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  • Slide 16 Now lets look specifically at the Databases that hold scholarly information Some of these databases are not freely available on the internet – such as CAB Abstracts, Agricola and Web of Science. The U of A libraries subscribe to these databases – this is why you must authenticate before you use them. Others such as the USDA forest Service Database is available on the web – this is where it becomes important to be able to spot good from bad on the internet.
  • Slide 27 Next we are going to search for news articles. There are a number of places in which you can find news articles. Again, these are databases that the University of Alberta Subscribes to.
  • Slide 35 Searching Websites – I am going to show you a useful website and a useful search engine that you can browse through later on.
  • Slide 38 Citing References As you all know, it is really important to cite your references. The university has recently subscribed to RefWorks – this is a citation manager that is web-based. Because it is web-based this means that you can access it anytime and anywhere there is internet available – it is not tied to a specific machine the way that procite and endnote are. Essentially what refworks does is it helps you to build a database of references and then when you go to write your paper if you use it to enter your citations into your paper as you write, by the time you are finished your paper, your refworks will have your bibliography built. All you have to do is tell it to create your bibliography.
  • Slide 39 To access refworks go to I am going to hold Intro to refworks sessions on – you are all welcome to come to the sessions. They last no longer that an hour and a half and when you are finished the session you will be able to use refworks to write your papers
  • Slide 40 No matter how you do you citations, it is really important to be consistent throughout your work. There are a number of styles. RefWorks supports most of the styles you may need to use. One style you may be interested in using is the style required by the Canadian Journal of Forest Research
  • Forec473-Wanda's Presentation

    1. 1. Forest Economics 473 Evaluating Information Sept. 20, 2011
    2. 2. Academic Publications <ul><li>Contain bibliographies and citations to indicate original source of information in the article </li></ul><ul><li>Can be published in electronic or paper journals </li></ul><ul><li>Often have a narrow content focus </li></ul>
    3. 3. Academic Publications <ul><li>Known as scholarly, academic, or peer-reviewed articles </li></ul><ul><li>Report of review current scholarly research findings </li></ul><ul><li>Peer reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>Target audience: University students, professionals and researchers in the field </li></ul>
    4. 4. Evaluating Academic Publications <ul><li>Cannot simply accept that all published research is QUALITY research </li></ul><ul><li>Yellow Handout: “Characteristics used to judge the quality of a published paper” </li></ul>
    5. 5. Evaluating Academic Publications <ul><li>Some basic things to consider: </li></ul><ul><li> Is there bias? </li></ul><ul><li> What is the publication date? </li></ul><ul><li> What is the reputation of the author? </li></ul><ul><li> Who does the author work for? </li></ul><ul><li> What is the reputation of journal or publisher? </li></ul>
    6. 6. As your expertise grows, you can also ask . . . <ul><li>Are the objectives and statement of the problem clear? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the language and structure of the paper clear? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the quantity, quality, and validity of the data acceptable? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the methodology clearly described and appropriate? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the conclusions and interpretations follow from the data presented? </li></ul>
    7. 11. Newspapers/Magazines <ul><li>Purpose is to entertain (as well as inform) </li></ul><ul><li>Target audience: general public (Gr.6) </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely cite information source (no bibliography) </li></ul><ul><li>Content controlled by editors / advertisers </li></ul><ul><li>Often have a well-recognized bias </li></ul>
    8. 12. Evaluating Newspapers / Magazines <ul><li>Variability of quality in terms of correctness of information. Ranges from very high to very low </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on date, author reputation, publisher reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Find primary sources or multiple verifications for “facts” included. </li></ul><ul><li>Use for public opinion, current trends, rapidly changing information (such as prices) rather than as source of research data </li></ul>
    9. 13. Websites <ul><li>Completely uncontrolled – created and mounted by anyone for any purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Huge variations in information quality and target audiences </li></ul><ul><li>May or may not cite information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Good information on web is often not free </li></ul>
    10. 14. Evaluating Websites <ul><li>VERY IMPORTANT TO CAREFULLY EVALUATE </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Cream Handout: Evaluating Web Resources Checklist </li></ul>
    11. 15. Part 2: Resources to Consider <ul><li>Good places to start: </li></ul><ul><li>Library Catalogue: Don’t forget about books! </li></ul><ul><li>Library home page subject links to Databases and Resource Guides </li></ul>
    12. 18. Databases-Scholarly <ul><li>CAB Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Agricola </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>USDA Forest Service Database (FS Database) </li></ul><ul><li>Scirus </li></ul>
    13. 27. Database-Canadian News <ul><li>Canadian Newsstand </li></ul><ul><li>– full text of major Can. newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>CBCA Full Text Reference </li></ul><ul><li>- full text of newspapers, magazines and journals </li></ul><ul><li>Canada Newswire </li></ul><ul><li>– full text of Can. Business news </li></ul><ul><li>CPI.Q </li></ul><ul><li>– full text of Globe and Mail; indexes Can. and Int’l periodicals </li></ul>
    14. 32. Websites <ul><li>Canadian forests-Forest Industries Directory Website: </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Resources Canada: </li></ul>
    15. 37. Citing References <ul><li>To help you with your references and bibliography, the University of Alberta has subscribed to RefWorks. </li></ul><ul><li>What is RefWorks? It is a web-based citation manager that helps you to build a database of references, organize your references and then use them in your papers. It will construct a bibliography based on the citations you have put in your paper </li></ul>
    16. 38. Citing References <ul><li>To access RefWorks, go to: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>You can access this service anytime, anywhere at no cost or fee. </li></ul>
    17. 39. Tips for Citing References <ul><li>Use any citation guide for assignment, but you must be consistent. </li></ul><ul><li>U of A Library Research Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry specific citation styles, d.g., Can J Forest Research </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    18. 45. Questions???? Wanda Quoika-Stanka [email_address] Ph. (780) 492-1448