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A quick overview of tips for researching online and managing information.

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  • 1. Researching OnlineTips to help you discover and manage information online.

2. Overview Where to start? Google products Library databases International New Zealand information Information management 3. Questions to ask yourself What information do I need to find? What are the main questions? What are the associated questions? What type of information do I need? Public opinion, or academic research? What limits do I need to consider? New Zealand, or international? Current only, or is historical acceptable? 4. Keep your search simple and focused Try the Advanced Search for more options Check the page for options search images, blogs, news, time frames etc Commonly used search operators: Phrase searching Florence Nightingale history OR bullying youth OR teenager Eliminate synonyms +childhood 5. Other search operators Search a site or domain diabetes Definitions Web definitions define:self-determination Web search define self-determination Conversions 65 F in C Calculator 56*84 Fill in the blank Madame Curie died in * 6. An introduction for many into the world of academic research Results based on ranking where published, author, citation count, date of publication etc Same core search operators as Google web: Phrase searching matthew bannister adorno OR john clayton e-learning OR online learning Eliminate stop words +de knuth 7. Check out Advanced Search 8. Click Scholar Preferences Search for WintecTick Wintec Wintec Article FinderClick Save Preferences 9. Full text on Google Scholar Look for the links to the right of the result list.If youve set-up your Scholar Preferences, youll see the Wintec Article Finder links, which will try to find the full-text of the item in our databases. 10. Managing information with Google Enable Google history Google will personalise based on your search history See what searches youve done RSS feeds Click Latest results and youll usually see alert options at the bottom of the result page Use services such as Shareaholic or Web Slices Google Reader 11. Allows you to gather, read and share interesting blogs and websites Requires a Google account Use the Note in Reader bookmarklet to share interesting websites with colleagues and friends 12. Note in ReaderWhen on the page you want to share: 1. Click on Note in Reader tomake the sharing box appear 2. Add a note to highlight why thepage is being shared 3. Click Post item4. Go to Google Reader5. Click on Shared items and see your newly shared website 13. Shared items See what others are sharing with you You can then comment, re-share or star those items this can be a great way to find new feeds and websites 14. Folders1. Subscribe to the feed 2. Youll be sent to Google Readerwhere you can organise the feed 3. Your new feed will appearin the nominated sort order 15. Star items To save items for later, star them Another way to manage and keep items together 16. Search the largest harvester of Open Archive Initiative repositories Predominantly research carried out at academic institutions Similar search operators to our Library Catalogue: Truncation bull? School (find bully, bullies, bullying etc.) OR bull? teenager OR youth 17. Also check out New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC) Full-text New Zealand books out of copyright Needs an epub reader such as Stanza (mobile) or Adobe Digital Editions (computer) Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Full-text, open access scientific and scholarly journals Also, dont begin and end with any one search engine, become familiar with at least one other and use it. 18. Great multi-disciplinary database Select databases based on your topic Advanced Search is strongly recommended Commonly used search operators: Phrase searching Florence Nightingale history Truncation child* early childhood education OR bull* (youth OR teenager) 19. Other search operators Wildcard organi?ation Near diabetes N5 zealand Find the search terms in any order within X number of words Within diabetes W8 zealand Find the search terms in the order entered within X number of words 20. Use the Search Screen optionsUse the Advanced Searchboxes to construct your searchSearch modes expand or limit your search. - Find all my search terms will combine terms with AND - Apply related words will also search synonyms - Also search within the full text can be useful if you dont get many resultsLimit your results to Full Text, Peer reviewed and a Published Date, as wanted 21. Use subject headings or the Thesaurus to modify your search Hover over the magnifying glass to check for keywords in the Abstract Searching is a learning process! 