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1 Physics MSci Project Literature Review: Information for your literature search Jenny Evans, Maths & Physics Librarian Imperial College London

2 Learning outcomes At the end of this session students will: 1. Be aware of library search tools such as Library Search books & more and Library Search articles & more 2. Be able to search Inspec, Scopus and Web of Science and understand what citation searching is 3. Know how to access other search tools such as Optics InfoBase, arxiv, ADS and Google Scholar 4. Know how to access online resources, such as full-text articles using SFX 5. Understand what a referencing style is, and identify the difference between a citation and a reference 6. Be aware of reference management software package RefWorks, as a means of storing and managing reference information as well as BibTeX specific options such as JabRef

3 Where do I start? MSci project documentation Project title Suggested reading Supervisor Physics subject page

4 Literature Review Report As the first step in your MSci project we ask you to read and assimilate a number of papers that will inform you of the background to the research topic and relevant research carried out previously at Imperial and elsewhere. It is anticipated that about a dozen articles including a mixture of book chapters/review articles and recent research papers should be carefully read and that other material (including the web-pages of active research groups) will be consulted. Note, however, that material on web-pages is normally regarded as a secondary source; we would therefore urge you to consult the primary sources of original research papers and books, which might not be online but available via the library Literature reviews will be assessed on: 1) The efficient use of library and other resources, 2) The depth of scientific understanding and clarity of explanations 3) The presentation of the literature review report. 1

5 Library search tools Physics subject web page Library search Databases Find books & more Find articles & more Inspec, Scopus, Web of Science, Proquest Subject portals/e-print collections Astrophysics Data System (ADS), Arxiv, INSPIRE

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7 Library Search Books & more

8 Library Search Articles & more

9 Accessing e-resources Access usually based on IP address Off campus Virtual Private Network (VPN) Automatically signed up Need to set up VPN connection on your machine College username and password Shibboleth, UK Federation Linking to full text SFX Remember if we don t have online access: check Library search...books & more to see if we have it in print. If we don t, request via Document Delivery

10 Access to print collections over the summer Temporary service points in operation Level 1 training and group study rooms unavailable Levels 2 and 3 closed for refurbishment Level 2 books and level 4 journals in storage throughout (a fetching service and alternative access will operate) Transforming the Central Library

11 Document Delivery If we don t have access to a research paper you need, it is possible to request this via our Document Delivery service Steps involved Register (and wait for acknowledgement of registration) Request paper via the library catalogue Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) ed direct to your desktop

12 Nearly 13 million records Coverage: approximately 5,000 scientific and technical journals and 2,500 conference proceedings as well as books, reports and dissertations Published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology Coverage of the Inspec Database is centred on the fields of physics, electronics, computing and engineering. 2

13 ProQuest Might be useful for climate change related research Journals, conference proceedings, books, reports Made up of 24 databases Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (11 databases) Advanced search

14 Cited reference searching Enables you to link the references that an article cites to the original papers This enables you to start with a key paper and trace related research both back and forwards in time Two key databases find links to them in Library Search Books and more Scopus Web of Science Core Collection

15 50 million records 29 million going back to million going back to 1823 Published by Elsevier Multidisciplinary Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Types of research material covered Journals, conference proceedings, books, trade publications, scientific web pages and patent records Coverage: over 19,500 journal titles and 5.3 million conference proceedings

16 Web of Science Core Collection Sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities (256 individual disciplines) 46 million records dating back to 1900 Published by Thomson Reuters Coverage: over 12,000 journal titles and 150,000 conference proceedings

17 Google - Images, tables, reports, websites, some scholarly literature Google Scholar - Scholarly literature, Library links What is being searched? How are results ranked? How up to date are results? Search tips ext: filetype pdf site: Site search.ac.uk intitle: Searches only title Remember: material on web-pages is normally regarded as a secondary source; we would therefore urge you to consult the primary sources of original research papers and books 1 See

18 Open access subject repositories / e-print services Repositories are web-based, free to access, and potentially open up published research and other materials to a broad national and international audience, providing a route of access not previously available. A repository is a store where electronic data, databases or digital files have been deposited, usually with the intention of enabling their access or distribution over a network. 3

19 Relevant repositories / e-print services arxiv Electronic archive and distribution server for research articles Astrophysics Data System Digital Library portal for researchers in astronomy and physics Inspire High-energy Physics literature database Spiral Online repository for staff research publications at Imperial College London

20 Citing and referencing Not just about including a reference list at the end of your literature review (or for that matter your project report) When you use another person s work in your own work, either by referring to their ideas, or by including a direct quotation, you must acknowledge this in the text of your work. This acknowledgement is called a citation. 3 Two main styles: Harvard and Vancouver Select one and use it consistently Guides available on Physics subject page

21 Project Report Guidance notes You must provide a clear and extensive set of references (bibliography) to which you have referred in the text. These should be in the standard format used in scientific journals and I suggest that you should spend some time in the library to find out about this. 4

22 What is RefWorks? Reference management software package Create a bibliography from saved references Enables you to save and organise your references Full text documents can be saved within RefWorks Subscribed to by Library (who also provide support) Or are you using LaTeX? Then you could try JabRef which enables Cite While you Write in some LaTeX editors Open source (freely available but no local support)

23 References 1. Department of Physics, Imperial College London. Literature Review Report [Online]. Available from: [Accessed 5 June 2014]. 2. Institution of Engineering and Technology. Inspec subject coverage [Online]. Available from: [Accessed 5 June 2014]. 3. Imperial College London Library. Citing and Referencing Guide: Vancouver Style [Online]. Available from: cing.pdf [Accessed 5 June 2014]. 4. Department of Physics, Imperial College London. Project Report Guidance Notes [Online]. Available from: uidancenotes [Accessed 5 June 2014].

