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  • Introduction to E-Resources

  • Learning ObjectivesIntroduction to the LRC What is an e-resource?Why do you need to use e-resources?How to find academic e-resourcesHow to evaluate academic e-resources

  • Your Learning Resource Centre (LRC)Opening hours:Monday to Friday 8am-9.30pmSaturday 10am-6.45pm 10 resources at a time (only 2 DVDs)Different loan periodsFines for returning items lateTo borrow resources, you will need to register with the LRC

  • LRC RulesWe have 3 rules:We are a silent study library, if you want to talk use the group work area outside of the LRCNo eating or drinking (unless water)Turn mobile devices onto silent, and take calls outside the LRC

  • Resources at INTOBooks JournalsNewspapersDVDs

    LRC catalogue

    Access to academic e-resources

  • City University LibraryYou can study at City University LibraryBorrow 15 booksSearch their online catalogue15 mins on the busLong opening hours

    See the LRC helpsheet Visiting City Library

  • What is an e-resource?Sources of information that are stored on the InternetExamples:E-booksE-journals

    What is a journal?A journal is a collection of articles containing reports of current research. They are focused on a particular subject, e.g. Journal of Marketing or Harvard Business Review, and they are published regularly e.g. weekly, monthly or yearly.

  • Why use e-resources?Up-to-date informationAvailable 24/7Convenient - search hundreds of sources in one goMany are peer-reviewed You will be expected to use e-resources in your assignments What is peer-review?When an article has been evaluated and reviewed by other experts and academics to make sure it is of a good academic standard.

  • Where do you find e-resources?Academic e-resources are very expensiveYou cant access them for free on the InternetCity University subscribes to them and you access them through the City University Library website

  • Task 1: Use CityLibrary Search to find an e-bookGo to the City Uni library catalogue for an e-book related to your subject areaRefine the Content Type to Book/e-bookRefine your Search to Full text onlineOpen an e-book

  • Task 2: Use CityLibrary Search to find a newspaper article

    Search for a newspaper article related to your subject areaRefine the Content Type to Newspaper ArticleRefine your Search to Full text onlineOpen a newspaper article

  • Task 3: Find an e-journalGo to the City Uni library catalogue Click on Get help for my subjectClick Go to E-Journals A-Z list on the right of the screenSearch for Harvard Business ReviewOpen the journal and find the latest available edition

  • Task 3: Find a specific journal article Click Go to E-Journals A-Z listSearch for New ScientistSelect one of the databases that holds New ScientistSearch for the article title The cutters art

  • Task 4: Find your library subject guideGo to the City Uni library catalogue on Get help for my subject Select your subject area from the list of Library GuidesChoose your subject(s) and bookmark/favourite them

  • Task 5: Search a databaseGo to the City Uni library home pageClick on Databases A-Z Search for one of the databases recommended in your subject guide Find an article related to your subject area and open it

  • Choosing keywordsWhat are the key concepts of your assignment title?Assignment: Q: What is the impact of marketing junk-food to teenagers using social media?A: junk-food, marketing, social media, teenagers What alternative keywords do you need to use?Synonyms, related words, plurals, other spellings, abbreviations, acronyms, broader and narrower termsBackground reading, thesauri, encyclopaediaMake a list or mind map

  • Junk-foodMarketingSocial mediaTeenagersFast-foodAdvertsFacebookTeensConvenience foodAdvertiseTwitterTeenAdvertizeWeiboYoung adultAdvertisingWeb 2.0AdolescentAdvertizingYoung personPromoteYoung peoplePromotionSellSelling

  • Search techniques Wildcard truncators:? is used to replace a letter in a keyword when it has multiple spellings

    * is used to search for keywords with multiple endings

    Will give results about globalisation and globalizationWill give results about library, libraries, Librarian, Librarians and librarianship

  • Search techniques Phrase searching:

    This will only give you results where the two words are next to each other

  • Boolean OperatorsBoolean Operators are used to link keywords together:




  • Task 6: Keywords and search techniquesGo to the City University homepageGo to Resources then Databases for YouOpen the database JSTORTest out the following searches, and compare the number of results:Search for social media, then search for social media Search for teenagers, then search for teen* Search for globalisation, then search for globali?ation Search for e-shopping, then search for online shopping

  • Putting it all togetherExample: fast-food AND advert* AND web 2.0 and teen*Example: (fast-food OR convenience food) AND (advert* OR promot* OR sell*) AND (facebook OR twitter OR weibo OR Web 2.0) AND (teen* OR young adult OR adolescent* OR young person)

    Junk-foodMarketingSocial mediaTeenagersFast-foodANDAdvert*ANDFacebookANDTeen*ORORORORConvenience foodPromot*TwitterYoung adultORORORSell*WeiboAdolescent*ORORWeb 2.0Young person

  • Evaluating informationVisit this great practice website

  • Evaluating informationVisit this great practice website WHAT?


  • Evaluating informationVisit this great practice website WHO?


  • Evaluating informationVisit this great practice website WHEN?


  • Evaluating informationVisit this great practice website WHY?

    Purpose & objectivity

  • Evaluating informationVisit this great practice website HOW?


  • Moodle

  • Skills PassportDevelop your library and research skillsOnline tutorials and training sessions:Introduction to e-resourcesSearch techniquesSource evaluationPractical referencingUsing specialist subject databasesComplete four modules to receive a Skills Passport certificateBenefit your CV and UCAS applicationOnline tutorials and further information on Skills Passport Moodle site

  • Help!Book a 1-2-1 or small group session with LRC StaffYou can find further information and helpsheets on the LRC Moodle PageYou can find helpsheets in the LRCYou can contact the LRC staff to ask questions in person or by e-mail at

    *Gemma BaylissIntroduction to E-Resources INTO City