SAgE PGRDP:
The Informed Researcher:
Research Essentials

Jenny Campbell, Moira Bent and Julia Robinson
SAgE Library Liais...
Today’s session

Introduction
to Library

Support for
researchers

Finding
information

Managing
information
(using
EndNot...
Welcome to the Library
• Virtual tour from Google Streetview
• Geordie Guide
http://libguides.ncl.ac.uk/geordie
• Library ...
Library Service @ Newcastle University
Robinson Library
• Science, Engineering, Agriculture
• Arts, Humanities, Social Sci...
Our study spaces cater for all….
Join the Library tour at the end of today’s session
It’s not too hard to find your way around
Level 4

• 600-999: including Engineering and
Agriculture
• Information Desk

Le...
We’re open 24/7 during term-time
Becoming an Informed Researcher
What do you need to know?
Your skills
IR Booklet

Library Help

Individual consultations

...
Your literature search – finding information

Inform your research

Summarise, synthesise,
critically evaluate

Pic credit...
Different kinds of information
Books
Ebooks

Patents

Journal
articles

Scientific
data

News

Experiment
al data

media

...
It needs to
be
thorough….

…but
selective
Search Strategy

Know
what
you
want

IDENTIFY and SCOPE your search topic
using Keywords
Keep it
organised

•What do you a...
Literature search planner
Your
Search
Strategy
will help

Search a
more
specialised
resource

More
specific
search
terms

Found
too
much?

Combine
t...
Your
Search
Strategy
will help
Use
different
search
terms

Search a
less
specialised
resource

Can’t
find
enough?

Combine...
Find the right
pieces

 Use a phrase
 “genetically modified”

 Use AND, OR and NOT to make logical
connections
 GM AND...
Don’t just rely on
Google…
So where do I start?

Library
Search

Your
Subject
Guide

• I want to find books & ebooks that the library has
• I want to...
Library Search is a good place to begin

Full and mo

Full & mobile views

Includes data from the
library catalogue and
so...
Library Search – Basic
A basic version of Library Search is
available on touch screens
in the Library.
You will find these...
Our subject guides
are packed with
specialised
information
resources, news and
help

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/subject-...
Library
Search?

Subject
Guide?
If it’s not available at Newcastle?
Book not in stock or all books out on loan?
• Use ‘Books on Time’ to recommend a book ...
You can use other
university libraries too
SCONUL access scheme allows
access to many other academic
libraries in the UK
C...
lib-sage@ncl.ac.uk
@nulibsage
Dissertation Station
• Advice and resources to
help you stay on track,
focusing on
your literature search.
• We can't do y...
Go to bb.ncl.ac.uk
Find “The Informed Researcher” Community
Try the activities in the following sections
• “Where to start...
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    1. 1. SAgE PGRDP: The Informed Researcher: Research Essentials Jenny Campbell, Moira Bent and Julia Robinson SAgE Library Liaison Team October 2013
    2. 2. Today’s session Introduction to Library Support for researchers Finding information Managing information (using EndNote) Current awareness
    3. 3. Welcome to the Library • Virtual tour from Google Streetview • Geordie Guide http://libguides.ncl.ac.uk/geordie • Library language http://libguides.ncl.ac.uk/libraryjargon
    4. 4. Library Service @ Newcastle University Robinson Library • Science, Engineering, Agriculture • Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences Walton Library • Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Science Law Library Digital Library • http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library
    5. 5. Our study spaces cater for all….
    6. 6. Join the Library tour at the end of today’s session
    7. 7. It’s not too hard to find your way around Level 4 • 600-999: including Engineering and Agriculture • Information Desk Level 3 • 000-599: including Computing, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics Level 2 Level 1 • Entrance / Exit • Service Desk, Student Texts Collection, Café, Group Study area, computers • Group Study area • Special Collections and Archives • Print Services • Hope and Tees clusters
    8. 8. We’re open 24/7 during term-time
    9. 9. Becoming an Informed Researcher What do you need to know? Your skills IR Booklet Library Help Individual consultations Your topic Library workshops IR in Blackboard
    10. 10. Your literature search – finding information Inform your research Summarise, synthesise, critically evaluate Pic credit: Flickr Commons: US National Archives; Microsoft clipart Contextualise your work Identify gaps Track key issues/debates/people
    11. 11. Different kinds of information Books Ebooks Patents Journal articles Scientific data News Experiment al data media Information resources Conf papers Web sites Maps Theses Gov reports Standards
    12. 12. It needs to be thorough…. …but selective
    13. 13. 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
    14. 14. Literature search planner
    15. 15. Your Search Strategy will help Search a more specialised resource More specific search terms Found too much? Combine terms with ‘AND’ Apply limits (date, infor mation type, etc)
    16. 16. Your Search Strategy will help Use different search terms Search a less specialised resource Can’t find enough? Combine terms with ‘OR’ Truncate your search terms *
    17. 17. 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)
    18. 18. Don’t just rely on Google…
    19. 19. So where do I start? Library Search Your Subject Guide • I want to find books & ebooks that the library has • I want to get a broad overview of my subject • I just need a few articles to get started • http://libsearch.ncl.ac.uk • I’m starting my dissertation and I need to carry out a thorough search of the literature • I want to use a resource that is focused on my subject • I’m looking for a specific type of document (e.g. map, government document, technical standard, thesis…) • http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/subject-support/
    20. 20. Library Search is a good place to begin Full and mo Full & mobile views Includes data from the library catalogue and some of our electronic resources
    21. 21. Library Search – Basic A basic version of Library Search is available on touch screens in the Library. You will find these near the shelves so you can quickly look up a printed book and find out its shelfmark.
    22. 22. Our subject guides are packed with specialised information resources, news and help http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/subject-support/
    23. 23. Library Search? Subject Guide?
    24. 24. If it’s not available at Newcastle? Book not in stock or all books out on loan? • Use ‘Books on Time’ to recommend a book for the library to buy • http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/services/suggest-book.php Need an article but we don’t have a subscription to the journal? • Use ‘Inter Library Loans’ for journal articles, conference papers that we don’t have • http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/services/inter-library-loans/
    25. 25. You can use other university libraries too SCONUL access scheme allows access to many other academic libraries in the UK Check which libraries participate Register before you visit http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk /sconul-access Before you place an Inter Library Loan it’s worth checking BL and COPAC http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/resources/other_catalogues/
    26. 26. lib-sage@ncl.ac.uk @nulibsage
    27. 27. 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 http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/subject-support/
    28. 28. Go to bb.ncl.ac.uk Find “The Informed Researcher” Community Try the activities in the following sections • “Where to start” • “Plans are worthless, planning is everything” • “Seek and you will find” Start your Literature Search Planner Let us know if you’d like a library tour

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