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  • Specifically for this week: Familiarize yourself with the Cook Library and know where to go for your Chemical Literature Exercise.Later on in the semester: Searching for information on the fish kill in Chesapeake BayIt’s more about learning critical information seeking skills, as you continue on in any career you will need to know how to sort thru and organize information. While you will become familiar with Cook Library specifically, there are a lot of general skills which you can expect to apply to any information search – in libraries everywhere, online anywhere etc. Information literacy is more than just being a “digital native” and while most of us today are comfortable sitting down in front of a computer and surfing the internet, online communities today are complex and collaborative.
  • Google? Wikipedia? Friends/Family? Teachers? Librarians?No matter where you start, the search for information isn’t linear. You might start with one question then figure out it’s too broad and there is too much information out there. You might start with something that is too narrow and you can’t seem to find anything about it. In any case, when you start your search you can do some things to prepare.
  • No matter where you start, the search for information isn’t linear. You might start with one question then figure out it’s too broad and there is too much information out there. You might start with something that is too narrow and you can’t seem to find anything about it. In any case, when you start your search you can do some things to prepare.
  • Gather, organize and narrow it down. Turning DATA into INFORMATIONDoes anyone remember those shopping shows, where someone had a cart and they could fill it with whatever they wanted? That’s how I imagine an initial search, it’s usually ends up being in the form of a list, but it’s a long list, filled with a TON of possibility. It isn’t all relevant, but it could come in handy. So, when starting your search it might be helpful for you to first identify various keywords, from broad topics, to synonyms. Then as you are searching you can test various combinations of these words to see which returns the best results.Once you do find one resource, you can use that as a jumping point to find related references. If it’s an item in the library, often times it is located on an entire shelf of items that are related to your topic. If it’s an online resource, you can often see links to other cited/related resources.Rather than diving straight into articles, it often helps to gain background knowledge. As with the assignment you’ll be working on today, searching through Tertiary Sources is a great place to get started. Primary = Data, research, peer reviewed Secondary, Tertiary = Review articles, encyclopedias
  • The “smart” one - Advanced search, Title Abbreviation, Look for a year that goes back far enough
  • The “hip” one
  • The “confused” one
  • While I do have a bias as a librarian, I recommend starting your search for class information from the Cook Library website. The library gives you access to a high concentration of trusted resources. The website will help you find where items are in the physical library and it will be a gateway to the online resources we subscribe to.The three reference books listed here can be found at the Circulation Desk in the library. Show on map.The subject gateway also lists some useful places to find information. Show Subject gateway. Show catalog entry – Call number location.
  • Keep in mind: Searching can be frustrating, the first few times you start a search, you often come back with nothing. These search tips are applicable in almost every online search, from Google, to Article databases. Keep them in mind as you try different combinations of your search. Usually once you find one good resource, it’s much easier to pick up the trail to more information.Capitalize AND/OR
  • Boolean searching and truncating are two of the most common search aids you’ll use as you become more efficient at information searching.
  • You can see these databases listed on the Chemistry Subject Gateway. Or you can find other databases by looking through the Research Databases list.
  • This may seem obvious, but it can be hard to distinguish what kind of information you are reading when you’ve pulled it from an online database. It could potentially be a book chapter, a research article, a review article, or an article from a popular magazine.
  • Chesapeake Bay AND pollutionBrook trout ORSalvelinusfontinalusFinding more subject/keywords as you search!
  • Marie Curie – The World of Chemistry

CHEM 111 sp11 CHEM 111 sp11 Presentation Transcript

    Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience
    • Cook Library 3rd floor Thursday, February 24 - Friday, April, 8, 2011
    • Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience is a traveling exhibition which examines the challenges faced by African-American baseball players as they sought equal opportunities in their sport beginning in the post-Civil War era.
  • Laksamee Putnam
    Research & Instruction Librarian
    CHEM 111 : Finding Scientific Information Using Cook Library
  • First…
    Laksamee Putnam
    Phone: 410.704.3746.
