Library Research Skills for Murdoch Business School MBA students
LibraryResearchSkillsforMurdoch Business SchoolMasters Students
Library Research SkillsIn this presentation, we’ll be covering: • Library Website – resources & information available • Research Steps – steps to research success • Search Skills – Boolean operators, asterisks and wildcards • Subject Guides – your one-stop-shop for resources • Getting Help from Librarians
Research Steps Step 1: Analyse & define your topic Identify major keywords and concepts from your assignment topic Sample topic Discuss the strategic management skills required to operate a sustainable organisation.
Research Steps Step 2: Find background information Research the background of the topic/concept Resources to use: • Library Catalogue & Findit – Textbooks, Subject dictionaries & encyclopedias • Online/print journals – e.g. Harvard business review • Reserve collection • Electronic Course Materials (ECMS) – required readings
Searching for journals/publications: Use ‘Limit/Sort Search’ to refine your results
Research Steps Step 3: Further your research using relevant resources Use databases to find journal articles Use electronic databases to search for business and financial journal articles. You can search by keyword, subject, author, title etc.
Research Steps Step 4: Evaluate your resources Are the websites I have found relevant, current and authoritative? Using electronic databases is a more efficient way to find information however if you do use the Internet, it is important to remember to critically evaluate the sites first.
Research Steps Step 5: Manage & organise your information Keep records of your research Keep a record of books, printouts and photocopies for citation and referencing purposes Collect all the necessary publication information for each source
Research Steps Step 6: Cite your references Acknowledging ideas and quotes of others Why should you cite references? • To abide by the University’s policy on how to avoid plagiarism • To acknowledge the work of other writers • To enable other researchers to trace your sources • To demonstrate the depth of your research
Be sure to use the preferred citation style for your unit. Check your unit guide for your lecturer’s preferred citationstyle, otherwise use the Library’s referencing guides. Remember to be consistent.
Search Skills Improve your search results by using: • BOOLEAN connectors • truncation * and wildcard ?
Search Skills Boolean Connector OR Use the OR connectors to include synonyms or similar concepts or alternate keywords (strategic management) OR (strategic planning)
Search Skills Boolean Connector AND Use the AND connector to combine multiple concepts or keywords (strategic management) AND (sustainable organisation)
Search Skills *The asterisk * is a truncation symbolTruncation is used to search for variations of a stem word Example organisation* will retrieve • organisation • organisations • organisational
Search Skills ?The question mark ? is a wildcard symbolIt allows for the variation of 1 character. Example organi?ation will retrieve • organization • organisation Wildcard symbol is supported by some databases (e.g. ProQuest). Check the Help section of each database for more information
Search Skills Sample Library Catalogue search for strategic management sustainable organi?ation* Keyword search in the Library Catalogue presumes the AND Boolean operator More concise and relevant results
Search Skills Click on the ‘Subject heading’ to explore more titles on the same subject
Search Skills Click the Subject heading to retrieve more books on this subject