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  • 1. Chemistry 111 : Exercise A INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE
    • Read each section of the assignment and the questions. Then use the guide to help find the answers.
    • If you have problems please ask at the Evans Library Ask Us Desk, Chat with us at http://library.tamu.edu/asknow , or call
    • 979-845-5741
  • 2. Part 1. Finding Technical Books and Government Documents Using LibCat 1.1 Use LibCat to find a book or government document on your assigned pollutant. Write the title of the publication in Part 1.1. If there are too many items listed, narrow the subject or keyword search with terms like pollution or environment. The truncation symbol ? can be used to help broaden the search. Example search: Keyword = benzene AND pollut? LibCat searches generally rank results in a relevancy order; use the pull-down menu to change to a ranking by date to examine recent works.
  • 3. Part 1. Finding Technical Books and Government Documents Using LibCat 1.2 Obtain a Location Guide from the Evans Library Ask Us Desk or other service desk. Look for your book or document in the library, and circle its location on the Location Guide to show where you found the item. Example: QD’s on 4th floor, or government documents on the 5th floor of the Sterling C. Evans Library Annex. Attach the Location Guide and a print out of the LibCat record for the item to the Data Reduction and Analysis worksheet. If the item is electronic and if there is no call number associated with the item then choose another publication. 1.3 Use the LibCat record for the publication recorded in part 1.1 to answer the following questions on the worksheet form: Was the item checked out, or on the shelf? What is the Call Number? What is the format?
  • 4. Part 1. Finding Technical Books and Government Documents Using LibCat
    • Questions for Part 1
    • Part 1.1 Name of Publication
    • Part 1.2 Attach copy of the LibCat record
    • Part 1.3 Was the item checked out, or on the shelf? What is the call number?
    • Format—Circle the correct format(s): Print Electronic Microform/Microfiche
  • 5. Library Module 1: Technical Books and Government Documents
    • Go to the library homepage,
    • library.tamu.edu, and select
    • the LibCat link.
  • 6. Library Module 1: Technical Books and Government Documents 2. Click on Keyword Search
  • 7. Library Module 1: Technical Books and Government Documents 3. Enter your search terms. Use the truncation symbol ? to include words that start with “pollut”, such as pollution, polluting, pollutant, etc. 4 . Click search.
  • 8. Library Module 1: Technical Books and Government Documents 5. Change “sort by” to date for more recent items . 6. Click on the title line to review record of the item you select.
  • 9. Library Module 1: Technical Books and Government Documents LibCat Record for an Individual Item
    • Note location,
    • call number, and status.
    8. Click on link to find location in the library.
  • 10.
    • Intentionally left blank
  • 11. Library Module 2: Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature
    • For this exercise, you will be using one or more of the major databases
    • often used by undergraduates. These databases allow you to quickly
    • Locate articles on a topic. Using a database is much quicker than
    • searching individual journals.
    • When communicating with other professionals, you need to give them all
    • the information they will need to find the article for themselves. Proper
    • citation form becomes important. The following exercises will show you
    • the way to arrange the information that identifies the book or journal
    • article in proper citation form.
  • 12. Library Module 2: Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature
    • 2.1 Use Web of Science, Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management ,
    • or Academic Search Complete to find a scientific article published in the last five
    • years on your assigned pollutant. Please note that you can limit by date in these
    • databases. You can also limit by type of material: book, articles, and conference
    • proceedings. You will limit your search to articles.
    • Example keyword search: benzene and pollut* (notice that for this database the
    • truncation symbol has changed to an *.)
    • Print the first page of the article, if the full text is available online. If not, print the
    • citation, with abstract if available, from the database. Attach your printout to the
    • back of this page. If the library does not subscribe to the online version of the
    • journal, use LibCat to determine if the print version of the article is available on
    • campus. Be sure to verify that the library owns the particular volume by looking at
    • the list of volumes found at the bottom of the LibCat record. If the University
    • Libraries subscribe to the journal, list the call number.
    • 2.2 Provide the bibliographic citation you would need to cite the article in a
    • paper—journal articles should be cited using the following format:
    • Authors separated by semicolons, Article Title, Journal name in italics,
    • Year in bold, Volume in italics, Page numbers.
