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.May be literal conversations; conferences; journals; standards; patents; books; encyclopaedias; websites; social media....
Subject guide -> databases -> CompendexCovers all aspects of Engineering.
We evaluate papers by... Which year published Author - well-known, professional standing Check calculations and models Check references Have they limited their scope – for what reasons Check their assumptions
Evaluating papersIs it… and... relevant? Who is it written for? basic/advanced? What kind of research is it? up-to-date? How far along is the research? What questions haven’t they answered yet? accurate?
Standards Online – AS/NZS ASTM IEEE NFPA fire codes or Print collection AS BS ISO Eurocodes
Other resources Books Theses Patents Interloans Consultations Endnote
We’ve learned… The Engineering databases (such as Compendex, Scopus) UoC can provide to assist our research Google Scholar might be useful In theory, how to search for documents in the on-line library – functions of databases and how to use them Online access to NFPA standards There are programs that assist with referencing Why Endnote is so useful Endnote vs free Zotero
We still want to learn…Setting up preferences to access full texts online If you access databases via the library website or subject guide, you’ll automatically get access where we have it. If you come via Google Scholar: Go to Scholar Preferences (http://scholar.google.com/scholar_preferences) Under Library Links search for and select “University of Canterbury” Save your preferences When you search, look for the “Full-Text @ UC Library” linkHow to troubleshoot searches eg if you’re not finding what you want... Hmm – try looking at the results you are getting – what’s wrong and what’s right? Can give you clues of different keywords/databases to try which may get you closer. Or just come and see me.
We still want to learn…How to search photos or tables General photos: http://images.google.com Reusable photos: http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search and select the appropriate option under “usage rights”. (Remember to give credit too.) Scientific/technical photos: http://www.springerimages.com/ - browse by subject then in the “Refine” options tick “Only accessible images” Searching within other databases – I don’t know of any way but will keep an eye out....More about referencing Book a tutorial at: http://webapps.libr.canterbury.ac.nz/webdb/course.php?course=215 Or teach yourself at: http://wiki.canterbury.ac.nz/display/LIBRARY/EndNote Or try Zotero: http://www.zotero.org/
Slides and tipshttp://canterbury.libguides.com/enfe