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How to find things on your reading list. Emma Coonan Research Skills Librarian, Cambridge University Library. Objectives. Find books and journals on the Newton catalogue Find journal articles online Decipher what’s on your reading list Cope with incomplete references

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how to find things on your reading list

How to find things on your reading list

Emma Coonan

Research Skills Librarian, Cambridge University Library

objectives
Objectives
  • Find books and journals on the Newton catalogue
  • Find journal articles online
  • Decipher what’s on your reading list
  • Cope with incomplete references
  • Save time and frustration!
too much information6
Too much information?
  • 5 million+ records in ‘UL and dependents’ section alone!
  • Searching for science (or any single common word) as a keyword yields more than 10,000 results
  • Result: frustration
solution narrow your search
Solution: narrow your search

It’s often worth taking a moment to choose a more specific search option

can t find anything9
Can’t find anything?
  • Basic Title search requires precise entries: getting a word or a letter wrong will cause your search to fail
  • Newton won’t suggest alternative spellings if you make a typo
  • Result: frustration
slide10

Solution: broaden your search

Use the ‘Advanced’ grid to fill in terms you’re sure of in any order

books vs chapters
Books vs. chapters

Brabazon, Tara. The University of Google: Education in the (Post) Information Age. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.

Burn, Andrew, and Jenny Leach, ‘ICT and moving image literacy in English,’ in The impact of ICT on literacy education, ed. by Richard Andrews (London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004)

books vs chapters13
Books vs. chapters

On Newton you need to look for the book title, not the chapter details

  • Look for impact of ICT on literacy education, not ‘ICT and moving image literacy in English’
  • Don’t include initial articles such as ‘the’ or ‘a’ (or ‘il’, ‘le’, ‘der’ …) in a title search
ebooks
eBooks

You can find eBooks on Newton too –

or check out

www.lib.cam.ac.uk/electronicresources/

journal articles
Journal articles

Yeh, Michelle. “The ‘Cult of Poetry’ in Contemporary China.” Journal of Asian Studies 55 (1996): 51-80.

Mellers, B. A. (2000). Choice and the relative pleasure of consequences. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 910-924.

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Journal articles

On Newton you need to look for the journal title, not the article details

  • Look for Journal of Asian Studies, not “The ‘Cult of Poetry’ in Contemporary China”
  • Again, leave out include initial articles
a note on journal titles
A note on journal titles

Journal titles are notoriously tricky! Is it -

Journal of … Journal of the … Journal for … International journal of …

ejournals
eJournals

If you can’t find your journal on Newton, or

if you’d prefer an electronic version:

www.lib.cam.ac.uk/ejournals/

check the date you need
Check the date you need
  • The University may buy the same eJournal title from more than one supplier
  • Date ranges may vary with the supplier! Choose the link that gives you the correct year
incomplete references
Incomplete references

Your supervisor:

There’s a great article comparing Ingres and Delacroix, by a guy called Shelton. I can’t remember which journal it’s from …

solutions
Solutions …

eresources@cambridge:

CrossSearch

solutions27
Solutions …

UL Reading Room:

Ref.8.104

research skills programme
Research Skills Programme

At www.lib.cam.ac.uk/Courses/you can …

  • Find our timetable of subject-based sessions
  • Book for hands-on information skills classes
  • Request one-to-one training
  • Download these slides and other handouts

E-mail us at research-skills@lib.cam.ac.uk