Information Retrieval Skills<br />Craig Milne<br />Liaison Librarian – School of Urban Development<br />
Information retrieval for research<br />It is important that you develop effective information retrieval skills so that yo...
Planning for your search<br />Reflect on your information needs before you start<br />Identify key concepts from your assi...
Search Strategies and Tips<br /><ul><li>Using ‘AND’ narrows a search: results must include both terms, e.g:
Infrastructure  AND deterioration</li></ul>Using  ‘OR’ broadens a search: results can include either term, e.g:<br /><ul><...
benefits OR strengths OR advantages
pppOR “public private partnership”</li></ul>Using ‘NOT’ specifies a term must not appear in the results, e.g:<br /><ul><li...
“municipal services”</li></ul>RBEEP Pages 8-11<br />
Where do you start looking?<br />Databases<br />Library Catalogue<br />Google<br />RBEEP Pages 13-24<br />
Search Tools – the contents<br />Catalogue<br /><ul><li>Books, eBooks, chapters
Journals and conferences
Standards (International)
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  • Library Catalogue Do Keyword search Show Phrase limiting or truncation Show advanced search – file type Show Journal Title Search Mention eBooks
  • Show Database Guide by Subject / by PopularHighlight Key databases to useDemo on Proquest / Ebsco / Engineering Village / InformaworldShow controlled vocab
  • Recapping: you now have a variety of tools / strategies you can use in your searchingWhat if your search isn’t working? Too likely scenarios you are getting too much information without enough focus (your search is too broad) or you don’t get enough or even any results. If there are no results I am suspicious and suspect that my spelling may be incorrect or that ther is an issue with the platform
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    1. 1. Information Retrieval Skills<br />Craig Milne<br />Liaison Librarian – School of Urban Development<br />
    2. 2. Information retrieval for research<br />It is important that you develop effective information retrieval skills so that you can:<br />Get perspective on a topic<br />Identify information and ideas relevant to your work<br />Avoid reinventing the wheel<br />Increase your knowledge of a subject area<br />Provide intellectual content for your own work<br />Complete a successful search for a literature review<br />
    3. 3. Planning for your search<br />Reflect on your information needs before you start<br />Identify key concepts from your assignment requirements<br /><ul><li>Background reading & viewing, brainstorm with peers, concept map</li></ul>Identify synonyms, related terms, alternative spelling and abbreviations<br />Determine search limits such as date, geography<br />Determine appropriate types of sources of information you need (journal articles, books, reports, statistics, conference proceedings)<br />Determine best search tools (Database(s), Library Catalogue, Google)<br />Refer to – Researching for the Built Environment and Engineering Professions (RBEEP), 2nd Edition Pages 2-7 & 12. Available on QUT ePrints : http://eprints.qut.edu.au/15668/<br />
    4. 4. Search Strategies and Tips<br /><ul><li>Using ‘AND’ narrows a search: results must include both terms, e.g:
    5. 5. Infrastructure AND deterioration</li></ul>Using ‘OR’ broadens a search: results can include either term, e.g:<br /><ul><li>planning ORmanagenent
    6. 6. benefits OR strengths OR advantages
    7. 7. pppOR “public private partnership”</li></ul>Using ‘NOT’ specifies a term must not appear in the results, e.g:<br /><ul><li>infrastructure NOT “information technology”</li></ul>When searching for phrases, enclose using: “….. ” , e.g:<br /><ul><li>“public works”
    8. 8. “municipal services”</li></ul>RBEEP Pages 8-11<br />
    9. 9. Where do you start looking?<br />Databases<br />Library Catalogue<br />Google<br />RBEEP Pages 13-24<br />
    10. 10. Search Tools – the contents<br />Catalogue<br /><ul><li>Books, eBooks, chapters
    11. 11. Journals and conferences
    12. 12. Standards (International)
    13. 13. DVDs, CDs
    14. 14. Selected websites
    15. 15. Selected reports</li></ul>Databases<br /><ul><li>Journal articles
    16. 16. Conference papers
    17. 17. Newspaper and trade magazines
    18. 18. Professional membership resources
    19. 19. Online reference and statistics
    20. 20. Standards (Aus)</li></ul>Google<br /><ul><li>Professional association resources
    21. 21. Government sites and reports
    22. 22. Company information</li></li></ul><li>Google- Tips<br />Use advanced search<br />Limit to file types and domains<br />Use phrase searching<br />Use Google Scholar<br />Set up access full-text at QUT<br />Consider other search engines<br />
    23. 23. Library Catalogue Tips<br />Start with keyword searching<br />Use items records to identify subject headings<br />Use Subject Headings to focus your search<br />Use Advanced Search<br />Limit item types<br />Use Journal Title search to locate full text<br />
    24. 24. Databases to consider<br />Use the Library Database guides to help you<br />Engineering Village (Compendex / Georef)<br />ICE Virtual Library<br />Informit<br />Proquest<br />EbscoHOST<br />Informaworld<br />Emerald<br />Tip: If you know a key journal in your field identify which database it is in and search that database – often you will find similar journals in the same database<br />
    25. 25. Databases<br />Use the database guide<br />Research is interdisciplinary – think outside of the box<br />Do not limit yourself to full text only<br />Use limiters and controlled vocabulary to focus your search<br />
    26. 26. Too much or too little?<br />Too Much Information<br />Is your topic too broad?<br />Narrow your topic using more specific terms<br />Use AND<br />Use date limiters / search limiters<br />Not enough information<br />Is your search too specific?<br />Check your spelling!<br />Use TRUNCATION and OR operators<br />Are you looking in the right place<br />Maybe there isn’t much on the topic<br />
    27. 27. Some final notes<br />Think before you start – concept map / brain storm<br />Start with the catalogue – database – internet (or at least use all of the tools)<br />Develop a search strategy and be prepared to change it!<br />Record all the details of all your references as you go<br />You will need this information for your in text citations and reference lists<br />Remember one useful book / article leads to others<br />References (back in time)<br />Cited By (forward in time)<br />

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