http://www.flickr.com/photos/theseanster93/1152356149/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Research & Instruction Librarian CHEM 111 : Finding Scientific Information Using Cook Library
Take away… Search strategies and Search tips Finding books/articles in the Cook Library Evaluate the information Cite your sources http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_weird_or_just_different.html View slide
Where do you start your search? http://www.polleverywhere.com/free_text_polls/LTg3NjcyNDg5Mg
The Research Process Interpreting the Assignment 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 Where? 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 Catalogs 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 Truncation Technolog* Technolog-y Technolog-ist Technolog-ical Technolog-ically 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) SciFinder
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 Examples 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 http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/09/12/copy-cat/