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AN EXAMPLE…
Imagine we’re looking for research on social media and the Arab Spring
What kind of information would we look ...
OBJECTIVES – WHICH RESOURCES?
• Bibliographic databases and Article Search +
• Making the most from Google – Google Schola...
BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES AND
ARTICLE SEARCH +
BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES
• A database is a collection of organised information...
COMPARING DATABASES
JSTOR
COMPARING DATABASES
Sociological Abstracts
COMPARING DATABASES
Article Search +
MAKING THE MOST FROM GOOGLE
GOOGLE SCHOLAR (http://scholar.google.co.uk)
• Provides a broad search for scholarly literatur...
GOOGLE SCHOLAR
MAKING THE MOST FROM GOOGLE
GOOGLE ADVANCED SEARCH (http://www.google.com/advanced_search)
• Sometimes you’re not actually...
GOOGLE ADVANCED SEARCH
SENATE HOUSE AND USING OTHER
LIBRARIES
SENATE HOUSE
• Register in person with your Goldsmiths card to borrow books and MOR...
SENATE HOUSE
ACCESSING NEWS ONLINE
NEWSPAPERS
• British national newspapers are increasingly moving towards the paywall
model, e.g. the...
PROQUEST ONLINE NEWSPAPERS
ONLINE NEWS AT BBC.CO.UK
AUDIOVISUAL RESOURCES
GOLDSMITHS SUBSCRIPTIONS
• Goldsmiths library has one of the largest audiovisual collections in the ...
AP ARCHIVE – MORE ONLINE VIDEO NEWS
REFERENCING
THE PURPOSE OF REFERENCING
• Traces the origin of ideas → placed in their historical, social, cultural context...
REFERENCING
WHAT IS ZOTERO? (http://www.zotero.org/)
• Free, open source online referencing software developed by George M...
YOUR ZOTERO LIBRARY
Organised into groups – see the variety of sources
Using the library and referencing in a digital age
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Using the library and referencing in a digital age

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This is a presentation that I ran with postgraduate Media students in Autumn 2013 to give an overview of the resources available to them - this was coupled with a hands-on demo of these resources.

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Using the library and referencing in a digital age

  1. 1. AN EXAMPLE… Imagine we’re looking for research on social media and the Arab Spring What kind of information would we look for? • Books • Journals • Newspapers • Online news • Websites • Audiovisual • Government publications
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES – WHICH RESOURCES? • Bibliographic databases and Article Search + • Making the most from Google – Google Scholar and Advanced Search • Senate House and other libraries • Accessing news online – including Proquest Online Newspapers • Audiovisual resources • Referencing
  3. 3. BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES AND ARTICLE SEARCH + BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES • A database is a collection of organised information, e.g. journals (and articles) • Media-related databases are available from the subject support pages (http://www.gold.ac.uk/library/subject-support/media-communications/) – most are multidisciplinary and not subject specific • How would you know which database to use? • Are you prepared to perform the same search several times? ARTICLE SEARCH + • A tool searching across most of our databases in one single search (http://www.gold.ac.uk/library/) • The large set of results it finds can be easily refined
  4. 4. COMPARING DATABASES JSTOR
  5. 5. COMPARING DATABASES Sociological Abstracts
  6. 6. COMPARING DATABASES Article Search +
  7. 7. MAKING THE MOST FROM GOOGLE GOOGLE SCHOLAR (http://scholar.google.co.uk) • Provides a broad search for scholarly literature • Finds articles, books, theses, etc. from various sources • It can locate full text (either using a Goldsmiths PC or if it’s in the public domain) • Ranks by relevance, where published, by whom, how often cited BUT…. • As a global repository of information, there is less quality control • Not everything is peer reviewed – always approach with caution • The number of results for any search is usually huge, with few filters to narrow • Use Google Scholar alongside Article Search + not instead of it
  8. 8. GOOGLE SCHOLAR
  9. 9. MAKING THE MOST FROM GOOGLE GOOGLE ADVANCED SEARCH (http://www.google.com/advanced_search) • Sometimes you’re not actually looking for academic research, e.g. population of London in 2013 • Advanced search gives you more control over your search and results • Include or exclude words or phrases • Filter by language, region, last update (currency), site domain (bias/objectivity) Compare a search for population of London 2013 on Google and Google Advanced Search (use gov.uk for the site domain) – what do you notice?
  10. 10. GOOGLE ADVANCED SEARCH
  11. 11. SENATE HOUSE AND USING OTHER LIBRARIES SENATE HOUSE • Register in person with your Goldsmiths card to borrow books and MORE IMPORTANTLY for access to e-resources • Senate House subscribes to many resources that we don’t • Use their equivalent of Article Search + to find articles in one search, e.g. social media AND Arab Spring OTHER LIBRARIES • Apply for SCONUL Access to borrow from other university libraries • Use COPAC to search around 70 UK library catalogues in one search • Register to use the British Library or use ILL service
  12. 12. SENATE HOUSE
  13. 13. ACCESSING NEWS ONLINE NEWSPAPERS • British national newspapers are increasingly moving towards the paywall model, e.g. the Murdoch press • Proquest Online Newspapers provides access – has strong search function • Search by keyword, author, publication, refine by document type, subject, date OTHER NEWS SERVICES • More information here - (http://www.gold.ac.uk/library/newspapers/) • bbc.co.uk has multimedia news content since 2008 (news reports, interviews, etc) • Many global news television networks provide content online
  14. 14. PROQUEST ONLINE NEWSPAPERS
  15. 15. ONLINE NEWS AT BBC.CO.UK
  16. 16. AUDIOVISUAL RESOURCES GOLDSMITHS SUBSCRIPTIONS • Goldsmiths library has one of the largest audiovisual collections in the UK, featuring documentaries on almost any subject • Box of Broadcasts provides access to UK freeview radio and television since 2007 – TRILT can supply hard copies of programmes if needed OTHER ONLINE AUDIOVISUAL RESOURCES • Use the AV pages on the website for more information (http://www.gold.ac.uk/library/collections/audio-visual-collection/) • Some are available only to HE students, e.g. JISC Media Hub, AP Press Archive (particularly good for themed collections of news footage) • Others are freely available, e.g. BBC Archive, British Pathé
  17. 17. AP ARCHIVE – MORE ONLINE VIDEO NEWS
  18. 18. REFERENCING THE PURPOSE OF REFERENCING • Traces the origin of ideas → placed in their historical, social, cultural contexts • Builds a web of ideas → assignments build arguments and connects them • Finds your own academic voice → use the arguments of others to develop your own ideas and method of articulating them • Validates arguments → show the accuracy and validity of your sources • Spreads knowledge → develop a trail of knowledge to advance that of others • Acknowledge the work of others → respect the IP of the work of others Neville, C. (2010) The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism. Maidenhead: Open University Press
  19. 19. REFERENCING WHAT IS ZOTERO? (http://www.zotero.org/) • Free, open source online referencing software developed by George Mason University – regularly improved and updated by its community of users • Integrates with all web browsers and Word with plug-ins/extensions • Create libraries of references with the click of a button – whether you’re searching library catalogues, databases, newspapers, websites, video, etc • Microsoft Word plug-in creates in-text citations and bibliographies for you (you must open Zotero in Firefox when you’re doing this!) • Create groups, collaborate with others and share references • Videos available at http://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials Register an account and get started!
  20. 20. YOUR ZOTERO LIBRARY Organised into groups – see the variety of sources

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