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  1. 1. https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library PDE2440 Nov 2019 Better than Google
  2. 2. In this workshop we will look at.. • Resources • Keywords • Searching • Evaluating http://www.powerfulinformation.org/objects/pi/OverloadCartoon2.jpg
  3. 3. Ideas Facts Figures Theories Imagination Inspiration
  4. 4. MyUniHub > MyStudy >MyLibrary
  5. 5. MyLibrary Library Search MySubject Databases Inter Library Loans
  6. 6. Specialist resources Materials: Samples Library http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/specialcolls WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W Standards British Standards Online MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B IEEE Standards MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > I
  7. 7. Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > MySubject > Computing, Maths & Engineering http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pdde/Resources
  8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
  9. 9. The real thing • Topic • Concepts • Keywords
  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 access full text material, 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/pdde/LibrarySearch
  12. 12. Saving your references: RefWorks MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R > RefWorks (New) http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing/NewRW
  13. 13. Library Search help http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pdde/LibrarySearch
  14. 14. Google vs Library Search http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennuiislife/3450743002/ Google • Easy to use • Information bubble • Search results sponsored • Any source • Pay for access Library Search • Easy to use • Finds information • Search results by relevance • Quality sources • Free access
  15. 15. Journal databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pdde/JournalDatabases IEEE Xplore
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. Cite Them Right Online myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing
  19. 19. Evaluating information
  20. 20. 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?
  21. 21. • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information
  22. 22. https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/linkedinlearning LinkedIn Learning myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > L
  23. 23. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill v.hill@mdx.ac.uk http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pdde/Help

Editor's Notes


  • The range of resources we provide
    The value of resources in an academic context
    How to select the appropriate resources

    Develop an effective search strategy eg. Identify keywords, refining your search

    How to find and access books, journals and information for your projects using the Library Searchand other resources, as well as finding books in the library and from other sources.

    Evaluating the information for quality and relevance

  • 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.


  • 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
  • Accessing resources

    Click on MyStudy.

    You can now access library resources from the MyLibrary box……detail on next page.
  • Worth Global Style Network Homebuildlife: is an online trend forecasting and product design tool for the industrial design, home and interiors markets across 16 product categories including furniture, lighting, textiles, interiors and garden design…….trends, forecasting, business strategy, trade news and shows.

    Trend Hunter is the world's largest, most popular collection of cutting edge ideas, fueled by 132,000 insatiably curious people. Our trends, trend reports and innovation keynotes help creative people Find Better Ideas, Faster

    Standards: An agreed, often legally binding level of quality or way of doing something, created by experts, published in print or electronically.
    Regional: International, European, national, profession, industry etc eg. food industry has ‘Red tractor standard’
    Guidance: can provide framework or acceptable level
    Confidence: ensure that product/service meets acceptable requirements/standards
  • More information about the range of resources available on the Library Subject Guide plus lots of useful online guides eg. how to search for 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.
  • What is your topic?
    What are the main concept. Can you summarise the topic into 3 or 4 concepts.
    What are the keywords to describe your topic? Synonyms/alternative words, detail, broader subject, different spellings etc.

    Hand out keyword worksheet ‘Improving your search’.
  • Help available here on using Library search.
  • Google
    Familiar and easy to use but can find too much information of varying quality
    Search results can be manipulated….information bubble…..search engines like Google start to learn what you are not interested in, so stop showing you some search results
    Search results sponsored…no accident that Wikipedia, Amazon etc at top of search results
    Searches for info from any source
    Pay for academic information

    Library Search
    Easy to use and will finds lots of academic info
    Designed to find you information: up-to-date, focussed/specific
    Search results by relevance
    Searches quality resources eg. Peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings , research etc
    Free access to full text ie. Information not freely available elsewhere


  • Students can also search individual databases.

    IEEE Xplore probably main database, but others useful depending on what you are looking for. Link below provides list of other databases including Design and Applied Arts Index, Science Direct and ACM Digital Library.


  • 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.
  • Cite Them Right includes all of the referencing styles used by the University including IEEE.
  • Introduce the importance of evaluating information for quality

    What do you think about this quote by Abraham Lincoln?
  • 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
    Website (fake)
    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: Oct 2011

    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.

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