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Go to your Subject Guide via LibGuides@Southampton; Find the Compendex and/or Inspec (Engineering Village) databases link (or go to Resources and select Compendex or Inspec from the A-Z list of E-Resources)
Note: From the Databases menu, make sure only Compendex and Inspec are selected and NOT Geobase
(For help look at the Engineering Village Tutorials Page)
Search 3: (Add a search field) telecommunications
You have combined the above 2 terms using AND How many results do you get?
Note: Click on the 3 parallel lines in top right corner of screen for search, results and other features
Search 4: microstructured How many results do you get?
Search 5: microstructur* How many results do you get?
To View all results click on 3 parallel lines in top right hand corner of screen
Search 6: Combine 3 AND 5
This is your search strategy ‘optical fibres AND telecommunications AND microstructur*’
How many results do you get now?
Note: you can input the whole query into the search box or ‘Add another field’ for each term. The default is the Boolean AND operator)
Using the results from the search you have just done:
In the Refine options, use the controlled search option. How many results do you get?
mark a few articles of interest
can you access the full text of any of your marked articles?
now look at the download and/or export options
View all results to edit or save the search
(Note: If you have searched a number of different databases you will need to go to the individual databases to see the search histories)
Search for articles by David Smith or your supervisor using the format given on the search screen (Smith D*) and limit these results to those with Southampton in the address
(Hint: ‘Add Another Field’ and select ‘Address’ from the drop down menu) How many results do you get?
(Note: Smith is a common name and there are several researchers with the name D Smith at Southampton. You could further limit your search by selecting ‘Authors’ from the Refine menu on the left hand side of the results screen and selecting Smith, DC who is the author we are interested in but you may then miss some of his papers if the journal has only cited him as Smith, D. )
Back in the Subject Guide, search for the following paper (or a key paper of your own) in the Inspec Database.
Hanzo, L. Generic z-domain discrete-time transfer function estimation for ultra-wideband systems
Select the relevant article by clicking on the title
What year was this article published?
In which journal was the article published?
How many times has this paper been cited by others?
How many related references are there?
Look to see how relevant they are
View the ResearcherID
Examples of a citation network for a ‘selected’ article and of a Reseacher ID are shown below
Note: you can also set up a ‘Citation Alert’ for this paper so that you will be notified every time a new paper is published which cites it.
To build a more precise search and get more accurate results, watch this video to help Improve your search strategy when searching either Inspec or Compendex.
Enter the term electric automobiles, then search and select the relevant term (electric vehicles). Select a related or different term e.g. fuel cells and combine using AND or OR and search.
Compare this search to a topic search. How many results did you get? How relevant are they?
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
Spend some time watching the 2 learning activities from Online training:Finding good library stuff online!
Please click on 'Was this training useful?' to leave some feedback
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.
Getting stuff that we do not have in UoS libraries
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: Search Strategies BEFORE this session. Click on ’Was this training useful to your studies?’
Complete a poll on the above online training activity
From what you have learned from the previous presentations, use your project topic to create a search strategy by:
I. Go to the most appropriate subject guide
II. Select one database from the short list on the home page or from the list on the ‘Databases and key journals’ page (remember to select the appropriate databases if using Engineering Village)
III. Using the keywords and/or concepts you have already prepared and start to search each one individually.
IV. Look at the Search history or Results list and then revise or refine your search if necessary
V. Check the search history again and send yourself a copy via email
VI. Repeat the same search in a 2nd database (from your subject guide) so you can compare the results
The following example demonstrates how 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*)
When you have a set of results do the following:
VII. Open the records by clicking on the title to see the full details
VIII. Use the thesaurus (if available) to ensure the results are more precise and therefore more relevant to the topic
IX. Once you are happy with your search strategy/statement, you can Save Search to rerun in the future
X. When you have a set of results do the following:
Go to either of the following; fill in the details on the home page and submit. Spend 5 mins checking these out.
Step-by-step guides to help you plan, organise and find the resources you need to complete your projects/assignments. You can save your work and return to the planners at any time.
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
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.