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1 Academic Services Introduction to the Library and its Resources

2 Welcome! Sue Abbott Academic Support Consultant for Geography and PCMD Office: Upper Floor, Main Library Telephone: 01392 735603 Email:

3 Libraries Exeter and Cornwall Libraries

4 Library services and facilities 24/7 opening in the Main Library Multimedia facilities Individual, group and silent study spaces Self issue and return Wireless network service PCs and printers Photocopiers

5 Borrowing University card Self-issue and return Loan allowance - 20 books or journals Loan periods vary - from 5 hours to 28 days Reserve books borrowed by other users Fines for overdue books and late return of recalled books Check your e-mail daily for library messages

6 On and off campus availability Library catalogue Online databases Electronic journals Quality Internet resources Online renewals and reservations Online guides and information skills tutorials

7 More services... Inter-library loans Postal loans SCONUL Access scheme Access to UK and international library catalogues Institutional Repository - The Exeter Research and Institutional Content archive (ERIC)Institutional Repository - The Exeter Research and Institutional Content archive (ERIC)

8 Electronic Library Access on and off campus Online databases for all subject areas 30,000+ electronic journals Electronic books Reference works Newspapers

9 Internet Resources Be careful what you are using as you need to be able to evaluate what you find. Google is like Wal-Mart; libraries are like boutiques Authoritative, reliable, accurate, current, comprehensive

10 How Do You Develop a Search Strategy ? [1] Define your topic [2] Identify keywords and phrases [3] Identify synonyms and related terms [4] Create your search statement [5] Select information sources [6] Run your search [7] Evaluate results and refine search [8] Obtain Items

11 Step [1] : Define Your Topic What exactly do you want to know? You could try to write a topic definition statement, i.e. can you explain your topic to someone unfamiliar with it in a few easy sentences. Try gathering some background information to start with. You could create a map of your ideas about the topic.

12 Step [2] : Identify Keywords and Phrases Choosing the wrong keywords can result in finding little or no relevant information finding too much information What are Keywords ? Single words or phrases Specific terminology Relevant names Acronyms & abbreviations These are the basic words and phrases that are related to the subject you are researching.

13 Step [3] : Identifying Synonyms and Related Terms UK v US spelling/terminology Singular & plural Broader & narrower terms

14 Step [4] : Create Your Search Statement Use Boolean Operators N.B. Check which operators are available for each database and what symbols they use AND or + OR or, NOT or ANDNOT or -

15 Boolean Logic AND –E.g. rural AND policy OR –E.g regeneration OR development NOT –E.g. regeneration NOT urban

16 Truncation Truncation symbol = * Allows searching for any words starting with that word stem – broadens the search e.g. treat* would find treated, treatment, treats, treating etc. Be careful as unwanted words may also be searched for e.g. treaty

17 Wildcards Wildcard symbols ? Or $ Allows searching for words with variant spellings Substitute for 1 (or more) or 0 letters e.g. wom?n will find woman & women e.g. colo$r will find colour & color

18 Parentheses (brackets) Use to group search elements Database searches bracketed terms first and then adds them to the remaining search words e.g. operating AND (theatre OR theater)

19 Step [5] : Select Your Information Resource Subject coverage Bibliographical or full-text Data coverage dates Type of document indexed Frequency of updating Geographic/linguistic scope

20 Key online databases ISI Web of Knowledge GreenFILE Geobase Zetoc Digimap Census Registration Service - UKBorders, CasWeb ASSIA International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

21 Step [6] : Run Your Search Access the Electronic Library Login using your IT Services account username and password Access to –Online databases –Electronic journals and newspapers –Electronic books

22 Step [7] : Evaluate Results and Refine Search Too many references Narrow down your search by - –using more specific keywords/phrases e.g. freshwater biodiversity rather than biodiversity –restricting the fields you search (e.g. title search) –restricting by language –restricting by time period –restricting by document type

23 Too few references Broaden your search by - –using broader keywords e.g. ecology rather than ecosystems –using alternative keywords e.g. governance, policy, regulation separating phrases e.g. sustainable AND development –truncation climat* will find climate, climates, climatic –wildcard, e.g. globali$ation (US and UK spelling)

24 Step 8 : Obtain Items Databases – direct access Journals –EBSCO EJS (gateway to the majority of our current electronic journal subscriptions) –JSTOR (archive of back issues)

25 Managing your information Citing and managing your references Plagiarism

26 Keeping up to date Alerting/table of contents services –WoS, Zetoc, Science Direct, Nature RSS feeds Join professional organisations or use their websites Book publisher sites Jiscmail mailing lists – Newspapers Research Councils – NERC, ESRC Community of Science http://cos.com

27 Help Library Services Desk Help Point Academic Support Consultant for PCMD Sue Abbott 01392 725603 Library International Officer – Patrick Overy ( Disability Liaison Officer – Sue Abbott (

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