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  • cycle – News-> Articles-> BooksIf you state “The sky is blue” to a friend or in a paper, you are most likely not going to be questioned or asked to cite your source. It’s a statement understood by most people to be true. Most of us even have a vague understanding of why, which has to do with blue light waves having a shorter wave length so when it hits the atmosphere more of it is scattered and made visible. This information has made it into most basic science books since it’s discovery. If you were going to state anything opposing this statement you would require a credible source to back you up. For instance I just heard this podcast discussing why the sky isn’t blue. A podcast is not a standalone credible source, but it is attention grabbing and could lead me to potential resources, if I was writing about why the sky isn’t blue.Attention grabbing, short brief tidbits of information is how a lot of us now learn about new things right? Facebook, twitter, skimming headlines from your smart phone or tablet. Coming up with a topic to discuss can be chosen, but often times I find that as you get started looking your topic will narrow down. For this class, you all are choosing topics and focusing on the chemistry behind it. This interesting news article from Wired about Alternative Energy is more focused on business aspects. But it is a possible starting point. You’re here to learn a bit about where else you can go for high quality information after your interest has been sparked.
  • Use of FRET (fluorescence resonance energy transfer) in biological research
  • CHEM 401 Fall 2013

    1. 1. CHEM 401 – LIBRARY INSTRUCTION SESSION Laksamee Putnam Research & Instruction Librarian Slides:
    2. 2. FIRST…  Laksamee Putnam   Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email  Phone: 410.704.3746.  Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU  Albert S. Cook facebook profile!  Slides:
    3. 3. AGENDA  Article/Video Discussion  The Information Cycle  Evaluating Resources  Databases and how to use them  Find articles/books on your own  Citation Guides
    4. 4. IT’S OUT THERE, WHY NOT REUSE IT?  What does intellectual property mean to you? Is it an important idea, why or why not?  With so much information out there, is there such a thing as an original idea? Does that mean you have to credit every single person?  How does plagiarism affect academia/chemistry? Watson, M. (2013, March 4) Copyright – the right to copy? Lariushin’s monographs of plant families. Botanic Stories. Retrieved from
    5. 5. WIKIPEDIA WOES  What are you doing to find the most recent science news?  How do you evaluate the information you find while researching?  What are the pros and cons of traditional science publishing? Scicurious. (2013, March 18) Two ships passing in the night: Neuroscience and social media. The Scicurious Brain. Retrieved from ious-brain/2013/03/18/two-ships-passing- in-the-night-neuroscience-and-social- media/
    6. 6. BATTLING BAD SCIENCE  What does this video make you think about evaluating information?  Can you think of any examples of bad science? In ads? On Facebook? Goldacre, B. (2011) Battling bad science. n_goldacre_battling_bad_sci ence.html
    7. 7. THE INFORMATION CYCLE  Why is the sky blue?  What is the best alternative energy source? Image by roebedo
    8. 8. EVALUATE  Check for CRAP  Currency  Reliability  Authority  Purpose/Point of View  Examples  Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus  Autism and Vaccines
    9. 9. DATABASES  Find a list on the Course Gateway  Choose one to start but do not stop there!  Make it simple for the computer  Specific keywords  Try to think of different combinations  AND, OR, NOT
    10. 10. FIND A PARTNER!  Each group choose a different database to analyze:  ACS  Science Direct  Scopus  PubMed
    11. 11. TOPIC: NANOTECHNOLOGY  Which words seemed to find the best results? Synonyms?  Is there an advanced search?  Can you access full text?  What features of the database were useful? (time limit, peer reviewed option, citations etc.)  Problems?
    12. 12. PRESENT YOUR DATABASE  ACS  Science Direct  Scopus  PubMed
    13. 13. FEATURES TO REMEMBER  Use the database to find synonyms  Check the abstract  Limitation tools – Time frame, Information type  References Cited/Times Cited  Citation creation  Compose lists  Import to RefWorks  Interlibrary Loan - Illiad
    14. 14. CITATION GUIDES  CSE Style Guide from Cook Library  Diane Hacker website Young Boy (age 5) Contemplates What To Write/draw On A Piece Of Paper. [Photo]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest.
    15. 15. QUESTIONS?  Laksamee Putnam   Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email  Phone: 410.704.3746.  Please provide feedback on this session: 