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Researching online

  1. 1. Researching Online Tips to help you discover and manage information online.
  2. 2. Overview • Where to start? • Google products • Library databases – International – New Zealand information • Information management
  3. 3. Questions to ask yourself… • What information do I need to find? – What are the main questions? – What are the associated questions? • What type of information do I need? – Public opinion, or academic research? • What limits do I need to consider? – New Zealand, or international? – Current only, or is historical acceptable?
  4. 4. • Keep your search simple and focused • Try the Advanced Search for more options • Check the page for options – search images, blogs, news, time frames etc • Commonly used search operators: – Phrase searching “Florence Nightingale” history – OR bullying youth OR teenager – Eliminate synonyms +childhood
  5. 5. Other search operators… • Search a site or domain diabetes • Definitions – Web definitions define:self-determination – Web search define self-determination • Conversions 65 F in C • Calculator 56*84 • Fill in the blank Madame Curie died in *
  6. 6. • An introduction for many into the world of academic research • Results based on ranking – where published, author, citation count, date of publication etc • Same core search operators as Google web: – Phrase searching “matthew bannister” adorno – OR john clayton e-learning OR online learning – Eliminate stop words +de knuth
  7. 7. Check out Advanced Search
  8. 8. Click Scholar Preferences Search for Wintec Tick Wintec – Wintec Article Finder Click Save Preferences
  9. 9. Full text on Google Scholar Look for the links to the right of the result list. If you’ve set-up your Scholar Preferences, you’ll see the Wintec Article Finder links, which will try to find the full-text of the item in our databases.
  10. 10. Managing information with Google • Enable Google history – Google will personalise based on your search history – See what searches you’ve done • RSS feeds – Click Latest results and you’ll usually see alert options at the bottom of the result page • Use services such as Shareaholic or Web Slices • Google Reader
  11. 11. • Allows you to gather, read and share interesting blogs and websites • Requires a Google account • Use the Note in Reader bookmarklet to share interesting websites with colleagues and friends
  12. 12. Note in Reader When on the page you want to share: 1. Click on Note in Reader to make the sharing box appear 2. Add a note to highlight why the page is being shared 3. Click Post item 4. Go to Google Reader 5. Click on Shared items and see your newly shared website
  13. 13. Shared items • See what others are sharing with you • You can then comment, re-share or star those items – this can be a great way to find new feeds and websites
  14. 14. Folders 1. Subscribe to the feed 2. You’ll be sent to Google Reader where you can organise the feed 3. Your new feed will appear in the nominated sort order
  15. 15. Star items • To save items for later, star them • Another way to manage and keep items together
  16. 16. • • Search the largest harvester of Open Archive Initiative repositories – Predominantly research carried out at academic institutions • Similar search operators to our Library Catalogue: – Truncation bull? School (find bully, bullies, bullying etc.) – OR bull? teenager OR youth
  17. 17. Also check out… • New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC) – Full-text New Zealand books out of copyright – Needs an epub reader such as Stanza (mobile) or Adobe Digital Editions (computer) • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – Full-text, open access scientific and scholarly journals • Also, don’t begin and end with any one search engine, become familiar with at least one other and use it.
  18. 18. • Great multi-disciplinary database • Select databases based on your topic • Advanced Search is strongly recommended • Commonly used search operators: – Phrase searching “Florence Nightingale” history – Truncation child* “early childhood education” – OR bull* (youth OR teenager)
  19. 19. Other search operators… • Wildcard organi?ation • Near diabetes N5 zealand – Find the search terms in any order within X number of words • Within diabetes W8 zealand – Find the search terms in the order entered within X number of words
  20. 20. Use the Search Screen options… Use the Advanced Search boxes to construct your search Search modes expand or limit your search. - Find all my search terms will combine terms with AND - Apply related words will also search synonyms - Also search within the full text can be useful if you don’t get many results Limit your results to Full Text, Peer reviewed and a Published Date, as wanted
  21. 21. Use subject headings or the Thesaurus to modify your search Hover over the magnifying glass to check for keywords in the Abstract… Searching is a learning process!
  22. 22. In this case, I altered the search to SU Subject Terms. Then added some items to my folder to manage. This is the easiest and quickest way to manage your results from a search. You can send the results to a reference manager or email them.
