Whether you are looking for last week’s stories on the “Beast from the East” or how suffragettes were portrayed by contemporary British cartoonists we’ve got you covered.
LexisLibrary gives you access to nearly 700 current UK newspapers from 1982 to present. You can search across all the titles, or select a range of titles or a specific newspaper. For example you can compare the differences in coverage of a story between tabloid newspapers and broadsheets.
Looking for The New York Times or The Brisbane News? You will find them on ProQuest News and Newspapers which has over 1300 newspapers from around the World.
In addition to LexisLibrary and ProQuest News and Newspapers you can also access a range of newspaper archives dating from 1603 until 2010.
All the newspaper databases are fully keyword searchable, making it very easy to search for and find relevant articles on your topic. Your starting point is the Library’s guide to newspapers and broadcast news https://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/onlineresources/newspapersandbroadcastnews/
Drop ins and appointments will be on level 1 of the Library from Monday 19th Feb. Find us in the new Library Ask and Learn space for drop in 11-3.
Academic textbooks and journals are essential to completing your studies but they are often just one piece of a larger picture when you are investigating a topic. How can you describe the modern political landscape without referring to social media, understand the implementation of best practice in health care without consulting a clinical guideline, or evaluate the workforce inclusivity of a particular business or organisation without reviewing their diversity policy? This type of information has a place in any student’s research and it has a name – grey literature.
We use it every day often without realising to inform ourselves and the most up to date and reliable information often sits in the grey. If I’m deciding whether to switch from an Android phone to an iPhone I can find the most up to date technical specification of each in a product catalogue (grey literature) on the manufacturer website. If I want to research the differences between Android and iPhone users for a university assignment I will look for original research using Discover or a subject database. When I undertake the work for my assignment I may find that my broader understanding of the topic has been shaped by both types of source and that the content I create is richer as a result.
Referred to at some time in the past as ‘fugitive literature’ (a much more intriguing prospect though potentially casting doubt over the trustworthiness of such sources) grey literature may well have a research value but it has not gone through a commercial publication process. It is generally distributed by individuals or groups whose primary expertise is not in the business of publishing. This can create challenges in terms of how easy it is to find and retrieve the information. And because it isn’t endorsed by a commercial academic publisher or coming from a peer reviewed journal, some students might feel anxious about evaluating its quality and suitability for inclusion in their written work.
Don’t let this put you off – your librarians can help with a search strategy to capture grey literature and there is help on the library website. There are also lots of appraisal tools that you can use to critically evaluate grey literature as you would the commercially published and peer reviewed material. These range from generic checklists that can be applied to any type of grey literature such as the AACODS checklist, to the very specific – such as the AGREE II international tool for appraising policy and guidelines in healthcare. In fact, looking at the sheer volume of information that is currently considered to be grey literature you can hardly avoid including it in your work – a growing list can be found on GreyNet.
One example of grey literature that students do ask for help in locating often is dissertations and theses. The education sector produces a wealth of sources that come into the category of grey literature – think of all the teaching material produced by lecturers. This is also true of other major and well known organisations including governments who issue consultation papers, internal and official reports, press releases etc. I also mentioned a large technology giant earlier – commercial companies produce huge amounts of grey literature from brochures and factsheet to entire websites.
Finding and using grey literature is something that researchers ask us about regularly but it has the potential to raise understanding and the quality of work produced by students and staff at every level. I recently made a submission towards a professional qualification in which I self-referenced a post that I contributed to my employer’s organisational blog. The content included a photograph of music legend Tom Jones in a classic 1970’s suit with shiny gold medallion in glorious full view. The picture was very colourful but it was an example of grey literature nevertheless. The library does not accept responsibility for the use of cheesy pop images in submissions by students (and any subsequent grades awarded), however we do encourage you investigate the great grey yonder and are here to support you when you do.
We have a short video to show you how to create a list of favourite resources on Discover – every time you log in find your most used books, journals and databases waiting for you. A captioned version is available here.
Interested in what’s going on in the business world?
Why not explore the FT.Com database. Not only can you read the daily Financial Times paper (including North American, Middle East and Asian editions) but you can explore the rich content of the full FT. COM database – including business sector reports, market data, analyst comment and up to date news and views.
The FT database is searchable, enabling you to integrate FT content into your research, it also a fantastic resource for that all important future job interview when you need some background information on a company or sector. For first time access and you must initially register using your university email address at: FT.COM
Access FT.com through the library website for the best experience.
The Library has lots of useful resources that can help you with your dissertation or Honours’ Project.
Planning your search strategy
We have a range of books that can help you get started with your literature review and with your dissertation or project more generally (for example here, here and here). Additionally our online training package SMILE has lots of tips that will improve the quality of your research.
Searching for information
If you’re not sure where to begin looking for information Discover, our library search engine, is a great tool for testing your search keywords and getting a general picture of what’s available on your topic. We’ve created some helpful videos that will get you started with Discover.
Going deeper, your subject guide will help you locate key sources of information for your subject, including databases for finding journal articles as well as useful websites and guidance on finding and using images and statistics. If you need information about companies or particular countries we have guides for those too.
Managing your references
We have guidance on the different forms of referencing used across the University. If you’re not sure which system you should be using, check your module handbook or speak with your supervisor. We also support RefWorks, an online reference management tool that allows you to export references directly from Discover and most of our databases, helping you to keep track of your references and to create a correctly formatted bibliography.
…and perhaps most importantly, you can talk to your Academic Librarian. Your Librarian can help you to create an effective search, to identify appropriate search tools, to assess and evaluate your search results and to manage your references. Librarians are available Monday to Friday, 11am – 3pm at drop-in sessions for quick questions or by appointment for more in depth enquiries.
The Library has updated the Harvard Referencing Guide to expand the guidance on using in text citations.
The referencing style is unchanged. There is no change in how to compile your reference list and you will still choose the Harvard British Standard 2010 GCU Library output style in Refworks.
For more help contact your librarians.
NVivo is qualitative data analysis software for researchers. This course explores how to use NVivo Starter for collecting and analyzing text-based research data.
Nvivo software is available from the GCU app store to GCU staff and students.
To view the course go to the Library homepage and log into Lynda.com from the Database A-Z. The first time you login you will be asked to fill in a short form. Search for Nvivo in the top bar and click on the course you require.
Lynda.com is a comprehensive set of online learning resources that can be utilised by all GCU students and staff to build business, software, technology and creative skills.
Accessing Lynda.com quick guide.
We are happy to announce that the library recently added IBISWorld to our collection of eresources.
IBISWorld is the UK’s most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings. Users can find extensive and up to date information on hundreds of UK industries, as well as global industry reports and Brexit impact statements. This resource will be of particular use and interest to users who are familiar with the Key Note resource, which was retired in July 2016.
You can access this resource directly from our Database A-Z by logging in with your domain username and password. For more information about IBIS World please visit the Companies, Business and Enterprise subject guide. If you require assistance using this resource please contact your librarian.
Glasgow Caledonian University is currently supporting the legacy version of Refworks.
To ensure you can export your results successfully please login to your Refworks account before you begin a search using Discover or a library database.
During the export process you will see the screen below
Select the legacy Refworks option.
Contact the academic librarians on 0141 331 3333 or the library desk staff firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems.