Welcome to the Library
New to the University of Southampton?
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...
Testing your knowledge
Using your project topic and the worksheet supplied:
Break the topic up into key concepts
Think about alternative terms
Truncate words if appropriate
Enter the SAME search statement into at least 2 databases e.g. Compendex, Inspec, Web of Science, Scopus (using links from Engineering and Environment Subject Guides library.soton.ac.uk/fee)
Look at the Search history and then revise or refine your search if necessary
Use the following example to 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*)
You are writing a paper on Mechatronics AND (e.g. informatics, robotics, autonomous systems etc)
Choose the INSPEC database NOT all databases
Type Mechatronics AND (e.g. informatics, robotics, autonomous systems etc)
into the Basic Search box
Based on the large amount of results that are retrieved, it is a good idea to refine your results using the Refine results option on the left hand side.
From the "Refine results" go to the "Document Type" limit, select to view Journal articles, Conference Proceedings
Scroll down all the Refine Results options and see if there is anything else that you want to use to narrow down your results
Go to the top of the results page to "Sort by" to resort your items by date, usage etc from the pull-down menu
To begin reviewing your results, select the "View Abstract" for a summary of the article
For additional record details, click on the title of each record to view the full record including other keyword options under controlled and uncontrolled indexing
Mark any records of interest to save, print, email, cite, export to a reference management system of your choice such as EndNote or Mendeley, or to view selected items later
To view the full text, select the “Full Text Finder” and follow the link to the results - look out for pdf or html options. In some cases it may say there is nothing available as either we do not have it electronically (copy the Source details and paste into WebCat)
To start a new search, click on Search under Web of Science (top left)