Computer Science MSc Projectbriefing – Researching for your project Clare Ackerley Academic Liaison Librarian for Computer Science May 2014
Session aims After today you should: • be aware of the resources available • be able to select appropriate resources to use • know some effective searching techniques
Searching the catalogue Only view items that are available Refine by Subject
Searching everything Choose to expand search beyond our resources if you wish Limit to peer-reviewed journals Refine your results to select resource type. E.g. conference proceedings
Subject guides – journals and databases Provides links to the most relevant databases and full-text journal collections for you BUT…. Not everything For a comprehensive list use the e-resources guide
E-resources – Bibliographic databases • Electronic indexes of published work • Examples, INSPEC and Web of Science • databases cover different subject areas and materials • not limited to the Library’s collections • always use more than one database! • Access via E-resources Guide or Computer Science Subject Guide.
Some key Computer Science databases Science Citation & Proceedings Indexes (via the Web of Knowledge) • General Computer Science 1900 - date • citation searching • Proceedingssection for conferences & meetings • 1990 - present • Register to customize your search experience • Recorded training materials available. Links on the database.
Some Key Computer Science Databases INSPEC • leading abstract publication for information in physics, electronics, electrical engineering, computer science and information technology. - updated weekly - 1969-present - Also an archive available dating back to 1898
Other useful Databases Zetoc (British Library Electronic Table of Contents) • One of the world most comprehensive research databases • multi-disciplinary 1993 to date • Provides access to over 28,000 journals and more than 52,000 article citations and conference papers. • Set up Zetoc Alerts or RSS feeds to keep track of new research in your area. • Choose to search journals, conferences or both
Electronic resources – e-journals • IEEE XploreAll IEEE and IET journals, magazines, transactions and conference proceedings, and all approved and published IEEE standards, excluding drafts. • Complete backfiles to 1988 • Selected content back to 1913 • ScienceDirect – World’s largest full text database of scientific journals, 2,500 journals and 20,000 ebooks
Locating full text of the papers you discover Look for Find It @ York button
Electronic resources – e-books Lecture Notes in Computer Science– archive also available. • Access through Computer Science subject guide or YorSearch. • There are also many more e-books available on YorSearch from other e-book providers such as Dawsonera, MyiLibrary, and Safari
Electronic resources – theses • Index to Theses – lists all UK PhD theses and includes an abstract for each. Non-York theses can be obtained via InterLibrary loans • White Rose eTheses Online– Collection of doctoral level theses from York, Leeds and Sheffield Universities. • EThOS– Electronic Theses Online Service • DART – Europe E-theses Portal - Doctoral-level electronic theses which are held in European repositories. Provides a link to at least one electronic copy of every thesis listed in its database Access via Theses subject category on the E-resources Guide.
Electronic resources – web search engines and subject gateways • Web search engines • Google and Google Scholar • CiteSeer – scientific literature digital library and search engine • Internet subject gateways • TechXtra– cross searches 31 different collections for articles, websites, books, latest news, theses, in engineering, maths and computing
Google Scholar Full text freely available Available from York
Google Scholar off campus • Go to: • Settings • Library links • Enter University of York • Save
Open Access RepositoriesWhite Rose – Full text available Results will display on YorSearch. Search the repository directly. http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/
Effective Searching - Planning • Plan out your search on paper • easy to keep a record if computers crash! • helps clarify your searching strategy • Consider the scope of your search • what is the time period you are searching within? • try a quick simple search first • Remember to think about synonymous terms • use truncation or wildcards as appropriate (e.g. * ?) • e.g. col?r will find colour, color (but also coloniser) • e.g. comp* will find computer, computers, computing etc
Effective Searching - Reviewing • When you have some results ask yourself • do they answer your question? • are they appropriate for your needs and of sufficient quantity AND quality • Be prepared to search more than one database for a comprehensive search • INSPEC does NOT cover everything you need • if you are unsure of which ones to use - ask! • Leave enough time to find, and read the full articles!!!
Troubleshooting Searches • Too few or no results? • are my keywords the right ones? • am I using the ‘right’ database for the subject? • Too many results? • should I include more specific term(s)? • could I eliminate unwanted concepts from my results?
Items not held in the Library Inter-Library Loans • £2 each • Interlending link on YorSearch British Library • Boston Spa minibus on alternate Wed/Fridays, bookable on YorSearch • Further information at: www.york.ac.uk/library/other-libraries/british-library SCONUL Access • Enables you to visit and borrow from other institutions, apply online www.access.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
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