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Library resources for Natural Sciences


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Library resources for Natural Sciences

  1. 1. UCL Library Lynne Meehan (Room 314, Science library) Tel: 020 7679 2634 (ext 32634) Email: Useful Links:
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Sources of Information </li></ul><ul><li>Search Techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating Information </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Current Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Further Help </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where do you look? <ul><li>Search Engine </li></ul>Database Library catalogue Encyclopedia
  4. 4. Type of information
  5. 5. Overview of Topic <ul><li>Where to look </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture notes </li></ul><ul><li>This will help you decide concepts and keywords for searching </li></ul>
  6. 6. Search techniques - Define your topic <ul><li>“ Current problems with understanding polar ozone loss” </li></ul><ul><li>Work in groups and define the concepts and find keywords and synonyms for them. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Boolean logic for combining search terms Polar regions Polar ozone Ozone layer Polar OR Ozone Polar AND Ozone Polar NOT Ozone
  8. 8. Search tips <ul><li>Phrase search </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. “ozone layer” </li></ul><ul><li>Nesting </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. ozone (loss or prevention) </li></ul><ul><li>Wildcards </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Wom?n </li></ul><ul><li>Truncation </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. deplet* </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Google is not the only search engine, try </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exalead, /search </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians’ Internet Index -- </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Think “full text” = be specific e.g. war of 1812 economic causes vs. history </li></ul><ul><li>Use academic & professional terms e.g.domestic architecture vs. houses </li></ul><ul><li>Limit your search to … </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web page title </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Website or domain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>File type </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Definitions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;Invisible Web&quot;, a.k.a. the &quot;Deep Web&quot;? </li></ul>Web search
  10. 10. What databases to use <ul><li>Go to library website for access: /Library </li></ul>
  11. 11. Finding References <ul><li>Bibliographic databases </li></ul><ul><li>only link out to full-text </li></ul><ul><li>ILL </li></ul><ul><li>Other libraries </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>PROMPT </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Method </li></ul><ul><li>Provenance </li></ul><ul><li>Timeliness </li></ul>Evaluate
  13. 13. Citing your Sources <ul><li>Citing styles: Harvard and Vancouver </li></ul><ul><li>Systematic notes </li></ul><ul><li>Note the content </li></ul>
  14. 14. Reference management software <ul><li>Reference Manager (10 or 12) </li></ul><ul><li>Endnote </li></ul><ul><li>Zotero </li></ul><ul><li>Mendeley </li></ul>
  15. 15. Set up a new reference manager database <ul><li>Click on File </li></ul><ul><li>Click on New </li></ul><ul><li>Choose file location (remember where </li></ul><ul><li>Type in file name e.g. natsci </li></ul><ul><li>Click on New </li></ul><ul><li>Login to Cluster WTS </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Start </li></ul><ul><li>Programs P-R </li></ul><ul><li>Select Reference Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Select Reference Manager 10 </li></ul>Reference manager Demo
  16. 16. Current Awareness <ul><li>Current awareness is a term that describes the methods used to keep up to date with the most recent information in your subject area </li></ul><ul><li>ZETOC - http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>TicTOCs - http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Database search alerts – see individual database pages for details </li></ul>
  17. 17. Access to e-resources <ul><li>Most electronic resources can be accessed on or off campus </li></ul><ul><li>The best route to these is via the library website </li></ul><ul><li>You will need your UCL userid to log in </li></ul><ul><li>For further information go to </li></ul>
  18. 18. Help! <ul><li>WISE: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Click on WISE, then choose your core stream faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Ask at the Enquiry Desk </li></ul><ul><li>Ground floor, Science Library </li></ul><ul><li>020 7679 7789 </li></ul><ul><li>Come and ask me </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. Thank you <ul><li>Please fill in the evaluation form at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Lynne Meehan ( Room 314, Science library) </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 020 7679 2634 (ext 32634) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>