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Library skills for EAP slides

  1. 1. UCL Library Lynne Meehan and Rachel Nelligan (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>Further Help </li></ul>
  3. 3. Task 1: Where do you look? <ul><li>Search Engine </li></ul>Database Library catalogue Encyclopaedia
  4. 4. Type of information
  5. 5. <ul><li>Get an overview of topic – try lecture notes, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, websites </li></ul><ul><li>In order to search databases effectively, decide key words or phrases that describe what you need to find </li></ul><ul><li>e.g The case for and against Immigration Control </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords would be Immigration Control </li></ul><ul><li>- We call these Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Searching literature from around the world. To find all possible results – think of other ways to describe your chosen Concepts </li></ul>Search techniques - Define your topic
  6. 6. Search techniques - Define your topic <ul><li>“ Greener City Transport” </li></ul><ul><li>Task 1: Work in groups and define the concepts and find keywords and synonyms for them. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Boolean logic – USING OR <ul><li>Useful for combining a search on the same concept </li></ul>Green Sustainable OR Results will contain either term
  8. 8. Boolean logic – using AND <ul><li>Useful for combining different concepts </li></ul>Sustainable Transport AND Only get results where both terms are mentioned
  9. 9. Boolean Question 1: Which search will return fewer results? A: Recycle AND Environment B: Recyle OR Environment Question 2: What Boolean term would you use to combine synonyms (alternative words for your Concept) e.g. (green, sustainable, low environmental impact) A: AND B: OR
  10. 10. Search tips <ul><li>Phrase search </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. “sustainable transport” </li></ul><ul><li>Nesting </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. transport (green or sustainable) </li></ul><ul><li>Wildcards </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Wom?n </li></ul><ul><li>Truncation </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. transport* </li></ul>
  11. 11. Library catalogue <ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for finding books on your reading list and some books for your topics </li></ul><ul><li>TASK 2: </li></ul><ul><li>In which library would you find the book “ Sustainable transport strategy ” by Brian Madge and Jeff Wilson and what is the shelf location? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Knovel is an interactive e-book database. </li></ul><ul><li>It gives searchable access to the full text of a range of engineering text and reference books. </li></ul><ul><li>University Challenge </li></ul>Knovel
  13. 13. <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 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sciverse http:// /action/home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intute </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Search tips work on the web as well </li></ul><ul><li>TASK 3: </li></ul><ul><li>Try one of the websites above and search for sustainable transport. Note down 2 useful websites you found </li></ul>Web search
  14. 14. What databases to use <ul><li>See subject guides for advice on databases </li></ul><ul><li>Metalib is a gateway to all the library databases. </li></ul><ul><li>-Allows search by subject if not sure which database to choose </li></ul><ul><li>Go to library website for access to Metalib: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on Electronic Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on Metalib </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on the “Go to Metalib” Link </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Metalib <ul><li>Task 4: </li></ul><ul><li>Using Metalib find three articles on Sustainable Transport using the tips shown in the previous slides? </li></ul><ul><li>Use SFX to locate the articles? </li></ul><ul><li>Email yourself the records for the two articles? </li></ul>
  16. 16. 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>
  17. 17. Citing your Sources <ul><li>Avoid the crime of &quot;copy / paste&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>You may be surprised how easily your lecturers can spot plagiarism - and there may be serious penalties. </li></ul><ul><li>Citing styles: Harvard and Vancouver </li></ul><ul><li>Essential details -Who, what, where, when and why? </li></ul>
  18. 18. 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>
  19. 19. Help! <ul><li>WISE: http:// </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>
  20. 20. 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>