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1 Jönköping University

2 Information management for thesis writing Welcome! How many of you will write your thesis and have no reference list? The aim with this lecture is to give you the tools for effective information management! ILO – Assess and critically evaluate (and use) scientific publications Evaluation criteria: Frame of reference - Theory / Reference list in your thesis

3 Information management for thesis writing Welcome! Daniel Gunnarsson Subject Librarian Coffee break halfway through!

4 Information management for thesis writing Agenda! Academic writing Preparations Search method Databases Critical evaluation After the search Search examples - tips from the coach

5 Information management for thesis writing Academic writing: You shall all act as academics Independently work, your responsibility! Based on peer-reviewed theories Use scientific methods Draw your own conclusions Bibliographic references (Harvard style)Bibliographic referencesHarvard style The Interactive Anti-Plagiarism Guide – JUThe Interactive Anti-Plagiarism Guide Important for your career, your academic manifesto!

6 Information management for thesis writing Preparations: Better prepared = more effective! In need of definitions / problem statement What kind of material is needed - topicality, data, legislation, publication type Start with International Encyclopedia of Business and management (shelf Qb(x) REF INTE) or specific Handbooks within your topic (SAGE)SAGE Critical Writings in… Read this guide about search strategysearch strategy

7 Information management for thesis writing Search method: An excellent search method gives you fewer results with better quality (gives you more time for writing) Search field (subject – fulltext) Author, publication year, publication type Phrase search Combination search (and, or, not) More about search techniquessearch techniques

8 Information management for thesis writing Search method: Important to use proper terms in your search – bad input even worse output Identify suitable and accepted search words (encyclopedias, handbooks) Spelling (dictionaries) Synonyms and related terms Create a thesaurus (mindmap) More about choosing search wordssearch words

9 Information management for thesis writing Database selection: A variety of resources demands the right selection! Choose the right database or catalogue Different types of databases -Reference (bibliographic) -Fulltext (aggregator or publisher) -Facts (legislation, statistics/data, company reports) -Citation database (Google Scholar, Scopus, Web of Science) Off-Campus access (your computer login - Novell) More about search toolssearch tools

10 Information management for thesis writing Critical evaluation: The essence of a researchers work and competence How many hits (spelling, index) Modify search (limit or explore) New suggestions/ideas during the search process Frequently appearing works in reference lists or highly cited

11 Information management for thesis writing Critical evaluation: Frequently appearing authors in reference lists or highly cited Types of resources: primary or secondary, peer- reviewed - What is a scholarly journal article?scholarly journal article Types of publishers: EE, Springer, Oxford, Routledge Change database or catalogue (iterative process) See movie Scientific publishingScientific publishing

12 Information management for thesis writing After the search: It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings Updating the reference list (continuously) Deficiencies or limitations (part of the thesis) Redo the searches (especially for longer works) Set up alerts (search string, author, article) Save information about search word, databases and experiences for future usage

13 Information management for thesis writing Help: No man is an island – we are here to help you! Subject guides (my profile page) Ask the library BusinessLib (Facebook) BusinessLib (Twitter) BusinessLib (LinkedIn)

14 Information management for thesis writing Search example: Google Scholar -Start from library website or subject guide = Off-Campus access -Advanced scholar search (author, date, publication) -Human resource management -Get it -Cited by

15 Information management for thesis writing Search example: Scopus -Start from library website or subject guide = Off-Campus access -Family business (box social sciences) -Refine results (source, author year, document type) -Sort by (relevance, author, date, source, cited by) -Identify important journals and often used keywords -Select all click references -Get it

16 Information management for thesis writing Assignment: Learning by doing – improving your productivity by regularly repeating the same type of action (Kenneth Arrow, endogenous growth theory) Give an oral presentation of the assignment (C2032) Send in your notes in advance ( ) One page (A4) with all your names on it Where to find the assignmentassignment Register for seminars after the lecture

17 Information management for thesis writing

18 The Grand Finale: The aim with this lecture was to give you the tools for effective information management. Have you paid attention, I´m sure that you will save time and write a better thesis!


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