Behind the magic button: peer review

 

Students often tell us they’ve been asked to find ‘peer reviewed’ journal articles for an assignment. Librarians and academics sometimes talk about peer review in very general terms – ‘rigorous editorial process’, ‘evaluated by experts’, ‘reliable academic standard’ and so on. The language we use to talk about peer review  tends to be quite positive and therefore it’s no surprise that on campus there seems to be a general consensus that peer review is a good indicator of high quality information. Continue reading

What is PRISMA?

What is PRISMA?

Are you undertaking your dissertation or a major piece of research?

Looking for a diagram/flowchart to evidence your search strategy?

PRISMA is a recognised tool designed to improve the quality of reporting primary systematic and meta-analyses. A common question to the Academic Librarian team is “What is PRISMA and how do I complete the flowchart?”

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Read all about it! Digital newspaper collections

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.

Current Newspapers:

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. Continue reading

The great grey yonder: making use of information sources beyond academic textbooks and journals

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.

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Want to read the Financial Times?

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.

Are you working on your dissertation or Honours’ Project?

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. Continue reading

Harvard Referencing Guide – Update Jan 2017

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 for beginners available on Lynda.com

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.

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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.