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Literature Searching For Your     Summer Scholarship           2011
Our mission is…    Look at what’s been done on the topic    Find past papers and read them    Some groups have been giv...
We already know...    Textbooks for fundamentals    Catalogue    Database searching (ScienceDirect, Scopus, Web of Scie...
We need to know...    What questions to ask    LaTeX    Endnote
The Literature                 You
The Research ProcessDefine your topic          What information do you need?          Who would have written about it? Whe...
We would find info in...    Google    Google Scholar    Wikipedia    Library catalogue    Library MultiSearch    Lib...
Getting Started
Web of Science
Scopus
Scopus
Google Scholar
More databases
Theses
Standards           Online –           AS/NZS           ASTM           IEEE           NFPA fire codes           or  ...
Requesting from EPS
Interloans(image: world map of libraries)
Citing
Using Endnote
Using Endnote
Using Endnote My Grand Chemical Engineering Research Project Thing
We’ve learned...    About library subject guides. They seem useful and easy to     use    That reference material is lin...
We’ve learned...    Range of databases that can be used for searching    The database search locations, with citation co...
We’ve learned...    Google Scholar finds results from open databases too    Google has a code search facility    Askliv...
We still want to know... More specific information on [my subject]    Check the subject guide at http://canterbury.libgui...
We still want to know... A handout of all the databases    There’s too many for a handout but see     http://library.cant...
We still want to know... How to use Endnote properly    Book a course at     http://webapps.libr.canterbury.ac.nz/webdb/c...
We still want to know... How to formulate thesis questions / What makes a good   article / Format of literature review The...
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Literature Searching For Your Summer Scholarship 2011 - Science and Engineering

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An introduction to library resources, including database search skills, to support the UC Summer Scholarship programme in the science and engineering fields.

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Literature Searching For Your Summer Scholarship 2011 - Science and Engineering

  1. 1. Literature Searching For Your Summer Scholarship 2011
  2. 2. Our mission is…  Look at what’s been done on the topic  Find past papers and read them  Some groups have been given papers by supervisors  Literature review  Learn health and safety, lab restrictions  Write a report with references  Doing the work – making models, synthesis, coding, designing systems, purifications, construction  Find existing products (hardware, code)  Find manufacturer’s information  Find out if people have used components – what issues are there with them
  3. 3. We already know...  Textbooks for fundamentals  Catalogue  Database searching (ScienceDirect, Scopus, Web of Science)  Subject specific databases (PsycInfo, IEEEXplore, arXiv, Earthquake Engineering Abstracts)  Manufacturers datasheets  Structure of report  Referencing  Use of Endnote to store references
  4. 4. We need to know...  What questions to ask  LaTeX  Endnote
  5. 5. The Literature You
  6. 6. The Research ProcessDefine your topic What information do you need? Who would have written about it? Where? Find information Judge it – is it reliable? relevant? – does it point in new directions? – is it enough? or do you still need more? Analyse and synthesise Cite all sources!
  7. 7. We would find info in...  Google  Google Scholar  Wikipedia  Library catalogue  Library MultiSearch  Library databases (Web of Science, SciFinder, Scopus, ACM)  Supervisor, other people in the field  Authors’ webpages, other archives  Manufacturers’ datasheets
  8. 8. Getting Started
  9. 9. Web of Science
  10. 10. Scopus
  11. 11. Scopus
  12. 12. Google Scholar
  13. 13. More databases
  14. 14. Theses
  15. 15. Standards  Online –  AS/NZS  ASTM  IEEE  NFPA fire codes  or  Print collection  AS  BS  ISO  Eurocodes
  16. 16. Requesting from EPS
  17. 17. Interloans(image: world map of libraries)
  18. 18. Citing
  19. 19. Using Endnote
  20. 20. Using Endnote
  21. 21. Using Endnote My Grand Chemical Engineering Research Project Thing
  22. 22. We’ve learned...  About library subject guides. They seem useful and easy to use  That reference material is linked to off the library website, not just databases  Wikipedia is good  I didn’t know the library had subscriptions to so many databases/journals  To search multiple databases for a wider range of articles, rather than one or two  How to use refinement options on databases  The use of quotation marks to group terms in a topic search on the database
  23. 23. We’ve learned...  Range of databases that can be used for searching  The database search locations, with citation counts  Finding relevant literature from Web of Science  Scopus seems easier to use than Web of Science  Scopus has resources related to my subject  Can download all /selected texts as PDFs all at once, not just individually  Science Direct is better than Scopus  Found out about two databases (Scopus and Compendex) I will use in future  IEEEXplore exists – seems useful
  24. 24. We’ve learned...  Google Scholar finds results from open databases too  Google has a code search facility  Asklive - ability to talk to a librarian online  Interloans to get material that’s not available online  UC Research Repository for theses and other UC publications  The library has standards eg ISO, BS  Introduction to Endnote for managing references – Tutorials available
  25. 25. We still want to know... More specific information on [my subject]  Check the subject guide at http://canterbury.libguides.com/ and talk to the subject liaison librarian Is there an easy way to compare results of two different databases?  Alas no. Though you could download all the results from each into Endnote. Google Scholar  http://scholar.google.com/ - visit the Preferences page and search for Canterbury under Library Links How to access article full text when it’s not available online  Visit http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/interloans/
  26. 26. We still want to know... A handout of all the databases  There’s too many for a handout but see http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/databases/ or your subject guide Search criteria to pick up more results  Using fewer keywords, more generic keywords (eg “animal” instead of “cat”), or alternative terms (cat OR feline) will usually pick up more results – but your subject liaison librarian can help with your specific topic. How can I be sure I have found everything relevant?  You’ll probably never have everything but when you’ve searched a variety of databases with a variety of search methods and keywords and you keep getting results you’ve already seen, you’ve probably got the most important stuff.
  27. 27. We still want to know... How to use Endnote properly  Book a course at http://webapps.libr.canterbury.ac.nz/webdb/course.php?sum mary=1 (yes, this includes Macs) Endnote / Latex / BibTeX  Latex uses BibTeX to format references (rather than working directly with Endnote).  You can still use Endnote to manage references, then export: File > Export > Output style = BibTeX Export
  28. 28. We still want to know... How to formulate thesis questions / What makes a good article / Format of literature review These aren’t our specific areas of expertise but try...  Learning Skills runs workshops: http://www.lps.canterbury.ac.nz/lsc/  We have books about writing in science/engineering: http://webapps.libr.canterbury.ac.nz/webdb/biblioplus.php?pa ge=el_techbks  And search for review articles in databases to find examples in your field.
  29. 29. Slides http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/
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