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PDE2440 Nov 2021

  1. 1. PDE2440 Nov 2021 Better than Google
  2. 2. In this workshop we will look at.. • Resources • Keywords • Searching • Referencing • Evaluating
  3. 3. Ideas Facts Figures Theories Imagination Inspiration
  4. 4. Assignment Marking Criteria 'Writing clarity and correctness; organisation and formatting' ‘Use third person when writing‘ 'At least 40 references’ 'IEEE format‘ ‘Excellent and well informed understanding of theories and concepts’ ‘Broad and relevant readings’ ‘Very well expressed…with limited spelling or grammatical errors’.
  5. 5. Thinking about keywords
  6. 6. Footballer Food Manchester Poverty Campaigner Guess who?
  7. 7. Have a go: • In your groups choose a famous person • Think of 5 words (not phrases) to describe them • Nominate a spokesperson to report back
  8. 8. Developing a search strategy • Topic • What? • Where? • Keywords Improving your search:
  9. 9. Streamlining your search Robot* “Speech recognition”
  10. 10. Too many search results • Add more keywords to narrow down your search results • Be more specific • Search for an "exact phrase" • Add limits
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Access Library Resources MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary
  13. 13. MyLibrary Library Search Databases MySubject Library Guides
  14. 14. Library Search Sign-in to check your library record, request items, create lists, save searches and create alerts.. Click on ‘Sign-in’, choose ‘Middlesex University’ and use your university email address.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. Library Search: Other features
  17. 17. Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases
  18. 18. More to life than Google • Go to: • Have a look at the resources • Vote for favourites • Add a comment: • What you like about it • How it might be useful etc.
  19. 19. Google vs Library Search 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
  20. 20. Journal Databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases
  21. 21. British Standards Online myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases
  22. 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.
  23. 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. 24. It’s not in the Library! MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Inter Library Loans
  25. 25. 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:
  26. 26. Cite Them Right Online myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C IEEE Referencing Guidelines:
  27. 27. IEEE Referencing Guidelines:
  28. 28. [1] P. Wright, “Rapid prototyping in consumer product design,” Communications of the ACM, vol. 48, no. 6, pp.36–41, June 2005. Library Search IEEE reference Cite Then Right IEEE reference [1] Wright, Paul, “Rapid prototyping in consumer product design,” Communications of the ACM, vol. 48, no. 6, pp. 36–41, Jun. 2005. Using Cite Them Right Online: Article
  29. 29. Referencing top tips • Create references using Library Search • Use Cite Them Right Online • Be consistent A ‘Referencing basics’ guide is available to download from:
  30. 30.
  31. 31. • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information: Summary
  32. 32. LinkedIn Learning myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > L
  33. 33. Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > MySubject Library Guides > Computing, Maths & Engineering
  34. 34. Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill Need further help?