Astronomy 2801: Term Report information sources

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October 8, 2009 research skills instruction session by Dan Sich, Astronomy Librarian at University of Western Ontario, for Astronomy 2801

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Astronomy 2801: Term Report information sources

  1. 1. Astronomy 2801 Term Report information sources Dan Sich, Physics & Astronomy Librarian Allyn and Betty Taylor Library
  2. 2. What you need and where to find it <ul><li>the names of the star (in a table) </li></ul><ul><li>astronomical star catalogs in which it is found (in a table) </li></ul><ul><li>its location, including the distance from Earth and the accuracy to which the distance is known </li></ul><ul><li>its apparent and absolute magnitudes </li></ul><ul><li>its spectral type and luminosity class </li></ul><ul><li>whether or not the star is variable – if so, provide details </li></ul><ul><li>whether or not the star is a member of a binary system – if so, provide details including its period, velocity curve, eccentricity, luminosity curve etc. </li></ul><ul><li>based on the above data, a brief “life history” of the star, summarizing the stages it has passed through and will pass through as it evolves, and the likely end product of its evolution </li></ul><ul><li>a discussion of some recent (from 2002 or later) astronomical research on your star and a reference to at least one paper from a principal astronomy journal </li></ul><ul><li>other features of interest </li></ul>
  3. 3. What have you tried?
  4. 4. Useful tools <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>SIMBAD </li></ul><ul><li>VizieR </li></ul><ul><li>articles in primary astronomy research journals </li></ul><ul><li>ADS </li></ul><ul><li>articles in semi-popular journals </li></ul>
  5. 5. Google & Wikipedia
  6. 6. SIMBAD <ul><li>star names </li></ul><ul><li>some astronomical star catalogues </li></ul><ul><li>coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>spectral type and luminosity class </li></ul><ul><li>whether or not the star is variable </li></ul><ul><li>links to articles </li></ul>
  7. 7. VizieR <ul><li>more astronomical star catalogues </li></ul><ul><li>coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>apparent magnitude </li></ul><ul><li>spectral type and luminosity class </li></ul>
  8. 8. Articles may contain <ul><li>distance & accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>absolute magnitude </li></ul><ul><li>spectral type and luminosity class </li></ul><ul><li>variable? (& details) </li></ul><ul><li>binary? (& details) </li></ul><ul><li>recent research </li></ul>
  9. 9. Primary astronomy research journals <ul><li>AJ </li></ul><ul><li>ApJ </li></ul><ul><li>A&A ( older issues here ) </li></ul><ul><li>MNRAS </li></ul>
  10. 10. Finding primary astronomy research journal articles using databases <ul><li>SIMBAD </li></ul><ul><li>ADS </li></ul><ul><li>Astronomy and Astrophysics Search </li></ul><ul><li>Astrophysics </li></ul>
  11. 11. Semi-popular journals <ul><li>Sky and Telescope </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific American </li></ul><ul><li>Physics Today </li></ul><ul><li>New Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Astronomy </li></ul>
  12. 12. Library Catalogue
  13. 13. Bibliography & avoiding plagiarism <ul><li>Use ApJ’s citation style </li></ul><ul><li>Use BibTeX and LaTeX if you like </li></ul>
  14. 14. Questions? <ul><li>Dan Sich </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Subject line: Astronomy 2801 </li></ul>

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