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PDE3853 Oct 2019

  1. 1. Information skills for research 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 design* “Festival of Britain” More search tips:
  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
  11. 11. Library Search help
  12. 12. Journal databases myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases IEEE Xplore
  13. 13. Google Scholar 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
  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
  23. 23. LinkedIn Learning myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > L
  24. 24. • 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
  26. 26. Evaluating information Currency • How old • Last updated • What Authority • Author • Qualifications • Verifiable
  27. 27. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill

Notas del editor

  • Searching for information for your project
    Evaluating information
  • Your finished piece of work is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Below it is should be loads of research i.e. looking at theory and facts, being inspired, getting ideas, stimulating your imagination etc.

    Research at Uni of Huddersfield shows that students who use library resources get better degrees.

    We’re going to start off with an exercise to get you thinking about keywords.
  • These are some of the marking criteria for the dissertation. Proposal submitted in week 4….last week.

    Need to carry out a literature review in order to:

    Find information to inform, underpin and shape your research/dissertation
    Find what has already been written on a subject
    Identify the main trends, themes, gaps, limitations etc
    Locate appropriate information: the information needs to be suitable for your need i.e. right level, current if important, sufficient breadth or detail etc
  • Students handed in proposal in week 4, so have a rough idea of what they are researching.

    Hand out paper and pens. One sheet per person

    Students in pairs.

    Write their project keywords on sheet. Then tell your partner about your project. Discuss.
  • Accessing resources

    Click on MyStudy.

    You can now access library resources from the MyLibrary box……detail on next page.
  • Sign in for full functionality.
  • 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
  • Help available here on using Library search.
  • Students can also search individual databases.

    IEEE Xplore probably main database, but others useful depending on what you are looking for. Link below provides list of other databases including Design and Applied Arts Index, Science Direct and ACM Digital Library.

  • 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: Change settings etc to link to MDX resources. You only need to do this once on your own laptop/device, but need to be logged on to MyUniHub.

    Keep up with recent developments in any area of research

    Save items in a personal library
  • Google Scholar is good, but limited ability to combine different keywords.
    Older articles can appear first in results, so use the date limits on the left hand side of the screen.
  • Add more keywords to narrow your search results
    Be more specific e.g. sprinting vs running
    “Exact phrase” e.g. “design management”
    Add limits e.g. date, gender, age, country etc
  • Use alternative keywords e.g. football or soccer
    Be less specific
    Split the question into simple concepts…….searching for all the concepts together might be making your search too complicated.
    Try variations of the same word e.g. swim, swimmers, swimming or use swim*
  • 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 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
    COPAC 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 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 SUNCAT, a union catalogue of serials (periodicals) for the UK, is a tool for locating serials held in UK libraries.

  • Trend and colour forecasting, business strategy, trade news etc
  • Passport provides key business intelligence on industries, countries and consumers.

    Mintel contains marketing intelligence reports, trends analysis and market size information for a wide range of industries and across several countries. Good for sector information in Europe and America.

    IBIS world: Supply chains feature US resource but covers UK

    BSC is a database of good quality academic journals. Business reports with industry, company and country profiles are also included.
  • Cite Them Right includes all of the referencing styles used by the University including IEEE. Use drop-down menu to select IEEE.
  • With reference to information. What do these words mean?

    Answers next slide.
  • Currency
    How old: How old is the information? Does it need to be up-to-date?
    Last updated: When was the information last updated?
    What: Do you know what was updated. Think Wikipedia. There is often an explanation of what has been updated in new edition of a book.

    Author: Do you know who the author is?
    Qualifications: What is the author’s knowledge base?
    Verifiable: Can the information be supported? Another witness or further info from a different source. Is there any peer review?
  • Divide class into groups.

    Hand out pack of cards.

    Students have two headings ‘Authority’ and ‘Currency’ (black cards).

    Plus a double set of information sources. They should put the cards in order of which offer the most currency and authority.