24 Questions? Ask for me at the Central Library information hub Based on Level 1 - Room 110 , phone phone ext or Until 26 June There will be an interim contact until my successor is appointed I will you with details

25 INSPEC TIP SHEET 1. Start at Physics subject page: 2. Click on Inspec link 3. Uncheck Compendex (as we wish to search the Inspec database only) 4. Make sure the Quick Search tab is selected ACCESS On campus IP address controlled Off campus College username & password SEARCH TIPS 1. Boolean operators enable you to narrow or widen the search. Combine terms with OR to broaden scope of search e.g. quantum OR plasmonics returns results containing either term. Combine terms with AND to narrow scope of search e.g. quantum AND plasmonics returns results containing both terms. Combine terms with NOT to eliminate terms from results e.g. quantum NOT plasmonics will return results that do not contain plasmonics. 2. Phrase searching Use quotation marks to search for your search terms as a phrase within the results e.g. quantum plasmonics will find results for this phrase whereas quantum plasmonics will find results with these terms anywhere in the results. 3. Truncation * Enables you to search for all words that start with the same letters as the truncated term (e.g. cosmolog* picks up cosmology, cosmological, cosmologies). 4. Wildcards? Replace a single character (e.g. to retrieve results with both characterisation and characterization). 5. Autostemming Terms are automatically stemmed e.g. interact searches for interaction, interactive. 6. Indexers classify a paper by adding terms from a controlled vocabulary list to the index record. Thesaurus search enables you to search the Inspec Thesaurus which is a guide to the controlled vocabulary added by the indexer. Good way to find alternative terms for your search. Inspec classification codes are assigned by indexers to indicate the field the paper belongs in. e.g. A7865E Optical properties of metals and metallic alloys (thin films/low dimensional structures). FIND THE FULL TEXT by clicking on SFX and following the link. If we do not have online access try Library Search books and more to find print holdings. PRINT AND YOUR RESULTS by ticking the boxes on the left of each relevant article. Then select format and output before choosing , print or download. TUTORIALS can be found at: and

26 SCOPUS TIP SHEET 1. Start at Physics subject page: 2. Click on Scopus. 3. Make sure the Document Search tab is selected. ACCESS On campus IP address controlled Off campus College username & password FIND THE FULL TEXT by clicking on SFX and following the link. If we do not have online access try Library Search books and more to find print holdings. SEARCH TIPS To search for a phrase, enclose terms in double quotation marks or for an exact phrase search use { } * wildcard can be used for any group of characters? wildcard can be used for any single character Scopus automatically searches for variant spellings PRINT AND YOUR RESULTS by ticking the boxes on the left of each relevant article. Then select format and output before choosing , print or download. TUTORIALS can be found at: ml Cited Reference Searching Cited reference searching enables you to search for journal papers (or other published works) that have cited a previously published paper that are included in the Scopus database. This means you can follow an idea back in time to previous research (via Cited References), and you can follow it forward in time (via Cited by) to find subsequent relevant research. 1. Search the Scopus database for papers 2. Identify the paper you wish to check references for e.g. Complex networks from data to models by Gonzalez MC and Barabasi AL 3. Click Cited by in Scopus 4. You will then have a list of papers in the Scopus database that have cited your original reference since 1996.

27 WEB OF SCIENCE TIP SHEET 1. Start at Physics subject page: 2. Click on Web of Science (including Web of Science Core Collection) Off campus 3. Click on arrow College next to username All Databases & and select Web of Science Core Collection. FIND THE FULL TEXT by clicking on Full Text, selecting SFX and following the link. If we do not have online access try Library Search books and more to find print holdings. PRINT AND YOUR RESULTS by ticking the boxes on the left of each relevant article. Then select format and output before choosing , print or download. TUTORIALS can be found at: index.htm and ng/wos/. Cited Reference searching Citation searching enables you to search for journal papers (or other published works) that have cited a previously published paper. This means you can follow an idea back in time to previous research (via Cited References), and you can follow it forward in time (via Times Cited) to find subsequent relevant research. 1. Cited Reference Search Step 1: Click on the Cited Reference Search option, enter original reference details and click on Search. 2. Cited Reference Step 2: Select appropriate reference by ticking the box to the left. If you wish to view the index record for this paper click on View Record. Then Click on Finish Search. 3. You will then have a list of papers that have cited your original reference. ACCESS On campus IP address controlled password SEARCH TIPS To search for a phrase, enclose terms in double quotation marks * wildcard can be used for any group of characters $ wildcard can be used for zero or one character? wildcard can be used for any single character

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