    • Example: E. J. Mawk; M. Hyman; M. W. Rowe. Re-examination of Ancient DNA in
    • Texas Rock Paintings. Journal of Archaeological Science 2002, 29 , 301-306.
  • 13. Part 2. Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature
    • Questions for Part 2
    • Part 2.1 Attach the first page of your article and list call #
    • Part 2.2 Write the bibliographic citation
  • 14. Library Module 2: Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature 1. Go to the library homepage library.tamu.edu Select Databases
    • Enter the name of the database
    • as the search term:
    • ex. Web of Science
    3. Click Search
  • 15. Library Module 2: Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature 4. You may be asked to authenticate by providing your NetID and password.
  • 16. Library Module 2: Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature 5. Click on the blue title link for the database.
  • 17. Library Module 2: Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature 6. Enter search terms with “AND” between. Use the truncation symbol * to include words that start with “pollut”, such as pollution, polluting, etc. 7. Limit by language. 8. Limit by publication date range. 9. Uncheck Conference Proceedings
  • 18. Library Module 2: Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature 10. Select an article. To see the full record click on the article title link. 11. To determine if the Library subscribes to the online journal, click on the “Find Text @ TAMU” link.
  • 19. Library Module 2: Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature 12. Select this link for the full text. 13. Click here for the call number.
  • 20. Library Module 2: Tools for Searching the Professional Journal Literature 14. Click here for the pdf.
  • 21. Part 3. Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM
    • 3.1 Using ChemIDplus or IRIS, find the CASRN (Chemical Abstracts Registry Number) and molecular formula for the assigned pollutant.
    • 3.2 Use ChemIDplus to find two other names for the assigned pollutant, including the systematic name.
    • 3.3 Use IRIS, ChemIDplus, or other sources identified in this assignment to determine where this compound or element primarily occurs as a pollutant. Examples: air, water, food, etc.
    • 3.4 Does ChemIDplus include a table of toxicity values for your pollutant?
    • 3.5 Use any source, including the EPA site ( http://www.epa.gov/OCEPAterms/lterms.html ), to find brief definitions for the following terms used in toxicity studies and regulations; LD, LD50, LC, LC50, LOAEL.
  • 22. Part 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM
    • Questions for Part 3
    • Part 3.1 What is the CASRN for your pollutant?
    • Molecular formula
    • Part 3.2 Systemic name of pollutant: Part 3.3 Where does pollutant occur?
    • Part 3.4 Does your pollutant have a toxicity table?
    • Part 3.5 Provide definitions:
    • a. LD
    • b. LD50
    • c. LC
    • d. LC50
    • e. LOAEL
  • 23. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM 1. Go to the library homepage library.tamu.edu Select Databases
    • Enter the name of the database,
    • IRIS, as the search term.
    3. Click search
  • 24. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM 4. Click on the blue title link for the database.
  • 25. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM
    • Enter your element or
    • compound as the search term.
  • 26. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM Iris Search Screen If you want to view the IRIS record for your substance, click on the substance name. 6. Note the CASRN
  • 27. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM 7. Go back to the IRIS homepage and select ChemIDplus, a companion database to IRIS. 8. Enter the substance name and click search.
  • 28. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM ChemIDplus Record 9. Will give alternate names 10. Formulas 12. Toxicity information 11. May provide information on uses and effects.
  • 29. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM Exercise 3.5 1. Go to the library homepage library.tamu.edu Select Databases
    • Enter the name of the
    • database, Knovel
    3. Click search
  • 30. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM Exercise 3.5 4. Select the blue title link.
  • 31. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM Exercise 3.5
    • Enter the search terms
    • and click search.
  • 32. Library Module 3: Governmental Information Sources: EPA and NLM Exercise 3.5
    • Click on title link to look for the
    • definition. Write the
    • definition in question 3.5.
    • Note: You may need to look in several
    • of these online handbooks.
  • 33. Library Module 4: Finding Information in Chemical Handbooks
    • 4.1 Use ChemNetBase, the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology or the Knovel Database to find information on your pollutant, including melting point, boiling point, and uses.
    • 4.2 Identify the sources (substances) used to manufacture this chemical.
    • 4.3 If the pollutant is naturally occurring, where is it found?