    Twitter: @LibrarianLaks
    Cook Library Reference:
    View slide
  • Take away…
    Search strategies and Search tips
    Finding books/articles in the Cook Library
    Evaluate the information
    Cite your sources
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  • Where do you start your search?
  • The Research Process
    Interpreting the
    Selecting a Topic
    Identifying & Listing Vocabulary
    Reading Background Information
    Refining a Topic
    Using Online Databases
    & Indexes
    Citing Sources
    Evaluating Sources
    Gathering Sources
    Drafting Paper or Presentation
    The Research Process
  • Finding Background Information
    Identify Keywords
    Broad topics to Synonyms
    Find related references
    Learn more about a topic
    Reference Books
    Merck Index
    The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (CRC)
    Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry
    Subject Gateway
  • The Merck Index
    10,200 monographs (aka short, compact snippets) of significant chemicals, drugs and biological substances
    See “Explanatory notes” for break down of information content
    You can look up the journal abbreviations for the literature references in NLM LocatorPlus
    Use the Formula Index and Name Index in the back to help find the monograph number for what you want
  • The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (CRC)
    Broad coverage of common physical science data
    Goes into more history and information about elements
    16 sections
    Check index : Section – page number
  • Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry
    Factual information for general chemistry information needs
    4 Sections
    Check Table of Contents for each section and Index in the back
    The “page” numbers are confusing, look carefully
  • Library Homepage
    Main website
    Off campus login
    Journal List
    Need help/Ask a Librarian
    Course Gateway
    Research -> Subject Gateways -> Select a Subject (Chemistry)
  • Search Tips
    Understand and use Boolean search connectors
    Chesapeake Bay AND pollution
    Combining more than one topic
    Brook trout ORSalvelinusfontinalus
    Combining synonymous terms
  • Search Tips
    Be careful where you put the truncation symbol!
  • Search Tips
    What is a peer reviewed article?
    Reviewed by scientific experts in the field
    Provides more credibility
    Image taken from The Publication Cycle and Scientific Research tutorial
  • Searching for Scholarly Articles
    Most efficient way: Cook Library Databases
    American Chemical Society Online Journals
    Science Citation Index
    Science Direct
    Medline (Ebsco)
  • Scholarly Articles
    Popular Articles
    Multiple authors
    Authors affiliated with a university
    Numerous references
    An abstract
    At least several pages in length
    Single author with no credentials
    No citations
    Non-technical language
    Lots of pictures
    Short length
    Search Tips
    Check out this video help guide for more info!
  • Demos
    Demo Catalog Search
    Catalog and TU Worldcat
    See if item is available – Find it
    Request vsInterLibrary Loan
    Demo Web of Science
    Refine Results
    See if item is available – Find it
    Cited By and References
  • Evaluation
    Authority/Authorship – Determine who is responsible for the information. What are his/her credentials?
    Currency – Is the information current and up-to-date? Is there a publication date?
    Objectivity – Is there any bias? What is the purpose of the web page (to inform or to persuade)?
    Scope – Are sources cited? Is the subject covered in depth?
    Usability – Is the site easy to navigate? Are spelling and grammar correct?
  • Evaluation
    Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
    RYT Hospital
  • Why is it important to cite your sources?
    Allows your readers to verify and identify where the information and ideas in your paper originated
    Gives credit to the owners of the ideas (not plagiarizing)
    Get credit for your own ideas
    Required for assignment
  • Citation Guide
    Cook Library Website
    Quick Tools
    Citing Sources
  • Remember
    Search strategies and Search tips
    Finding books/articles in the Cook Library
    Evaluate the information
    Cite your sources
  • Questions??
    Feel free to contact me:
    Laksamee Putnam
    Twitter: @LibrarianLaks
    Or any reference librarian:
    Visit Cook Library Reference Desk
    IM – tucookchat