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School of Public Leadership: Library Training Undergrad

Welcome

Visit the  SmartStudent workshops calendar for more information on our workshops eg. Find books or articles using the Library search engine or subject specific databases,  Find trustworthy information on Google and Google Scholar, Referencing and more!

Effective Searching

Databases contains articles with information that will guide you to the answers you seek. Instead of searching with questions on databases, you have to search for information using KEYWORDS.

When extracting KEYWORDS from your assignment or essay, you need to look at the key concepts that encapsulate your assignment.

Example:

Is it true that economic growth makes the rich richer and the poor poorer?

KEYWORDS:

  • Economic growth
  • Inequality OR income inequality

Note: The concepts that you are looking for are not always expressed in the
language of the assignment or question, but often through other related terms.

See the Guide for step-by-step instructions.

AND – returns results with both keywords. AND usually limits the search results
OR – returns results with one or the other keyword.It broadens your results by connecting two or more synonyms.
NOT – returns results excluding specific keywords

Use the Boolean Machine for visualizing the effects of Boolean operators .

More tips:

Quotation Marks “ ” – keep keywords together, for exact phrase searching
Brackets ( ) – keep concepts together, used for synonyms

Example:

("green energy" OR "sustainable energy" OR "renewable energy") AND (logistics OR "supply chain")

Google Scholar

What is a Library Links preference on Google Scholar and how can I do it from home?

A Library Links preference allows you set your preferred Library Choice in Google Scholar. It will then automatically detect when an article is freely available via any of the electronic platforms that Stellenbosch University Library subscribes to. Use the guide below to change your Google Scholar settings on your own computer.

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Plagiarism & Referencing

"Plagiarism is the theft and use of the ideas, material and other intellectual property of others that are passed off as one’s own." SU Senate. 1 Dec 2016. Stellenbosch University policy on academic integrity: the prevention and handling of plagiarism [Internet]. Stellenbosch University. Available: Policy document. [2017, 1 February].

Practice Examples

Book:

Integrated environmental management.
John Cairns ; Todd V Crawford Chelsea, Mich : Lewis c1991

Article:

Assessment and management of air quality for an opencast coal mining area. Journal of Environmental Management.
Volume 70, Issue 1, Pages 1-14 (January 2004)

Turnitin

Turnitin is a tool to check the originality of your written work and it will provide guidelines where necessary to you regarding where and how you can improve it. Consult the Turnitin Libray Guide for more detail.

TURNITIN is available via http://learn.sun.ac.za; be sure to use Mozilla Firefox.

TURNITIN login problems & Help:

How does TURNITIN work:
See video on how Turnitin works and an explanation for the colour-coding in the feedback report.