Physics 4999: Research Skills Workshop


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Physics 4999 Research Skills Workshop taught by University of Western Ontario Physics Librarian Dan Sich, October 23, 2009

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Physics 4999: Research Skills Workshop

  1. 1. Physics 4999: Research Skills Workshop Dan Sich Physics Librarian Oct 23, 2009
  2. 2. What do you need?
  3. 3. You need… <ul><li>to do a comprehensive overview </li></ul><ul><li>1 or 2 review articles </li></ul><ul><li>articles other than review articles </li></ul><ul><li>to cite your sources and avoid plagiarism </li></ul>
  4. 4. You want to use… <ul><li>more than just 1 or 2 review articles </li></ul><ul><li>articles referenced by review articles </li></ul><ul><li>scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles </li></ul>Why?
  5. 5. How will you find articles?
  6. 6. How to find articles (3) <ul><li>peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings and review articles are indexed in the databases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>arXiv </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ADS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspec </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Physics 4999 page
  8. 8. <ul><li>physics pre-print server </li></ul><ul><li>try atmospheric wave </li></ul><ul><li>try “atmospheric wave” </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the difference? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you get full text? </li></ul><ul><li>Have they been submitted, accepted, published? </li></ul>
  9. 9. ADS <ul><li>astronomy & astrophysics </li></ul><ul><li>try “long period” AND “atmospheric waves” </li></ul><ul><li>Title of journal? </li></ul><ul><li>Full text? </li></ul><ul><li>Citations to article? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Inspec <ul><li>physics; information technology; electrical, electronic and computer engineering </li></ul><ul><li>try “long period” AND “atmospheric waves” </li></ul><ul><li>Have the results been published? </li></ul><ul><li>Does Western have a copy? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, how would you get a copy? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Web of Science <ul><li>Science Citation Index </li></ul><ul><li>try “long period” AND “atmospheric wave*” </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the most highly cited article? </li></ul><ul><li>How many references does this article have? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you find other articles that reference some of the same articles? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you keep track of new citations to a particular article? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Other databases <ul><li>Scopus (citations) </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed (medicine) </li></ul><ul><li>MathSciNet (math) </li></ul><ul><li>Compendex (engineering) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Off-Campus Access <ul><li>article databases </li></ul><ul><li>eJournals </li></ul>
  14. 14. How to get articles <ul><li>Get it @ Western </li></ul><ul><li>the library catalogue (journal title search) </li></ul><ul><li>free on the web? </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan (RACER) </li></ul>
  15. 15. 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>
  16. 16. Why cite sources?
  17. 17. Cite sources to… <ul><li>avoid plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>give credit </li></ul><ul><li>back up your claims </li></ul><ul><li>help other researchers </li></ul>
  18. 18. True or False? <ul><li>If I paraphrase an original piece of work, I do not need to cite the original author. </li></ul><ul><li>It is plagiarism if I purchase a paper from a paper mill, website or other source and submit it as my own. </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Western Ontario considers plagiarism to be a scholastic offense. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Avoiding plagiarism <ul><li>UWO plagiarism tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>SJSU plagiarism tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>turnitin </li></ul>
  20. 20. Citing sources <ul><li>citation style? </li></ul><ul><li>find examples </li></ul><ul><li>bibliography + endnotes/footnotes? </li></ul><ul><li>find and cite the articles referenced by the review articles </li></ul>
  21. 21. Review <ul><li>arXiv (free) </li></ul><ul><li>ADS (free) </li></ul><ul><li>Inspec (library pays) </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science (library pays) </li></ul><ul><li>off-campus access </li></ul><ul><li>Get it @ Western </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan (RACER) </li></ul><ul><li>citing sources & plagiarism </li></ul>
  22. 22. 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>
  23. 23. contact info <ul><li>Dan Sich, Physics & Astronomy Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>email: </li></ul><ul><li>Subject: Physics 4999 </li></ul>