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Information Resources

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UCS Library

on 13 May 2015

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Session Objectives
Identify what types of resources the library has to offer.
How to access each type of resource identified
Demonstrate the importance of using each type of resources and discuss how it contributes to your research
Present useful methods for navigating the library webpages
What types of information can be found at the library?
Web Resources
Books: What's in there?
What are the advantages of using books?
Primary vs. Secondary Sources of information
Provide in-depth coverage and background information on your subject
Provides an overview of information on your subject
What tools are provided within books for research?
Contents pages
Using your Reading Lists
Essential/Core Reading vs. Recommended/Suggested Reading
Inter-library loans (ILLs), etc. for Suggested Reading
How do I find books in the library?
Shelf marks
What if I can't find a book?
Reference copies?

Why can't I just use books?
Learning at HE is different and requires the development and use of new strategies including:
Identifying and accessing an available range of information formats
Develop an awareness of academic conventions
Assessing your current information-seeking behaviour
There is a world of discovery in your discipline beyond printed books
Identifying key resources in your discipline (catalogues, full-text databases, abstract and indexing services)
Identifying subject-specific collections of information
Finding and using specialist forms of information
Finding and using people as information sources
Using additional resource materials helps you construct strategies for locating information and data
Using complex search strategies makes a difference in the breadth and depth of the information you find
Developing approaches to searching with new tools instead of relying on familiar resources demonstrates ability to select appropriate material.

The library catalogue is available for use both on campus and remotely.

For further guidance for searching the library catalogue, please visit the UCS Assignment Toolkit links under Finding Resources.

You can also use our Summon search tool to find books in our library catalogue.
Catalogue and Summon searching
Can be found using Summon or the library catalogue
Off-campus access to full-text titles
Quick access to keywords and chapters
Our Providers:

Pulse Check: Confused yet?
To explain what a journal is in an academic context
To define scholarly and peer-reviewed journal sources
To demonstrate the importance of including journal articles in a literature search
To identify which journals are held by the library in print or electronic format
Obtain full-text articles using Summon

Journals: the new black
Using scholarly journals is an expected attribute of academic coursework.
Using scholarly material will contribute a great deal to the overall quality of your work, due to their level of authority and credibility.
Reading scholarly material for an assignment can give you insight into the ways of thinking and theory from experts in your field of discipline.
What is a journal?
Differences between scholarly, professional and popular
What is an abstract/citation?
How abstracts save you time
Importance of copying/using citation accurately
How do I access the journals the library has to offer?
In print

let's open up the possibilities
Explain how newspapers can be used to enhance understanding and add to research
Identify some of the unique types of information available in newspapers
Present the numerous newspaper sources available at UCS
Demonstrate how to perform a search for a newspaper

In-depth coverage of particular countries and cities
Reporting on activities of regional and local governments
Obituaries and other biographical information
Eyewitness accounts of events
Editorial analysis of news and events
Up-to-date coverage of breaking news
Historic research in news archives

Why use newspapers?
Our collections
To discuss some of the unique qualities associated with video content to be used in research
Identify the various types of video resources available at UCS
Provide information about our Planet E-Stream service
Demonstrate how to access and search for streaming videos through the library website

Using video and film as information sources
Access to video has increased as technology has advanced in the recent years, making it an increasingly significant resource, particularly for contemporary social researchers.
Increased presence of videos in both personal and professional environments has allowed for greater accessibility to “naturally occurring” video data.
Video is a real-time sequential medium- digital technology enables time to be both preserved and interfered with.
Video is a fine-grained multimodal record that provides a record of an event detailing gaze, expression, body posture, gesture and so on. Multimodal refers to enabling researchers to rigorously and systematically examine resources and practices through which participants build their social activities and how their talk, facial expression, gaze, gesture and body elaborate one another.
Video data is a durable, malleable, shareable record that can be repeatedly viewed and manipulated to be viewed in slow or fast motion, freeze-frame, with or without sound or image.
There are numerous potentials and constraints to using video in your research.
For further information, please visit the following website:

Commercial DVDs
Currently shelved with books on the same subject area and have a class mark.
Off-air recordings
Streaming and in print collection
Examples: Panorama, Cutting Edge
Box of Broadcasts (BOB)
Online recording and viewing platform for off-air recordings made in line with the UCS ERA licence.

Video and Film resources at UCS
UCS video collections
Wider Resources
To identify what additional, specialist resources should be considered when gathering research information
To provide an overview of issues to consider when evaluating a source found on the internet
How to find links to specialist resources within a desired subject area
Using Google and Wikipedia for research

Specialist Resources
Library Subject Guides
Links to Organizational, Government, and professional webpages
LibGuides often found on University library pages
Evaluating your resources
Check your URL
.ac, .edu, .sch

Discover your subject guide!
Benefits of using Google and Wikipedia
Google and Google Scholar
Google Books
Wikipedia for subject overviews and definitions
Using these free sites to track scholarly articles and chase references

The Forbidden Zone:
Using Google and Wikipedia
Now what?
Library info
Learning Services offers a number of bookable sessions, as well as a programme of group sessions throughout the year.

Contact us at learningservices@ucs.ac.uk

Identify and discuss the differences between primary and secondary sources
Provide an explanation as to how the books are organised by subject classification
Discuss some of the pros and cons of ONLY using books for researching
Demonstrate how to find books and Ebooks using the library catalogue and Summon
Library Information Resources
Becky Blunk
Academic Liaison Librarian
Library Information Resources
Becky Blunk, Subject Liaison Librarian
*each provider has different printing restrictions
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