Physics 4999:
Literature searching: tricks & tools
             Dan Sich
          Physics Librarian
            Oct 21, 2...
What do you need?
You need…
•   to do a comprehensive overview
•   1 or 2 review articles
•   articles other than review articles
•   to cit...
You want to use…
• more than just 1 or 2 review articles
• articles referenced by review articles
• scholarly, peer-review...
How will you find articles?
How to find articles
• peer-reviewed journal articles,
• conference proceedings,
• review articles,
  …are indexed in data...
Physics 4999 page
arXiv.org
•   physics pre-print server
•   try atmospheric wave
•   try “atmospheric wave”
•   What’s the difference?
•   ...
ADS
•   astronomy & astrophysics
•   try “long period” AND “atmospheric waves”
•   Title of journal?
•   Full text?
•   Ci...
Web of Science
• Science Citation Index
• try “long period” AND “atmospheric wave*”
• What’s the most highly cited article...
Other databases
•   Google Scholar (very general)
•   Scopus (like Web of Science)
•   PubMed (medicine)
•   MathSciNet (m...
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.   Int...
Interlibrary Loan (RACER)
•   Journal issue not in library catalogue?
•   Free photocopies of articles, loan of books
•   ...
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 plagiaris...
Avoiding plagiarism
•   Keep track of your sources
•   Don’t look at articles while writing
•   Use a consistent citation ...
Citing sources
• Citation Style Guides
  – copy examples
  – be consistent
  – bibliography? endnotes? footnotes?
• Try Re...
Review
•   arXiv
•   ADS
•   Web of Science
•   off-campus access
•   Get it @ Western
•   Interlibrary Loan (RACER)
•   c...
Feedback
• On a piece of paper, briefly describe the
  one thing that you’re still confused by
• It doesn’t have to be som...
contact info
Dan Sich, Physics & Astronomy Librarian
email: dsich2@uwo.ca
Subject: Physics 4999
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Physics 4999: Literature searching: tricks & tools

  1. 1. Physics 4999: Literature searching: tricks & tools Dan Sich Physics Librarian Oct 21, 2010
  2. 2. What do you need?
  3. 3. You need… • to do a comprehensive overview • 1 or 2 review articles • articles other than review articles • to cite your sources to avoid plagiarism
  4. 4. You want to use… • more than just 1 or 2 review articles • articles referenced by review articles • scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles Why?
  5. 5. How will you find articles?
  6. 6. How to find articles • peer-reviewed journal articles, • conference proceedings, • review articles, …are indexed in databases: – Google Scholar – arXiv – ADS – Web of Science
  7. 7. Physics 4999 page
  8. 8. 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?
  9. 9. ADS • astronomy & astrophysics • try “long period” AND “atmospheric waves” • Title of journal? • Full text? • Citations to article?
  10. 10. 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?
  11. 11. Other databases • Google Scholar (very general) • Scopus (like Web of Science) • PubMed (medicine) • MathSciNet (math) • Inspec (ECE, info tech, physics?) • Compendex (engineering)
  12. 12. Off-Campus Access • article databases • eJournals
  13. 13. How to get articles 1. Get it @ Western 2. the library catalogue (journal title search) 3. free on the web? 4. Interlibrary Loan (RACER)
  14. 14. 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)
  15. 15. Why cite sources?
  16. 16. Cite sources to… • avoid plagiarism • give credit • back up your claims • help other researchers
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Citing sources • Citation Style Guides – copy examples – be consistent – bibliography? endnotes? footnotes? • Try RefWorks & Write-N-Cite • …or BibTeX & LaTeX
  20. 20. Review • arXiv • ADS • Web of Science • off-campus access • Get it @ Western • Interlibrary Loan (RACER) • citing sources, plagiarism, RefWorks
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. contact info Dan Sich, Physics & Astronomy Librarian email: dsich2@uwo.ca Subject: Physics 4999

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