Exploiting information: getting themost from the OU LibraryNicola Dowson and Wendy Mears21 March 2012
Our session will cover..• Literature review and sources of help• Keeping up to date• Bibliographic management tools
A good literature review will..• clarify your understanding of the field• explain the rationale for your research• place y...
Lit review - doing it well • Comprehensive searching • Citation searching • Good record keeping
Help and training resources•   Information skills for researchers on Library website•   Training sessions, online or F2F• ...
Keeping up to date• Introducing you to ways of keeping up-to-date  using electronic tools
Email alerts, RSS feeds and trackingengines allow you to:• Set up, save and re-run your searches against latest  additions...
Email alerting services• Two types  – Journal table of contents(TOC) based  – Search based: keywords, authors, subject• Ex...
Zetoc• Zetoc provides access to the  British Libraries Electronic Table  of Contents of around 20,000  current journals an...
Other updating tools (1)• Setting up RSS feeds  – iGoogle: http://.google.com/ig  – Bloglines: http://www.bloglines.com/  ...
Other updating tools (2)• Social bookmarking  – Diigo: http://www.diigo.com• Social citation sharing  – Mendeley: http://w...
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Exploiting information: getting the most from the OU Library - Wendy Mears and Nicola Dowson

  1. 1. Exploiting information: getting themost from the OU LibraryNicola Dowson and Wendy Mears21 March 2012
  2. 2. Our session will cover..• Literature review and sources of help• Keeping up to date• Bibliographic management tools
  3. 3. A good literature review will..• clarify your understanding of the field• explain the rationale for your research• place your research within a broader context• evaluate the results of previous research• define key concepts and ideas• identify research in related areas that are generalisable or transferable to your topic• identify relevant methodological issues.• (taken from Uni New England library website:• http://www.une.edu.au/library/eskillsplus/literature/litreview.php
  4. 4. Lit review - doing it well • Comprehensive searching • Citation searching • Good record keeping
  5. 5. Help and training resources• Information skills for researchers on Library website• Training sessions, online or F2F• Subject specialists within the Library• Immediate help via Library helpdesk
  6. 6. Keeping up to date• Introducing you to ways of keeping up-to-date using electronic tools
  7. 7. Email alerts, RSS feeds and trackingengines allow you to:• Set up, save and re-run your searches against latest additions to databases• Set up profiles to receive automatically the contents pages of journal issues• Receive notification of articles recently published and added to a database• Keep up to date with breaking news• Discover new resources in your field
  8. 8. Email alerting services• Two types – Journal table of contents(TOC) based – Search based: keywords, authors, subject• Examples – Zetoc Alert – TicTOCs: http://www.tictocs.ac.uk – IEEE Explore
  9. 9. Zetoc• Zetoc provides access to the British Libraries Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year
  10. 10. Other updating tools (1)• Setting up RSS feeds – iGoogle: http://.google.com/ig – Bloglines: http://www.bloglines.com/ – Netvibes: http://www.netvibes.com• Social networking tools – ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net
  11. 11. Other updating tools (2)• Social bookmarking – Diigo: http://www.diigo.com• Social citation sharing – Mendeley: http://www.mendeley.com• Tracking website changes – TrackEngine: http:www.trackengine.com/servlets/com.nexlabs.trac
  12. 12. Bibliographic managementtools

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