How to Find Information: A Guide for Researchers (Open Up Study Skills)
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- How do I find relevant information for my thesis, dissertation or report?
- How do I evaluate the relevance and quality of the information I find?
- How do I find the most up to date information in my subject area?
Anyone setting out to research a topic, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level, needs to find information to inform their work and support their arguments. This book enables researchers to become expert in finding, accessing and evaluating information for dissertations, projects or reports.
The book works systematically through the information-seeking process, from planning the search to evaluating and managing the end results. It suggests how to do this efficiently and effectively whilst using a range of sources including online bibliographic databases and the internet.
This edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the use of new technologies in research by offering the most contemporary information on:
image) of a printed book comprising essentially the same structure as its physical version, to a complex digital object which takes advantage of all that the online digital domain can offer. This means that searching and functionalities for e-books can vary widely. Searching can be flexible and include Boolean logic and fuzzy searching as provided, for example in the Academic Library collections of e-books. Oxford Scholarship Online is an example of a collection of multidisciplinary monographs
that first attempts at resource location will be made using their own library’s OPAC and electronic resources. Those working at a distance to the home institution may wish to familiarize themselves with the catalogue of an information provider (such as a library or archive) at a more convenient location, but should be aware that there may be limits on the amount and types of materials that they can access (see Chapter 10). The library catalogue is key to locating items, but there may be
provides free access to digital data in the social sciences and humanities to anyone in UK HE. It also incorporates other data services such as Qualidata (social science qualitative datasets). UK National Statistics provides free online access to many economic and socio-economic time series data sets, statistics, and National Statistics publications. The National Geophysical Data Center26 provides links to world data centres in the areas of geography, glaciology, geology, geophysics, and so on.
the status quo or to take advantage of the online domain. All parties concerned agree that peer review is vital to ensure quality and accuracy of scholarship within the publication process. However, the traditional process of peer review is under scrutiny as open access gains strength. Again the potential of the online domain is being considered as a possible means of updating current practice. One example of a new model of peer review is that used by BioMedCentral publications in the BMC series
databases, abstracts, and indexes are most relevant to your research? Are there other more general databases which will also be useful? Is there a federated search option at your institutional library (where you can search across a number of databases at one go)? Select a key database for your research and find out about the fields it indexes, whether or not it has a thesaurus, if there is useful information on the help function, and how you can manage the records you retrieve (marking, emailing,