DT5210 Research methodologies session 2 2013


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DT5210 Research methodologies session 2 2013

  1. 1. Drama and Theatre Research Methodologies http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/drama 15 October 2013 Kim Coles Library
  2. 2. Session Outline Library • • • • • 2 Accessing e-resources off-campus Developing a search strategy Online resources for Drama and Theatre Citing references / creating a bibliography … anything else?
  3. 3. Access online resources off-campus Library Royal Holloway ‘Campus Anywhere’ (VPN) The only way to access all of our electronic resources off campus is to install the Virtual Private Network (VPN) service, known as 'CampusAnywhere'. How to set up the VPN connection: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/it/home.aspx and follow the link: Campus Anywhere
  4. 4. Developing a search strategy Library 1. Identify keywords that define your research question 2. Select relevant information sources 3. Evaluate and modify your searches 4. Select and save results 5. Locate copies of promising texts
  5. 5. Library My essay question / research topic: What do I want to find out?
  6. 6. Library 6
  7. 7. Identifying key concepts & keywords Library Alternative terms e.g. governance / policy / regulation Alternative spellings e.g. colour or color; theatre or theater Changing terminology e.g. global warming / climate change
  8. 8. Analysing your query - an example Library Finding information on: ‘depictions of madwomen’ Main aspects Alternative terms 1. madness Insanity, mental illness, hysteria Female, gender, sex 2. women
  9. 9. Exercise 1 Library Think about your own dissertation / essay topic / research interests and spend 5 minutes planning your search.
  10. 10. Library Now that I know what I want to find out: What resources would I use?
  11. 11. Types of Resources Library Journals Books Statistics Websites Databases Reports
  12. 12. Selecting information sources Library Drama and Theatre Subject Guide Online databases LibrarySearch Senate house library catalogue Other internet resources These can also be found on the main Library webpage
  13. 13. Activity 2 Library Spend 2-3 minutes browsing the Drama Subject Guide and the suggested resources, and tick the box in the handbook which resources or types of resources/information you think you would use to carry out your research.
  14. 14. Library Now that I know what I want to find out & where to find the resources: How do I search for information on my topic?
  15. 15. Wildcard searching – hints & tips Library Use wildcard characters ($ ? * -) to replace letters in search terms Examples theat* - finds theatre, theater, theatrical etc. *owl* - finds howl, howler, owl, owls, bowl, etc. wom*n - finds women, woman, etc. NB: Help pages in online databases will explain which character is used as the wildcard
  16. 16. Reviewing your results – hints & tips Library Too many results? Narrow your search using: AND e.g. female AND madness
  17. 17. Reviewing your results – hints & tips Library Too few results? Broaden your search using: OR e.g. sex OR gender
  18. 18. Library Now that I have found information on my topic: How do I know that it is what I want and good quality material?
  19. 19. Reviewing your research Library Do you have enough / too much information? Do you need to review your underlying research question? Is the information current / within the date you require Is it relevant to your research? Does it answer the whole question?
  20. 20. Activity 3 Library Read the section on Web of Knowledge and conduct some searches. Try out a few searches using your keywords and some of the search techniques we’ve just looked at. Try saving and emailing useful results to yourself.
  21. 21. Library Now that I have the information (books, chapters, journal articles, webpages etc) that I need: How do I manage & reference them?
  22. 22. Citation and referencing Library Acknowledge the author of the source Enable the item to be traced Evidence of scope and depth of your research Reference style – the layout & format of your bibliography - CHECK WITH YOUR DEPT
  23. 23. MLA 7th edition Library Gralla, Preston. How Wireless Works. 2nd ed. Indianapolis: Que, 2006. 23
  24. 24. Legal & ethical issues Library Copyright: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/library/helpandsupport/teachingsupport/copyright advice.aspx Plagiarism: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/forstudents/studyresources/home.aspx
  25. 25. RefWorks Library Bibliographic management software Capture, save and organise references Access it via the Online Resources A-Z lists Contains online self-help tutorials Library RefWorks sessions: Check the Library Information Skills Training Sessions from the Drama Subject guide: http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/drama
  26. 26. Selecting & saving results & full text Library Most databases allow you to: Select and save results to a ‘folder’ Save, download or email results to yourself Save search ‘history’ & re run them Always make a note of your search queries and which database you used.
  27. 27. Any questions? Library For more help & guidance on any of the topics explored in this course, or for one to one training sessions, please contact the Library Information Consultant for Drama & Theatre: Kim Coles, k.coles@rhul.ac.uk or email: library@rhul.ac.uk Further information can also be found on the Library website: www.rhul.ac.uk/library