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1 Finding information resources : Physics Richard Holmes November 2013

2 Aims of the session To help you: Identify, find & evaluate relevant sources of information Use the library effectively, and make the most of our services and resources Know who to contact for further help

3 Format of the session What the session will involve: A demonstration of academic resources and search tools A chance for you to begin searching for information (beyond Google) Q&A. An opportunity to ask for help and advice

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5 Before we begin… Analyse the formation and evolution of galaxies and black holes 2 minutes to look for at least one piece of useful and reliable information on this topic

6 The Library (Print) Print: Most Physics books are on Level 3 in the Bill Bryson Library All journals are in mobile shelving on Level 1 Tip: Focus on peer reviewed journals

7 The Library (Online)

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9 4 steps to finding information 1. Identify keywords 2. Decide where to search 3. Perform Search 4. Review results

10 1. Choosing Keywords Identify the separate elements of your topic: The physics behind butterflies iridescent colours

11 1. Choosing Keywords Identify the separate elements of your topic: The physics behind butterflies iridescent colours

12 1. Choosing Keywords Identify the separate elements of your topic: The physics behind butterflies iridescent colours Too many results? Too few? Irrelevant results? Synonyms: butterfly OR Lepidoptera OR diurnal insect Truncation: physic* to locate physics, physical science, physicist… Wildcards: colo?r to locate colour or color Phrases: iridescent colour Joining Words: AND, OR, NOT

13 Choosing Keywords: Have a go! Identify keywords from a topic of your choice, if you cant think of one use: Analyse the formation and evolution of galaxies and black holes 1.Think of synonyms. 2.Can any words be truncated?

14 Search Strategy Grid OR AND Evol* form* Analyse the formation and evolution of galaxies and black holes grow* AND OR creat* develop* black hole* galax* genesis

15 (black hole* or galax*) and (form* or creat* or genesis) and (evol* or develop* or grow*)

16 2. Decide where to search What information do you need? –Overview of a topic, theory, idea, concept? Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries (online and in print) –Introduction to the topic? Textbook/E-book –Information on the latest developments? Journal Article Conference Paper E-Print/Research Repository Tip: Try Credo Reference (multiple reference works in one site) instead of Wikipedia.Credo Reference

17 Search – library catalogue Specific vs speculative searching: Specific –Author/Title (combined) for known item Speculative –Search by Keyword (free text) –Search by Classmark (other books on the topic) –Search by Subject (controlled vocabulary) Tip: You can save or your results

18 3. Search. Have a go Experiment with searching the Library catalogue using keywords, truncation, phrases, operators (AND/OR) Observe how many results you get and the type of information being retrieved. Q) What happens if you look for information on determination[s] of the Hubble Constant?

19 Beyond the Library Catalogue Databases –Book chapters –Journal Articles –Standards –Conference Papers –Theses –Newspapers –Images

20 Search – online databases Databases search a wide range of material: Some provide full text –IoP –Science Direct Some only provide bibliographic information –Web of Knowledge –First Search –Can use ConneXions to see if Durham subscribes to the content No single database will cover everything

21 Search – online databases Databases search a wide range of material: Some provide full text –IoP –Science Direct Some only provide bibliographic information –Web of Knowledge –First Search –Can use ConneXions to see if Durham subscribes to the content No single database will cover everything

22 Search – online databases Databases search a wide range of material: Some provide full text –IoP –Science Direct Some only provide bibliographic information –Web of Knowledge –First Search –Can use ConneXions to see if Durham subscribes to the content No single database will cover everything

23 Revised Search. Have a go! Repeat the search you performed using the Library catalogue in: –ScienceDirect –Web of Knowledge How does the number of results compare? What kind of information is being retrieved?

24 Other online search tools E-books (searchable) Conference proceedings (Use Web of Knowledge or First Search) Theses (e.g. Proquest Dissertations & Theses) Google Scholar – Activate buttonGoogle Scholar E-prints, (including pre-published) – arXiv.org e-Print archive - papers in physics and related disciplinesarXiv.org e-Print archive

25 E-resources: Common Problems Always navigate to resources through the catalogue (especially if off-campus) Check coverage dates Close DUO Check catalogue record; are login details required? –Library homepage E-journals E-journal Passwords Contact with any

26 4. Review your results Are your results useful? –Do you need to change your keywords or search in a different database? –Use one record to find similar useful resources Evaluate the quality of your sources –particularly if they are found on the internet Keep references – yourself useful references

27 References and Bibliographies Always keep a full and accurate record of your information sources Use the Library Catalogue and online databases to references for saving Make sure you refer correctly to other authors within your work Avoid plagiarism

28 Obtaining items outside of Durham Visiting other universities e.g. Newcastle and Northumbria –Check their catalogues: Access to other libraries – SCONUL Access Scheme –http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/otherlibraries/http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/otherlibraries/ Document Delivery Service –http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/borrowing/dds/http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/borrowing/dds/

29 Where to get further help Academic Support Team: Richard Holmes Subject information page: –http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/physicshttp://www.dur.ac.uk/library/physics Help and Information Point on Level 2 Online enquiries form: –http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/enquiries/http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/enquiries/

30 Any Questions Richard Holmes:


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