Study Skills
Carrying out
Effective Research
1
Background
Effective research WILL help with
time management, good quality
essays and coursework.
For example, A level &...
Aims
Maximum
marks for
least time
and work.
3
Keys to Success
Successful students ..
check that the information they require
is easily available.
Remember there are n...
Causes of failure and
under achievement
Plagiarism
Poor time management
 Too much time spent finding
information
 Equa...
Keywords
Help you with search terms,
including synonyms
Help you find similar articles
Give you an immediate sense
of t...
Keywords and
synonyms in action ..
Does increased physical activity
reduce obesity in teenagers?
7
 Weight management int...
Task
Look at the resources on the tables
and identify
The benefits and advantages of
each resource?
Why might this resou...
Books – the starting
point?
Authors, editors and referees
recognised as experts in their field.
Have an unbiased view po...
Using books
Recap basics – dewey number & …
Eclipse.NET
Kindles & e-lending platform
Local libraries
10
Using the internet
It is up-to-date.
There is a wealth of information
presented in a variety of ways.
You are the edito...
Evaluating websites
 Wikipedia, Real Madrid CF
 Look at the ..
URL Dates
Author Contact details
Statements of purpose
St...
Evaluating websites
When you have a chance, have a look at
this:
http://
www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_o
nline_filt...
Journals
There are different types of
journals with different
audiences & purposes.
We subscribe to several both
print a...
Free on-line journals
Google Scholar
PubMed
European version
American platform
Directory of Open Access Journals
www.do...
The role of the
bibliography
 To show the sources of all ideas
which are not uniquely your own
or common knowledge
 All ...
Books in a
bibliography
How:
Second name, first name, year of publication, title
of book (underlined, in bold or italics),...
Internet websites in a
bibliography
 NICHOLAS D, 1998. Hacking the
net. Ariadne (Web version) Issue
16, July.
http://www....
Task
To help when you need to find
information ..
 Find the dewey number for
your subject area.
 Find these books in the...
Summary
Use a variety of resources for
your information.
Record ALL the resources
you use and include them in
your bibli...
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  1. 1. Study Skills Carrying out Effective Research 1
  2. 2. Background Effective research WILL help with time management, good quality essays and coursework. For example, A level & BTEC courses, coursework can account for a large part of your final mark. Maximum marks could take you through the two grade boundaries. Minimum marks could therefore drop you from an A to C. Improve your writing skills. 2
  3. 3. Aims Maximum marks for least time and work. 3
  4. 4. Keys to Success Successful students .. check that the information they require is easily available. Remember there are no marks for time spent searching for information. High quality information needs to be  Accurate  Up to date  Aware of bias Have a range of effective search strategies. Effectively use a variety of resources. Cited sources and have an accurate and complete bibliography. 4
  5. 5. Causes of failure and under achievement Plagiarism Poor time management  Too much time spent finding information  Equal time needs to be given to using the information Insufficient sources of information. Inability to evaluate the quality of the information. Weaker candidates tend to over use the internet. 5
  6. 6. Keywords Help you with search terms, including synonyms Help you find similar articles Give you an immediate sense of the main thrust of the article 6 Task Does increased physical activity reduce obesity in teenagers?
  7. 7. Keywords and synonyms in action .. Does increased physical activity reduce obesity in teenagers? 7  Weight management interventions targeting young women  School-based physical activity programs for promoting physical activity and fitness in children and adolescents aged 6 to 18  Emerging adulthood: a critical age for preventing excess weight gain?  Interventions for treating overweight and obesity in adolescents
  8. 8. Task Look at the resources on the tables and identify The benefits and advantages of each resource? Why might this resource be useful? Which type of resource would be the most suitable for your courses? 8
  9. 9. Books – the starting point? Authors, editors and referees recognised as experts in their field. Have an unbiased view point. Examiners will be familiar with standard works. This underpinning work will clarify your understanding and enable you to evaluate information you find on the internet more effectively. Ensure that you include the standard works in your bibliography. 9
  10. 10. Using books Recap basics – dewey number & … Eclipse.NET Kindles & e-lending platform Local libraries 10
  11. 11. Using the internet It is up-to-date. There is a wealth of information presented in a variety of ways. You are the editor!  This means you have to decide whether the author / organisation responsible for the information is credible.  You need to look for bias.  You need to check that the information is up to date and accurate. 11
  12. 12. Evaluating websites  Wikipedia, Real Madrid CF  Look at the .. URL Dates Author Contact details Statements of purpose Style Content  does it seem credible?  Does it fit with what you know?  Can you verify it from print sources or other web sites?  Use the advanced search option .. Search using  language option  format option 12
  13. 13. Evaluating websites When you have a chance, have a look at this: http:// www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_o nline_filter_bubbles.html 13
  14. 14. Journals There are different types of journals with different audiences & purposes. We subscribe to several both print and on-line. Magazines. On-line journals. 14
  15. 15. Free on-line journals Google Scholar PubMed European version American platform Directory of Open Access Journals www.doaj.org 15
  16. 16. The role of the bibliography  To show the sources of all ideas which are not uniquely your own or common knowledge  All sources cited must be included in a bibliography  All sources consulted but not cited must also be included in a bibliography  Avoid padding the bibliography with sources you have not read  Alphabetical order by author for humanities  Sciences and Humanities have slightly different orders. 16
  17. 17. Books in a bibliography How: Second name, first name, year of publication, title of book (underlined, in bold or italics), place of publication, publisher Example: BRIDE, M., 1996. Teach Yourself HTML Publishing on the World Wide Web. London: Hodder & Stoughton. HARRAR, H.J., 1975. Photographs, pictures and prints. In: GROVE, P.S. (ed), Non-print media in academic libraries. Chicago: American Library Association. pp. 173-192. 17
  18. 18. Internet websites in a bibliography  NICHOLAS D, 1998. Hacking the net. Ariadne (Web version) Issue 16, July. http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue16/c over [Viewed 22-9-98].  HM TREASURY, 1997. EMU Practical information for business. http://www.hm- treasury.gov.uk/pub/html/docs/emu bus/main.html [Viewed 22-9-98].  HMSO, 1998. Data Protection Act. C29. http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts1998/1 9980029.htm [Viewed 22-9-98]. 18
  19. 19. Task To help when you need to find information ..  Find the dewey number for your subject area.  Find these books in the library.  Find a useful website for ones of your subjects.  Have a look at Eclipse.NET and Google Scholar. 19
  20. 20. Summary Use a variety of resources for your information. Record ALL the resources you use and include them in your bibliography. 20

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