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  1. Modern Languages and Cultures Postgraduate Library workshop November 2008 Suzie Kitchin & Christine Purcell

  2. Aims of the session To help you to: • Construct effective search strategies • Identify and find relevant research material • Know where to go for help • Accessing other libraries

  3. Library basics • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using • University Library - 4 libraries • Opening hours • Loan entitlements • Durham University email • Contacts and help

  4. Planning your search • What information are you looking for? • Scope of your search (historical, contemporary, linguistic) • Advanced search option / help • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/finding/ • Modern Languages subject pages http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/modern_euro/

  5. Effective searching • Synonyms • Truncation • eg cultur* (culture, cultures, cultural) • Beware of false hits, eg. cult • Wildcards • e.g. behavio*r, organi*ation • Boolean operators: AND, OR & AND NOT • e.g. (race OR national identity) AND France

  6. Boolean operators AND OR France OR (national identity) France AND (national identity) NOT France AND NOT (national identity)

  7. Library catalogue • How to search • Author / title • Keyword and advanced searching • Marking / emailing records • Journals (print and online) • Your library record • Document Delivery Service

  8. Databases • Bibliographic databases, eg. • MLA Bibliography • International Medieval Bibliography • Web of Knowledge • News monitoring services & archives • National newspapers via Infotrac and Lexis-Nexis Executive • Times Digital Archive 1785-1985

  9. Current Awareness • Library catalogue • Reading history • Keyword searches • New books • Alerting services http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/finding/curaware/ • Theses and Dissertations http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/modern_euro/theses/

  10. Wider access • Off-campus access to e-resources • Using other libraries • SCONUL Access scheme • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/otherlibraries/ • Document Delivery Service http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/borrowing/dds/

  11. Web resources • Subject gateways http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/modern_euro/gateways/ • Internet Medieval Sourcebook • Intute for Modern Languages • Google Scholar • Evaluation http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/finding/web/

  12. Where to get help • Main Library - Enquiries Desk Level 2 • On-line enquiries service: • http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/enquiries/ • Academic Support Team: • Suzie Kitchin suzie.kitchin@durham.ac.uk • Christine Purcell c.w.purcell@durham.ac.uk

  13. Thank you for listening Any questions?

  14. Feedback • Please complete our short evaluation form before logging off your PC: http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/durham/modlang08 Accessed from Modern Languages information skills pages http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/modern_euro/info_skills/