‘Research Survival Guide: Mastering Your Dissertation or Project’ was an Academic Skills session we ran on 19th February. The slides and links to resources mentioned during the session are below, and we have written up the content of the session in a series of blog posts which are also linked to below.
Links to blog posts:
- Research Survival Guide Part 1: The Literature Search
- Research Survival Guide Part 2: Evaluating Resources
- Research Survival Guide Part 3: References and Bibliographies
- Literature Search Plan – you may find that filling in this plan helps you to structure your literature search in a methodical way.
- Reference Template – keep a record of the books and articles you are reading so that you have all of the details you need when it comes to referencing them.
- University of Cambridge Libraries Directory: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/libraries_directory/libraries_directory.cgi – a directory of all the libraries in Cambridge, with maps, opening hours, and contact details.
- Heritage: http://heritage.homerton.cam.ac.uk/ – use this catalogue to find books in Homerton College Library and e-books.
- LibrarySearch: http://search.lib.cam.ac.uk/ – use this catalogue to find books in other libraries across the University, e-books and journal titles.
- LibrarySearch+: http://searchplus.lib.cam.ac.uk/ – use this catalogue to find journal articles and abstracts.
- E-resources@Cambridge: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/eresources/index.php – subject-specific and alphabetical lists of e-resources subscribed to by the University (includes articles, e-journals, e-books, databases and DSpace).
- Janus: http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/ – access to catalogues of archives and manuscript collections held throughout Cambridge, both University and non-University.
- Google Advanced Search: https://www.google.com/advanced_search – Focus and narrow your search using fields such as date, language, and site-type.
- Comparison of reference management tools: http://library.wisc.edu/citation-managers/comparison.html
- SAGE Research Methods: http://sagepub.libguides.com/researchmethods
- Research Central: http://researchcentral.wordpress.com/ – presentations, exercises and other resources for researchers, created by Emma Coonan.
- Cambridge University Library, Research Skills Courses: http://training.cam.ac.uk/cul – both general courses (e.g. ‘Academic Reading and Writing’) and more specific (e.g. ‘Finding Printed Music at the UL).