Posts tagged research

Earlier today, I presented this lecture to 1st year Lincoln International Business School students about Qualtrics, survey software. This includes instructions and advice on setting up your account.

Qualtrics: Design your study by Daren Mansfield on Scribd

For a wide-ranging database try using Scopus for your research (library.lincoln.ac.uk > Find> Databases > S >). I’ve added it to my subject guides (Accountancy and Finance, Advertising and Marketing, Economics, Events Management, HRM, International Business, Modern Languages and Tourism). To test the search, I entered ‘entrepreneurship community social’ which elicited over 1000 results, which included eye-catching article titles like ‘Community energy and social entrepreneurship: Addressing purpose, organisation and embeddedness of renewable energy projects’ and ‘Financial social innovation to engage the economically marginalized: insights from an Indian case study’ (N.B. you’ll have to log in to read these articles). See what you can find on this database and deepen your research still further.  Carrying out this kind of research not only gives you ideas but exercises the imagination too.

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A systematic review is a type of literature review that collects and critically analyses multiple research studies or papers.  In the University of Lincoln Library we are mainly supporting PhD and Masters level students with the process of defining their question and developing criteria for searching and then how they should conduct their searches. Oonagh Monaghan, the Psychology and Sports Subject Librarian, has just launched a useful guide on systematic reviews.

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What does a Mixed Method approach mean? Conveniently, the much-borrowed Saunders & Lewis (2012) textbook carefully unpacks what a mixed methods research approach means via the layers of a onion diagram.

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We really want to know what resources you can’t get hold of!

Let us know what they are and we’ll buy more books and e-books. Select the appropriate option and complete the form with details of what you need.

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This video that was produced by Helen Williams, the Academic Subject Librarian for distance learners in the Lincoln International Business School, shows you how to find books and journals using the Library homepage at library.lincoln.ac.uk.

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I was asked about thematic coding recently and searched the internet for a logical answer. This short video (6 mins) produced in 2010 by Graham R Gibbs from the University of Huddersfield is a useful introduction to this kind of systematic research analysis.

Or there’s a webpage from the University of Auckland’s School of Pysychology, which offers a neat overview of thematic analysis, and suggests various approaches., in which they mention this definition:

  1. Coding: This phase involves generating succinct labels (codes!) that identify important features of the data that might be relevant to answering the research question. It involves coding the entire dataset, and after that, collating all the codes and all relevant data extracts, together for later stages of analysis.

The University of Huddersfield have also compiled an innovative website entitled Template Analysis (sounds like a 70s prog rick album!) designed by Professor Nigel King. This contains much useful information for the keen social sciences researcher. There’s even a Facebook community for the intrepid explorer wishing to explore their own discipline.

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Owing to student demand for greater flexibility around our drop-in sessions taking place at the Business School building, Martin and I will be delivering separate 1 hr sessions on the ground floor, opposite Starbucks (the Book & Latte) from 10-11am on Wednesday (Daren) and 10-11am on Thursday (Martin). Although we support different subjects we are keen to meet any student in the Business School with a library-related query such as researching the library databases, Harvard referencing and essay writing (such as essay planning, how considerate research relates to structuring and assignment, etc).

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You may be wondering how to can plan an assignment using our library resources? There is an easy way to design an essay structure using our library search engine, Find it at Lincoln. Using themed searches 5 or 6 times (depending on the length of your assignment) you can email relevant journal articles and save them on your student profile. These folders could become the main body of your assignment, with each folder representing a paragraph. Your introduction would simply be an explanation of what you are going to cover, whilst your conclusion is the summary of your reading.

Lexis Library is a fantastic database which covers UK national and regional newspapers and is available via Library.lincoln.ac.uk > resources > databases > L > Lexis Library.  The Library Service at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has kindly uploaded a short YouTube video on how to find newspapers and narrow the results to tailor to your research needs.  I would recommend Lexis Library to all students wishing to contextualise their research and ‘hook’ the reader into their assignment. Using newspapers makes the assignment current, interesting and shows a knowledge of wider issues.

PS. There is an option to watch the video full screen at the bottom right-hand corner below.

The University of Lincoln’s highly recommended Institutional Repository is our permanent deposit of research outputs which can be browsed or searched through this website or through searching the internet. Wherever possible, repository content is freely available for download and use according to our Copyright and Use Notice.  The Lincoln Business School holds some 885 articles (browse by University structure > College of Social Sciences > Lincoln Business School) whose impressive archive stretches back to 1989. Alternatively you can browse by year,  subject or creator (via an a-z of surnames).  For instance, Geeta Lakshmi currently has 7 articles with more in the pipeline, and Juliana Siwale has 8 articles in the Repository as members of the Business School.

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https://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/

Do you need 1-1 help with finding information such as company accounts, accessing scholarly articles or searching  journal databases?

Or would you like help with essay writing, presentation skills, referencing, exam preparation and revision techniques or advice on your dissertation research?

Why not come to our drop-in session held every Wednesday morning  from 9.30-11.30 on the ground floor of the Business & Law building, opposite Starbucks? No need to book an appointment. 

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Martin Osborne & Daren Mansfield

(Academic Subject Librarians for the Business School)