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GG1011 - Developing your search skills

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GG1011 - Developing your search skills
Emma Burnett, Information Consultant

Master finding materials
Use your Subject Guides: http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk
Look at our videos on how to do things:
http://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryRHUL


Get a grip of search techniques
Identify the right resources
http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/geography
Evaluate your sources
Results
http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/GG1011
Use Reference Management Software e.g. RefWorks
http://libguides.rhul.ac.uk/newrefworks
If you follow these steps you will succeed!
Sign up to one the training sessions next week:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/information-skills-for-1st-year-geographers-registration-38226052151 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/information-skills-for-1st-year-geographers-registration-38226388156 (Thu)

Journals
Books
Statistics
Websites
Databases
Maps and GIS data
Most databases allow you to:
Select and save results to a ‘folder’
Save, download or email results to yourself
Save search ‘history’ & re run them

Always make a note of your search queries and which database you used.

You can do this in Library Search using the E-Shelf:
http://librarysearch.rhul.ac.uk
http://prezi.com/q5jglgamre6c/evaluating-information/
Finding a specific book or journal article using LibrarySearch
Book: use the Books, Music & Films tab
e.g. Cloke, P., Crang, P., & M. Goodwin (eds) (2014) Introducing Human Geographies 3rd edition. London: Routledge.
Journal article: use the All tab
e.g. WILLIS, K. and KHAN, S., 2009. Health Reform in Latin America and Africa: decentralisation, participation and inequalities. Third World Quarterly, 30(5), pp. 991-1005.
Reference & multimedia
http://search.credoreference.com/
Example playlist:
http://bobnational.net/collection/index/collectionID/199765
http://academic.eb.com/
You can’t just type in your essay title!
Ask just what it is you are looking for.
Think around the topic.
What are the essential concepts?
Are there other words for the same thing?

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