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Pde 1st year Session 3 Feb 2018

  1. 1. Finding information and Inspiration BA/BSc Product Design Feb 2018
  2. 2. Today we will look at.. • Finding information and inspiration • Evaluating information
  3. 3. Accessing library resources MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary
  4. 4. Summon MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Summon Abstract Search all MDX print and electronic resources. Use to find information on a subject.
  5. 5. More to life than Google • Explore the resources you have been given • Prepare a short presentation • Include: • What is it? • Useful/interesting features • Limitations • How you could use this resource in your studies
  6. 6. USA OR America (broaden search) design* (broaden search eg. Design, designers, designing etc) “Festival of Britain” (phrase search) +Ideo or “IDEO” (exact match) Define: “paper prototyping” (definition) Jaguar -Cat (exclude words) Related: (find similar sites) Scandinavian site: design (find a subject in specific types of sites) “Scandinavian design” site: ac (find a subject within academic websites) Google: smarter searching Image:
  7. 7. Google: copyright free images Tools Labelled for reuse
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Evaluating information Imagine you are writing an essay on Robots Have a look at the 4 items that you have been given and consider the following: • Which item is the most relevant to your essay? • Which item would be no use? • Which item has the most academic authority? • Are any of the items biased? • Which item is the most current?
  10. 10. • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information
  11. 11. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill

Editor's Notes

  • Welcome
    Lots of group work etc
  • Finding information: different resources
    Evaluating information

  • Click on MyStudy.

    You can now access library resources from the MyLibrary box……detail on next page.
  • There are loads of really good sources of information out there.
  • Google isn’t all bad and there are lots of things you can do to make your search more focussed and effective.

  • 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
  • We’ve looked at the fun resources, now we’re going to look at more traditional resources……
    Divide class into group and hand out worksheet and 4x items.
    Discuss. No right or wrong answers. All items found by doing a search on Robots.

    Which item is most relevant:
    Journal Article: specialist journal of robots and robotics
    Book: broad overview of robots and robotology
    Which item would be no use:
    Newspaper Article from the Sun
    Which item has the most academic authority:
    Journal Article: peer-reviewed, citations and ref list, biography of authors, etc
    Book: author has some academic authority (back cover blurb)
    Are any of the items bias:
    Newspaper article could be depending on the subject
    Websites can also show bias if created for specific purpose
    Also be aware of trade journals that have adverts
    Which item is the most current:
    Journal article: Dec 2009
    Book: 1984
    Newspaper article: Nov 2004
    Website: Jan 2016

    Would need to continue search.

  • 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?
  • More help available at the link.