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OCMS Library Introduction

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OCMS Library Introduction

  1. 1. Welcome Library and Student Support
  2. 2. Today’s Session • Introduction to the library’s services and resources • Effective searching • Finding open access information • Evaluating information
  3. 3. The Sheppard Library
  4. 4. Unihelp https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/unihelp UniHelp
  5. 5. Support for your Wellbeing https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support
  6. 6. Study https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study
  7. 7. myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary
  8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Truncate religio* Phrase “Mega Church” Narrow Poverty AND Aid Broaden USA OR America Exclude Christian NOT -Catholic Streamline your search
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. MySubject Library Guides https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/
  14. 14. https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/sociology/OCMS/prereg OCMS Library Guide
  15. 15. Google Scholar Tips
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Is it any good?
  18. 18. Evaluate Your Sources Currency / Authority/ Relevance/ Purpose C A R P
  19. 19. Your Librarian is: Your Librarian: https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/LaurenDolman Lauren Dolman l.dolman@mdx.ac.uk Need further help

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