GOOGLE SEARCH INTERFACES

The exponential growth of digital information has aptly been described as ‘information overload’, ‘floods of information’ and my favourite, ‘information explosion’. Commenting on the experience of searching for research information in Google, one of our library users captured it perfectly when she likened her search experience to drowning in the sea and still being left thirsty. If you cannot visualise this, try doing a simple google search and see how many hits you get. And yet you may spend an hour going through them and still not get much. And eventually when you get something… Continue reading →

Access to Theses and Dissertations

Working on your thesis? Visit the Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR) at http://www.opendoar.org/ or just google for DOAR. OpenDOAR is an authoritative Directory of Open Access (OA) Repositories. An Institutional Open Access Repository is an online locus for collecting, preserving and disseminating the intellectual output of an institution in digital form. Many academic and research institutions have created OA repositories to capture, promote, preserve and make accessible all their intellectual assets. Theses and dissertations form a considerable percentage of these repositories. The OpenDoar is therefore a recommended site when working on your thesis. The… Continue reading →

ACCESS TO THESES AND OTHER RESEARCH WORK

Working on your thesis? Visit the Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR) at http://www.opendoar.org/ OpenDOAR is an authoritative Directory of Open Access (OA) Repositories. An Institutional Open Access Repository is an online locus for collecting, preserving and disseminating the intellectual output of an institution in digital form. Many academic and research institutions have created OA repositories to capture, promote, preserve and make accessible all their intellectual assets. Theses and dissertations form a considerable percentage of these repositories. The OpenDoar is therefore a recommended site when working on your thesis. The site can help identify researchable… Continue reading →