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MSc biology 1


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MSc biology 1

  1. 1. Finding and managing academic information MST8011: Finding and Managing academic information Moira Bent Faculty Liaison Librarian University Library
  2. 2. Programme  Finding Information     Library Search Subject Guide for key Biology resources Specialist resources Dissertation/research support  Managing Information  Referencing  EndNote University Library
  3. 3. Different kinds of information Books Ebooks Internet Journal articles Maps Information resources Government reports Newspapers Conference papers Standards Theses
  4. 4. Search Strategy Know what you want IDENTIFY and SCOPE your search topic using Keywords Keep it organised •What do you already know? •Identify keywords and phrases •Consider synonyms and spellings •Think about related terms WHAT WHAT PLAN where to look by knowing what information types you need MANAGE your information •Keep a record of everything you find •Cite and reference fully when writing up •Primary data •Secondary sources (books, journals) •Other material (images, maps, stats etc) WHERE WHERE Find the right pieces Check it’s ok EVALUATE your results •Is it relevant? Is currency important? •Is it authoritative? Can you trust it? •Who wrote it and why? Is it biased? •Is it well written, referenced, based on original research? WHO WHO Plan where to look GATHER information using search techniques •Use subject specific databases •Use AND, OR to combine terms •Limit by date, location, language •By type (review, conference, peer reviewed etc) HOW HOW
  5. 5. Find the right pieces  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)
  6. 6. Building up a search Food* OR crop* OR product* GM OR genetic engineer* risk* OR hazard* OR harm
  7. 7. Start with LibrarySearch Books, articles and much, much more Full and mo Full & mobile views University Library
  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 to get you started University Library
  9. 9. Our subject guides are packed with resources, news and guidance
  10. 10. Library Search? Subject Guide?
  11. 11. LibrarySearch is fab! Why use specific databases?  Proquest  Unique content for biological sciences  Taxonomic terms  Set search alerts  Web of Knowledge  Unique content – Zoological Record  Good for conference papers  Scopus     Unique content for biology Set search alerts Search within results Sort by times c ited University Library
  12. 12. …all our resources are available on or off campus
  13. 13. Dissertation Station  Advice and resources to help you stay on track, focusing on your literature search  We can't do your research for you, but we can help save you time and stress  Find the Dissertation Station on your Subject Library Guide
  14. 14. The Informed Researcher
  15. 15. Reserve • For books on loan • Place a “hold” on books which are on loan • Borrow when book is returned Request • For articles and conferences we don’t have • Apply for an Inter Library Loan • 50 requests @ £1.50 • New books to buy • Books on Time system to recommend new titles for purchase Recommend
  16. 16. You can use other local and university libraries SCONUL access scheme allows access to many other academic libraries in the UK Check which libraries participate Register before you visit Also, in the NE: Northumbria, Durham, City Library, Lit and Phil, GNM… COPAC: Search other library catalogues online University Library Flickr Commons/UK National Archives
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  18. 18. Things to do Dissertation Station Literature search planner Biology Subject Guide