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1 Use of Library facilities and Internet Resources for CIVL 2001 by Alice WONG
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2 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kamkwamba ) A homemade windmill out of spare parts in Malawi
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3 Use of Library facilities and Internet Resources Agenda: Literature study & Review skills Effective Searching Useful databases & information sources
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4 LITERATURE REVIEW Purpose : take a critical look at the literature Coverage : books, journals, theses, conference proceedings, .... , etc.
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5 Conduct a Literature Review Identify key concepts Begin research via relevant resources (catalogues or databases) Keep a detailed and accurate record of reference Analyze the works consulted Conceptualize your abstract
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6 For example: Structures for earthquake resistance EFFECTIVE SEARCHING Structures of earthquake resistance - Structur* - earthquake-resist* - Building* - seismic loading - Design - seismology - “Structural design” - earthquake* - Safety measure - vibration protection
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7 Boolean operators: EFFECTIVE SEARCHING Boolean Example And Earthquake and buildings Or Buildings or structures Wildchar* Structur* “Phrase Search” “earthquake resistance” Proximity w/# Near/# etc. structure; structures; structural
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8 Free-text vs Phrase search
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9 Devise an Effective Search Think of Related Terms for each concept Use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) Apply wild character (?=1c, * >1c) if necessary
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Select the effective search statement Topic : Wind effects on steel structures (A) Wind* and steel (A) Wind* and steel structure?
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  • Spring '10
  • drtong
  • Earthquake engineering, earthquake prone areas, British Standards, effective search statement, Engineering Village, engineering research database

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