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  1. 1. Finding and managing academic informationMST8011:Finding andManagingacademicinformation Moira Bent Faculty Liaison University Library Librarian
  2. 2. The library in numbers
  3. 3. Library Service @ Newcastle University Robinson Library • Science, Engineering, Agriculture • Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences Walton Library • Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Science Law Library Digital Library • University Library
  4. 4. It’s not too hard to find your way around • 600-999: including Level 4 Agriculture, Engineering • 000-599: including Level 3 Biology, Computing, Maths & Chemistry • Entrance / Exit Level 2 • Student Texts Collection, Café, Group Study, Main Counter, Computing Helpdesk • Group Study area - YourSpace Level 1 • Government Publications, Special Collections and Archives, Print Services University Library
  5. 5. Are there ANY rules? Library Code of Conduct • Be sensible • Be considerate • Don’t disturb others • Tidy up after yourself
  6. 6. Phones anddrinks are okBUTBe sensible!(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  7. 7. We’re open 24 / 7 in term-time University Library
  8. 8. Lots of friendly staff, includinga Library Liaison teamespecially for your School(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  9. 9. The SAgE Library teamWho we Julia Moira Jenny Yvonne University Library
  10. 10. Come and explore for yourself up a Library Guide, explore the different study spaces, try the online welcome guide
  11. 11. Information overload? Source code 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
  12. 12. Don’t sink underthe weight of allthe information! University Library
  13. 13. 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 • Source code University Library
  14. 14. Keywords – an example “Safe use of computers by children” computer safety children Internet pirates adolescents Web attack teenagers young www protection people PC security …. Defence/ Mainframe defense online University Library
  15. 15. Search techniques  Use a phrase  “computer security”  Use AND, OR and NOT to make logical connections  computer AND (security OR protection OR safety)  Use truncation  Terror* finds terror, terrorist, terrorism, terrorists.. University Library
  16. 16. child* OR adolescent* AND AND computer*security OR OR internet protection AND OR WWW OR safety OR University Library
  17. 17. Search a more specialised resource More Found Apply specific limits search too (date, type terms much? etc) Eg LIMIT to Journal articles Combine after 2004 terms with ‘AND’Eg internetAND security Flickr Commons: LSE Library
  18. 18. Search a less specialised resource Use Can’t Truncate different your search find search terms enough? terms Eg Terror* finds terror, terrorism, terrorist, t errorists CombineEg defence OR security OR protection terms with ‘OR’
  19. 19. Start Narrow broad down Keep refiningRecipe for success!
  20. 20. 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)
  21. 21. LibrarySearch is a good place to start Includes the library catalogue and a range of electronic resources Full & mobile views
  22. 22. Use Library Search To find items from your reading list To find printed books in the Library by topic To find electronic books To get a general overview of a topic To find a few journal references for an essay University Library
  23. 23. Use your Library Guide to identify key databases:
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. Our electronic resources are available any time, anywhere(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  26. 26. • 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
  27. 27. Now you have allthe info youneed – relax! University Library
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. Recording information BOOKS : Author, Title, Publisher, Edition, Date. JOURNALS : Author, Article Title, Journal Title, Volume, Date, Pages. WWW SITE : Author (if known) Title, URL, date created, date visited. University Library
  30. 30. 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. Accessed 1 Dec 2008 University Library
  31. 31. 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
  32. 32. Referencing Library Guide University Library
  33. 33. School of Computing Science/Robinson LibraryQR Code Project A QR code contains a link, picture or text. To take part, you need a smartphone or other device with a camera that can scan QR codes. Download a QR code App and start the tour by scanning the first code. You’ll find it in the Reception area on L2 of the Robinson Library. [You will need an Internet connection too!] Please note, this is a pilot project. If you have any problems, please let me know University Library
  34. 34. Contact us.... @nulibsage Flickr the Commons: Smithsonian Institution
  35. 35. What next…  Complete the paperchase and QR exercise – bring completed exercise to lectures with Dr Colquhoun next week  Explore the Library Guide at: 