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You’ve got a Research topic (A)

Why literature review?

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(B)

About Referencing

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How to start a Literature Review? (A)

Where to find the resources?

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(B)

Search Strategy

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Search Steps

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How to search ... various information types? (A)

eBook

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(B)

Standards

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Dissertations

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Search HKU theses, HKU Scholars’ Hub

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Theses from worldwide, ProQuest D & T

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Journal articles on a research topic (A)

Featured database

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Key e-Resource (Multi-discipline)

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Handy tools (A)

Research Alerts

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(B)

WebBridge in Dragon

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(C)

Endnote

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You’ve got a

Research Topic

A

Why literature review ?

1. Purpose: take a critical

look at the literature. Coverage: scholarly information in books, journals, theses, proceedings etc. Finding: demonstrate your understanding of the topic. References: giving credit to the sources used to create the intellectual work.

2. 3. 4.

B 1. 2. 3. 4.

About Referencing

To acknowledge other person’s ideas. To help reader (your teacher) knows where to check your source of information. To avoid plagiarism. Cover both Citation and Bibliography.

A Book Citation (APA Style) Author

Publication Year

Book title

Covey, S. R. (2003). The seven habits of highly effective people: restoring the character ethic. New York: Free Press. Place of publication

Publisher

Journal Article Citation (APA Style) Author

Publication year

Article title

Chrusciel, D. (2008). What motivates the significant/strategic change champion(s)? Journal of Organizational Change Management, 21(2), 148-160. Journal title

Volume

Issue

Page numbers

Tips - Endnote to help out the reference management - Useful links for MSc Project/Dissertation Resources from ME http://www.mech.hku.hk/bse/MEBS6012/resources.htm LibGuides on citation http://libguides.lib.hku.hk/content.php?pid=88558&sid=658625 Library link on citation http://lib.hku.hk/general/research/guides/citation_styles.html#websites

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Literature Review

A Where to find the Resources ? A HKUL Homepage > Electronic Resources

Large databases, some of which are multi-disciplinary and have fulltext

ResearchPro What is ResearchPro? One search interface across multiple databases How to access it?

HKUL Homepage > ResearchPro

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Literature Review

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Search Strategies

Topic:

Ventilation of zero-energy buildings

Search statement:

(ventilation OR air flow) AND (“zero-energy building� OR green building*)

Boolean operators : AND

Combine terms covering different subjects E.g. Ventilation AND intelligent building

OR

Combine similar terms E.g. Zero-energy building OR energy efficient building

NOT

Exclude terms from a search E.g. Palm not tree

Truncation Find variant forms of a root word. E.g. build* finds builds, built, building, buildings ... (Note: Symbols vary for different databases)

C

Search Steps

Step 1: Define the topic & Select resources Step 2: Devise search statement Step 3: Search Step 5: Modify

Step 4: Evaluate

Step 6: Get the articles Step 7: Write up your assignment

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How to search ...

various Information Types

A Topic: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

eBook

Analyses on Ventilation of Residential Buildings

Access HKUL Homepage at http://lib.hku.hk Click on Electronic Resources Select Knovel : scientific and engineering databases Limited to My subscription Keyword search: Ventilation and Building

limit before search

Browse content by Subject

Other eBook collections - ENGnetBASE - SpringerLINK - for more: HKUL homepage > Electronic Resources > by Format

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How to search ...

various Information Types

B Topic:

Standards

Analyses on Ventilation of Residential Buildings

==> Q:

What is the performance standard?

Standard 1. Standard is a document that provides rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities 2. generally established by consensus and approved by a recognized body 3. Examples: BSI, ASTM standards

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2

Number of items = ____291____

Modified search: residential building within your result

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Number of items = ____33______

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How to search ...

various Information Types

C I.

Dissertations

HKU Theses at HKU Scholars Hub

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Topic:

2

Devise search statement

Indoor air quality of office buildings.

Related Terms

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4

Concept 1 Indoor air quality

Concept 2 Office buildings

Indoor air quality

Office*

Search HKUTO

Enter search statement

“indoor air quality”

Specify connecting boolean

office buildings OR office*

Limit year : 2001—2012

Click Search

Display record ● Click thesis title to

Record no. 25

display full record

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Evaluate record ●

Examine the

subjects

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Refine search ●

Any relevant subjects?

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Subject search = (Indoor air pollution) AND Office buildings

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How to search ...

various Information Types

II. Theses from Worldwide

Example:

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

Topic: Indoor air quality of office buildings

1 Select database

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A & I

2 Devise search statement

(“indoor air quality” ) AND (“office building*” OR office*)

3 Search Proquest

Enter search

statement

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Select Field

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How to search ...

various Information Types

Evaluate the results

Citation/Abstract: Available for most theses records.

Preview: Free preview of the first 24 pages for theses produced after 1997.

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Order a copy: Online ordering is available but out of your own pocket.

Locate the theses Check HKUL holdings through WebBridge > Match title in Dragon

6 Modify the search (when needed)

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Journal Articles on a research topic

Featured database (e.g. Engineering research databases) Step 1: Select databases

Topic: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Analyses of Ventilation of Zero-energy Buildings

Decide on SUBJECT area Access HKUL Homepage at http://lib.hku.hk Click on Electronic Resources Select e.g. Engineering research databases

Step 2: Devise search statement â—?

â—?

Identify the Key Concepts of the topic, e.g. Concept 1

Concept 2

Ventilation

Zero-energy Building*

Brainstorm for Related Terms

Related terms

Concept 1:

Concept 2:

Ventilation

Zero-energy Building*

Air flow Green building Indoor air quality Energy efficient building Aerodynamic analysis

Your search statement is: (ventilation OR air flow) AND (zero-energy building* OR green building*)

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Journal Articles on a research topic

Step 3: Search 1. Enter search terms

2. Select search field

3. Select the appropriate boolean operator

ventilation

auto-complete

Step 4: Evaluate ●

Is this article relevant ?

Yes

Abstract provides a

Subject is the controlled

short summary of the article.

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term of the subject matters.

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Journal Articles on a research topic

Step 5: Modify ●

Finding similar?

□ Yes

No

□ Yes

No

OR ●

Search with indexing terms?

Your NEW SEARCH is: (Air Quality OR Ventilation) AND (Buildings) AND (Energy use)

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Journal Articles on a research topic

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Try on a key e-Resource (Engineering Village 2)

Search steps

Topic: (your own) or ventilation of intelligent building

Select database e.g. Engineering Village 2

Search statement 3. Select the appropriate boolean operator

Search results

Modify search

1. Enter search terms

2. Select search field

N records ... too many/few?!

Narrow down by other factors?

□ Yes

□ No

Any new subject terms which might be useful?

□ Yes

□ No

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Journal Articles on a research topic

Step 6: Get the articles 1. Full text available online

2. Full text not available (a) Full text match in WebBridge

(b) No full text match in WebBridge

Check if HKUL has a print subscription. (Note: interlibrary loans service)

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Handy tools!

A. Research Alerts -

Regular updates on latest publications on a topic. Can be in email or RSS feeds.

B. WebBridge in Dragon -

Regular updates on latest publications on a topic. Can be in email or RSS feeds.

C. Endnote

Endnote @ HKU A reference storage and management software tool

(http://lib.hku.hk/endnote/index.html)

Endnote will help you to: ●

Manage your readings, e.g. books, articles, websites Cite While You Write (CWYW)

Training and support ● ●

Online guides Endnote workshop at Libraries

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Library Research Skills for MSc (ME) 2012  

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