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Introduction to Online Resources Aeronautics & Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering and Ship Science Michael Whitton November 2011 & February 2012 University Library
Objectives Evaluation of web materials Web Subject Gateways E-books Finding Journal articles & Conference Papers
The Web – Google etc. General search engines can be useful for finding general info & company sites – No quality controls – Limited types of information – Need to evaluate
Evaluation Authority – Who is the author? – What are their credentials? – Who is the publisher? Objectivity & Purpose – Why / for whom is the site written for? – Links to other viewpoints? – Trying to: persuade, sell you something, inform or misinform? – Country of origin - affects the slant of the information?
Evaluation - continued Currency – When was the site produced / last updated? – How current are references / links? Accuracy – Are there supporting links / references to quality information? Relevance – Content is appropriate for your purpose? – Content is relevant to your topic?
Internet Gateways Gateway sites – Intute (for UK Higher Education) Works like a small search engine – Quality control – Abstracts / Summaries
Your Subject Page Contain links to the best electronic resources for your subject One for each school Also Collection Pages: – Patents, Standards – Newspapers, (Statistical) Data Resources
Finding journals/conferences (from a reference) Search by journal or conference title (NOT article title) Webcat (journal title search for journals) – More complete for conferences and print journals – More forgiving of small errors TDNet – Clearer when online access has multiple links – More password information
In TDNet it’s often easier to search if you know which journal you want
Access information (passwords etc.) appear as an “i” icon
Access - on campus Generally no passwords are needed – A few need your Institutional (email) username & password – A handful have special usernames/passwords If you have problems – For journals check our access on TDNet – For other resources use links on the library website
Access – off campus For many resources Institutional Login is an option VPN will give you the same access as on campus Some TDNet functions do not work off campus without VPN
Look for ‘Institutional Login’, ‘UK Federation’ or ‘Shibboleth’ links
You often need to select the UK (or UK Federation) Then find ‘University of Southampton’ (If you can’t find us look for Southampton University)
VPN Virtual Private Network Link to University network When connected your computer appears to be ‘on campus’ Managed by iSolutions. Instructions on iSolutions web pages at: www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/computing/net/vpn/
Finding Articles on a topic Journal Articles, Conference Papers, etc.
Quick subject search for journal articles … Full Text sources (IEEEXplore, Sciencedirect) – Limited range of journals (one publisher etc.) – Generally get the full text – Search facilities vary Scientific Search Engines (Google scholar, Scirus) – Search fairly widely – You will find things we don’t have access to – More need to evaluate results
Detailed search for journal articles Databases & Indexes (Compendex & Geobase; Web of Science & Inspec) – Well indexed, good search facilities – References and abstracts (many try to link to the full text) – We won’t have every journal they index – Our Inter-Library-Loans service can probably get a copy
TDNet – Search many of our journals – Generally get the full text – Only search the last few years Also be aware of …
Sample Search Engineering Village (Compendex & Geobase)
Routes to full text Database full text links Sometimes links to journals we don’t buy TDNet links (from database or library web pages) – doesn’t have all print journals If the above do not exist or don’t work always …
Routes to full text (cont.) Search WebCat – Journal articles by the journal title (use full title not abbreviations) – Conference papers by the conference title – Reports: try author and title (may need to search by organisation name) There may be an automatic link
Exceptions Items not on Webcat & TDNet – Patents & standards – Free online: NASA Technical Reports; Organisations eprint servers Items not in UoS Libraries – Inter Library Loan (ILL)
Search Tips Identify Keywords describing your topic – Leave out very common terms – You should end up with a few terms not a sentence Use simple searches in WebCat & Intute Use more Complex Searches in journal databases Think about alternative words for the same thing
Want to know more? Library Website > Information Skills – Generic guides on searching databases – Database Tutorials Engineering Sciences Subject Page > Infoskills – Links to many of the above – Handouts and powerpoints from library sessions
If you need help……. Subject Enquiry Desk, Level 3 – Open Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm – Evenings and Saturday (am) service (not vacation) Contact Me – M.Whitton@soton.ac.uk – 023 8059 2709
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