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PDE3853 Oct 2019

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Information skills for research

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PDE3853 Oct 2019

  1. 1. Information skills for research https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library PDE3853 Oct 2019
  2. 2. Searching Evaluating
  3. 3. Ideas Facts Figures Theories Imagination Inspiration
  4. 4. Assessment criteria includes • The literature review needs to identify the principle areas of the research domain • The literature review needs to cite some of the key sources in each of those areas • Communicate in an academic style and structure • Use the IEEE referencing system
  5. 5. Thinking about keywords
  6. 6. Streamlining your search http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike_miley/2614472057/ design* “Festival of Britain” More search tips: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pdde/SearchTips
  7. 7. MyUniHub > MyStudy >MyLibrary Access library resources
  8. 8. MyLibrary Library Search MySubject Library Guides Databases Inter Library Loans
  9. 9. Searching for information – Library Search Click on ‘Sign-in’, choose ‘Middlesex University’ and use your MDX university email address. Sign-in to check your library record, request items, create lists, save searches and create alerts and export references to RefWorks.
  10. 10. Library Search MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Search http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pdde/LibrarySearch
  11. 11. Library Search help http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pdde/LibrarySearch
  12. 12. Journal databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pdde/JournalDatabases IEEE Xplore
  13. 13. Google Scholar http://scholar.google.co.uk/ You may be able to access the full-text here. Refine your search results here. Create an alert for your search, so you can keep up-to-date with new publications. Link to MDX resources: > Settings > Library Links > Search for MDX and save.
  14. 14. Google Scholar: Useful features Full text available from Middlesex Uni and/or other sources. Click on author’s name (if underlined) to view profile and check for other research by the author on the same topic. Click on ‘Cited by’ to see other articles that have cited this article. ‘All versions’: The same article on other websites – sometimes useful for getting full text if not available from MDX. Create a Harvard reference.
  15. 15. If you have too many results… • Add more keywords • Be more specific • “Exact phrase” • Add limits e.g. date
  16. 16. If you don’t have enough results… • Use alternative keywords • Be less specific • Split the question into simple concepts • Try variations of the same word
  17. 17. It’s not in the Library! • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Inter Library Loans • Sconul Access http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
  18. 18. Materials Room Mon-Fri 11am-4pm
  19. 19. Box of Broadcasts (BoB) MyUniHub > My Study > MyLibrary > Databases
  20. 20. WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors MyUniHub > My Study > MyLibrary > Databases
  21. 21. Britannica Online MyUniHub > My Study > MyLibrary > Databases
  22. 22. MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/PDDE/Standards
  23. 23. https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/linkedinlearning LinkedIn Learning myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > L
  24. 24. http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/business/industry • Business Source Complete (SWOTS) • Mintel (market info) • IBIS World (supply chains) • Passport (market info) MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases
  25. 25. Cite Them Right Online myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing
  26. 26. Evaluating information Currency • How old • Last updated • What Authority • Author • Qualifications • Verifiable
  27. 27. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill v.hill@mdx.ac.uk http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/pdde/Help

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