Published on March 6, 2014
1st year IT March 2014 Better than Google http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
In this workshop we will look at.. • Range of resources • Search strategy • Finding information • Evaluating
Thinking about resources
Books What are they: A written or printed work of fiction or fact. May be electronic. Good for: Clear overview. Not so good for: Up to date information.
Web page What are they: An information resource which can be easily created by anyone on any topic. Electronic. Good for: Very up to date information. Not so good for: Accurate and reliable information.
Newspaper What are they: A regular publication containing current events, informative articles, diverse features and advertising. May be electronic. Good for: Daily information. Not so good for: Balanced and well researched information.
Journal What are they: A regular publication containing articles on a particular academic subject. Presents new research. Good for: Latest research, critically reviewed by experts. Not so good for: Broad overview of a subject.
Popular (trade) journal What are they: A regular publication containing new products plus information for a business sector. Good for: Latest product news. Not so good for: Detailed and objective reports.
Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EIS
Thinking about keywords http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
The real thing: Machine learning recommender systems •Keywords •Alternative keywords •More specific keywords •Related subjects
Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library Select Summon and search for information for your project
Refining your search
Google vs Summon Google Summon • Familiar and easy to use • Easy to use • Finds too much information • Finds lots of academic info • Fast results • Fast results • Access from any computer • Access from any computer • Access to some books and journals • Access to lots of books and journals • Designed to sell you things • Designed to find you information • Search results sponsored • Search results by relevance • Searches for info from any source • Searches quality resources • Pay for academic information • Free access to full text http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennuiislife/3450743002/
Get online help using resources MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Computing http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/EIS
Evaluating information Imagine you are writing an essay on ‘Network Security’. Have a look at the 4 items that you have been given and consider the following: • Which items are the most relevant to your essay? • Which items would be no use? • Which item has the most academic authority? • Which items might have bias? • Which item is the most current?
Evaluating information • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency
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