PDE2440 Oct 2016

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PDE2440 Oct 2016

  1. PDE2440 Oct 2016 Better than Google
  2. In this workshop we will look at.. • Range of resources • Search strategy • Finding information • Evaluating
  3. Why research?
  4. Thinking about resources
  5. Books What are they: A written or printed work of fiction or fact. May be electronic. Good for: Background information and inspiration. Not so good for: Up to date information.
  6. Web page What are they: An information resource which can be easily created by anyone on any topic. Electronic. Good for: Very up to date information. Not so good for: Accurate and reliable information.
  7. Newspaper What are they: A regular publication containing current events, informative and diverse articles and advertising. May be electronic. Good for: Daily information. Not so good for: Balanced and well researched information.
  8. Academic Journal What are they: A regular publication containing articles on a particular academic subject. Presents new research. Maybe electronic. Good for: Latest research, critically reviewed by experts. Not so good for: Broad overview of a subject.
  9. Trade Journal or Magazine What are they: A regular publication containing news, jobs, products, events and advertising. Aimed at a profession, business sector or interest. Good for: Focussed up-to-date information. Not so good for: Detailed and objective reports.
  10. Other resources Materials: Samples Library WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > W Standards British Standards Online MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > B IEEE Standards MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databses > I
  11. Find out more MyStudy > MyLibrary > MySubject Library Guides > Science & Technology
  12. Thinking about keywords
  13. The real thing: Robotics •Keywords •Alternative spellings •Detail •Related subjects
  14. Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Select Summon and search for information for your project
  15. Refining your search Abstract
  16. Saving your references: RefWorks MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R > RefWorks Legacy
  17. Google vs Summon Google • Familiar and easy to use • Finds too much information • Fast results • Access from any computer • Access to some books and journals • Designed to sell you things • Search results sponsored • Searches for info from any source • Pay for academic information Summon • Easy to use • Finds lots of academic info • Fast results • Access from any computer • Access to lots of books and journals • Designed to find you information • Search results by relevance • Searches quality resources • Free access to full text
  18. Referencing and citation myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Databases > C > Cite Them Right Online
  19. Cite Them Right Online
  20. Avoiding Plagiarism: find out more My Library > MySubject > Science & Technology > PDDE > Skills
  21. Evaluating information
  22. Evaluating information Imagine you are writing an essay on Robots Have a look at the 4 items that you have been given and consider the following: • Which item is the most relevant to your essay? • Which item would be no use? • Which item has the most academic authority? • Are any of the items biased? • Which item is the most current?
  23. • Authority • Relevance • Intent • Objectivity • Currency Evaluating information
  24. Need further help? Your Librarian is: Vanessa Hill

