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Sixth Form Study Centre Area
Welcome the Sixth Form Study Centre Homepage
The Study Centre has an area solely dedicated for sixth form use. Here you can find a variety of resources including books, DVDs, and articles to help you with your studies.
Why do you need to be an effective researcher?
If you learn how to independently locate, retrieve and evaluate information, you will equip yourself with the research skills required to do well in your studies.
Good research skills are essential if you want to succeed in the sixth form and in higher education. Research done by universities into which students are more likely to succeed overwhelmingly concludes that students with good research skills are more likely to do well. There is high university drop-out rate of students with poor research skills.
Research and information literacy
Research means `finding out’ about any given topic. To be an effective researcher you need to be able to get information from as wide a variety of appropriate sources as possible for a given task. (What source is appropriate varies according to the task or subject). You then need to be able to evaluate that information for its authority, objectiveness, relevance and currency. This skill is known as information literacy.
Typical sources of information
These include :-
- Books - class room text books and library reference books
- Official publications and reports
- TV and radio broadcasts
- Newspapers - print versions and on-line
- Statistics and data
- Dissertations and theses
- Exemplar scripts
- Lesson notes
- Magazines and journals
- Communications and social media - e.g. phone calls, e-mails, texts, blogs, facebook, twitter, wikis etc
Where to find information in the Study Centre
There is a dedicated sixth form area within the Study Centre, which has a seating area as well as useful resources for many subjects.
You can independently research the Study Centre resources by using the library software, Eclipse.net. http://eclipse.bgs.cyp.sgccyp.ict/. The resources on Eclipse can be searched from any computer in school, and contains lists of all books, articles, DVDs and many useful websites. Lots of these resources have been tagged with key words which relate to sixth form courses of study. For example, if you type in 6th form history unit 1 (and select Keywords and Exact Phrase) into the search box, a list of resources relating to the Russia Unit will be listed. You will note from the screen shot below, Eclipse searching also gives useful summaries of any resources.
Study Centre Subscriptions
We subscribe to many magazines which relate either directly to a particular course of study and its detailed specification, or which support wider reading around the subject. Wider reading has been identified as a way to get higher grades, so students with ambitions to gain University places should definitely be reading around their subject – and magazines are a good way to start.
Our current magazine list (2014) includes the following:-
- Biological Sciences Review
- Business Review
- Empire Magazine (Film Studies)
- History Review
- Geography Review
- Geographical Magazine
- National Geographic
- Psychology Review
- RS Review
- Sight and Sound (Film Studies)
- Wired (ICT)
We have extensive collections of articles (from magazines, the internet and official reports) for the following subjects. The articles relate directly to course specifications.
- Business and Economics
- Film Studies
- Environmental Studies
- English Literature
Some of the articles are available for a 3 day loan, others are reference only for use in the study centre.
We subscribe to The Day online newspaper. Although it is relevant to lower school as well, it has many higher level reports on current issues. There are useful articles http://www.theday.co.uk/
(Username: brimsham Log On: theday).
Many of the articles are tagged and saved on Eclipse.
Where to find information outside of Brimsham Green School
Libraries West is the name given to a whole network of libraries in the South West of the UK, and our local branch is Yate Library. The library network stocks many thousands of resources, many of which may be relevant to your studies. The library stock can be searched using the following link, or of course, you can go into Yate library and speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help you.
Libraries West link: http://www.librarieswest.org.uk/
There may be a small charge if a book needs to be called in from another library, but it is cheaper than buying the title. There is also an extensive e-book lending service available.
You will need to use your Active Card when borrowing resources.
The University of the West Of England encourages students to use their resources, both on-line and printed, at their various campuses. A visit to the campuses is recommended for students who are doing in-depth research projects or EPQs. It may be worth going with some class mates and remember – if in doubt, ask one of the librarians there for help!
Join the UWE Library link:-http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/visitingthelibrary/notbasedatuwe/jointhelibrary.aspx
You will need to take your Active Card with you.
Be completely sure of what your research brief is, i.e., of what you are trying to find out. You must try and stay within this brief and not get distracted. You must also be aware of how long you have to do the project and plan your time and research accordingly.
Things to remember
1. Referencing whilst note-taking.
When you find a source of information (e.g. a book or website) which you think will be useful, write its reference down before you take notes from it. It is very easy to forget where information came from and can lead to plagiarism. Plagiarism means using other people’s work and passing it off as your own. Even if you do this in error (because you never wrote down a reference and couldn’t remember where you got the information from) this is still regarded as plagiarism. It is viewed harshly and any essays submitted for coursework which have plagiarised work within them will be disqualified.
Examples of how to reference:-
Book: Author, date first published, title of book, location of publisher, publisher e.g. Hooper, M. (2009). Megan. London, Bloomsbury.
If quoting from a book, make a note of what page you are quoting from.
Website: Slight variations depending on what you are accessing on the web, but Include the author, date published, title of website, date viewed, full website location. e.g. Davies, L. 19th September 2012. Police Shootings suspect Dale Cregan Released on Bail. The Guardian Online.
2. Evaluate your information
Throughout the researching process, remember the most important thing is to evaluate what you are looking at. Ask yourself the following questions on a frequent basis:-
- Does this fit in with my research brief?
- Is the source authoritative and reliable?
- Do I have a range of sources to reflect different points of view?
- Is the information current and up to date?
Suggested Further Reading:-
- The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cotterell (3rd Edition). 1999. Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan. Copy available in study centre.
This is the information literacy website developed by the library of UWE. Although aimed at undergraduates, you will find the following sections easily accessible and useful:-
- Types of Information
- Evaluating information
- Finding information on the internet.
Harvard Referencing – Quick Guide link to access Staffordshire University’s excellent guide on how to reference using the Harvard System. (Paper copies of the full Harvard System are available in the study centre reference area. Please ask Ms Harrison if you need any guidance on how to reference.