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Information literacy and internet use for entomologists

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A quick introduction to getting the most of internet research for entomology - it is not just about getting information but also about giving back

A quick introduction to getting the most of internet research for entomology - it is not just about getting information but also about giving back

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  • 1. Entomologists and the Internet Information literacy for entomologists L. Shyamal LSHYAMAL @ GMAIL . COM
  • 2. The Internet is a librarybut does not replace it yet Cartoon by Ed Stein
  • 3. Information Literacy old rootsKnowledge is of two kinds.We know a subject ourselves, orwe know where we can find information on it... - Samuel Johnson (1791)
  • 4. Information Literacy old roots If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants - Isaac Newton, 1676 other forms from the 12th centuryIn Greek mythology the blind giant Orioncarried his servant Cedalion on his shoulders. Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Library_of_Congress,_Rosenwald_4,_Bl._5r.jpg
  • 5. Information Literacy•Searching - finding sources•Evaluating - primary/secondary/tertiary sources - evaluating content•Using (ethically) - synthesising, citing, paraphrasing - copyrights, plagiarism•Sharing - publishing - archiving, licensing for reuse
  • 6. SearchingSearch engines index full text not semantic incomplete - deep web (>90% of Internet - not indexed)People are resources specialist sites, email listservers, other groupsNot all information is in soft format OCR-ed material often error pronePublished sources Sometimes inaccessible Sometimes expensive Author archives Find and contact authors http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Oct07/NoMoreCards.ws.html
  • 7. Search enginesGoogle currently considered the bestAdvanced usage •Site specification •Filetype specification •Using Google Scholar •The Internet Archive
  • 8. Internet resourcesBiodiversity Heritage LibraryThe Internet ArchiveDatabases Nomenclator Zoologicus, ITIS … othersOthers run by enthusiasts, museums etc.: Hymis Diptera.info FLOW … many othersEmail listservers Taxacom-L …Social networking Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+
  • 9. EvaluatingPrimary / secondary and tertiary sourcesAuthor credibilityPublisherReviewsCitation of others - quality of scholarshipCitations by othersRecognize quality indicators or their lackIdentify plagiarism or copyright violationsContact and interact with authors
  • 10. UsingResearch material, keep notesBibliographic tools - Zotero, MendeleyCite authors inlineKnow the copyright law - rise above it License openly esp. if you are fundedAvoid plagiarism including closed paraphrasing
  • 11. SharingShare bibliographies and reviewsArchive your own publications onlineShare your knowledge, mediaInteract online with the public without discriminationLearning and teaching indistinguishable continuous processes Image: http://novatonft.blogspot.com/
  • 12. QuestionsL. Shyamal < LSHYAMAL @ GMAIL.COM > muscicapa.blogspot.com Wikipedia editor : User:Shyamal

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