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1 Computer Science MSc Project briefing – Researching for your project Clare Ackerley Academic Liaison Librarian for Computer Science May 2014

2 Session aims After today you should: be aware of the resources available be able to select appropriate resources to use know some effective searching techniques

3 Library resources

4 Searching the catalogue Only view items that are available Refine by Subject

5 Searching everything Choose to expand search beyond our resources if you wish Limit to peer- reviewed journals Refine your results to select resource type. E.g. conference proceedings

6 Your Subject Guide

7 Subject guides – journals and databases Provides links to the most relevant databases and full- text journal collections for you BUT…. Not everything For a comprehensive list use the e-resources guidee-resources guide

8 E-resources – Bibliographic databases Electronic indexes of published work Examples, INSPEC and Web of Science – databases cover different subject areas and materials – not limited to the Library’s collections – always use more than one database! Access via E-resources Guide or Computer Science Subject Guide.

9 Some key Computer Science databases Science Citation & Proceedings Indexes (via the Web of Knowledge) – General Computer Science 1900 - date – citation searching – Proceedings section for conferences & meetings 1990 - present – Register to customize your search experience – Recorded training materials available. Links on the database.

10 Some Key Computer Science Databases INSPEC leading abstract publication for information in physics, electronics, electrical engineering, computer science and information technology. - updated weekly - 1969-present - Also an archive available dating back to 1898

11 Other useful Databases Zetoc (British Library Electronic Table of Contents) – One of the world most comprehensive research databases – multi-disciplinary 1993 to date – Provides access to over 28,000 journals and more than 52,000 article citations and conference papers. – Set up Zetoc Alerts or RSS feeds to keep track of new research in your area. – Choose to search journals, conferences or both

12 Electronic resources – e-journals IEEE Xplore All IEEE and IET journals, magazines, transactions and conference proceedings, and all approved and published IEEE standards, excluding drafts. – Complete backfiles to 1988 – Selected content back to 1913 ScienceDirect – World’s largest full text database of scientific journals, 2,500 journals and 20,000 ebooks

13 Locating full text of the papers you discover Look for Find It @ York button

14 Electronic resources – e-books Lecture Notes in Computer Science – archive also available. Access through Computer Science subject guide or YorSearch. There are also many more e-books available on YorSearch from other e-book providers such as Dawsonera, MyiLibrary, and Safari

15 Electronic resources – theses Index to Theses – lists all UK PhD theses and includes an abstract for each. Non-York theses can be obtained via InterLibrary loans White Rose eTheses Online– Collection of doctoral level theses from York, Leeds and Sheffield Universities. EThOS – Electronic Theses Online Service DART – Europe E-theses Portal - Doctoral-level electronic theses which are held in European repositories. Provides a link to at least one electronic copy of every thesis listed in its database Access via Theses subject category on the E-resources Guide.

16 Electronic resources – web search engines and subject gateways Web search engines Google and Google Scholar CiteSeer – scientific literature digital library and search engine CiteSeer Internet subject gateways TechXtra – cross searches 31 different collections for articles, websites, books, latest news, theses, in engineering, maths and computing TechXtra

17 Electronic resources – web search engines

18 Google Scholar Full text freely available Available from York

19 Google Scholar off campus Go to: Settings Library links Enter University of York Save

20 Google Scholar AdvantagesDisadvantages More results – a range of resource types, e.g. books, journal articles, theses Too many results(?) Simple to searchLess quality control. Coverage: what is and is not covered? Duplication. Inclusion of some non-academic materials Links to full text items available at YorkInconsistent bibliographic information Few sophisticated search options, e.g. difficult to apply limitations

21 Open Access Repositories White Rose – Full text available Results will display on YorSearch. Search the repository directly.

22 Effective Searching - Planning Plan out your search on paper – easy to keep a record if computers crash! – helps clarify your searching strategy Consider the scope of your search – what is the time period you are searching within? – try a quick simple search first Remember to think about synonymous terms – use truncation or wildcards as appropriate (e.g. * ?) e.g. col?r will find colour, color (but also coloniser) e.g. comp* will find computer, computers, computing etc

23 Effective Searching - Reviewing When you have some results ask yourself – do they answer your question? – are they appropriate for your needs and of sufficient quantity AND quality Be prepared to search more than one database for a comprehensive search – INSPEC does NOT cover everything you need – if you are unsure of which ones to use - ask! Leave enough time to find, and read the full articles!!!

24 Troubleshooting Searches Too few or no results? – are my keywords the right ones? – am I using the ‘right’ database for the subject? Too many results? – should I include more specific term(s)? – could I eliminate unwanted concepts from my results?

25 Items not held in the Library Inter-Library Loans £2 each Interlending link on YorSearch British Library Boston Spa minibus on alternate Wed/Fridays, bookable on YorSearch Further information at: SCONUL Access Enables you to visit and borrow from other institutions, apply online

26 Help Clare Ackerley Email:

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