Developing research skills
If you are doing more in-depth research for a major project or thesis, you should learn how to:
Additionally, you can book a research consultation with a librarian.
When searching for books in the catalog, one way to do it is to select "Keyword (AND)" and to use these components: Keywords, the nouns that describe your topic. Boolean operators, (AND, OR). Quotation marks for phrase. Advanced Search tab for more options.
Here are some examples:
nanotechnology AND environment
construction AND stress
materials AND elasticity
Use reference works such asdictionaries, encyclopedias, orhandbooks, to quickly look up definitions, data, processes or equations, or to do some background reading on a topic.
Find reference works:
Why choose a website?
Many organizations publish their material directly to their website, so the internet can be a great source of information. However, use information from the web with caution. Since anyone could publish information on the internet, you must evaluate the source of the information to make sure it is authoritative.
Remember to always evaluate a website before using it for research purposes.
Some criteria for evaluating websites include:
You can always ask a librarian or your professor for an opinion about a specific website.
It is not possible from within LUBsearch to set up an alert of a journal's Table of Content (TOC). Instead you have to do this from the journal’s homepage. Most journal´s provide both mail and RSS alerts. Search for journals in eJournals & eBooks A-Z.
Saved searches in LUBsearch
To save a search you have to be logged in to your LUBsearch folder (to create a folder, click on “sign in” on top of the LUBsearch page and follow the instructions). Start with making a search. Go to “Search history”. Mark the search you want to save and click “save searches/alerts” Now you can find your saved search in the folder “saved searches”. If you want to repeat your search, just open the folder and choose “Retrieve Saved Search”.