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  1. The range of resources we provide The value of resources in an academic context How to select the appropriate resources Develop an effective search strategy eg. Identify keywords, refining your search How to find and access books, journals and information for your projects using the Library Catalogue, and other resources, as well as finding books in the library and from other sources. Evaluating the information for quality and relevance
  2. Your finished product (or essay, project etc) is just the tip of the iceberg. Below it is should be loads of research ie. looking at theory and facts, being inspired, getting ideas, stimulating your imagination etc.
  3. Hand out exercise Thinking about resources (PDE version). Groups 10 mins
  4. Many books in the collection at Hendon……reading list books, plus lots of inspirational books with images etc. Good for: Background information and inspiration .......huge range of books in basement to inspire you, as well as reading list material Broad/general overview of subject Edited for quality and accuracy Many books now available as e-books Not so good for: May not be specific enough Can be out of date
  5. Could be the only source of information on very latest practitioners, trends, materials etc Good for: Easy to use/search All subjects covered Can be very up-to-date Mobile Not so good for: No editorial control Unreliable sources Can be created by anyone Material can lack provenance Can be out-of-date Not everyone has access
  6. Useful for exhibition reviews. Good for: Up-to-date Edited Readily available (latest copies especially) Not so good for: Can be bias Can be unbalanced Can be sensationalist Hard to get hold of/access (back issues)
  7. Also useful for exhibition reviews, latest news, materials, projects, practitioners etc Good for: Up-to-date Specialist/focussed Present latest research Edited for accuracy/quality (peer reviewed) Lots of references Not so good for: Can be hard to locate/access Expensive May be too specific May be at wrong level
  8. Excellent source for latest products, materials etc Good for: Latest information Current events Concise info Product news Often available online with RSS/Twitter etc Not so good for: Detail Objective information ie. can be bias, adverts, preferential products etc Often hard to find old issues Back issues/archive
  9. Worth Global Style Network Homebuildlife: is an online trend forecasting and product design tool for the industrial design, home and interiors markets across 16 product categories including furniture, lighting, textiles, interiors and garden design…….trends, forecasting, business strategy, trade news and shows. Trend Hunter is the world's largest, most popular collection of cutting edge ideas, fueled by 132,000 insatiably curious people. Our trends, trend reports and innovation keynotes help creative people Find Better Ideas, Faster Standards: An agreed, often legally binding level of quality or way of doing something, created by experts, published in print or electronically. Regional: International, European, national, profession, industry etc eg. food industry has ‘Red tractor standard’ Guidance: can provide framework or acceptable level Confidence: ensure that product/service meets acceptable requirements/standards
  10. More information about the range of resources available on the Library Subject Guide plus lots of useful online guides eg. how to search for information for your project.
  11. Whole group: What can you see in the picture? ie. fruit If you type ‘fruit’ into database will get millions of hits, how can you break it down ie. search for something more specific to get more manageable results Can you be more specific ie. Type of fruit: apples, oranges, bananas etc Location: Stall, market, outdoor market, fruit market, Britain Detail: boxes, signs, astroturf, prices, colour of fruit, lights, pound £ signs, special offer etc People in background: old, young, male, female > stall holder, customers, browsers etc Think of related subjects eg. retail, commercial, financial, point-of-sale Shopping, shops, fish/meat/clothes market, shopping centres, high street Town, city, centre, British town Nutrition: vits and mins Also which fruits have a double meaning (technical/computer sense)?: Orange, Apple, Blackberry, Raspberry. Use refining tools on databases or search tips to exclude what you don’t want. Thinking beyond the obvious, looking for the detail that might make a difference.
  12. Hand out worksheet. 5 mins. Feedback. Write a survey essay of about 6-8 pages/4000-6000 words, double column. Use IEEE reference style and format. The review needs to be related to robotics: Land Mobility/Unmanned vehicles Underwater robots Flying robots (UAVs/Unmanned aerial vehicles) Medical/Surgical robots Biomimetic systems [inspired by biological physiology to overcome challenging problems] Social robotics Domestic robots (vacuum cleaners…) Military/autonomous or remote controlled/artificial soldier/drone Planetary exploration The focus would be an overall survey and then a detailed research on any one of the above specialized topic (most of the students have chosen their topic of specialization, but this can change).
  13. Need to carry out a literature review: Finding the information available on a subject Finding information to inform, underpin and shape your research Finding what has already been written on a subject Analyzing, evaluating and making judgements about the info found Identifying the main trends Finding appropriate information: the information needs to be suitable for your need ie. right level, current if important, sufficient breadth or detail etc Explain to students what Summon is. Go to UniHub > Login in to MyUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Ask students to search for information for their project. Remember to use some of the keywords that we have discussed.
  14. Show the students how to refine their search using: FT Content type Subject terms Publication date Language etc Have another go.
  15. Google Familiar and easy to use Finds too much information Fast results Access from any computer Access to some books and journals Designed to sell you things eg. shoes Search results sponsored…no accident that Wikipedia, Amazon etc at top of search results Searches for info from any source Pay for academic information Summon Easy to use Finds lots of academic info Fast results Access from any computer Access to lots of books and journals Designed to find you information: up-to-date, focussed/specific Search results by relevance Searches quality resources eg. Peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings , research etc Free access to full text ie. Information not freely available elsewhere
  16. Students can also search individual databases. Select ‘Computing science’ for a list of subject specific resources.
  17. Referencing and Plagiarism libguide includes information on how to reference material correctly. Also information about Plato, LDU support and links to helpsheets. Don’t forget: Computing LibGuide bring together all the resources for your subject area.
  18. Introduce the importance of evaluating information for quality What do you think about this quote by Abraham Lincoln?
  19. We’ve looked at the fun resources, now we’re going to look at more traditional resources…… Divide class into group and hand out worksheet and 4x items. Discuss. No right or wrong answers. All items found by doing a search on Robots. Which item is most relevant: Journal Article: specialist journal of robots and robotics Book: broad overview of robots and robotology Which item would be no use: Newspaper Article from the Sun Website (fake) Which item has the most academic authority: Journal Article: peer-reviewed, citations and ref list, biography of authors, etc Book: author has some academic authority (back cover blurb) Are any of the items bias: Newspaper article could be depending on the subject Websites can also show bias if created for specific purpose Also be aware of trade journals that have adverts Which item is the most current: Journal article: Dec 2009 Book: 1984 Newspaper article: Nov 2004 Website: Oct 2011 Would need to continue search.
  20. Authority : Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications? How have they carried out their research? Relevance : Is this what I need? Will it answer my question? Is it at the right level? Intent : What is the purpose of information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, academic etc? Objectivity : Balanced view? Opposing views represented? Links to supporting information? Currency: How old is this information? When was it last updated and by whom?