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  1. Education Literature Searching Finding the information you need

  2. Session Outline After attending this session you should know: • how to use the Library Catalogue • how to select and search appropriate online databases • how to access full text electronic journal articles • where other useful subject information and resources are located on the library website • who to contact for more help

  3. Professional Study Skills ‘Formulate and conduct a literature search on an identified topic within the broad area of classroom management’ • Literature search is 25% of your mark • Submission Date: Friday 10th December 2010

  4. Where to start searching • Durham Library Catalogue • Books and e-books • Journals and e-journals • Databases, and other e-resources • Other library catalogues • Journal databases (indexes) list records of: • Articles in journals • Papers in conference proceedings • Other items such as reports, theses

  5. How to conduct a search • Purpose of search? • Decide on your keywords • Do your search • Display and review your results • Modify search if quantity or quality of hits is not suitable for your needs • Mark and save relevant records

  6. Choosing keywords Decide which words describe your topic: • Synonyms • e.g. mentoring, teacher development • Northern American / British terminology • Alternative spellings (and wildcards) • Colo?r (Colour or Color) • Different endings (truncation) • e.g. ment* (mentors, mentoring, mentees) • Combining your terms (AND, OR, NOT)

  7. Modifying your results • Broader and narrower terms • Combining your terms • Eg. (dyslexia OR dyspraxia) AND primary • Limit your search by: • Date of publication • Type of material (eg. book, journal, report) • Language

  8. What to do with your results • Display • Mark relevant records • Save your results • By email • Print • Save to file

  9. Journal article databases Education Subject databases • ERIC • British Education Index Multi-disciplinary databases, eg. • Web of Knowledge • ArticleFirst

  10. Newspapers • News archives • Eg. Infotrac Custom Newspapers • Library home page | Subject Information | Education | News monitoring services & archives

  11. Internet resources • Search engines • “Google is the fast food of the information world” (David Tebbut in Information World Review, Issue 1999, February 2004, p13) • Subject gateways • Accessible via Library home page • Subject information | Education| Internet gateways • OR • Databases | Other Online resources | Search engines & gateways

  12. References and Bibliographies • Barnett, R. (1997) Higher Education: A Critical Business, Buckingham: SRHE/Open University Press. • DFES (2006) ‘A new approach to school leadership: independent report’ Press Notice 2007/0011, 18 January 2007, http://www.dfes.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2007_0011 [Accessed: 10 November 2010] • For examples see Cite them right in the Library at 010.44 PEA

  13. Where to get help • In person (at IRC at Queen’s and libraries in Durham) • Online enquiry services http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/enquiries/ • Academic Support team • Liaison Librarian: Christine Purcell c.w.purcell@durham.ac.uk