BA (Hons) Communications Library & information skills to help you  with your dissertation Emily Shields & Padma Inala [ema...
Consider this....
Making your research work for you Step  5 Review the process Step  2 get hold of information Step  3 evaluate information ...
Keywords : It’s vital to pick out the keywords in your dissertation topic and make sure you address each of these in your ...
<ul><li>budget Rome  hotel </li></ul><ul><li>budget Rome  accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>budget Rome  “bed and breakfast”...
<ul><li>budget  Rome  hotel </li></ul><ul><li>low-cost  Rome  accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>cheap  Rome  “bed and breakf...
Keywords : For each of the keywords in your dissertation topic think of alternative terms that could be used by an author ...
Refine your search strategy Search strategy Library  Catalogue Books & e-books Journal articles ASSIA Expanded Academic Cu...
Think about different word endings:  Truncation communication ▪  communicated  ▪ communicating  ▪ communicate If you were ...
Think about different word endings:  Truncation communication communicat* To search for  all  of the word endings associat...
<ul><li>media </li></ul>Combining your search terms immigra*
<ul><li>immigra* </li></ul>Combining your search terms Combining your search terms asylum
Making your research work for you Step  5 Review the process Step 2 get hold of information Step  3 evaluate information S...
<ul><li>The Library Website is your starting point for finding information in journals </li></ul><ul><li>Provide up to dat...
Bad results? If you do not find any articles then troubleshoot with the guide below: <ul><li>Searching with the  wrong key...
Search Engines  &  Gateways Search engines are a valuable source of information, but try not to rely on one alone as this ...
Search Engines  & Gateways <ul><li>Guaranteed good quality information – no evaluation required </li></ul><ul><li>Descript...
Why is  referencing  so important? <ul><li>It lets your tutors know where you got your information from </li></ul><ul><li>...
What is plagiarism? <ul><li>Using words more or less exactly as they have been used in lectures, web pages, books, article...
Getting more help <ul><li>Use the  Library Website </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mmu.ac.uk/library </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail...
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The Library And Your Dissertion

  1. 1. BA (Hons) Communications Library & information skills to help you with your dissertation Emily Shields & Padma Inala [email_address] [email_address]
  2. 2. Consider this....
  3. 3. Making your research work for you Step 5 Review the process Step 2 get hold of information Step 3 evaluate information Step 1 define topic & plan search Step 4 organise & use information
  4. 4. Keywords : It’s vital to pick out the keywords in your dissertation topic and make sure you address each of these in your work. The keywords are the words that you will use to search on the Library Catalogue, databases and search engines with. A study of the way the media in Britain is prejudiced against asylum seekers
  5. 5. <ul><li>budget Rome hotel </li></ul><ul><li>budget Rome accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>budget Rome “bed and breakfast” </li></ul><ul><li>budget Rome guesthouse </li></ul>Keywords Alternative keywords are important in order to increase your chances of finding the right information. You probably already do this everyday when using search engines. If you don’t find the information that you want first time, you change your words until you find what you’re looking for. For example:
  6. 6. <ul><li>budget Rome hotel </li></ul><ul><li>low-cost Rome accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>cheap Rome “bed and breakfast” </li></ul><ul><li>inexpensive Rome guesthouse </li></ul>Keywords If you still don’t find what you want, then you can keep changing your keywords for alternative terms until you do. For example:
  7. 7. Keywords : For each of the keywords in your dissertation topic think of alternative terms that could be used by an author to express the same concept or a similar idea. For example: Prejudice Media News Tabloid Broadsheet Immigrants Racism Asylum seekers Refugees Migrants bias discrimination Press stereotype TV
  8. 8. Refine your search strategy Search strategy Library Catalogue Books & e-books Journal articles ASSIA Expanded Academic Custom newspapers dissertations People tutor experts Internet Search Engines Gateways Google Scholar
  9. 9. Think about different word endings: Truncation communication ▪ communicated ▪ communicating ▪ communicate If you were searching for a journal article for information on ‘communication’ all of these word endings would be acceptable as they are all related to the key term ‘communication’. However, a computer will only look for the exact word that you put in, so would not find any of the other terms.
  10. 10. Think about different word endings: Truncation communication communicat* To search for all of the word endings associated with ‘communication’ use an asterisk * at the end of the stem of the word. This tells the database that you are only interested in words starting with ‘communicat’ but you do not mind how the word ends. Get into the habit of truncating as many of your search terms as possible as this will enhance your search. = communicat ed = communicat ing = communicat e
  11. 11. <ul><li>media </li></ul>Combining your search terms immigra*
  12. 12. <ul><li>immigra* </li></ul>Combining your search terms Combining your search terms asylum
  13. 13. Making your research work for you Step 5 Review the process Step 2 get hold of information Step 3 evaluate information Step 1 define topic & plan search Step 4 organise & use information
  14. 14. <ul><li>The Library Website is your starting point for finding information in journals </li></ul><ul><li>Provide up to date, peer reviewed information </li></ul><ul><li>Use the link to Resources by Subject to find the right database to search </li></ul><ul><li>Search for plurals, different word endings and spellings </li></ul>Top tips finding: journal articles Custom Newspapers? ASSIA? BHI? Expanded Academic?
  15. 15. Bad results? If you do not find any articles then troubleshoot with the guide below: <ul><li>Searching with the wrong keywords – if you’re using a modern term bear in mind that older research probably won’t be found </li></ul><ul><li>Sp a lling & t yy ping mistakes – the database won’t tell you if you’ve made a mistake </li></ul><ul><li>Incorrect symbol for truncation – not everything uses * </li></ul><ul><li>Searching on the wrong database – there are lots of databases available under ‘Communications’, look at the coverage to check you’re looking in the right place. </li></ul><ul><li>Forgetting to login with your Athens password to the individual journal – just because you have logged into the database off campus doesn’t mean you don’t’ have to log into the journal. This is a separate entity and needs to know that you’re an MMU student. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Search Engines & Gateways Search engines are a valuable source of information, but try not to rely on one alone as this will not give you the breadth of search that using several will give you. These are just a snapshot of the estimated 1,400 search engines available, try a few out and see which suit you best. <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/39329798@N00/2397947575/ </li></ul>Created by Phil Bradley: www.philb.com
  17. 17. Search Engines & Gateways <ul><li>Guaranteed good quality information – no evaluation required </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptions of the resources allows for a quick understanding of their background </li></ul><ul><li>Can search subject specific information only </li></ul><ul><li>Only a small number of results for a search </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of results returned with the chance to search which is most applicable </li></ul><ul><li>Access to information you may not find from any other source </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to search </li></ul><ul><li>No quality control </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to narrow your search </li></ul>http://www.intute.ac.uk
  18. 18. Why is referencing so important? <ul><li>It lets your tutors know where you got your information from </li></ul><ul><li>It shows you are developing your skills as a student and avoiding plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>SO </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you know what your tutor expects from you and spend time learning the right way to reference . </li></ul>© James Naughton
  19. 19. What is plagiarism? <ul><li>Using words more or less exactly as they have been used in lectures, web pages, books, articles, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Using other people’s ideas or theories and passing them off as your own </li></ul><ul><li>Paraphrasing what you have read without making it clear it is not your own thinking </li></ul>
  20. 20. Getting more help <ul><li>Use the Library Website </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mmu.ac.uk/library </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail [email_address] for any enquiries. </li></ul><ul><li>Phone 0161 247 6121 </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Hetal Patel, Student Support Officer in Room 49 or email [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>For study skills and help for students with a disability speak to the Learning Support Unit . </li></ul>

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