  23. 23. More result management is available when you Sign in From the Alert / Save / Share tab: • Add search to folder to manage the search • E-mail Alert will email new articles matching your search (you must be signed in to use this) • RSS Feed will send the new articles to your RSS Reader (e.g. Google Reader) • Use the Persistent link to embed a search into your Moodle course • Bookmark the search in one of many options
  24. 24. While signed into My EBSCOhost, you can print, email, save and export the articles as usual, or you can share them with others - create a New folder and go from there...
  25. 25. 1. Create the new folder 2. Add the items to the folder 3. Your new folder appears, containing the articles
  26. 26. 1. Enter as many email addresses as you want 2. Chose whether you want to restrict use to a single access 3. Click Invite 4. Each person invited will receive an email with instructions – they need to be using the email you used as their My EBSCOhost login
  27. 27. • Great multi-disciplinary database • Some nursing databases need to be searched separately – scroll down the list • Advanced Search is strongly recommended • Commonly used search operators: – Phrase searching “Florence Nightingale” history – Truncation child* “early childhood education” – Wildcard organi?ation – OR bull* (youth OR teenager)
  28. 28. Similarly to EBSCOhost, construct your search Add any limits – in this case, a Date range of After this date, Full text and Scholarly journals To try and eliminate irrelevant results, Exclude Book Reviews. Sorting by Most relevant first will help to determine if the search is on track
  29. 29. 1. Click on a relevant title 2. Check for new keywords within the Subject headings and Abstract – again, it’s all about learning as you go
  30. 30. As with the EBSCOhost search, I changed the search to bullying as a Subject Tick any relevant articles to place them in My Research, where you can create a bibliography, email, export the citations or create a webpage from them
  31. 31. 1. Click on Set Up Alert 2. Nominate a Schedule for the alerts 3. When they’re to Stop 4. What Email address they should go to 5. Enter a descriptive Subject heading 6. Click Save
  32. 32. 1. Click Create RSS Feed 2. Either copy and paste the RSS URL into your Reader, or click on the RSS icon 3. Choose your RSS Reader from the drop-down menu 4. Click Subscribe Now – you’ll be redirected to the Reader to manage the feed
  33. 33. If searching for Business related content, you might want to check out the Topic and Browse tabs. These will help you drill down to relevant subject headings
  34. 34. • Great multi-disciplinary database • Advanced Search is strongly recommended • Commonly used search operators: – Phrase searching “Florence Nightingale” history – Truncation child* “early childhood education” – Wildcard organi?ation – OR bull* (youth OR teenager)
  35. 35. 1. Choose Advanced Search 2. Enter your search terms 3. Limit to Subscribed sources
  36. 36. What’s interesting, is that the Topics don’t list a word directly to do with bullying. Indicating we might be searching the wrong database for this topic. But you may want to pick-up on words such as Internet and Abuse instead to search around the topic
  37. 37. Email, Export citations and Download multiple articles from the Results page The green icons indicate full text availability
  38. 38. Login to Save this search or Save as search alert
  39. 39. 1. Click RSS Feed 2. Copy and paste the URL into your preferred Reader, or click on the icon provided. Alternatively get a feed of the latest content for your webpage
  40. 40. New Zealand Databases • Index New Zealand – Similar search to the Library Catalogue – Only has the abstracts, check the Library Catalogue or Search for a journal to see if the full text is available • FindNZarticles – Similar to Index New Zealand, but with a wider range of sources – Abstracts only • Newztext Plus – Full text of daily newspapers, newswires as well as selected national and international magazines
  41. 41. RSS Readers • Web based – Google reader – My Yahoo • Computer based – Gruml • These are just a few of many. Find one that you feel comfortable with and use it!
  42. 42. Bookmarking • Delicious – Organise your bookmarks online – Tagging – Create tag clouds, RSS feeds and lists based on tags – e.g. • Diigo – Bookmarking and information management – Highlight, screenshots, notes etc
  43. 43. Bibliographic management • Zotero – Great if you have consistent access to FireFox – Collect, organize, cite and share your research sources • EndNote – Limited access at Wintec – Quite cumbersome to set-up, but excellent once you get past the learning curve • See other options here
  44. 44. Social Networks • Twitter – Through the noise, you can find people sharing excellent resources through Twitter • FaceBook – Why not share resources through a group on FaceBook?
  45. 45. Happy searching… If you have any questions, please contact your Liaison Librarian, or Theresa Ball Electronic Resources Librarian Wintec Private Bag 3036, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240 Phone: +64-(0)7-834 8800 ext 8491 Fax: +64-(0)7-838 8257 Email: Web: