Section 3.1 exercises

EXERCISE 1 – Defining your information need

  1. Which information-retrieval channels should you use to find out:
    a) where to find the journal “Ethnography and education”?
    b) how much every university student’s meal is subsidized?
    c) what research has been carried out about chemilumescens?

EXERCISE 2 – Types of information sources

  1. Consider in which primary information sources the newest scientific or academic information is most readily available.

ANSWERS

EXERCISE 1 – Defining your information need

  1. a) for example Helka database
    b) Internet search engines, e.g. Google
    c) Subject-specific scientific databases

EXERCISE 2 – Types of information sources

The latest scientific information is published for example in the following sources:

  • Conference publications that contain the presentations from a certain conference. The publications are usually published a few months after the conference was held.
  • Research reports that research projects may publish even during the project. The reports are usually published in the report series of the department or organisation that carries out the research.
  • Articles reporting research in scientific or academic journals. However, getting the article approved, and the peer review process with its checking and possible corrections take a surprisingly long time, so by the time it is published, the article is usually at least one year old.