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Transcript of CISD Induction
To find stuff in this and other libraries
To search for journal articles using Primo Central and other sources
To find info on the library website- e.g. opening hours, loan amounts etc
To appreciate that information is biased and the importance of assessing sources, and how to pick appropriate sources
What you will learn
you might even enjoy yourself....
What information sources
have you used before?
How did you find them?
Would the sources you've previously used be suitable for university essays?
Can you identify problems with their use?
Effective use of the
Library can raise your
Lots of information is online:
General Information about the Library
Routledge Handbook of Diplomacy and Statecraft / edited by B.J.C. McKercher. Abingdon : Routledge, 2010.
Journals Reading area - Level E
Other journals on Level F
Politics: Per 50
Search on library catalogue
Links to databases the journal is available in
Tells you which years are available
Log in with SOAS id & password if off-site
Finding Journal Articles
Log on to pcs
Connect to Internet
Find Library homepage
Fine, B. (2009) “Development as Zombieconomics in the Age of Neo-Liberalism”, Third World Quarterly, vol 30, no 5, pp. 885–904
Search Primo Central to find out if we stock the journal- either in hard copy, or online
What is bias?
Are all sources biased?
How would you go about judging the value of a source?
Does information that contradicts your view exist? Have you looked for it?
Evaluation of sources
When the Library is open on weekends
How many books you can take out
What the fine is on a short loan item that is 15 minutes late
Don't be scared to ask for help!
Enquiry desk and IT help desk- Level E of Library
Can't find a book
Can't connect to wireless
Can't print, photocopy etc...
Subject guide: www.soas.ac.uk/library/subjects
Contact me for subject queries
ADD (study support), Careers, Student's Union
Hope you enjoy your time at SOAS
Don't forget to ask for help!
Why not just Google?
How does Google work?
Ranks results by popularity, using algorithm
Includes all sorts of wrong information and opinion
How could I improve my search?
Include more specific search terms
Use a database
Better searches give better information.
Information searching and use
barcode on student card
username (student number e.g. 123456)
password date of birth: dd-Mmm-yy
Other Main library for SOAS students: Senate House Library
Most other UoL institutions (UCL, LSE, IALS etc.)
Our website (Using the Library)
Searching other library catalogues
Inform25 for UoL libraries
COPAC for UK: http://copac.ac.uk
Worldcat for worldwide
Online Bibliographies and Indexes http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/resources/a-z/
Use for research beyond your reading list
Key Databases for Politics/ CISD
Academic Search Premier
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
ISI Web of Science/ Knowledge
Columbia International Affairs Online
Researching a topic
AND OR NOT
theor* = theory or theorise or theories or theoretical or theoretically or theorised, etc.
wom?n will locate either woman or women.
Google "Sydney Library Games" Nesting
Develop your information literacy skills
Acquire a very specific set of skills- information searching, referencing etc...
Save time by learning how to use the resources now