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How to Find Information A Guide for Researchers,9780335226313

How to Find Information A Guide for Researchers

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 4/1/2008
Publisher(s): Open University Press
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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: Online research Critical evaluation of resources Intellectual property rights Research communities The changing landscape of research information Subject-specific resources Written by an academic librarian, this book provides key reading, not only for academic researchers, but for anyone working for commercial, public or government bodies who has to contribute to research projects.

Author Biography

Sally Rumsey is leading the implementation of the Oxford University Research Archive, an institutional repository for research output at the University of Oxford. She was previously E-Services Librarian at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Academic Liaison Co-ordinator for the School of Arts at the University of Surrey Library, UK. .

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. x
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Foreword to the first editionp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
The information gathering processp. 1
The processp. 1
The skills requiredp. 2
Defining the subjectp. 2
Defining the purpose and scope of the researchp. 5
Setting up and getting startedp. 5
Plan of campaignp. 6
Making the most of a libraryp. 9
Getting to know your library and librarianp. 9
Finding information about existing researchp. 16
The type of research referred to in this chapterp. 16
Access to information about researchp. 16
Indexes and online databases of research activityp. 17
Research Councils UK and other funding bodiesp. 19
Thesesp. 20
The type and detail of information requiredp. 23
Introductionp. 23
Types of informationp. 24
Primary and secondary sourcesp. 25
Multidisciplinarity and subject overlapp. 26
Defining the area and limits of the researchp. 26
How much information is appropriate?p. 27
What is already known?p. 27
Planning an information finding strategyp. 27
Discovering relevant materialsp. 29
Resource discovery: where details of relevant materials can be foundp. 29
What are abstracts and indexes?p. 30
Online bibliographic databasesp. 31
Issues relating to online databasesp. 32
e-Booksp. 41
Catalogues and bibliographiesp. 42
Open access materialsp. 46
Other sources and types of informationp. 46
Selecting sources relevant to the subjectp. 47
The online searching processp. 49
The importance of planning a searchp. 49
The online searching processp. 51
How to plan a search strategyp. 52
When to run the searchp. 76
Evaluating the resultsp. 76
Saving the resultsp. 77
Completion of the searchp. 77
Citation searchingp. 79
What is citation searching and why is it important?p. 79
Citation indexesp. 81
When to stopp. 82
Electronic citation searchingp. 82
Problems associated with citation searchingp. 85
Cross-referencingp. 86
Obtaining the full textp. 88
Introductionp. 88
Location of items at the home institutionp. 91
Locating items not held in the home institutionp. 91
Searching the catalogues of other collectionsp. 92
Locating electronic materialsp. 93
Finding a commercial source of the materialp. 95
Grey literaturep. 96
Other sources for locating materialsp. 96
Using the World Wide Web for researchp. 99
Introductionp. 99
Means of locating information on the WWWp. 100
Accessing the selected sitep. 101
Subject gatewaysp. 102
Using search enginesp. 103
Evaluating information found on the WWWp. 109
Some useful tipsp. 111
Accessing materialsp. 112
Introductionp. 112
Accessing physical materials held at the home institutionp. 113
e-Resources available via the home institutionp. 113
Using other librariesp. 115
Document delivery servicesp. 115
Open access to scholarly publicationsp. 117
Persistent identifiersp. 120
Accessing other sources of informationp. 120
Evaluation of resourcesp. 124
The importance of evaluationp. 124
Criteria for evaluationp. 125
Citing referencesp. 129
Terminologyp. 129
The purpose of citing referencesp. 130
Citation and reference stylep. 131
Keeping recordsp. 137
Efficient searching and well ordered recordsp. 137
Maintaining records of searchesp. 137
Saving records and details of works accessedp. 138
Bibliographic softwarep. 140
Intellectual property and plagiarismp. 144
Introductionp. 144
Intellectual propertyp. 144
IP considerations when researching and creating documentsp. 148
The IP of the researcher's workp. 149
Plagiarismp. 151
The research community and keeping up to datep. 154
Introductionp. 154
The research communityp. 155
Conferences, conventions, colloquia, and symposiap. 157
Alerting or current awareness servicesp. 158
Mailing/discussion listsp. 160
The changing landscape of researchp. 162
Introductionp. 162
JISC activitiesp. 163
Dissemination of research resultsp. 163
Searching for research materialsp. 167
Open URLsp. 168
e-Books and e-thesesp. 169
The importance of datap. 170
The e-science programme and the Gridp. 170
Means of managing and presenting informationp. 171
Digital preservation and curationp. 172
Research Information Network (RIN)p. 173
Journal impact factors, peer review, and citation servicesp. 173
Summary checklistp. 174
Using a libraryp. 178
Formats of information sourcesp. 194
Glossaryp. 206
References and bibliographyp. 208
Web addressesp. 214
Indexp. 219
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