Archive for Research

Literature searching

It’s time to buckle down now and get started on some literature searching. I know that I’ve been teaching people how to do literature searching for such a long time, but now that it’s my turn, it’s a little intimidating.

So, from what I used to teach people, here is what I need to do:

  1. Leave no stone unturned
  2. Start with generic Library databases and construct some search strings that bring back results
  3. Set search alerts
  4. Broaden search to other databases (this won’t be hard considering that the UniSA library only has TWO databases listed under the subject heading of “Library“).
  5. Identify any key/useful journal titles and subscribe to table of contents alerts.

See, not that hard really is it?

Research proposals

Clarifies thinking, it’s used as a road map

The proposal needs to be done to evaluate the feasibility of my plan (hey, I know it’s worthwhile!!!!),  just have to convince them… and keep them distracted by it, so that I can get on with what I’m doing.

First concept map

Midway through last year I started working on a concept map for a book chapter that I was writing. The chapter is called  Making Dreams Reality: The Sustainable Public Library and is part of a text called Future Library; How will we manage? which will be published later this year by the Centre for Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.

I use open source software called Free Mind for all of my concept mapping. It’s a great piece of software and I recommend downloading it and giving it a try.

This map dates back to August 2009 and as the scope of my PhD develops, I’ll post a new version of the concept map.

Making Dreams Reality: The Sustainable Public Library