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Info Skills Guide: Main

Information Skills Session

Resources

A-Z Databases
  A-Z List of E-Journals
  Library Catalogue
Academic Videos
  E-Textbooks (VitalSource)  
Proquest Dissertations & Theses
  Reading Lists  (within Sunway Campus Only)
  Past Year Exam Papers  (within Sunway Campus Only)
 

Link to Other Libraries:

Services

  For Students
  For Postgraduates
  For Academic Staff
  Library Information Guide

Videos on Library Services

  Orientation & User Education
ALLS  (Academic Language Learning Service)
  Document Delivery

Other Services:

Online Guides

Citation Guides
  Library Guides
Tutorials

Help

If you have problems regarding the service or require more information, contact the following library staff:

1. Help Desk Tel: 74918622 ext. 7050/7051

2. Reference Division Tel: 74918622 ext.7054/7055/7056

3. E-mail:library@sunway.edu.my

Information Skills Session

The Library  is committed to support research-based learning. Students from Pre U/Diploma, and first year students would be taught Generic Information skills while final year undergraduates and diploma students would be taught the Research-Based Information Skills. Similar workshops would be conducted for postgraduates in response to request from the Schools. The Library would also conduct workshops for staff on a regular basis. The following are the levels offered:

A. GENERIC

1. Generic: Basic Pre-U/ Diploma

2. Generic: Basic and Advanced First Year Undergraduate

B. RESEARCH-BASED

3. Research Based by Topic or Assignment : for all Undergraduates and Diploma students who have been assigned assignment topics.

4. Research Based – Final Year Students : for Final Year Undergraduates and Diploma students undertaking Final Year Projects.

C. LITERATURE SEARCH FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

5. Literature Search for Postgraduate students

D. EXPLORING INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR TEACHING, LEARNING AND RESEARCH

6. for academic/management staff

E. REFERENCING STYLE

7. Citation and referencing style

F. REFERENCE MANAGEMENT TOOL

8. EndNote

Please click on the respective tabs for more details of each classes.

Generic: Basic Pre-U/ Diploma

Duration: 1 hour

I. Contents

1. Reading List Database:

  • Access to the database according to a particular programme and subject.
  • Explain Location and Call number in the catalog record.
  • Explain the location of an item by using Shelf Plan

2. Demo SearchAll

         a. How to search for an item by Author, Title, keywords.

         b. How to limit by printed books, e-books, articles from magazines

         c. Explain the elements of an article from magazine

3. Show how to do basic research using Research Starter.

II. Learning Outcome

1. Student will be able to use Reading List Database effectively and efficiently to locate recommended textbooks.

2. Use SearchAll to find library materials such as books, magazines and newspapers.

3. Student will be able to get background information on a topic and do assignment.

 

Generic: Basic and Advanced First Year Undergraduate

​Duration: 1.5-2 hours

I. Contents

                  Part 1: Information Search

                 1. Reading List Database:

  • Access to the database according to a particular programme and subject.
  • Explain Location and Call number in the catalog record.
  • Explain the location of an item by using Shelf Plan

                 2. Demo SearchAll

         a. How to search for an item by Author, Title, keywords.

         b. Explain Location and Call number for books.

         c. How to read online books.

         d. how to use Boolean Operators.

   3. Show how to do basic research using Research Starter.

   4. Understand the elements for scholarly Academic Journals such as journal; article; author; volume; issue number; DOI; pages;  database name

 

  Part 2: Authority of information sources

  5. Students analyzing a source (eg. a scholarly journal article, a book review, an opinion piece, a news article, a blog post, a twitter feed, etc). Students examine the source by answering the following:

  • Who is the author? / who is responsible for it?
  • What type of publication is this?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What is the purpose of this writing? / Why it exists?
  • How it was created? Was it reviewed by experts?
  • What type of writing is this?
  • What makes it credible or not for different kinds of uses?

II. Learning Outcome

1. Students will be able to use Reading List Database effectively and efficiently to locate recommended materials.

2. Use SearchAll to find library materials such as books, magazines, newspapers and scholarly articles.

3. Students will be able to get background information on their topics and do assignment.

4. Understand the elements for scholarly articles.

6. Students will be able to evaluate the credibility of those sources.

Students will be able to identify and

  • explain different types of information sources.
  • Students will be able to identify the type of sources suitable for their assignments.

 

 

Research Based by Topic or Assignment

Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours

I. Contents

1. Explain assignment / topic.

2. Identify important keywords. Identify synonyms.

3. Refine search strategy using Boolean Operators.

4. Using the search terms, search library materials from SearchAll.

5. Highlight specific databases or websites important for assignment / topic.

6. Understand the elements for scholarly Academic Journals such as journal; article; author; volume; issue number; DOI; pages; database name.

 

II. Learning Outcome

1. Explores general information sources to increase familiarity with the topic

2. Students will be able to identify key concepts  and terms related to their assignments / topics

3. Students will be able to refine the search strategy.

4. Students will be able to find library materials related to their assignments/topics

5. Understand the format of scholarly articles.

 

Research Based – Final Year Students

Duration: 2 hours

I. Contents

1. Explore the topic / research title by : -

1a. Using a Concept map.

1b. Identify important keywords.

1c. Identify synonyms or related terms.

1d. Build search strategy using Boolean Operators.

2. Use the search statement to find related resources in: -

  • SearchAll
  • Databases
  • Affiliated University Libraries resources (if any)

3. Understand the elements for scholarly Academic Journals such as journal; article; author; volume; issue number; DOI; pages; database name

 

II. Learning Outcome

1. Student will be able to identify key concepts and terms that describe the topic.

     a. Able to visually work through their topics.

     b. Brainstorming for keywords.

     c. Learn to expand the keywords more relevant to their topic.

     d. Combine search terms by Boolean Operators

 

2. Student will be able to constructs a search strategy using appropriate terms for the research tools.

    a. Able to use basic and advanced search techniques in various research tools.

