myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > Computing, Maths and Engineering
• ACM Digital Library
• IEEE Xplore
• Science Direct
Summon and journal databases provide:
• Access to quality information
• Information not available elsewhere
• Full-text access
• Access on/off campus
• Citation and journal impact info
• Which articles have cited an earlier article
• Find articles on similar/related subject
• How many times an article has been cited
• Best journals in your field
Web of Science
MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W > Web of Science
Check ‘WebBridge’ to
see if full text article is
See how many times
article has been cited.
Click on title
of times cited
to see list of
• Imagine you are researching ‘The right to be forgotten’
• Go to http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EvaluatingInformationPG
• Have a look at the 5 items and then answer the following question:
How do we know if the information is reliable?
In the session:
Resources available to help you find information for your dissertation
Accessing and obtaining information
How to search effectively
Magazine (A regular publication aimed at a profession, business or interest....trade/popular)
Good: Latest news: events, jobs, products etc, concise info, easy to obtain
Bad: lacks detail, can be bias, old issues hard to come by
Standards (An agreed, often legally binding level of quality or way of doing something....regional, Nat, Internat, profession/sector)
Good: Created by experts, confidence
Company/market research report (Well researched overview of a company or product market. Could contain future trends, financial data, competitors and SWOT analysis)
Good: Up-to-date: latest research/data, Insider information: information not freely available elsewhere, objective, accurate
Bad: Hard to locate
Good: All subjects covered, easy to use, mobile
Bad: accuracy, no editorial control, anyone can add information, provenance
Good: Daily information ie. up-to-date, edited, current issues accessible
Bad: Sensationalist, biased (unbalanced), harder to get back issues
Conference proceedings (Collof aca papers distributed after a conference, cont the contributions made by researchers, academics etc)
Good: Up-to-date: latest research, ideas, thinking on a subject, focussed/specialist, stringent quality control
Bad: Too specific
Good: Up-to-date, Focussed: specialist subject areas, quality
Bad: Too specific
Good: overview, background knowledge, edited/quality
Bad: Currency, detailed/specific information
More information about the range of resources available on the Library Subject Guide plus useful online guides eg. how to find information for your project.
What can you see in the picture…fruit
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
Orange or Blackberry: fruit NOT telephone
Apple: fruit NOT computer
Thinking beyond the obvious, looking for the detail that might make a difference.
Hand out worksheet.
Click on MyStudy.
You can now access library resources from the MyLibrary box……detail on next page.
These are the things that might be useful:
Summon: Use to search for information (books, journals etc) on your topic.
MySubject: Gives you access to our library subject guides. Use these to find what resources are available including websites on a particular subject.
Library catalogue: Use to see if we have a specific book in the library or books on the subject that you are researching.
Databases: Gives you access to specialist collections of journals and other resources in a particular subject area. You can access most of these through Summon, but searching a specialist resource might save you time.
Inter Library Loans: Not a resource, but a way of getting hold of material that the library doesn’t hold or provide access to.
Need to carry out a literature search:
Finding the information available on a subject
Finding information to inform, underpin and shape your research
Finding what has already been written on a subject
Analyzing, evaluating and making judgements about the info found
Identifying the main trends
Finding appropriate information: the information needs to be suitable for your need ie. right level, current if important, sufficient breadth or detail etc
Explain to students what Summon is.
Go to UniHub > Login in to MyUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon
Show the students how to refine their search using:
Also how to create Harvard references.
Have another go.
Ask students to search for information for their project.
Remember to use some of the keywords that we have discussed.
Explain how they can broaden their search using an asterisk* e.g. given will find computer, computers, computing, computerisation, computation etc
Explain how they can refine their search using “quotation marks”.
These two refining tools work well on Summon, but can also be used on the Internet.
These and other refining tools which can be used on the Internet are available on our EPQ LibGuide which you all have access to…….link on the screen.
Point out how they can create a RefWorks account and explain what it does.
Help available from the link.
Students can also search individual databases.
CS £1397 IEEE Xplore £90,000 Summon £16k
Access to quality academic information eg. Peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings , research etc
Information not available elsewhere
Focussed/specific....not designed to sell you things, search results not sponsored
Access on/off campus
Personalize eg. In MyEBSCO, once signerd up you can:
Organise research within folders
Save search history
Create email alerts/Rss feeds for searches and subjects
Can provide citation and journal impact info > more info on next slide
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
Citation data and journal citation reports available from Web of Knowledge
Find journal articles, theses, books, and more, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
Search across many disciplines
Locate the full-text document through your library or on the web
Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
Save items in a personal library
We are one of the world’s most comprehensive research databases, giving you access to over 30,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.
Keeping pace with your peers, staying up to date with new research, and expanding your field of knowledge has never been so simple. We make it easy for you to set-up personalised email Zetoc Alerts or RSS feeds to track the latest articles or journal titles related to your interests. In most cases, you can access abstracts or the full text of articles, depending on your institution’s subscription arrangements
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.
How do you decide if the information is any good? Especially important with the Internet.
What do you think about this quote?
In groups. Hand out worksheet.
Paul Bernal’s blog ‘The right to be forgotten roadshow- and the power of Google’
Blog about Privacy, Human Rights, Law, The Internet, Politics and more. PB is Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law at the University of East Anglia Law School.
Wikipedia ‘Right to be forgotten’
Lots of refs.
BBC News Technology ‘What is the 'right to be forgotten'?’
Dave Lee author is BBC Technology reporter. Contact details.
The Guardian ‘EU to Google: expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com’
Contact details for author. Substantial. Facts etc
Computer Law & Security Review ‘The ‘Right to be Forgotten-Worth remembering?’
Substantial article, lots of refs, peer reviewed, good source.
Take feedback (Useful to have these 5 items open on the screen so can point things out)
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?
Another resource that might be useful is Lynda.com.
Another useful resource is British Standards online.
Access as shown on slide.
Can search all of the British and adopted European and International standards. Only a small number are available in full text, but we can add required standards if required up to our quota of 150.