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University of Western Ontario Librarian Dan Sich\'s presentation for Planetary Geology field research students

University of Western Ontario Librarian Dan Sich\'s presentation for Planetary Geology field research students

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  • 1. Library Help for Planetary Geology Dan Sich Librarian for Earth Sciences, Planetary Science, Physics & Astronomy, Electrical & Computer Engineering June 26, 2008
  • 2. Contents
    • Finding articles
    • Citation indexes – Web of Science
    • Getting articles – Full Text, print
    • Interlibrary Loan – RACER
    • Another article database – GeoRef
    • Another citation index – Scopus
    • Your bibliography – RefWorks
    • Off-Campus Access
  • 3. Finding articles
    • What have you got to start with?
    • An article with a bibliography?
    • A list of citations/references?
    • A rough topic?
    • Some key words?
  • 4. Citation Indexes
    • Find articles, articles’ bibliographies, and articles that cite your chosen article(s)
    • E.g., Web of Science – includes Science Citation Index, 1965-present
    • Databases by Title > W > Web of Science
    • Search by key words or by article Title, Author, Publication (journal) Name, Year Published, etc.
  • 5. Cit ed References
    • (Cit ed ) References = Bibliography
    • Find articles cited by your article
    • Look ‘backwards in time’
  • 6. Cit ing References
    • Times Cited = Cit ing References
    • Find articles that cite your article
    • Look ‘forward in time’
  • 7. Getting articles
    • Identify interesting articles
    • Click purple Get it @ Western buttons
    • Can you link to Full Text?
    • Holdings Information (check Library Catalogue)?
    • Interlibrary Loans (request via RACER)
  • 8. Library Catalogue
    • Inventory of all print & online journals owned by UWO Library
    • Do we have the volume & issue you need?
    • Do we have it online or in print?
    • Which library is it in?
    • What is the location (section) & call number?
  • 9. Interlibrary Loan (RACER)
    • Order a photocopy from another library
    • How much time do you have?
    • Need to create an account
    • $5 per article
  • 10. Getting theses
    • For UWO theses, search the Library Catalogue by author name
    • For non-UWO theses, try:
      • Searching ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (Full Text available online) – under Databases by Title
      • Searching the library at the university at which the thesis was written
      • Contacting the author
      • Borrowing through Interlibrary Loan
      • Ordering through UMI Dissertation Express ($41)
  • 11. Finding more
    • Identify interesting articles (using Web of Science and/or your article’s bibliography)
    • Skim their abstracts, identifying key words & vocabulary used by authors of articles
    • Search by these key words (in Topic), using “quotes for phrases” and truncat* (truncation, truncating), AND, OR, NOT
    • Use more than one database (because coverage varies)
  • 12. Another article database
    • GeoRef - American Geological Society (1785-present)
    • Databases by Title > G > GeoRef
    • Can also search GeoRef In Process at the same time
    • Search results tabs - sorted by type
    • Doesn’t have Cited Reference Searching
    • Does have Descriptors - use them to increase the relevance of your results
  • 13. Database focus & journal coverage
    • GeoRef has a focus on geology, and covers the geological literature more in-depth than does either Web of Science or Scopus
    • You may find articles from journals that are not geology-specific (e.g., Chemistry Letters )
    • Not all journals will be indexed cover-to-cover (e.g., chemistry journals)
  • 14. Another citation index
    • Scopus (1960/1966-present)
    • Has Physical Sciences component which contains Earth and Planetary Sciences
    • Databases by Title > S > SCOPUS
    • Off-Campus Access is temporarily unavailable
    • View references (aka Cit ed References)
    • Cited by (aka Cit ing References)
    • Refine Results – Subject Area, Document Type, Year, Author Name, Source Title, etc.
  • 15. RefWorks
    • Useful web application for building & formatting your bibliography
    • Create an account – use your @uwo.ca email address
    • Group code = RWUWestOnt
    • Add references:
      • Export directly from GeoRef or Scopus (easy)
      • Import from Web of Science (tricky)
        • Save as Plain Text (in Web of Science, then in RefWorks…)
        • Import Filter = ISI
        • Database = Web of Science
        • Encoding = ANSI – Latin I
    • Export/Import help for more databases is here
    • Check the quality of what you’ve imported
    • Create your Bibliography
      • Access Style > Output Style Manager > Earth and Planetary Science Letters > Add to Favorites
    • Create endnotes/footnotes using Write-N-Cite MS Word plug-in
  • 16. Off-Campus Access
    • You can access Web of Science, GeoRef, eJournals, etc. from off-campus
    • You _should normally_ be able to access Scopus from off-campus as well
    • Click Off-Campus Access and login before you try to use databases or eJournals
  • 17. Questions?
    • Dan Sich
    • eMail & MSN chat: dsich2@uwo.ca
    • Skype: dansich
    • Phone: 519.661.2111 x80962