up-to-date, edited, current issues accessible
    Bad: Sensationalist, biased (unbalanced), harder to get back issues
    Conference proceedings (Collof aca papers distributed after a conference, cont the contributions made by researchers, academics etc)
    Good: Up-to-date: latest research, ideas, thinking on a subject, focussed/specialist, stringent quality control
    Bad: Too specific
    Journals
    Good: Up-to-date, Focussed: specialist subject areas, quality
    Bad: Too specific
    Books
    Good: overview, background knowledge, edited/quality
    Bad: Currency, detailed/specific information
  • More information about the range of resources available on the Library Subject Guide plus useful online guides eg. how to find information for your project.


  • What can you see in the picture…fruit

    If 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 results

    Can you be more specific ie.
    Type of fruit: apples, oranges, bananas etc
    Location: Stall, market, outdoor market, fruit market, Britain
    Detail: boxes, signs, astroturf, prices, colour of fruit, lights, pound £ signs, special offer etc
    People in background: old, young, male, female > stall holder, customers, browsers etc

    Think of related subjects eg.
    retail, commercial, financial, point-of-sale
    Shopping, shops, fish/meat/clothes market, shopping centres, high street
    Town, city, centre, British town
    Nutrition: vits and mins

    Also:
    Orange or Blackberry: fruit NOT telephone
    Apple: fruit NOT computer

    Thinking beyond the obvious, looking for the detail that might make a difference.
  • Hand out worksheet.
    5 mins.
    Feedback.

    Indi project.
  • Accessing resources

    Click on MyStudy.

    You can now access library resources from the MyLibrary box……detail on next page.
  • Explain how they can broaden their search using an asterisk* e.g. given will find computer, computers, computing, computerisation, computation etc

    Explain how they can refine their search using “quotation marks”.

    These two refining tools work well on Summon, but can also be used on the Internet.

    These and other refining tools which can be used on the Internet are available on our EPQ LibGuide which you all have access to…….link on the screen.


  • Help available here on using Library search.
  • 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.



  • Access to quality academic information eg. 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 eg. In MyEBSCO, once signerd 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

  • Which articles have cited an earlier article ie. Way of looking forward in the literature-if have found excellent article, can use a citation index to see which articles have subsequently cited it
    Find articles on similar/related subjects: Citation implies subject relationship, so can find papers on a similar topic without using any keywords or subject terms
    Find out how many times a paper has been cited ie. gauge the usefulness/quality. esteem of a paper
    Determine which are the best journals in your field: citation data used to rank journals within particular subject areas…..useful way of seeing how journals perform in relation to others in the same subject area
  • Citation data and journal citation reports available from Web of Knowledge.

    The world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions
    Web of Science comprises of a number of journal databases including:
    Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-present)
    Social Sciences Citation Index (1970-present)
    Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present)
    Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990-present)
    Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990-present)
    Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015-present)



  • Another useful resource is British Standards online.

    Access as shown on slide.

    Can search all of the British and adopted European and International standards. Only a small number are available in full text, but we can add required standards if required up to our quota of 150.
  • 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: Change settings etc to link to MDX resources. You only need to do this once on your own laptop/device, but need to be logged on to MyUniHub.

    Keep up with recent developments in any area of research

    Save items in a personal library
  • Google Scholar is good, but limited ability to combine different keywords.
    Older articles can appear first in results, so use the date limits on the left hand side of the screen.
  • We are one of the world’s most comprehensive research databases, giving you access to over 30,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.

    Keeping pace with your peers, staying up to date with new research, and expanding your field of knowledge has never been so simple. We make it easy for you to set-up personalised email Zetoc Alerts or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles related to your interests. In most cases, you can access abstracts or the full text of articles, depending on your institution’s subscription arrangements
  • 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 http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/ The SCONUL Access Scheme provides reciprocal access and borrowing rights for staff and students to approximately 170 member institutions in the UK. Apply online.


  • You can use RefWorks to save and organise your references.
  • London1054
  • How do you decide if the information is any good? Especially important with the Internet.

    What do you think about this quote?
  • In groups. Hand out worksheet.

    Paul Bernal’s blog ‘The right to be forgotten roadshow- and the power of Google’
    Blog about Privacy, Human Rights, Law, The Internet, Politics and more. PB is Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law at the University of East Anglia Law School.
    Wikipedia ‘Right to be forgotten’
    Lots of refs.
    BBC News Technology ‘What is the 'right to be forgotten'?’
    Dave Lee author is BBC Technology reporter. Contact details.
    The Guardian ‘EU to Google: expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com’
    Contact details for author. Substantial. Facts etc
    Computer Law & Security Review ‘The ‘Right to be Forgotten-Worth remembering?’
    Substantial article, lots of refs, peer reviewed, good source.

    Take feedback (Useful to have these 5 items open on the screen so can point things out)
  • 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?

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