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  • Using the Library for Research Anderson Room, Monday 26 February, 2007. 8 students. You are: MSc Urban Real Estate Management & Development, Dip/MSc Housing, MSc Urban Regeneration (full time and part time) I’ll talk to you about Using the Library for Research, as part of the “Research Methods, Evaluation and Information Sources” Module, co-ordinated by Ya Ping Wang and Delia Lomax. This presentation is available at:
  • Using the library for research

    1. 1. WELCOME Using the Library for research Roddy MacLeod [email_address] Ext 3576
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Basics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library guide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals (print and ejournals) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Athens Authentication & other Passwords </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Private Network (VPN) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inter Library Loans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Resources Newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How To Find Out guides </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Objectives <ul><li>Understand some principles of literature searching </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how to use the Library’s website to find information </li></ul><ul><li>Know which tools to use to find information </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to locate copies of documents and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Know where to go for advice </li></ul>
    4. 4. How to find… <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Conference papers </li></ul><ul><li>Technical reports </li></ul><ul><li>Government publications </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Theses and dissertations </li></ul><ul><li>Reference materials </li></ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why? <ul><li>It takes time and effort to find information. </li></ul><ul><li>With digital resources of various kinds, print and multimedia, the knowledge environment is complicated. </li></ul><ul><li>There’s much more to finding information that searching Google. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Starting point <ul><li>Library guide </li></ul><ul><li>Heriot Watt University Library website </li></ul>
    7. 7.
    8. 8. How to find out in the Built Environment <ul><li>Whether you're looking for information for a project or dissertation, or just some facts, figures, or addresses, this guide should point you in the right direction. </li></ul><ul><li>Web version is regularly updated. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Literature Searching <ul><li>It takes time and effort to find information. </li></ul><ul><li>Define your subject and your objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss your topic with your supervisor for their starting points. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at any information already found as it may lead to further material. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide how comprehensive the search will be. Everything on your subject? - Go through each of the sections in How To Find Out guide. Or can you exclude some sections and types of material? </li></ul><ul><li>Look through guide and decide which are best sources for you. </li></ul><ul><li>General sources are normally listed first. Always read explanations </li></ul><ul><li>Think about your search profile - the keywords, related terms, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep systematic records , follow the advice in: Taking References </li></ul>
    10. 10. Journals Journals Journals Journals Journals Print-only journals available in HW Library Print and e-journals available in/from HW Library E-journals available from HW Library Journals not available in/from HW Library. Obtain articles via Inter Library Loans or try another Library 100 c1,000 5,000 150,000+
    11. 11. Databases <ul><li>Zetoc campus/ VPN </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar freely available </li></ul><ul><li>CSA Illumina campus/ VPN </li></ul><ul><li>ScienceDirect campus/ VPN </li></ul><ul><li>InjentaConnect campus/ VPN </li></ul><ul><li>ISI Web of Knowledge campus/ VPN </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering Village 2/Compendex Athens/Athens </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Science & Technology Full text campus/ VPN </li></ul><ul><li>Abstracts in New Technologies and Engineering campus/ VPN </li></ul><ul><li>TechXtra freely available </li></ul><ul><li>Iconda Athens/Athens </li></ul><ul><li>Construction and Building Abstracts (CBA) campus/ VPN </li></ul><ul><li>RICS Library Direct password/password </li></ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul>Passwords – see Databases page links
    12. 12. Database coverage examples Zetoc CSA Illumina CBA RICS Library Direct Journals DATABASES 20,000 journals 200 journals
    13. 13. Databases <ul><li>Search: Sustainable urban regeneration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zetoc 402 items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Articles, conference papers – no links to full text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar 19,000 items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Articles, books, conference papers, citations – some links to full text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ScienceDirect 14 items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Articles – full text links to all </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSA Illumina 21 items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Articles, scholars, websites, conferences, books, reports - some links to full text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TechXtra 161 items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Articles, books, jobs, websites – some links to full text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICONDA 6 items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Articles, reports, books – no links to full text </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Database Scope & Coverage <ul><li>Every database has a different subject coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Every database indexes a different number of journals and sometimes other types of publications </li></ul><ul><li>Some are multidisciplinary resources eg </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zetoc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CSA Illumina </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Some specialise in one subject area e.g. ICONDA </li></ul>
