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Spend a few moments getting familiar with key library tools and information for all new students available from our LibGuide.
Online training for PGT students
Before the session please view the following 2 learning activities from Online training:Finding good library stuff online!
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Once you have mastered the basics, the Advanced online training is worth working through. You can choose to look at any or all of the tutorials, but remember they can be revisited at any time during the year. Some tutorials have audio so don’t forget your headphones!
What is a subject database, and how can it help you with your research?
Go to the Subject guides and subject databases tutorial
Subject databases now try one of these...
Citing and Referencing
Check out the Academic Skills pages http://library.soton.ac.uk/sash/referencing for information on Academic Integrity, referencing and also referencing software such as EndNote Online which allows you to collect and organise citations and references from your literature seach and then inset them into you document, formatted in the style that you choose.
Training and workshops plus the Academic Skills web pages will give help and direction in many areas such as Academic Writing, Critical Thinking. Referencing and Plagiarism plus much more - see http://library.soton.ac.uk/sash/ and links to the workshops at http://library.soton.ac.uk/sash/workshops/
Note: You should have looked at the following activities in Online training: Finding good stuff online
(NOTE: The Advanced Online Training: Improving .. library.soton.ac.uk/online-skills-advanced has a section on Subject guides and subject databases tutorial.
From what you have learned from the previous presentations, use your project topic to create a search strategy by:
Follow this example to help create your OWN Search strategy/statement :
|Topic: Fuel cells for use in electric cars|
|Key concepts: fuel cells / electric / cars|
|Alternative terms: fuel cells: batteries; electric: hybrid; car: automobile; Lead-Acid [type of battery]|
|Possible truncation: batter* (searches for battery / batteries)|
Search statement: (fuel cell or batter*) and (hybrid or electric) and (car* or automobile*)
When you have a set of results do the following:
Use the Advanced searching strategies tutorial (library.soton.ac.uk/online-skills-advanced) for help on Subject heading/ thesaurus searching, Citation Searching and Keeping up to date.
Examples of searching by Author
Do an author search using the correct format e.g. Smith D* (this is very important)
Limit using author address and/or ‘Research area’
Look at your search history
Save your search
Mark some records and look at the export options
Examples of searching by Cited reference search
In Web of Science Core Collection, use a paper from previous search to do a Cited Ref Search or use the following example:
Broderick, N.G.R., Taverner, D., Richardson,D.J. et al (1997) Optical pulse compression in fiber Bragg gratings. Physical Review Letters 79(23), p. 4566-4569
How many times has this paper been cited by others?
How many papers does the Author cite?
How many related references are there? Look to see how relevant they are.
Citing and referencing your work correctly is essential. By acknowledging the work of others you are acting with academic integrity and taking steps to avoid plagiarizing someone else's work. Using bibliographic management or reference software can help you keep track of what you have found, what you have read as well as automatically formatting the references correctly when you use it with Word. Go to the Citing and Referencing section of the Academic Skills web pages or use the Referencing activity in Online training: Finding good stuff online.
Watch the interactive learning activity to help you find relevant, good quality information - Online training: Finding good stuff online
For help and guidance on becoming an effective learner allowing you to develop transferable skills to use in your studies and in the workplace go to the Academic Skills LibGuides