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  • Library catalogues – mainly for books, both at Newcastle and elsewhere – also includes PhD theses and journal titles (but not at article level)Bibliographic databases – include refs to journal articles and conference papers, include abstracts but not usually full-textEJournal collections – full-text access to EJs – limited by publisherEBooks – sometimes offer value-added interactivity toolsStandardsInternet sources (with care!)
  • Bio 1010 2012

    1. 1. BIO1010 Finding good qualityMST8011: academic informationFinding andManagingacademicinformation Moira Bent Faculty Liaison Librarian
    2. 2. Information overload? Experimental data Maps Books Internet E-BooksGovernment reports Chemic Informatio al and n physical resources data JournalCommercial material Theses articles Conf Papers Digital images Statistical data
    3. 3. Don’t sinkunder theweight of alltheinformation!
    4. 4. Having a search strategy keeps youafloat • Main • Logical terms approach • Related • Use proper terms strategies • Synonym Search Keywords s Techniques Limits Info type • How much? • Primary data • What date? • Secondary • How quickly? sources • Which • Maps/images language
    5. 5. Search techniques Use AND, OR and NOT to make logical connections  biodiversity AND fish  sea OR ocean OR marine Use truncation  Conserv*finds conserve, conservation, conserving (and also conservatory!)
    6. 6. sea OR ocean OR marinebiodiversity fish
    7. 7. LibrarySearch is a good place tostart Includes the library catalogue and a range of electronic resources Full & mobile views
    8. 8. 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 essayDON’T rely on Library Search as the only source –not all our resources are included.
    9. 9. Journal articles Report original academic research Published in academic (high-quality) journals – published regularly Up to date More detailed than books – can be very technical Peer-reviewed for quality (by other academics / experts in the field) Available in Print and / or Electronic formats Types of regular publication • Academic / trade / magazines / newspapers / professional
    10. 10. Use databases to trace journal articlesDatabases are: Collections of references and full text articles International in scope Subject specific Essential for academic research Expensive resources
    11. 11. LibrarySearch is fab!Why use specific databases? Proquest  Unique content for biology  Search in images, figures and tables  Use taxonomic terms  Set search alerts Scopus  Unique content for biology  Set search alerts  Search within results To download results to EndNote
    12. 12. Use your Library Guide to identify key
    13. 13. Our electronic RAS – Remote Applicationresources are Service anytime, anywhere Use Library Resources folder Library Web pages & Library Guide for Marine
    14. 14. Google’s always worked for me…
    15. 15. Finding websites • Portal to quality information on the internet • Resources selected by subject experts • Provided for UK academic community • Google’s search engine for academic literature • Scientific search engine – filters out non-scientific sites
    16. 16. Now you haveall the info youneed – relax!
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. School of Biology guidelinesAuthor-date style refer to a source by author’s surname and publication year in the text. (Bent 2009) Alphabetical list of references in the bibliographyCheck the Guidelines for Presentation of Written Workfor full details.
    19. 19. School of Biology 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. Accessed 1 Dec 2008
    20. 20. 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.
    21. 21. What do you do with all the references youfind? 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
    22. 22. EndNoteCreate your personal EndNote “Library”• Enter references manually• Download the results of online searches• Add images, files and PDFsOrganise the information• Sort and search your Library• Label and group referencesCite your references in Word• Choose your citation “style”• Create formatted bibliographies
    23. 23. HelpEndNote web pages workshops First Thursday @11.30-1.00EndNote surgeries Tues@ 1.00, Thurs @ 12.00EndNote helpline blog Access EX5 • On clusters and RAS • EndNote Web • Personal copy £77 Download the workbook:
    24. 24. Things to do Download the Explore the handouts Biology under the Library Guide Resources tab Download the EndNote workbook or book onto a workshop