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ACE1050

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ACE1050

  1. 1. ACE1050: Finding good qualityacademic information How’s your essay on bamboo getting on? Moira Bent Liaison Librarian Not very well. There’s so much information, I don’t know where to start University Library
  2. 2. Objectives for today You should be familiar with:  How to search for information – robust search strategy  The different sources that can be used to access information – books, journals……catalogues, databases  How to evaluate what you find  Associated practicalities  Referencing  Plagiarism University Library
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  4. 4. Different kinds of information Books Internet Ebooks Journal Maps articles Information resources Government Newspapers reports Conference Standards papers Theses University Library
  5. 5. Don’t sink underthe weight of allthe information! University Library
  6. 6. You need asearchstrategy University Library
  7. 7. Search strategy • AND, OR, NOT • Broad and narrow • Truncation terms • “phrases” • Related terms • Synonyms • Spellings HOW WHAT Search Keywords Techniques WHO/ WHEN WHERE Limits Appropriate • Books • By date sources • By language • Journals • By type • Web sites • Statistics • Official docs University Library
  8. 8. Keywords “The risks and benefits of genetically modified crops” Genetically risks benefits modified crops GM/GMOs Hazards advantages Genetic danger Impact engineering Types of benefit – food Impact resistance to disease, pests etc Products harm Types of risk – Cereals/fruit/veg economic, health .. University Library
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  10. 10. Search techniques  Use a phrase  “genetically modified”  Use AND, OR and NOT to make logical connections  GM AND risk  (GM OR genetic engineer*) AND (food* OR crop* OR product*) AND (risk* OR….)  Use truncation  Conserv* finds conservation, conserve, conservationists (and conservatory) University Library
  11. 11. Building up a search Food* OR crop* OR product* GM OR risk* OR genetic hazard* engineer* OR harm University Library
  12. 12. This is too complicated,Google’s always worked forme before…. University Library
  13. 13. Web sites are not always what they seem to be … University Library
  14. 14. So what about websites? http://www.intute.ac.uk • Portal to quality information on the internet • Resources selected by subject experts • Provided for UK academic community http://scholar.google.co.uk/ • Google’s search engine for academic literature http://www.scirus.com • Scientific search engine – filters out non- scientific sites University Library
  15. 15. Always remember with websites Consider:  Who is it for?  Who created it? If you don’t know, why do you trust it?  Is it up to date?  Is it accurate?  Is it biased? University Library
  16. 16. Evaluating Wikipedia?http://outreach.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File%3AEvaluating_Wikipedia_article_quality_2010-11-26_%28web%29.pdf&page=1 University Library
  17. 17. For real academic informationLibrarySearch is a good place to start Includes the library catalogue and a range of electronic resources Full & mobile views University Library
  18. 18. Use Library Search To find printed books in the Library To find electronic books To get a general overview of a topic To find a few journal references for an essay University Library
  19. 19. Use your LibraryGuide to identify key databases:libguides.ncl.ac.uk /jointhons
  20. 20. Now you have allthe info youneed – relax! University Library
  21. 21. What do you do with all the referencesyou find? Keep a record as you search  Saves time later  what was that big red book I read?  Allows you to build on previous work  I’m sure I found a good article last year  Creates accurate citations  Easy marks  No chance of plagiarism University Library
  22. 22. Referencing: boring but important Makes clear what your own ideas are – this is what you get marks for! It’s good academic practice It helps you track down the info again in future Avoids accusations of plagiarism University Library
  23. 23. Recording information BOOKS : Author, Date. Title, Publisher, Edition. JOURNALS : Author, Date, Article Title, Journal Title, Volume, Pages. WWW SITE : Author (if known) Title, URL, date created, date visited. University Library
  24. 24. Harvard style Journal Stockdale, E. (2003) How to keep first year students awake. Education today 34: 122-134. Book Bent, M. (2002) The psychology of eating, Facet: London. Web site Park, J, Finn, J, Cooke, R, Lawson, C. (2008) Agriculture and the environment: the current situation. University of Reading. http://www.ecifm.reading.ac.uk/subject2.htm Accessed 1 Dec 2008 University Library
  25. 25. You will come across lots of differentways to reference Author-date style (Harvard)  refer to a source by author’s surname and publication year in the text. (Bent, 2009)  Alphabetical list of references in the bibliography Numbered style  insert a number within the text. [1]  Numbered list of references in bibliography University Library
  26. 26. Citing in an essay Research has shown that giving students chocolate helps them to concentrate (Stockdale, 2003). Bent (2002 p 45) also claims that “chocolate reduces stress”. It therefore seems appropriate that universities provide chocolate fountains in all halls of residence. References Bent, M. (2002) The psychology of eating, Facet, London. Stockdale, E. (2003) How to keep first year students awake. Education today 34:122-134. University Library
  27. 27. Right, sorted, I’moff to the pub! University Library
  28. 28. What next…  Worksheet  Use LibrarySearch  Use internet gateways  Evaluate websites

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