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Preparing for university

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Types of resources

When doing research to complete assignments you need information.  Where does it come from?  Libraries, laptops and teachers can provide access to all kinds of resources which will help you with your studies.  Take a look at this presentation which will introduce you to the world of information beyond using just books, handouts and the internet.

 

                

 

 

Journals

They're such an important resource in universities that we go into more detail about them. Here you'll learn about the 'anatomy of a journal article' and their natural habitats.

 

Where to find journals

Print journals are usually shelved away from the main book collection in a library.  In The Hive we shelve ours in alphabetical order by title, we don't group them by subject.  There will be a combination of loose parts or issues as well as bound volumes which is when the loose parts are hard bound and look more like books.

         

Increasingly journals are available online - at The Hive we have more online than print journals.  They are stored on databases that libraries pay subscription fees to.  The Hive makes over 45,000 journal titles available to the public.

 

 

Wikipedia

Many teachers and lecturers say don't use it.  But the fact is, many people do.  The key to using Wikipedia is using it effectively.  But before you do, read what Wikipedia has to say:

 

How should I use Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is in many respects like any other encyclopedia.  It is a collection of articles on a range of different subjects.  Also like other encyclopedias it is not the type of thing you read from start to finish, you dip in find out what you need to know and then move on from there.

The main difference between Wikipedia and other encyclopedias is that it is written by its readers.  Go back to the resources presentation and re-read points three and four about the 'benefits of using books'.  Anyone can say anything on Wikipedia.  Admittedly there are lots of editors making sure that what is said has been verified, but their eyes can't be everywhere all the time.

Wikipedia should be treated as a springboard resource.  You start there and it sends you further - in the direction of more credible resources.  Scroll to the bottom of an entry and check the 'references' list.  Move on to some of those references and evaluate them for yourselves.  Wikipedia should not appear on your reference lists as it suggests that you have only 'skimmed the surface' of a subject and have not undertaken any deeper research.