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Library resources and search tipsArchaeology dissertationLucy Keating, liaison librarian

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3005%20038,1951.8 million206,9001,000One minute90???90%Literature search in numbers

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90% of all digital information was created in the last two years (Big Data talk)5% of worlds archives have been digitisedMore online content is created every two days than in the whole of human history prior to 20038,195 tweets per second90% of articles are never cited, allegedly http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/04/23/academic-papers-citation-rates-remler/http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2015/08/40-social-media-statistics.html1.8 million academic articles published every yearEstimated 50 million journal articles in existence in 2010 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/alpsp/lp/2010/00000023/00000003/art00008?token=004b13046556e586546243142425b206621766b67702c5e4e2663433b393f6a333f2566b8bf20 books published every hour in the UK in 2014 http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/22/uk-publishes-more-books-per-capita-million-report We have over 300 specialist databasesWe bought over 1,000 BoT last yearThere are around 6,900 active languages in the worldSearch 90 library catalogues via COPAC? Grey literature

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Your plan of action

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Resources to help youOnline archivesSocial media

Our subject guides are packed with resources, news and guidance

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A search strategy is simply taking a more organised approach to finding information. By taking time to think about search terms, their combinations and the information sources, you will save time and effort in the long run.

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Whats your topic?What are the main points or questions you want to answer?

Keyword CloudSynonyms? Words experts use? Related topics?Places? People? Film titles? Organisations?Date/ country limits?Write down anything that relates to your topic and key questions. Everything! Anything! Use an introductory text, website, thesaurus, dictionary, or known article to identify terminology. Your search terms2-4 from box 3Remember: Add or subtract keywords to get different results. Pick different ones. Start with a new main idea and develop. 1234

Example of a search strategy. Organising your thoughts & collecting your keywords doesnt need to be complicated but putting it down in one place will help avoid the frustrations of continually searching for the same terms and receiving no results. It will help you identify where there may be alternative way of talking about something this produces far more fruitful results. 8

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Introducing Browzine!

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