Published on February 25, 2014
PDE2440 Feb 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: Background information and inspiration 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 and diverse articles and advertising. May be electronic. Good for: Daily information Not so good for: Balanced and well researched information
Academic Journal What are they: A regular publication containing articles on a particular academic subject. Presents new research. Maybe electronic. Good for: Latest research, critically reviewed by experts Not so good for: Broad overview of a subject
Trade Journal or Magazine What are they: A regular publication containing news, jobs, products, events and advertising. Aimed at a profession, business sector or interest. Good for: Focussed up-to-date information Not so good for: Detailed and objective reports
Objects What are they: A material thing that can be seen and handled. Good for: Inspiration, ideas and sensory experience. Not so good for: Detailed information, context and facts.
Other resources •Samples Library http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/specialcolls •WGSN HomeBuildLife * •http://www.trendhunter.com/ •British Standards Online * * MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases
Find out more MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/PDE
Thinking about keywords http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossjamesparker/89414788/
The real thing: Robotics •Keywords •Alternative keywords •More specific keywords •Related subjects http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbaltimore/6778028/meta/
Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library Select Summon and search for information for your topic
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 http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/PDE
But it’s not in the Library! http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkstream/502964144/
Don’t panic! • Sconul Access http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access • Other libraries http://bit.ly/visitingotherlibraries • Request the book
Evaluating information Imagine you are writing an essay on Robots Have a look at the 4 items that you have been given and consider the following: • Which item is the most relevant to your essay? • Which item would be no use? • Which item has the most academic authority? • Are any of the items biased? • Which item is the most current?
Evaluating information • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency
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Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill firstname.lastname@example.org http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support/unihelp/
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