How to find information for your projects How to develop an effective search strategy when you need to find information for an essay or project The range of resources available and how to use them to find good quality and relevant information Evaluating information for quality and relevance Managing references
Research from Uni of Huddersfield shows that correlation between library usage and good grades.
Explain unihub as gateway and access
Mention they can enlarge the pictures
Example marking criteria for this project.
In this session we are going to show you how to improve your marks.
Worth considering this: Max points awarded to work which is based on good research and well referenced Max marks awarded if refs used are relevant and correctly written ie. Harvard style LDU can help with style of writing and presentation
Going to skip over this stuff as you did it with Adam when you came to MDX
If type ‘fruit’ into database will get millions of hits, how can you break it down ie. search for something more specific to get more manageable results
Can you be more specific ie. Type of fruit: apples, oranges, bananas etc Location: Stall, market, outdoor market, fruit market, Britain Detail: boxes, signs, astroturf, prices, colour of fruit, lights, pound £ signs, special offer etc People in background: old, young, male, female > stall holder, customers, browsers etc
Think of related subjects eg. retail, commercial, financial, point-of-sale Shopping, shops, fish/meat/clothes market, shopping centres, high street Town, city, centre, British town Nutrition: vits and mins
Also: Orange or Blackberry: fruit NOT telephone Apple: fruit NOT computer
Thinking beyond the obvious, looking for the detail that might make a difference.
Now I’d like you to make your search slightly more specific by narrowing one of your terms.
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
Take feedback and discuss.
Authority : Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications? How have they carried out their research? Relevance : Is this what I need? Will it answer my question? Is it at the right level? Intent : What is the purpose of information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, academic etc? Objectivity : Balanced view? Opposing views represented? Links to supporting information? Currency: How old is this information? When was it last updated and by whom?
Mention that they can make appointments through LibGuide (next month!)