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Information retrieval and use

What kind of source?

Is your information source a book, book chapter, academic article or what? Test your knowledge!

The link below opens a game, which you can play to find out how well you know the different reference types. LUT group uses the Harvard referencing style. This game shows you what Harvard and a couple of other styles look like.

Accessing the source material

According to research, one of the biggest information searching problems is getting the full text of an article, a book or some other publication. You may find an interesting reference but the full text is perhaps only in printed form and not in your own library or the possible electronic version is behind a paywall. This is frustrating but there are some solutions to this problem.

  1. You can limit your search to documents which are available in full text ( e.g. "my subscription" or "open access") to your university's students and staff. When you do that it is possible that you loose some valuable documents but sometimes it is worth doing.
  2. Many researchers share their texts in parallel publishing platforms. These texts contain the same information as the one in the journal but the layout may be different. These alternative access services can be reached according to the guide on the FinELib website.
  3. Google Scholar search finds, among other publications, scientific open access publications. If there is no link to the full text, you can try to click other links to the same publication. You may also contact the author/s and ask for the full text.