BIO 565 – Cell Physiology Linda Galloway Syracuse University Library Fall 2011
Determine what you need:• Book –• Article – General – Peer-reviewed, scientific – Review articles• Background information Think before you search
Types of Literature• Primary – Original, first hand reporting of new data or experience.• Secondary – Information taken from other sources and summarized. – Objective – multiple points of view (unbiased). – Subjective – single point of view (biased).• Tertiary – Refers to an information source (a bibliography)
When does information become literature?When recorded in a tangible medium such as a book, magazine or journal article or web site.
Literature Research• Scientific research builds on previous research.• Literature search will reveal seminal articles in a field.• Some databases link live to articles in bibliography.
Recognize the differencebetween a magazine and a journal….. Peer review: suitability for publication credibility quality control Often primary literature
Primary Sources & Peer ReviewA peer reviewed primary source is a work that is evaluated by experts in the field of study prior to publication. Serves as a measure of quality.Primary Source - Original document containing firsthand information – Diaries, interviews – Original research including journal articles and preprints
Secondary Source Information taken from other sources and summarized and evaluated• Important Secondary Sources – Annual Reviews of… CQ Researcher Plunkett Research Online
Databases! Do you have your own database?• Cell phone address book• iTunes
Article Research1. Background information – Be able to talk about your topic for 5 minutes before you begin your research! – Annual Reviews2. Find your “classic paper” – Basis for or generated a great deal of research – A highly cited paper3. Current primary source articles
Sort by times cited…
Sort by times cited…
Journal Citation Reports (JCR)Database within the Web of Knowledge platform
Primary Research Articles
When searching databases…Remember: RATS Read All The Screens!• Key words• Synonyms• Subjects• Suggested topics• Types of materials – Scholarly Journals, Magazines, etc.
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