Just because an article has several citations, doesn’t mean its a good article. Quite possible, those citations are picking up on errors in methodology, results or conclusions.
References – get these from a bibliography either physical copy or set of hyperlinks in some databases. Fixed number.Citations – key resources are WoS and GS. Changes over time.
Check with your supervisor
Any PhD is conducted over a long period of time and a part-time one even more so. Therefore it is really important to stay up to date with new research that your reading isn’t out of date by the time you come to write up. A number of tools to help you. Some are unique services , others are a matter of preference e.g. email or RSS - RSS feeds covered in ‘keeping up-to-date’ session.
ZETOC Login to get personalised interface. Journals and Conferences. Do KW search and key journals to consult and you can get the ToC emailed to you to check for relevant articles.
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Finding and managing information for your doctorate (including Endnote): part 2 David Heading and James Bisset
Part 2 overview• Using citations and references• Finding related material• Styles of referencing in Endnote• Break• Managing references - Endnote groups• Keeping up to date with new research
Citation searching and references• Demonstration of connections in academic debate both backwards (references) and forwards (citations)• May be a positive or negative connection to other literature• Give you a quality controlled list of material to consult if you establish the context in which it has been cited
Article E that Article F that Book 3 that Article G that Article H that refers to refers to refers to refers to refers to Paper A Paper A Paper A Paper A Paper A Citations Paper A – a journal article that you are interested in ReferencesArticle B that Book 1 that is Article C that Article D that Book 2 that isis referred to referred to by is referred to is referred to referred to by by Paper A Paper A by Paper A by Paper A Paper A
Article Article C E Article Paper ArticleBook 2 Book 3 B A G 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Book1 Book4 Article Article D F
Related material• Making connections between similar resources• Criteria vary significantly depending on the database or catalogue you are using• Sometimes the process is human, other times automated
Finding Information - Hands-on• Pick a key article and look for it in a database• Trace academic debate using citations and references• Find related material in – Databases – Catalogues
Referencing style in your department• Look at Durham e-Theses to find online examples of recently passed theses in your subject area.• The bibliography will give you an indication of the sort of referencing style that you could use. Durham e-Theses http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/
Keeping up to date• Automates the process of searching to save you time• Saved searches – For you to re-run at convenient time• Alert services – Brings material to you by email or RSS feed – Acquisitions, citations, articles matching search terms or tables of contents (ToCs)www.dur.ac.uk/library/research/keepuptodate/
Alert Services• Books – Durham University Library Catalogue: new books that match search terms• Articles – Citations: Web of Science and Google Scholar – Keywords: Google Scholar and ZETOC – Table of Contents: ZETOC
Summary• Features enable you to make connections between related research material• Endnote styles are important for controlling the look of in text citations and references• Groups help you manage your library• Keeping up to date with new research can be automated and so save you time