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Finding the best informationTherese Robin, Head of Library and Information ServicesLibrary & Information Services 2014

Starting point?LMSReaders, print and online



Links to articles in UniMelb subscribed databases

ORMOND COLLEGEBeyond the LMSWhere you lookHow you look What type of information depends on your information need.ORMOND COLLEGEInternetInformation in the public domain e.g. Government reports. Site:gov.au


This can be a good place to start. There is much reputable information in the public domain e.g. Government reports. Wikipedia? : Used with caution - can be a good place to get an overview.

4Google searching TipsLibrary website link to Googles searching TipsSpecify the domain with your keywords e.g. site:edu; site:edu.au; site:gov.au; site:vic.gov.au; link:ormond.unimelb.edu.auThe order of your keywords matters. Google weights the importance of your keywords in order of appearanceGoogle assumes a Boolean AND between your keywords. For an OR search you have to type OR between the words. MoreUse key words and phrases e.g. Australia "Federal budget"Add descriptive words like facts 'summary basic introduction opinion 'review'For some topics an images search is a good place to startORMOND COLLEGEGoogling cautionsWhat you see is skewed by what you have viewed in the past.The page rank algorithm is vulnerable to manipulationFalse sense of comprehensiveness ORMOND COLLEGEGoogle Scholar http://www.populartechnology.net/2010/08/google-scholar-illiteracy-in-pnas.html

Google Scholar provides links to full text University of Melbourne resources

See the Library website for how to set up Google ScholarORMOND COLLEGE

EvaluationAuthority; Objectivity; Accuracy; Currency

ORMOND COLLEGEThink tanks: be aware of affiliationsAustralian Policy OnlineThe Power indexCrikey.comGet UpAvaaz.orgThe Globalist

Guides to Think Tanks:

Think Tanks based in AustraliaUK think tanksUS think tanksSourceWatch (left perspective) Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) Grattan InstituteGreen InstituteChifley Research CentrePer CapitaThe Australia InstituteThe Melbourne InstituteLowy InstituteThe crisis group

Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)Centre for Independent Studies (CIS)Australian Business FoundationAustralian Business Council (BCA)Menzies Research CentrePage Research CentreAuthority who is responsible for the site?Who is the author? (individual/institutional affiliation, organisation)Are the authors expertise and/or credentials given?Is there an email address and biography for the author?Does the URL suggest a reputable affiliation? (.edu=educational; .org=non-profit; .com=commercial enterprise;. net=Internet Service Provider; .gov=governmental body; .mil=military. Objectivity Is the purpose of the site clear?Why was the site put on the web? Does the site demonstrate strong opinions or bias?Is the information primary or secondary in origin? Are sources documented with footnotes or links?Who is the intended audience?AccuracyIs the information factual or well researched? (check against print or other online sources) How has any data that is presented, been gathered?Are references, citations, or links to other resources included? Are there spelling mistakes or bad grammar on this page?CurrencyIs the page dated and updated? (Do not rely on a date in Internet Explorers File/Properties. These dates can be automatically kept current)Is the information current?Are links alive or dead?

8Reliable sitesGet to know good sites as starting pointsVictorian governmentAustralian governmentAustralian Parliamentary Library / HansardThe conversationABC; Radio NationalBBCRadio NationalTrove. Over 284,011,888 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more

ORMOND COLLEGEhttp://www.science.org.au/http://royalsociety.org/ http://www.csiro.au/

9Shared education Ormond College Library>Learning>Self-directed Learning


10Libraries still best for some types of information Quality assuredContent richAccessibleRelevantOrganisedORMOND COLLEGELibrary.ormond.unimelb.edu.auORMOND COLLEGE

Ormond Library catalogueUse the Ormond Library catalogueto find + Books and DVDs not journal articles

Use Ormonds eBook library (EBL) to find and borrow eBooks

ORMOND COLLEGE13Catalogue tipsDont just cut and paste your assignment title use key concepts. Relevant result? view its catalogue record, use the subject headings The term used by your lecturer and textbook may differ from the subject used in the Library database. E.g. Indigenous v Aboriginal AustraliansFound a book? Where is it? OS-GENERAL? RESERVES? REFERENCE? RecRead?

