The aim of this page is to highlight online SETU Carlow Library resources that are useful if you are completing a dissertation/research project.
Highlighted resources include research methodology material such as relevant e-books / databases and tips for effectively managing your referencing workflow.
For guidelines on chapter layout etc please refer to your dissertation pack or consult with your supervisor.
Good Research Practice
þ Keep track of your information sources as you are using them. When searching online Library databases keep a record of relevant journal articles etc. Use the Download or Email facility available through these resources to record Citation/Referencing details or use a Reference Management tool such as EndNote.
þ Be organised when undertaking your research – develop a sustainable workflow
þ Seek clarification from your lecturer/tutor if you are unsure about assignment expectations
þ Practice good time management when completing your assignments – give yourself enough time to write your assignment properly and complete your referencing properly
There are a broad range of Research Methods e-books available through our dedicated e-book database E-Book Central
Some useful titles include the following:
Design Research Through Practice: From the Lab, Field and Showroom (2011) I. Koskinen
Design As Research: Positions, Arguments, Perspectives (2016) G. Joost
Architectural Research Methods (2013) L.N. Groat, D. Wang
Research Methods for Business Students (2019) M. Saunders
Design Methods and Practices for Research of Project Management (2015) B. Pasian, R. Turner
Understanding Business Research (2012) B. Weathington
Observing the User Experience: A Practitioners Guide to User Research (2003) M. Kuniavsky
Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective (2013) I.S. Mackenzie
It is recommended that you effectively manage your referencing workflow as you progress through your literature searching. It is advisable to save the referencing details of relevant material such as journal articles, case studies, books etc that you are consulting for your literature review. These bibliographic details will be required for your bibliography. To this end, it is useful to use a referencing management software tool which allows you to collate, organise and format your references. When searching Search and Find: Online Resources it is also possible to email a list of saved references through the Folder option.
Reference Management Tools can help you to easily organise, store and manage your citations. Choose the citation tool most applicable to your needs and easily cite as you write, with add-ons for MS Word and Google Docs. Endnote is the main reference management tool supported by SETU Carlow Libraries, with a licensing agreement in place. However, there are many free open source tools which you may find suitable for your research.
There are two versions of Endnote : Online and Desktop
EndNote Online (formerly called EndNote Web) allows you to access your EndNote library from any PC with an Internet connection, to create bibliographies in Word and to share your library with group members.
Creating an EndNote Online account
When you first access EndNote Online you MUST Register at https://www.myendnoteweb.com/. Once you have created your account you will be able to use EndNote from anywhere once you have a PC with Internet access.
Once an account has been set up it is possible to export references from the Search and Find: Online Resources search service to EndNote Online by the following method:
When a search of Search and Find: Online Resources is performed and records have been saved into the Saved Items folder using the icon these items can be exported to EndNote Online by opening the Saved Items folder and selecting the required references and then the Export option:
On the next screen selected the Direct Export to EndNote Online option:
and click on Save
NOTE: it is recommended that EndNote Online is opened before starting the export process – if EndNote Online has not been opened, the login screen will be shown before the export is completed.
Once finished EndNote Online will display a confirmation that the export has successfully completed:
Further help on using EndNote Online can be found at http://clarivate.libguides.com/endnote_training/endnote_online.