Mind Maps and literature searching for undergraduates Angela

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Mind. Maps and literature searching for undergraduates Angela Newton a. j. newton@leeds. ac. uk

Mind. Maps and literature searching for undergraduates Angela Newton a. j. [email protected] ac. uk Leeds University Library

Leeds University Library The lingo l Mind. Maps – l l “…the Swiss army

Leeds University Library The lingo l Mind. Maps – l l “…the Swiss army knife for the brain” (Buzan, 1993) Concept maps Brainstorming Radial thinking Knowledge map

Leeds University Library The students l l Second year Environment students writing a mini

Leeds University Library The students l l Second year Environment students writing a mini dissertation on a pre-defined topic Prior IL sessions at Level 1: – – l l l Introduction to using the Library Introduction to using Web of Science Short attention span! Keen on web resources! Not good at exploring unknown databases! “Many students skip over the planning stage of a search, and are poor at selecting the right sources and search terms. ” (Webber 2002)

Leeds University Library Topics l l l l Is the Montreal Protocol Working? Realities

Leeds University Library Topics l l l l Is the Montreal Protocol Working? Realities of land degradation in Africa Environmental influences on benthic macroinvertebrates Economic growth and environmental quality Linking Global Thinking with Local Action in the Food System Corporate social responsibility Attitudes to sustainability Environmental management and sustainability in the public sector

Leeds University Library Aims of the session l Engage students in planning & executing

Leeds University Library Aims of the session l Engage students in planning & executing a literature search – – l Thinking about keywords Talking to one another about their subject Trying some new search techniques (e. g. Boolean) Exploring new databases Give them inspiration and practical help for their assessment, a mini dissertation

Leeds University Library Solution l l Mind. Maps help to construct keywords prior to

Leeds University Library Solution l l Mind. Maps help to construct keywords prior to database searching Group work to combat boredom and create discussion Small room (22 workstations) to make the session more manageable x 3 practical tasks in 15 minute chunks

Leeds University Library Materials for the workshop l l l Power. Point slides Example

Leeds University Library Materials for the workshop l l l Power. Point slides Example of a complete Mind. Map on a generic topic (A 3) Mind. Map for each dissertation topic with some basic starting points (A 3) Worksheet with instructions for each task Referencing leaflet Post-its

Leeds University Library Advantages of using Mind. Maps in literature searching l l l

Leeds University Library Advantages of using Mind. Maps in literature searching l l l Easy to explain and easy to do No right or wrong answers Novelty No special equipment required Creates discussion Fosters creative thinking Must be done with paper and pen Easy to see what they know and where the gaps in their knowledge are Non-linear thinkers Colourful Dynamic

Leeds University Library Problems with the workshop l l l Non-visual thinkers may struggle

Leeds University Library Problems with the workshop l l l Non-visual thinkers may struggle with Mind. Maps Requires energy and enthusiasm (even at 9 am on a Friday morning!) Students need to turn up in groups Only one copy of the map per group Can require a lot of preparation

Leeds University Library I’m more confident about… I’m still not very confident about…

Leeds University Library I’m more confident about… I’m still not very confident about…

Leeds University Library Student feedback l l l (I feel) Much more confident however,

Leeds University Library Student feedback l l l (I feel) Much more confident however, didn't realise how unconfident I actually was. I feel fairly confident with all of the tasks in today's session and feel comfortable with using these research methods for my future work. Still not very confident in choosing a database.

Leeds University Library Old dog, new tricks l l l l Literature searching Problem

Leeds University Library Old dog, new tricks l l l l Literature searching Problem solving Making a visual representation of an organisational structure Report writing Minute taking Revision Creating presentations