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Advanced Research Skills : Biodiversity, Conservation & Management Autumn 2012. Sue Bird Bodleian Subject Librarian Geography. Elective Essay Assessment. Aims : Does the essay have a clear aim, question or perspective that is relevant to the literature or an issue?
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Bodleian Subject Librarian Geography
Followed by a more focused & deeper literature review. Peer-reviewed literature acts as a form of substantiation
“I didn't check for the hard copy
“I had just googled the article rather than using SOLO, so that was the issue & why I’d been asked to login, or use Athens”
Legal information, cases etc.
(if necessary ask the Law Library for help)
Limiting functions e.g. publication types, language
Allow you to
View Search history
Mark and sort results
Set up alerts
Searches done by automated “web crawlers”
No thesaurus / subject headings – just free text searching
No limiting functions
Usually none of these!Databases vs. Search engines
THE bibliographic database for the Earth, Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With over 19,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, including 325 book series.
47 million records:
26 million records with references back to 1996 (of which 78% include references).
21 million records pre-1996 which go back as far as 1823.
4.9 million conference papers from proceedings and journals.SCOPUS
The eReader Formats application allows users to convert ScienceDirect articles as seen in the browser into ePUB or Mobipocket format, whichever is appropriate for the user's electronic reader device.
Interactive Map Viewer
Interactive Map Viewer displays supplementary geospatial data from Elsevier online articles as an interactive map.
Methods Search application helps you find the methods you need for your research.
Search Tip : 1
Similar but not the same : a.k.a. Web of Science
Search Tip : 2
Take time to explore the various databases & platforms available.
Some will be more useful to you than others.
Search Tip : 3
Boolean Logical Operators AND, OR, NOT
Adj (literally adjacent); Near(same sentence); With(same field)
Field descriptors: AU(author); TI(title); AB (abstract); SO(source or reference); DE (general descriptor) etc are likely to be specific to each database and won’t operate in ‘cross searches’
Combining searches: #1 and #2
globali?ation / globali$ation (is it an ‘s’ or a ‘z’)
govern* for governance, governmentality, etc
personal OR private OR household
(including food mile* (i.e. miles or mileage)? )
Search Tip : 4
Search : REDD+ (2012 only)
Scopus = 212 articles
ProQuest= 84 articles (after de-duplication of 140) (adds another 15 to the total)
Ovid = 144 after de-duplication of 269articles (overlap of only 1 with Scopus )
Web of Science = 128 articles (116 overlap with 1 or more databases - a further 12 unique items)
Biosis = 57 (5 further unique items)
RefWorks de-duplication = 387unique items!!
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