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Biology 3 projects mb

  1. 1. Project & dissertation resources and adviceMST8011:Finding andManagingacademicinformation Moira Bent Faculty Liaison University Library Librarian
  2. 2. But first….we’ve changed…
  3. 3. Biology 570s
  4. 4. Literature reviews – essential for projects Inform your research Contextualise your Identify gaps work Summarise, synthesise, Track key critically evaluate issues/debates/peoplePic credit: Flickr Commons: US National Archives; Microsoft clipart
  5. 5. It needs to be thorough…. …but selective(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  6. 6. Information overload? Maps Experimental data Books Chemical andGovernment reports Internet E-Books physical data Information resourcesCommercial material Digital images Journal Theses articles Statistical data Conf Papers University Library
  7. 7. Don’t sink underthe weight of allthe information! University Library
  8. 8. Having a search strategy keepsyou afloat • Main • Logical terms approach • Related • Use proper terms strategies Search Keywords • Synonyms Techniques Limits Info type • How much? • Primary data • What date? • Secondary • How quickly? sources • Which language • Maps/images University Library
  9. 9. 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!) University Library
  10. 10. Start Narrow broad down Keep refiningRecipe for success!
  11. 11. Search a more specialised resource More Found Apply specific limits search too (date, type terms much? etc) Eg LIMIT to Journal articles after 2004 Combine terms withEg biodiversity ‘AND’AND fish Flickr Commons: LSE Library
  12. 12. Search a less specialised resource Use Can’t Truncate different your search find search terms enough? terms Eg Conserv* finds conserve, conservation, conserving CombineEg sea OR ocean OR marine terms with ‘OR’
  13. 13. Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place altogether? Or perhaps it doesn’t exist at all?Flickr Commons/LSE Library and (CC BY 2.0)
  14. 14. LibrarySearch is a good place to start Includes the library catalogue and a range of electronic resources Full & mobile views
  15. 15. 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 for your literaturereview – not all our resources are included. University Library
  16. 16. 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 University Library
  17. 17. Use your Library Guide to identify key databases:
  18. 18. 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 University Library
  19. 19. Now you have allthe info youneed – relax! University Library
  20. 20. Keeping up to date: Email alerts Individual databases – for topics • Scopus, Proquest, Science Direct Zetoc – for journal TOCs • • British Librarys TOC for journal articles & conference proceedings. • search 1993 = • 28,000 journals & 45m articles & conference proceedings • email alerts by subject / journal TOC • set up RSS feeds for journals University Library
  21. 21. • For books on loan • Place a “hold” on books which are on loan Reserve • Borrow when book is returned • For articles and conferences we don’t have • Apply for an Inter Library Loan Request • 50 requests @ £1.50 • New books to buy • Books on Time system to recommend newRecommend titles for purchase
  22. 22. Contact us.... @nulibsage Flickr the Commons: Smithsonian Institution
  23. 23. Things to do7 steps on the LiteratureProject tab of search the Library proforma Guide Online guidance and resources: Biology Library Guide