    15. 15. Search terms – Zetoc <ul><li>Large multidisciplinary database </li></ul><ul><li>anti social behaviour 265 </li></ul><ul><li>antisocial behaviour 264 </li></ul><ul><li>antisocial behaviour* 283 </li></ul><ul><li>“ antisocial behaviour*” 246 </li></ul><ul><li>antisocial behavior 510 </li></ul>
    16. 16. Search terms – ICONDA <ul><li>International Construction DAtabase </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping centre* 4043 </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping center* 387 </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping mall* 726 </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping arcade* 918 </li></ul><ul><li>Retail centre* 41 </li></ul><ul><li>Retail park* 26 </li></ul>
    17. 17. Narrowing a search – Ei Village 2 <ul><li>An interdisciplinary engineering information database </li></ul><ul><li>urban regenerat* [in all fields] 635 </li></ul><ul><li>urban regenerat* [in title] 34 </li></ul><ul><li>urban regenerat* [in ti, articles] 23 </li></ul><ul><li>urban regenerat* [in ti, articles, refine results to include only UK] 8 </li></ul>
    18. 18. Advanced searching – CSA Illumina <ul><li>A number of databases available via CSA Illumina indexing many thousands of journals </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnicity and housing [in the Social Science Section] = 2984 </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic* [in title] and hous* [in title] and association* [anywhere] = 12 </li></ul>
    19. 19. RICS - The centre of business information for the property industry <ul><li>Online version of the RICS Library's key information source Abstracts and Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Housing renewal = 97 </li></ul><ul><li>Housing renew$ = 109 </li></ul><ul><li>Housing regenerat$ = 575 </li></ul><ul><li>Housing regenerat$ in title = 46 </li></ul>
    20. 20. EbscoHost <ul><li>Business Source Elite via EbscoHost – full text of 1,100 business publications </li></ul><ul><li>Homelessness = 667 </li></ul><ul><li>Homelessness in title = 133 </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless and government and uk = 4 </li></ul>
    21. 21. ISI Web of Knowledge <ul><li>Science Citation Index ; Social Sciences Citation Index; Arts and Humanities Citation Index </li></ul>
    22. 22. ISI Web of Knowledge
    23. 23. Google Scholar <ul><li>Indexes a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. </li></ul><ul><li>Covers peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, etc </li></ul><ul><li>“sustainable urban regeneration” = 127 </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar Help </li></ul>
    24. 24. Google Scholar <ul><li>“sustainable urban regeneration” = 127 </li></ul>Article – full text is available to HW Cites 24 other articles Book Similar items
    25. 25. Database search strategy <ul><li>Identify key CONCEPTS </li></ul><ul><li>Identify KEYWORDS </li></ul><ul><li>Broad and narrow terms </li></ul><ul><li>Synonyms and alternative terms </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative spellings/plurals </li></ul><ul><li>AND, OR, NOT (combining) </li></ul><ul><li>Applying limits/narrowing searches </li></ul><ul><li>Linking to cited references and citing references </li></ul>
    26. 26. Search results Full text
    27. 27. Search results Bibliographic record only
    28. 28. Bibliographic record
    29. 29. Locating Full-Text <ul><li>Link to full-text on-screen from within database record (where available) </li></ul><ul><li>Use electronic journals A-Z list to see if we offer electronic access </li></ul><ul><li>Use Print (Hardcopy) Journals list to see if we have the journal in print copy </li></ul><ul><li>If necessary, request item/s on Inter-Library Loan or search other library catalogues </li></ul>
    30. 30. Other tools <ul><li>See: How To Find Out…: Internet </li></ul><ul><li>TechXtra – cross-search articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, teaching and learning resources, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Cyburbia – the urban planning portal </li></ul><ul><li>SAPLING - Architecture, Planning and Landscape Information Gateway </li></ul><ul><li>Open Directory: Urban and Regional Planning </li></ul>
    31. 31. Other tools <ul><li>Barbour Property & Facilities Manager – SBE Resource Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Estates Gazette interactive – SBE Resource Centre </li></ul><ul><li> and SPN (Scottish Property Network) – SBE Resource Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Info4education – SBE Resource Centre </li></ul><ul><li> - SBE Resource Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Planing Exchange – SBE Resource Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Urbadisc </li></ul>
    32. 32. Professional Societies <ul><li>See: How to find out…: Professional Societies </li></ul><ul><li>Chartered Institute of Building </li></ul><ul><li>Chartered Institute of Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Town and Country Planning Association </li></ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul>
    33. 33. News <ul><li>Internet Resources Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Spineless? (The HW Library Blog) </li></ul>
    34. 34. CONTACT DETAILS <ul><li>Roddy MacLeod </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Subject Librarian (Built Environment) </li></ul><ul><li>tel: 3576 </li></ul><ul><li>email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Ask at Service Desk anytime, or </li></ul><ul><li>Enquiry desk: Wednesdays 1-5pm </li></ul>
    35. 35. Help <ul><li>Using the Library website </li></ul><ul><li>Identify information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Advise on searching </li></ul><ul><li>Help with access problems </li></ul>