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CST4599 Nov 2021
Resources and information skills for research
https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library
In this workshop we will look at...
• Search strategy
• Obtaining information
• Evaluating
• Referencing
Ideas
Facts
Figures
Theories
Imagination
Inspiration
• Problem area, rationale and objectives 10
• Literature Review 10
• Research investigative method 10
• Results 20
• Interpretation of results 20
• Evaluation and Conclusions 10
• Referencing, bibliography and appendices 10
• Organisation and presentation of report 15
PG Project Marking Scheme
What is a literature review?
Sets the scene:
• Overview
• Survey
• Describe, compare, synthesise
Critical:
• Strengths and weaknesses
• Consensus and disagreement
• Gaps
https://bit.ly/workshopsLET
https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/writing-numeracy/Resources-for-AWL
Getting started: Search Strategy
• Topic
• Main concepts
• Alternative words
• Inclusion/Exclusion
• Sources and resources
• Refine
Improving your search:
https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/Help
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CST4599 Nov 2021

  • 1. CST4599 Nov 2021 Resources and information skills for research https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library
  • 2. In this workshop we will look at... • Search strategy • Obtaining information • Evaluating • Referencing
  • 4. • Problem area, rationale and objectives 10 • Literature Review 10 • Research investigative method 10 • Results 20 • Interpretation of results 20 • Evaluation and Conclusions 10 • Referencing, bibliography and appendices 10 • Organisation and presentation of report 15 PG Project Marking Scheme
  • 5. What is a literature review? Sets the scene: • Overview • Survey • Describe, compare, synthesise Critical: • Strengths and weaknesses • Consensus and disagreement • Gaps https://bit.ly/workshopsLET https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/writing-numeracy/Resources-for-AWL
  • 6. Getting started: Search Strategy • Topic • Main concepts • Alternative words • Inclusion/Exclusion • Sources and resources • Refine Improving your search: https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/Help
  • 8. Too many search results • Add more keywords to narrow down your search results • Be more specific • Search for an "exact phrase" e.g. “network security” • Add limits
  • 9. Not enough results • Use alternative keywords • Be less specific • Split the question into individual concepts • Use an asterisk to search for variations of the same word e.g. comput*
  • 10. MyUniHub > MyStudy >MyLibrary Access library resources and services
  • 11. MyLibrary Library Search MySubject Library Guides Databases Inter Library Loans
  • 12. Library Search Click on ‘Sign-in’, choose ‘Middlesex University’ and use your university email address. Signing-in enables you to access full text material, check your library record, create lists, save searches and create alerts and export references to RefWorks.
  • 13. Library Search: Finding information Type your search terms (keywords) into the search box e.g. Project Management and click on the ‘search icon’. Library Search automatically searches for ‘All resources’ (print and electronic) i.e. books, journal titles, journal articles etc. Use the drop-down menu to focus your search or select ‘Available online’ only.
  • 14. Library Search: Other features http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/LibrarySearch
  • 16. Journal Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/SpecialistDatabases • ACM Digital Library • Computer Source • IEEE Xplore • Science Direct • Web of Science
  • 17. IEEE Xplore: Advanced search Choose search field e.g. Abstract, document title, author etc. Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT Refine by date. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplorehelp/searching-ieee-xplore/search-tips
  • 18. Web of Science - 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 MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Science
  • 19. Web of Science Check ‘Links’ to see if full text article is available See how many times article has been cited. Click on title for more information https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/wos Click number of times cited to see list of citing articles
  • 20. • Library Search • Journal Databases • ACM Digital Library • Computer Source • IEEE Xplore • Science Direct • Web of Science Have a go MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary
  • 21. Library Search and journal databases provide: • Access to quality information • Citation and journal impact information • Information not available elsewhere • Up-to-date • Focussed/specific • Full-text access • Access on/off campus • Personalise
  • 22. Google Scholar You may be able to access the full-text here e.g. this is available on open access. 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. http://scholar.google.co.uk/
  • 23. 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 more 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 or export to RefWorks.
  • 24. Zetoc (Alert service) Set-up an alert for a journal or subject. Search for journal articles. Set-up an RSS feed for a journal. MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > Z > Zetoc
  • 25. MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/Standards If you require access to a Standard email v.hill@mdx.ac.uk
  • 26. It’s not in the Library! MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Inter Library Loans https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library/study-and-research-resources/inter-library-loans
  • 27. Why reference? • Highlight and back-up relevant points and facts • Demonstrate that you have read widely • Give credit to the author/creator • Achieve a better mark or grade • Reader can locate original source used • Avoid plagiarism. Adapted from: https://www.citethemrightonline.com/Basics/what-is-referencing
  • 28. Cite Them Right Online myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing
  • 29. Moller, V. and Waddington, I. (2015) Routledge handbook of computers. 2nd edn. London: Routledge. ‘Library Search’ reference ‘Cite Then Right’ reference Moller, Verner. & Waddington, Ivan., 2015 Routledge handbook of computers. 2nd ed., London: Routledge Using Cite Them Right Online: Books
  • 30. Referencing: The Basics guide https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/skills
  • 31. Managing references: RefWorks http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing/NewRW My Study > MyLibrary > Databases > R > RefWorks RefWorks Guides https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing/RefWorks
  • 32. Evaluating information • Imagine you are researching ‘The right to be forgotten’ • Go to https://padlet.com/HendonMDX/Evaluating4599 • Have a look at the 5 items • Which ones would you use, not use and why?
  • 33. • Relevance • Expertise • Viewpoint • Intended audience • Evidence • When Published REVIEW your information
  • 34. More info and help MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > My Subject Library Guides> Computing, Maths and Engineering https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing Online help guides Academic writing support Library support Resources
  • 35. myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > L LinkedIn Learning https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/linkedinlearning
  • 37. Need further help Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill v.hill@mdx.ac.uk More info: https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/computing