How not to reinvent the wheel

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Literature searching for ENCH 400 - the research process, useful information sources, Endnote.

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How not to reinvent the wheel

  1. 1. How not to reinvent the wheel or Literature Searching for ENCH400 2010
  2. 2. Our assignment is…  Research project  Literature review  Presentation  Reading past research – journals etc, company reports, wikipedia, textbooks  Citing sources – APA style  Design project  All of the above and  Make decisions based on research
  3. 3. We need to know…  More information sources  How to read quickly – and find the good parts  Which ones to read and which not to  How to work out what’s reliable  How to check what’s up-to-date  How to get journals without paying online
  4. 4. The Research Process Define your topic Gather background information What information do you need? Who would have written about it? Where? Find information Judge it – is it relevant? reliable? – does it point in new directions? – is it enough? or do you still need more? Write up your results Cite all sources!
  5. 5. Background  Wikipedia  Textbooks  People – lecturers, PhDs  Encyclopedias  Ullmann’s and Kirk-Othmer (linked from subject guide)  ChemSpider.com  lots of chemical data  search by name or structure
  6. 6. More questions How do the varieties differ? Is any resistance forming? What is the biological mechanism at work? Are there any health effects on humans?
  7. 7. Where next?  Journals  Conference papers  Previous research reports – theses  Standards  Patents  Check subject guide to find these
  8. 8. Subject guide
  9. 9. Evaluating Resources accurate? relevant? Is it… up-to-date? basic/advanced?
  10. 10. Citing
  11. 11. Using Endnote - 1
  12. 12. Using Endnote - 2
  13. 13. Using Endnote - 3 My Grand Chemical Engineering Research Project Thing
  14. 14. Summary  Everything you need is at: Library site -> Subject Guides -> Chem Eng -> How do I find…  Endnote – Library site -> Quicklinks -> Endnote wiki  or Zotero – plugs in to Firefox  on Linux use BibTex  Interloans  can borrow books/articles from other libraries
  15. 15. Slides and tips http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/ench
  16. 16. Contact me  Chat  Visit  Phone  Email See you around!

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