Everything to do with the library Explain Unihub as a gateway
SIMPLE SEARCHES NOT ALL TESTS ARE FREELY AVAILABLE
Idea of comprehensive searching – properly surveying the research area
What can you remember about these searches? AND / OR / NOT
Refresher – who can explain my search?
These either stop you from missing things out (diff spellings & truncation) or make your results more specific and relevant (speech marks) Go into demo
Students can also search individual databases.
Select ‘Computing science’ for a list of subject specific resources.
Which articles have cited an earlier article ie. Way of looking forward in the literature-if have found excellent article, can use a citation index to see which articles have subsequently cited it Find articles on similar/related subjects: Citation implies subject relationship, so can find papers on a similar topic without using any keywords or subject terms Find out how many times a paper has been cited ie. gauge the usefulness/quality. esteem of a paper Determine which are the best journals in your field: citation data used to rank journals within particular subject areas…..useful way of seeing how journals perform in relation to others in the same subject area
Worksheet one – doing an advanced search Choice of tasks based on what you've done so far.
And then narrowing some of them
It may be that you already know your topic is not narrow enough yet and want to think about ways to narrow, or you may want to start searching so you can look at other articles and decide how to narrow/how you can narrow. And you may NEED to survey the area first before you can decide on your specific topic and research.
Example - point 2 expanding keyword search – official term postnatal depression – upon searching for the first years discovered many article titles and abstracts instead mentioned ‘maternal depression’ – picking up on this allowed us to expand our search.
NOTE you can often build an answer to a very general question like this (pick a few select aspects which cover the scope of the large topic you are addressing and this will make your life easier) For e.g. Effect on child development of postnatal depression - Could look at 1 article from a few key age groups and answer your question that way.
But what if my problem is that I’m not finding enough? Introduce task
So you widen your searches and take a little bit of information from each context to construct a research-jigsaw-puzzle
Pose Q’s to class – ask to shout out answers. Will run through some examples, may seem confusing at first but should become clear as you work through your own topics. These are real examples I’ve worked through with dissertation students and how we put their lit reviews together.
Worksheet 2 split up your searches and then search for 2 elements at a time rather then all of them.
Inter Library Loan service: request copies of books and journals not held by MDX. £3 charge. Register as DL first. More info on our website.
SCONUL Access http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/ The SCONUL Access Scheme provides reciprocal access and borrowing rights for staff and students to approximately 170 member institutions in the UK. Apply online.
Other libraries (specialist, catalogues etc): British Library http://www.bl.uk/ COPAC http://copac.ac.uk/ COPAC is a union catalogue that gives access to the merged online catalogues of members of the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL). Twenty major university libraries currently contribute to COPAC. Search25 http://www.search25.ac.uk/: helps you discover library resources across London and the South East. You can also see where the libraries are and find out how to visit them. SUNCAT http://www.suncat.ac.uk/ SUNCAT, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries.
Mention that they can make appointments through LibGuide (next month!)