Tutorials for Postgraduate students
Library staff offer one-to-one and small group tutorials that can be booked by students at any level and can be tailored according to the specific research area. Small group or one to one sessions arranged in consultation with the relevant School Librarian.
Postgraduate Research Support
A service offered to postgraduate students, researchers/research teams to assist them to carry out searches and the organisation of search results more efficiently and effectively.
Due to the staff time involved in this programme participation may be limited subject to demand.
A one-to-one session with a client asking a series of open and closed questions that encourage the client to clarify their subject and put boundaries on it. The purpose of the reference interview is to allow the library staff member to gain as much understanding of the client’s view of a subject that will enable them to carry out a Subject Analysis. It is also a useful exercise in helping the client clarify the subject area for themselves.
Following on from the reference interview, library staff would consult general reference material to put flesh on a subject and also define its boundaries, such as currency or geographical area. The result of the subject analysis is a brief description of the subject with a list of keywords, alternative keywords, names, phrases, companies and other relevant labels that can then be turned into a search strategy.
Taking the results of the subject analysis and turning them into a search strategy using truncation, Boolean operators, wildcards etc.
Initial searches with recommended results
Following on from the subject analysis, search strategy and list of references, applying the search strategy to that list of references to compile initial findings and present them to the client, who would then be responsible for updating such content.