  • 34. Library Module 4: Finding Information in Chemical Handbooks
    • Questions for Part 4
    • Part 4.1 Melting point
    • Boiling point
    • Uses
    • Part 4.2 Substances required for manufacture
    • Part 4.3 Where it is found in nature (if naturally occurring)
  • 35. Library Module 4: Finding Information in Chemical Handbooks 1. Go to library.tamu.edu 2. Select Databases 3. Enter CHEMnetBASE as the search term. 4. Click on the blue title link. 5. Select the Combined Chemical Dictionary.
  • 36. Library Module 4: Finding Information in Chemical Handbooks 6. Enter the substance name 7. Search by CAS Registry number, if name search is unproductive.
  • 37. Library Module 4: Finding Information in Chemical Handbooks 8. Select details. NOTE: If your substance isn’t in the Combined Chemical Dictionary, search the other handbooks in ChemNetBase, Knovel or The Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.
  • 38. Library Module 4: Finding Information in Chemical Handbooks Combined Chemical Dictionary Substance Information for Benzene 11. Physical properties 10. Sources 9. Uses NOTE: Additional information is available from this screen in the database.
  • 39. Part 5. Database for Locating Superfund Sites in Texas by County: TCEQ
    • Using this website, http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/remediation/superfund/sites/county/index.html ,
    • complete the f ollowing for one Superfund site located in the county where you are from. (Example: Dallas, Houston, Navarro, etc.) If your county isn’t listed, then select a neighboring county that is more populated or industrialized.
    • Superfund Site Name
    • Location
    • Status
    • Types of Facilities
    • Category
    • Last Date Updated
    • Media Affected
    • Latitude
    • Longitude
    • Hazard Ranking Score (HRS)
    • Contaminants at Time of HRS
    • TCEQ Region
    • Legislative District
  • 40. Library Module 5: TCEQ
    • Go to the TCEQ site.
    • http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/remediation/superfund/sites/county/index.html
    2. Select County. NOTE: If your county is not listed choose a nearby county.
  • 41. Library Module 5: TCEQ 3. Select a site.
  • 42. Library Module 5: TCEQ 4. Get data. NOTE: Not all sites will have the data in tabular form.
  • 43. Part 6. Learning How This Pollutant Affects or Might be Handled by Professionals in Your Major Area of Study
    • 6.1 Use the Subject Guides link on the university libraries home-page to find the subject guide for your major or a related field (http://library.tamu.edu/subjects). Select one of the databases listed . Identify the name of the subject guide, the name of the database, and your major.
    • 6.2 Find an article in the database that addresses how professionals in your chosen field deal with or are affected by the pollutant, or if the particular pollutant isn’t listed, by pollution in general. A business major, for example, might search a business database to find an article on the financial impact of pollution abatement for the chemical. A liberal arts major could use newspaper databases to determine how the media has covered pollution caused by the chemical. Consider terms such as public health, occupational exposure, and risk to workers. Write a short summary of your findings and provide the citation to the article. Write no more than half a page. If you do not find material in 20 minutes, then please ask for help. Include the citation.
  • 44. Part 6. Learning How This Pollutant Affects or Might be Handled by Professionals in Your Major Area of Study
    • Questions for Part 6
    • Part 6.1 Name of the subject guide
    • Name of the database
    • Major
    • Part 6.2 Attach the article summary (typed) with the appropriate citation.
  • 45. Library Module 6: Pollution and Your Chosen Profession
    • Go to the library homepage,
    • library.tamu.edu.
    2. Select “Subject Guides” under “Research Guides”
  • 46. Library Module 6: Pollution and Your Chosen Profession 3. Select the Subject Guide for your field.
  • 47. Library Module 6: Pollution and Your Chosen Profession 4. Select an online database to search.
  • 48. Library Module 6: Pollution and Your Chosen Profession 5. Enter search terms. 6. Click start.
  • 49. Library Module 6: Pollution and Your Chosen Profession 7. Choose article. Click on the title to see an abstract and more information. 8. Click “Find Text @ TAMU” to see if the library owns it.
  • 50. Library Module 6: Pollution and Your Chosen Profession 9. Library has online. Click to access the article.

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