GEOL 415 Fall 2012

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GEOL 415 Fall 2012

  1. 1. GEOL415/515:Utilizing sciencedatabasesLaksamee PutnamResearch & Instruction Librarianlputnam@towson.eduSlides:http://bit.ly/GEOLmoore2012
  2. 2. First… Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746. Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Albert S. Cook facebook profile! Slides: http://bit.ly/GEOLmoore2012
  3. 3. A quick plug…  The Cellist of Sarajevo, a novel by Steven Galloway, is the One Maryland One Book selection for 2012. A book club discussion is planned!  When: Wednesday October 10th from 12:30-1:30PM  Where: Cook Library Rm 507  What: This meeting will begin with Nicole Dombrowski Risser, Associate Professor in the Department of History providing background on The Cellist of Sarajevo, a poignant novel about the impact of music in modern warfare.
  4. 4. Agenda Discuss the TED video Create a RefWorks Account Break down your topic Search for articles
  5. 5. To start us off TED video –  Eli Praser- Beware Online Filter Bubbles http://xkcd.com/386/
  6. 6. RefWorks
  7. 7. Ideas Thinkup keywords for your topic Establish key concepts you want to find out more about
  8. 8. How to use keywords What kind of effects do urban farms have on the environment? effect* “urban farm” environment influence “urban agriculture” ecology evaluation city cultivation soil system prediction effect* OR influence OR evaluation OR prediction AND “urban farm” OR “urban agriculture” OR city cultivation AND environment OR ecology OR soil system
  9. 9. Subject Specific Databases  Which databases are you currently familiar with?  There are more  Your access will vary
  10. 10. Small groups of 3-4 Eachgroup choose a different database to analyze:  Scopus  Science Direct  GeoRef  Academic Search Premier  Cook OneSearch
  11. 11. Topic: Urban farms and theenvironment 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 Scopus Science Direct GeoRef Academic Search Premier Cook OneSearch
  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. Other places to search Google Scholar  Advanced search features  Can you access the full text?  Where is the information coming from?  Check the library Journal List USGS Website
  15. 15. Start Searching Startlooking for articles on your topic and putting them into RefWorks
  16. 16. Next… Groupsof 3-4 will schedule appointments to meet with me  Bring at least 3-4 articles you have found for your annotated bib  We will discuss how your search is going, what has worked for you, and what themes you see developing in your research.
  17. 17. Questions? Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746.

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