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Fall 2010 Physics 4999 library session at UWO

Fall 2010 Physics 4999 library session at UWO

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    Physics 4999: Literature searching: tricks & tools Physics 4999: Literature searching: tricks & tools Presentation Transcript

    • Physics 4999: Literature searching: tricks & tools Dan Sich Physics Librarian Oct 21, 2010
    • What do you need?
    • You need… • to do a comprehensive overview • 1 or 2 review articles • articles other than review articles • to cite your sources to avoid plagiarism
    • You want to use… • more than just 1 or 2 review articles • articles referenced by review articles • scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles Why?
    • How will you find articles?
    • How to find articles • peer-reviewed journal articles, • conference proceedings, • review articles, …are indexed in databases: – Google Scholar – arXiv – ADS – Web of Science
    • Physics 4999 page
    • arXiv.org • physics pre-print server • try atmospheric wave • try “atmospheric wave” • What’s the difference? • Can you get full text? • Have they been submitted, accepted, published?
    • ADS • astronomy & astrophysics • try “long period” AND “atmospheric waves” • Title of journal? • Full text? • Citations to article?
    • Web of Science • Science Citation Index • try “long period” AND “atmospheric wave*” • What’s the most highly cited article? • How many references does this article have? • How can you find other articles that reference some of the same articles? • How can you keep track of new citations to a particular article?
    • Other databases • Google Scholar (very general) • Scopus (like Web of Science) • PubMed (medicine) • MathSciNet (math) • Inspec (ECE, info tech, physics?) • Compendex (engineering)
    • Off-Campus Access • article databases • eJournals
    • How to get articles 1. Get it @ Western 2. the library catalogue (journal title search) 3. free on the web? 4. Interlibrary Loan (RACER)
    • Interlibrary Loan (RACER) • Journal issue not in library catalogue? • Free photocopies of articles, loan of books • Averages 4-10 business days • Need to create a RACER account • Three ways to create request: – Link from Get it @ Western (quickest) – Search RACER by “journal title” – Use Blank Request Form (slowest)
    • Why cite sources?
    • Cite sources to… • avoid plagiarism • give credit • back up your claims • help other researchers
    • True or False? • If I paraphrase an original piece of work, I do not need to cite the original author. • It is plagiarism if I purchase a paper from a paper mill, website or other source and submit it as my own. • The University of Western Ontario considers plagiarism to be a scholastic offense. • If an article cites another article, it’s safe to cite that 2nd article without reading it.
    • Avoiding plagiarism • Keep track of your sources • Don’t look at articles while writing • Use a consistent citation style • UWO plagiarism tutorial • SJSU plagiarism tutorial • Turnitin
    • Citing sources • Citation Style Guides – copy examples – be consistent – bibliography? endnotes? footnotes? • Try RefWorks & Write-N-Cite • …or BibTeX & LaTeX
    • Review • arXiv • ADS • Web of Science • off-campus access • Get it @ Western • Interlibrary Loan (RACER) • citing sources, plagiarism, RefWorks
    • Feedback • On a piece of paper, briefly describe the one thing that you’re still confused by • It doesn’t have to be something I covered in the session
    • contact info Dan Sich, Physics & Astronomy Librarian email: dsich2@uwo.ca Subject: Physics 4999