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					Research-Based Information Search
Dr. Jason Teo
Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAI) School of Engineering and Information Technology Universiti Malaysia Sabah

The Research Process
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Identify and develop your topic Find background information Use catalogs to find books and media Find Internet resources Evaluate what you found Literature Cite what you found Review Research Design Data Analysis Drawing Conclusions

Introduction
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Literature review is an important process
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Find out what other researchers are doing Avoid duplication of work Gain insights and generate new ideas

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Many different sources of information
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Lead to information explosion

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Academic Phrasebank

Sources of Research Information
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Library (books, e-books, electronic databases etc.) Journals Conference proceedings Academic web sites Special interest group web sites

Searching for Information
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Usage of existing library facilities
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OPAC Multimedia, archives and serial collections Online databases Online journals E-books

Searching for Information
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General search engines
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Google Yahoo MSN Ask Clusty Dogpile

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Search Engines
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Use automated software programs known as spiders or bots to survey the Web and build their databases Data collected from the webs are added to the search engine index Results returned are the URLs which are ranked in some particular order

Search Tips
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Choose the right search term Use multiple search terms Use “+” to include common words Use phrase search for exact match Use ~ for synonyms Use the Advanced Search features for better result

Specialized Search Engines
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Google Scholar WWW Virtual Library Internet Public Library Scirus OAIster

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Searching for Information

Citation Indexes
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References that authors put in the bibliographies of published papers Find papers that cite earlier papers Find out how many times paper has been cited

Citations / References
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CiteSeer (Online literature library)
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http://citeseer.ist.psu.edu/ References at the end of publications Science Citation Index Social Sciences Citation Index Computer Science Bibliography Links to co-authors

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Web of Science
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DBLP
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How to get it
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Through the library subscription
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Electronic databases Electronic journals Electronic books

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Problem: Some papers are by subscription only
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If the author is known, visit his/her homepage Email the authors for the paper

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arXiv

Referring and Keeping the Papers
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Downloaded materials must be labeled (download date, sources, complete references) Store in a single directory and split into subdirectories if necessary Use bibliographic software if possible/available Online list of bibliographic software


				
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