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Science and Nature and Cited Reference Searching


Use Evans Library resources to find articles from Science and Nature, and analyze cited references using Science Citation Index.

Use Evans Library resources to find articles from Science and Nature, and analyze cited references using Science Citation Index.

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  • 1. OCN 1010 Special Assignments: Library Resources
  • 2. Assignment #1: Find peer-reviewed articles from Science or Nature. Since you already know the journal title, use A-Z Journals.
  • 3. Science!
  • 4. Check dates and choose a source. Our Science Magazine database access is from 1997 – present.
  • 5. stock.xchng You can browse the current issue, or perform an Advanced search to fine-tune results easily.
  • 6. Limit to the Science journal, enter your keyword/s, and scroll down…
  • 7. Searching Articles Only and choosing Original Research limits results to peer-reviewed research articles.
  • 8. One result – you might need to revise keywords to expand your search. This article is just fine…
  • 9. Citation information – check formatting requirements. Save the PDF! References are usually on the last page.
  • 10. Nature!
  • 11. Check dates and choose a source. The Nature Journal Archive database covers 2006 to the present.
  • 12. stock.xchng Browse issues or enter a keyword for a more specific search.
  • 13. Remember Evans Library holdings are from 2006 to the present. Select Research and limit by Publication Date for full-text access. Click the title to view the PDF and citation information.
  • 14. Receipt and acceptance dates are a clue to peer- review. Download the PDF.
  • 15. This database offers a couple of PDF viewing options. readcube gives extra information at a glance.
  • 16. Citation information – check formatting requirements.
  • 17. stock.xchng Assignment #1: Make sure your article is peer-reviewed. Title - very detailed, usually a summary of the article's contents, most likely contains technical terms Authors - include credentials (university affiliation) and email addresses Abstract - brief summary of the article and its problems, findings, and conclusions that lets you know quickly if the article is useful to your research Introduction - presents the thesis and goals of the research, and sometimes a literature review Publication information - sometimes a citation to the published article is included, sometimes just the journal title, and sometimes no publication information at all Data - charts, graphs, and equations are included to help explain scientific research Article text - often highly technical, and may be broken into subheadings such as Argument, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and Further Study Conclusion - a summary of the results of the research References - citations for the articles referenced within the paper, excellent for additional research on the article's topic
  • 18. stock.xchng Assignment #2: List number of citations for article 4 in 2007, in total and by month. This assignment requires you to do two things: 1. Find full-text articles referenced within the bibliographies of your Assignment #1 article and two others. • Journal titles are typically italicized in citations. • If the journal title is abbreviated, use CAS Source Index to find the full title. • If you know the journal title, begin at A-Z Journals. • Repeat the process that you used to find Article #1. 2. Analyze citation information for article #4 using Science Citation Index.
  • 19. Science Citation Index!
  • 20. Science Citation Index is a Web of Knowledge database.
  • 21. We are doing a Cited Reference Search.
  • 22. Enter the information that you have – article title, author, date, etc. and choose the search field. Pay attention to instructions.
  • 23. stock.xchng Select article/s, and finish search.
  • 24. 42 articles have cited this source article. Create Citation Report.
  • 25. Citations by year Limit dates to see times cited in a particular year. 42 overall
  • 26. 2 citations in 2007.
  • 27. Citations by month.
  • 28. Questions? Rob Sippel Evans Library – 123 321-674-7585