Geology Geophysics 9580 9680 Library Workshop


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Geology/Geophysics 9580/9680 Library Workshop, October 7 2009, by Dan Sich, Earth Sciences, Planetary Science and Physics & Astronomy Librarian, University of Western Ontario

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Geology Geophysics 9580 9680 Library Workshop

  1. 1. Geology/Geophysics 9580/9680: The Library Workshop Dan Sich Earth Sciences Librarian October 7 th , 2009
  2. 2. I want you to be able to… <ul><li>find articles using GeoRef and SciFinder </li></ul><ul><li>find references & highly-cited articles using Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>get article full text using “Get it @ Western,” the library catalogue and Interlibrary Loan </li></ul><ul><li>create a bibliography using RefWorks </li></ul>
  3. 3. Course page
  4. 4. RefWorks <ul><li>Set up an account </li></ul><ul><li>Use it with databases </li></ul><ul><li>Why bother? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Library Catalogue <ul><li>everything we own </li></ul><ul><li>books, journals (not articles), etc. </li></ul><ul><li>books: introductions, basic info, data, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>search by keyword, title, author, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>try: United States Geological Society, Geological Society of America </li></ul><ul><li>try: glacial drift </li></ul><ul><li>location, call number, status, request, subject headings </li></ul>
  6. 6. Scholarly / peer-review journal articles?
  7. 7. Scholarly vs. Popular Publications <ul><li>availability </li></ul><ul><li>audience </li></ul><ul><li>aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>authors </li></ul><ul><li>topics </li></ul><ul><li>length </li></ul><ul><li>language </li></ul><ul><li>advertizing </li></ul><ul><li>sources, credits </li></ul>
  8. 8. Peer-review process <ul><li>author writes paper, sends to publisher </li></ul><ul><li>publisher sends to referees (experts) </li></ul><ul><li>referees send feedback to publisher </li></ul><ul><li>publisher sends feedback to author </li></ul><ul><li>author decides whether or not to revise article and send back to publisher </li></ul><ul><li>publisher decides whether or not to publish </li></ul>
  9. 9. Finding journal articles?
  10. 10. Article databases <ul><li>Find peer-reviewed (scholarly) journal articles, conference articles, and review articles using journal article databases </li></ul><ul><li>GeoRef (geology) </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science (references) </li></ul><ul><li>SciFinder (chemistry) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Off-Campus Access <ul><li>article databases </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks, eJournals </li></ul>
  12. 12. GeoRef <ul><li>GeoSciences, 1785-present </li></ul><ul><li>Try meteor* AND compos* AND canad* </li></ul><ul><li>“ Peer-Reviewed Journals” tab </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptors </li></ul><ul><li>Get it @ Western </li></ul><ul><li>“ Palaeolimnological evidence…” eJournal </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Earth’s lower mantle…” ILL </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks download </li></ul>
  13. 13. Search tips <ul><li>identify concepts, keywords, synonyms </li></ul><ul><li>use AND, OR, NOT, * (truncation) </li></ul><ul><li>review & revise searches </li></ul><ul><li>use Search History </li></ul><ul><li>limit date range, document type(s), etc. </li></ul><ul><li>skim abstracts </li></ul>
  14. 14. Your turn <ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul>
  15. 15. Web of Science <ul><li>Science Citation Index </li></ul><ul><li>meteor* AND compos* AND canad* </li></ul><ul><li>Refine Results: Subject Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Citations? </li></ul><ul><li>Times cited? Create citation report </li></ul><ul><li>Select records, save to Plain Text, Import into RefWorks </li></ul>
  16. 16. Your turn <ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul>
  17. 17. SciFinder <ul><li>Chemical Abstracts Service </li></ul><ul><li>Account set-up </li></ul><ul><li>Search by Research Topic </li></ul><ul><li>mineralogy of martial soils </li></ul><ul><li>Analyse (by Journal), Refine (add “life”) </li></ul><ul><li>Get Cited, Get Citing </li></ul><ul><li>Get Full Text, tricks in catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks…? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Your turn <ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul>
  19. 19. Notes on SciFinder <ul><li>Sign Out when finished </li></ul><ul><li>We only have 8 ‘seats’ </li></ul><ul><li>Today you’re using training seats </li></ul>
  20. 20. No fulltext? <ul><li>Search the catalogue by Journal Title, or Keyword </li></ul><ul><li>Check the web (it may be free) </li></ul><ul><li>Order it through Interlibrary Loan (RACER) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Interlibrary Loan (RACER) <ul><li>Journal issue not in library catalogue? </li></ul><ul><li>Free photocopies of articles, loan of books </li></ul><ul><li>Averages 4-10 business days </li></ul><ul><li>Need to create a RACER account </li></ul><ul><li>Three ways to create request: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Link from Get it @ Western (quickest) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search RACER by “journal title” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Blank Request Form (slowest) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. RefWorks <ul><li>web app for citation management </li></ul><ul><li>automatically formats notes (?), bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Citation style? E.g., AGU, Earth and Planetary Science Letters </li></ul><ul><li>use the Write-N-Cite plugin for Word (demo only) </li></ul>
  23. 23. Feedback <ul><li>On a piece of paper, briefly describe the one thing that you’re still confused by </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t have to be something I covered in the session </li></ul>
  24. 24. contact info <ul><li>Dan Sich, Earth Sciences Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>phone: 80962 </li></ul><ul><li>email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Subject: Geology/Geophysics 9580/9680 </li></ul>