OCMS Library Introduction

Welcome
Library and Student Support
Today’s Session
• Introduction to the library’s services and resources
• Effective searching
• Finding open access information
• Evaluating information
The Sheppard Library
Unihelp https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/unihelp
UniHelp
Support for your Wellbeing https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support
Study https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study
myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary
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Principles of literature searching
Describe your research topic:
How can aid provide a solution to poverty challenges in
the new millennium?
*Watch out for spelling & terminology, e.g. UK/US,
abbreviations
Key concepts Poverty Aid
Synonyms Deprivation Humanitarian work
Narrower concepts Debt Healthcare
Wider context Developing countries Mission
Truncate religio*
Phrase “Mega Church”
Narrow Poverty AND Aid
Broaden USA OR America
Exclude Christian NOT -Catholic
Streamline your search
Aid or
Humanitarian
or Healthcare
The Sweet Spot:
Searching using AND/OR in databases
Poverty or
Debt or
Deprivation
Church or Mission
or Evangelical
AND
Journal articles
that are relevant to
you search and are
of good academic
quality. Gold
standard of
information.
Activity
On your worksheet:
• Briefly describe your research topic
• Pick no more than 4 key words or concepts
• For each key word or concept think of:
• Synonyms
• Narrower concepts
• Broader concepts
• Acronyms/alternative spellings
MySubject Library Guides https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/
https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/sociology/OCMS/prereg
OCMS Library Guide
Google Scholar Tips
Research communities
• https://www.researchgate.net
• https://www.academia.edu
• Share publications
• Get citation stats for your work
• Connect with colleagues
• Be part of a research community
Is it any good?
Evaluate Your Sources
Currency / Authority/ Relevance/ Purpose
C A R P
Your Librarian is:
Your Librarian: https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/LaurenDolman
Lauren Dolman
l.dolman@mdx.ac.uk
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OCMS Library Introduction