Lost? ask library staff

ORMOND COLLEGEAt the shelvesDewey classification works by disciplines

Depending on the angle you may find books on your subject in several areas

ORMOND COLLEGEE.g. Books on China302 Intercultural communication320.951 Politics327.51 Foreign relations365.45095 Human rights395 Social life and customs349.51 Law495 Chinese language709.51; 759.951 Art895 Chinese literature951 History

Choose some relevant numbers and walk over to the shelves and browse.And dont forget to have a look for eBooks in EBLORMOND COLLEGEThink laterallyQuestion "Have you got anything on focus groups? I did a keyword search in the library website search box focus groups and got no results

AnswerTry keyword Marketing. Most marketing texts will have a chapter on Focus GroupsORMOND COLLEGE1. For detailed treatment including marketing theory in relation to focus groups - when they are appropriate, advantages and disadvantages, good design, how to set them up so they give useful results, how to analyse what you get, a textbook chapter would be appropriate. 2. If you want in-depth treatment of particular aspects of focus group use, case studies etc then try looking in a business database or a general database of online periodical articles. Discovery - try focus groups with other keywords to narrow to the aspect you are interested in. Or use focus groups and then narrow the results by using the options in the side panel.

3. If you really just want some practical tips - Google is fine, but look for relevance to your situation and for quality. Tip: Sometimes commercial sites make useful information freely available to attract you to their site.

The SlideShare website has very good information in .ppt form. subscription is free. http://www.slideshare.net/ "SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. It is amongst the most visited 200 websites in the world. 17eBooksYour search in the Ormond Library catalogue may retrieve selected eBooks from University or from Ormonds eBook library EBL.

Click the URL link to use the eBook

ORMOND COLLEGEOr select e-Book Library (EBL) on the Ormond Library pageORMOND COLLEGE

Over 300,000 scholarly titles including some fictionBrowse and e-loanLook for the EBL logoAccess from the Ormond Library webpage (Login: ask staff)

19News coverage of issues current and retrospective Ormond College Library>Learning>Where Do You Get Your News?

News sites worth exploring

Media news and analysis

University of Melbourne subject guides and news databases

Ormond Periodicals: General reading in science, design, culture, news and current affairs, law, literature etc. Ormond College Library>About the Library>Magazines (Digital access to archives ask staff)

ORMOND COLLEGEUniversity Library

ORMOND COLLEGE In-depth collections | Gateway to online articles UniMelb Libraries Discovery, Research helpUni Library Home Specialised libraries Brownless Biomedical Library, the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library, the Giblin Eunson Business, Economics and Education Library or the Eastern Resource Centre Law Library Land and EnvironmentORMOND COLLEGE22DiscoveryLibrary Home page

Search everything at once catalogue, digital collections, eBooks and some databases

Limit your results to books, digital articles (full text, Peer reviewed etc.)

Need help searching? UniMelb LibGuides


Discovery combines the information from the library catalogue, the digital repository and many databases into a single database so your search is faster, and more thorough.Discovery does not:Completely cover all the databases the library subscribes to.Have the advanced features specific databases provide.If you need to conduct a comprehensive search, for example for a literature review, you should search individual databases as well as Discovery.

23Find a databaseIndividual ejournals and databases option on Library site.Why? Better search; comprehensive. e.g. Literature reviewsWhich database? Subject Research Guides (LibGuides)

ORMOND COLLEGEUniMelb: More digital goodiesThe University of Melbourne Digital Repository showcases scholarly works of the Universitys staff and students.

Learning and teaching resources Business Case Studies Readings Online Streaming video

ORMOND COLLEGE25Consultation on finding resources:Therese Robin, Head of Library and Information Services (Mon-Fri) ext. 1117

Sarah Bertie, Librarian, Online Services(Mon-Wed) ext. 1116

Hala Zabakly Librarian, Technical Services(Tues, Wed, Fri) ext. 1145

[email protected] COLLEGE26ORMOND COLLEGEPostScript: Uni Library Classes, Tours and online tutorialsThroughout the year, the Library offers classes and tours. E.g.

Getting started: Library research (multi-disciplinary) Beginning historical researchEndNote (Windows)Introductory workshops

And Online tutorials e.g. Learn to use RefWorks in 20 minutes(YouTube: 7 videos) RefWorks Fundamentals - shows the basic features of RefWorks including creating your database, managing your references and generating bibliographies. (YouTube: 9 videos)