Postgraduate Research Skills 2012 (Engineering)


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Searching appropriate e-resources with guidance available from liaison librarians. Introduction to the Library’s Maori, Pasifika and special collections; and to citation and reference management using EndNote.

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  • The “literature” is the written conversation between scientists about what they’ve found out (by reading or experimenting).Searching the literature is all about learning who the cool people are and where they hang out.
  • Research process is iterative – as you learn more, you constantly refine your strategies and even your research question.For the best research questions, the answer doesn’t exist yet! You’re looking for clues that will let you piece together the puzzle yourself.
  • Library website > Subject guides > your subjectcontact details for liaison librarian reference materialstextbooks subject databases for journals, standards resources for specific topics writing and citing
  • Refine results - optionsFull text – available of link to article linkerRefs for articles plus cited byUse of controlled and uncontrolled terms 
  • Subject guide -> databases -> Web of Science looking up a known article title following citation trails looking at keywords keyword searching author searching finding full text button
  • Availability of material from open access sources eg Canterbury IRSet preferences to show if held by UC librarySet preferences to export to Endnote
  • Lots of specialised databases. Good to do your search in a variety to make sure you don’t miss anything important.
  • Can be a good starting point though it doesn’t have all the advanced search features of specialised databases
  • Request to retrieve
  • FreeE-delivery for most journal articles; books take longer
  • Nearly 100 collections containing research potential for students at the College of Engineering. Contact Jeff Palmer, Macmillan Brown Library
  • M. Hamilton papers, engineer and designer of the Callendar-Hamilton bridge, ENSOC archives, Engineering drawings and papers e.g. Robert Julian Scott (engineering professor at UC) papers cover the period 1884-1915, JD Dell Papers Engineering reports, papers on Richard Pearse and the first powered flight in New Zealand School of engineering records
  • Numerous photograph collections relevant to engineering research : transport, buildings and site constructions.
  • Over 120, 000 catalogued drawings and plans from Christchurch’s most notable architects including Samuel Hurst Seager, Miles Warren, Peter Beaven, Paul Pascoe, Collins and Harmon, Don Donnithorne
  • Manages your references – makes citing easy!Instruction at available – book from library homepageInstall on your own computer
  • Find citations in a databaseExport to Endnote
  • Organise in EndnoteThousands of citation styles
  • Write your paper, inserting citations as you go
  • Reminders:Subject guidesContacts linkAskLive
  • Postgraduate Research Skills 2012 (Engineering)

    1. 1. Postgraduate Research Skills 2012
    2. 2. We already know...  Journals  Databases – Web of Science, Science Direct, Scopus, Compendex, Google Scholar, IEEEXplore, ACM, Sage, ASCE  Interloan  Google  Multisearch  General books  Patents  Standards – ASTM, ISO, British, Eurocodes, NZS
    3. 3. We need to know...  AASHTO – Transportation  Number of renewals  Finding theses  Pay-for-view articles  Access off-campus  Waiting for interloans  Formats of digital files  Trouble downloading ebooks
    4. 4. The Literature You
    5. 5. 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!
    6. 6. Getting Started
    7. 7. Compendex
    8. 8. Web of Science
    9. 9. Google Scholar
    10. 10. More databases
    11. 11. MultiSearch
    12. 12. Books
    13. 13. Interloans(image: world map of libraries)
    14. 14. Theses
    15. 15. Standards  Online –  AS/NZS  ASTM  IEEE  NFPA fire codes  or  Print collection  AS  BS  ISO  Eurocodes
    16. 16. Special CollectionsRare Books: European books 1490-1930Restricted Access collections 1850-1950UC Theses (print copies) 1930s - 2011
    17. 17. Special CollectionsLibrary CatalogueStore C : ‘For use in Macmillan Brown Library’
    18. 18. Macmillan BrownLibrary collections
    19. 19. Archival Collections
    20. 20. Photograph collection
    21. 21. ArchitecturalDrawings
    22. 22. Citing
    23. 23. Using Endnote
    24. 24. Using Endnote
    25. 25. Using Endnote My Grand Chemical Engineering Research Project Thing
    26. 26. One thing we’ve learned...  Use of databases for doing literature review  Using Web of Science  The customization available with the databases and the variety available  Smaller, specialised databases  Creating an email alert for Compendex and Google Scholar  Interloans, Standards   Useful tips for organizing research data  Using Endnote for referencing
    27. 27. One thing we still want to know Citation analysis  See Various Endnote questions  Come to a session at Latex & Bibtex - importing citations in there  Most databases have an option to export to Endnote. Deborah may be able to answer some other questions
    28. 28. One thing we still want to know I couldn’t get what should I do to get access on AASHTO?  We don’t have direct access to everything, but for specific standards/documents ask us and we’ll find a way to get what you need. How to deal with online books efficiently More information about difference between databases  For all these more in-depth questions, contact your liaison librarian – we’d love to talk more with you and answer your questions.
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    30. 30. Contact us