 

3. Understand the format of scholarly articles.

 

Citation and referencing style

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

I. Contents

1. In-Text Citation:

  • Author’s name
  • Year of publication
  • Page numbers

2. Reference List:

  • Books, newspapers, journals, magazines, websites

3. EndNote (optional):

  • Create a library to store references
  • Export references from SearchAll to EndNote
  • Edit References
  • Use Word document to import references from EndNote and create Reference list.

II. Learning Outcome

1. Students will be able to know the order in which each element of a reference must be placed according to the style used (APA, Harvard, MLA)

2. Students will be able to know the way that in-text citations must be formatted in his/her writing.

3. Students will be able to know the way that reference list citations must be presented.

 

Literature Search for Postgraduate Students

Duration: 2 hours

I. Contents

1. Introduction and explanation of handouts:

i. Opening Hours

ii. My Account

iii. E-Forms-Reciprocal Membership, Document Delivery, Suggest to Purchase a Book

iv. ALLS

vi. Citation Guides

v. Reading List Database

2. Search for print and ebooks

  i. Explain features of SearchAll

ii. Basic Search- Fixed Fields; Author, Title

iii. Basic Search – Keyword

iv. Advanced Search

v. Boolean Operators

3. Search for scholarly, peer-reviewed articles

i. Refine search results using limiters

ii. Refine further using Boolean operators.

iii. Modify searching techniques by using selected specific keywords identified in abstracts, keywords, and subjects from relevant articles.

4. E-Databases, A-Z List of Journals

i. Identify relevant E-databases.

ii. Know different types of e-databases such as Theses, E-Books, Videos, Reference, etc.

ii. Search in these databases using Basic and Advanced Search.

iii. Save / Export search results.

iv. Create alert services.

v. Search by Journal Title or Discipline.

vi. Search within the publication.

iv. Save / Export search results.

5. Internet / Other Sources

i. Search Google Scholar from Search All.

ii. Search Other Databases from widgets in Search All.

iii. Search Sunway Institutional Repository.

 

II. Learning Outcome

1. Students who are new to Sunway or who have graduated many years from Sunway will get to know and remember the facilities and services of the Library. Of particular importance to them are the Document Delivery Services, ALLS, and Citation Guides.

2. Students will recognise fixed fields such as Author, Title of Book, Book Chapter. This knowledge will help them to select needed resources quickly. When fixed field details are not known, students will learn to organize their search based on keywords and Boolean operators.

3. Students will learn to apply keywords and Boolean operators to extend their search for journal articles.  They would also learn why certain keywords are more relevant.

4. Students will learn to differentiate SearchAll, E-Databases, and A-Z List of Journals.  They would be able to compare and contrast the different features of the e-databases.

5. Students will be equipped with enough skills to collect information from a variety of sources.

 

Exploring Information Resources for Teaching, Learning and Research

Duration: 2 hours

I. Contents

1. Introduction and explanation of handouts:

i. My Account

ii. E-Forms-Reciprocal Membership, Document Delivery

iii. ALLS

iv. Reading List Database

2.Search for print and ebooks

i. Explain features of SearchAll

ii. Basic Search- Fixed Fields; Author, Title

iii. Basic Search – Keyword

iv. Advanced Search

v. Boolean Operators

3.Search for scholarly, peer-reviewed articles

i. Refine search results using limiters

ii. Refine further using Boolean operators.

iii. Modify searching techniques by using selected specific keywords identified in abstracts, keywords, and subjects from relevant articles.

4. E-Databases, A-Z List of Journals

i. Identify relevant E-databases.

ii. Know different types of e-databases such as Theses, E-Books, Videos, Reference, etc.

ii. Search in these databases using Basic and Advanced Search.

iii. Save / Export search results.

iv. Create alert services.

v. Search by Journal Title or Discipline.

vi. Search within the publication.

iv. Save / Export search results.

5. Internet / Other Sources

i. Search Google Scholar from Search All.

ii. Search Other Databases from widgets in Search All.

iii. Search Sunway Institutional Repository.

 

II. Learning Outcome

1. Staff will get to know how to request for books, how students access the Reading Lists provided by the academics. They would also get to know other services important to them and their students such as Document Delivery Services, ALLS, and Citation Guides.

2. Staff will learn how to search for books using fixed fields such as Author, Title of Book, Book Chapter. When fixed field details are not known, staff will learn to search based on keywords and Boolean operators.

3. Staff will learn to apply keywords and Boolean operators to extend their search for journal articles.

4. Staff will learn to differentiate SearchAll, E-Databases, and A-Z List of Journals.  They would be able to compare and contrast the different features of the e-databases.

5. Staff will be equipped with enough skills to collect information from a variety of sources.

 

 

Reference Management Tool - EndNote

Duration: 1.5 hours

I. Contents

1. Introduction: What is EndNote, How to obtain EndNote, How to create a new EndNote Library.

2. Add References to the EndNote Library from: SearchAll, Google Scholar, Within EndNote, Manually, and through Import of files and folders.

3. Manage References: Edit, Delete, Remove Duplicates, Attach Images and Files.

4. Cite While You Write.

 

II. Learning Outcome

1. Participants will get to know the facts about EndNote and learn how to open their own EndNote Library.

2. Participants will recognise the various information sources and learn how to import references from these sources to

their EndNote Library.

3. Participants will be able to select what references to keep and what to remove.

4. Participants will be able to apply skills to add, remove in-text citations and simultaneously create a related Reference List.

Document No.

 

Document No. WL/069

Issue 1

20 February 2020


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