22. In this case, I altered thesearch to SU Subject Terms. Then added some items to my folder to manage. This is the easiest and quickest way to manage your results from a search. You can send the results to a reference manager or email them. 23. More result management isavailable when you Sign in From the Alert / Save / Share tab: Add search to folder to manage the search E-mail Alert will email new articles matching your search (you must be signed in to use this) RSS Feed will send the new articles to your RSS Reader (e.g. Google Reader) Use the Persistent link to embed a search into your Moodle course Bookmark the search in one of many options 24. While signed into My EBSCOhost, you can print, email, save and export the articles as usual, or you can share them with others - create a New folder and go from there... 25. 1. Create the new folder 2. Add the items to the folder3. Your new folder appears, containing the articles 26. 1. Enter as many email addresses as you want 2. Chose whether you want to restrict use to asingle access 3. Click Invite 4. Each person invited will receive an email withinstructions they need to be using the emailyou used as their My EBSCOhost login 27. Great multi-disciplinary database Some nursing databases need to be searched separately scroll down the list Advanced Search is strongly recommended Commonly used search operators: Phrase searching Florence Nightingale history Truncation child* early childhood education Wildcard organi?ation OR bull* (youth OR teenager) 28. Similarly to EBSCOhost, construct your search Add any limits in this case, a Date range of After this date, Full text and Scholarly journals To try and eliminate irrelevant results, Exclude Book Reviews. Sorting by Most relevant first will help to determine if the search is on track 29. 1. Click on a relevant title 2. Check for new keywords within theSubject headings and Abstract again, its all about learning as you go 30. As with the EBSCOhost search, I changed the search to bullying as a Subject Tick any relevant articles to place them in My Research, where you can create a bibliography, email, export the citations or create a webpage from them 31. 1. Click on Set Up Alert2. Nominate a Schedule for the alerts3. When theyre to Stop4. What Email address they should go to5. Enter a descriptive Subject heading6. Click Save 32. 1. Click Create RSS Feed 2. Either copy and paste theRSS URL into your Reader,or click on the RSS icon3. Choose your RSS Reader from the drop-down menu4. Click Subscribe Now youll be redirected to the Reader to manage the feed 33. If searching for Business related content, you might want to check out the Topic and Browse tabs. These will help you drill down to relevant subject headings 34. Great multi-disciplinary database Advanced Search is strongly recommended Commonly used search operators: Phrase searching Florence Nightingale history Truncation child* early childhood education Wildcard organi?ation OR bull* (youth OR teenager) 35. 1. Choose Advanced Search2. Enter your search terms 3. Limit to Subscribed sources 36. Whats interesting, is that the Topics dont list a word directly to do with bullying. Indicating we might be searching the wrong database for this topic. But you may want to pick-up on words such as Internet and Abuse instead to search around the topic 37. Email, Export citations and Download multiple articles from the Results page The green icons indicate full text availability 38. Login to Save this search or Save as search alert 39. 1. Click RSS Feed 2. Copy and paste the URL into yourpreferred Reader, or click on the iconprovided. Alternatively get a feed ofthe latest content for your webpage 40. New Zealand Databases Index New Zealand Similar search to the Library Catalogue Only has the abstracts, check the Library Catalogue orSearch for a journal to see if the full text is available FindNZarticles Similar to Index New Zealand, but with a wider range ofsources Abstracts only Newztext Plus Full text of daily newspapers, newswires as well asselected national and international magazines 41. RSS Readers Web based Google reader My Yahoo Computer based Gruml These are just a few of many. Find one that you feel comfortable with and use it! 42. Bookmarking Delicious Organise your bookmarks online Tagging Create tag clouds, RSS feeds and lists based on tags e.g. Diigo Bookmarking and information management Highlight, screenshots, notes etc 43. Bibliographic management Zotero Great if you have consistent access to FireFox Collect, organize, cite and share your research sources EndNote Limited access at Wintec Quite cumbersome to set-up, but excellent once you get past the learning curve See other options here 44. Social Networks Twitter Through the noise, you can find people sharing excellent resources through Twitter FaceBook Why not share resources through a group on FaceBook? 45. Happy searchingIf you have any questions, please contact your Liaison Librarian, orTheresa Ball Electronic Resources Librarian Wintec Private Bag 3036, Waikato Mail Centre