Information seeking plan

tekijä: Eeva Marjatta Koponen Viimeisin muutos keskiviikko 08. marraskuuta 2017, 13.26

1. DEFINING THE TOPIC AND 
GETTING BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

DISCIPLINE:

 

TOPIC:
Choose a topic of your interest or your current study or a sample topic in your discipline.

 

EXPLORE THE TOPIC USING AT LEAST 2 INFORMATION RESOURCES AND NAME THE RESOURCES USED:
E.g. a database or a handbook.

 

RESEARCH QUESTIONS:

 

2. SEARCH TERMS and SEARCH STRATEGIES

Search terms and search strategies

NAME THE RESOURCES YOU USED FOR FINDING SEARCH TERMS.
E.g. the name of a thesaurus or subject terms glossary.

 

WHICH TOOL DID YOU USE FOR BRAINSTORMING?
E.g. a mind map.

 

SEARCH TERMS: 
List all of your search terms in the following categories.
a) SUBJECT TERMS: 
Found in database thesauri and subject term glossaries.

 

b) BASIC CONCEPTS AND YOUR OWN TERMS:
Basic concepts of your topic and other terms you find useful.

 

3. SEARCH STATEMENTS

Search statements

COMBINE YOUR SEARCH TERMS INTO SEARCH STATEMENTS. 
Use operators, truncation and phrases. Write at least 2 different search statements.

 

4. RESEARCH METHODS AND DATA

Research methods and data
Research data and copyright
Open science

 

NAME 2-3 RESOURCES FOR INFORMATION ABOUT RESEARCH METHODS:


NAME 2 -3 RESOURCES FOR ARCHIVED RESEARCH DATA:
In case of collecting your own research data note the regulations and principles of copyright before you start the work!


5. PUBLICATION CULTURE IN DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES

Publication culture on different disciplines


LIST THE DIFFERENT PUBLICATION TYPES YOU NEED BECAUSE OF THE PUBLICATION CULTURE IN YOUR ACADEMIC FIELD: 
Find out how research is published in your own academic field. This defines what kind of publications you need to search for (e.g. books, articles, other publication types?).


6. CHOOSING INFORMATION RESOURCES

Finding sources
Finding books
Finding scholarly  journals and articles
Open science 

NAME 1-3 CENTRAL INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR EACH OF YOUR PUBLICATION TYPES.
E.g. field-specific databases for articles, NOT the names of individual books or journals. Name at least one open access resource and mark it by OA (OA = Open Access).

7. SYSTEMATIC INFORMATION SEARCHING




MAKE A TRIAL SEARCH IN ONE OF YOUR CENTRAL INFORMATION RESOURCES.
Use the search statements you created earlier.

INFORMATION RESOURCE:
E.g. a field-specific database, NOT Google.

 

HOW USEFUL IS THE DATABASE FOR YOU? WHY?

 

8. REFINING SEARCH RESULTS

Refining results

LIST STRATEGIES FOR REFINING YOUR SEARCH RESULTS IN CASE YOU GET
a) irrelevant results:

 

b) too many results:

 

c) too few results:


9. EVALUATING SOURCES

Choosing scholarly and reliable sources

NAME 3-5 WAYS OF EVALUATING THE SCIENTIFIC LEVEL OF PUBLICATIONS:



10. CITING AND MANAGING REFERENCES

Academic ethics and copyright
Avoiding academic fraud
Citing and managing references

IMAGINE THERE'S A SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE IN YOUR BIBLIOGRAPHY. WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU NEED FOR THE REFERENCE IN THE BIBLIOGRAPHY?
E.g. the name of the author etc.

 

GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF A REFERENCE TO AN ARTICLE IN THE BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 

WHICH REFERENCE MANAGER OR WAY OF MANAGING REFERENCES ARE YOU GOING TO USE IN YOUR STUDY?

 

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