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INFORMS library workshop for graduate students Spring 2012; tips for doing a literature review, managing citations and reprints.

INFORMS library workshop for graduate students Spring 2012; tips for doing a literature review, managing citations and reprints.

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  • The Literature Review Fall 2005 HLTH 681 Contact Patricia Alford, D.V.M., M.S., palford@tamu.edu
  • The Literature Review Fall 2005 HLTH 681 Contact Patricia Alford, D.V.M., M.S., palford@tamu.edu Google, Amazon, and other information sources on the World Wide Web have raised expectations that a literature review can be accomplished with “One-stop shopping”. In library lingo, a so-called “Federated search” will retrieve the desired information, whether it’s in a book, journal article, or government web site, by using a single search interface. This hypothetical search interface is linked to the catalogs of all the participating libraries, as well as to hundreds of databases that index the articles contained in thousands of electronic journal archives, AND to search engines that index millions of web pages. However, although federated searching of multiple catalogs and databases is already available, it is not recommended as a sound strategy for doing a thorough literature review. At present, because of the marked difference between the way in which books are cataloged and the way in which journal articles are indexed, federated searching is unlikely to retrieve the desired results.

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  • 1. The Literature Review Finding & Evaluating Information Resources for Industrial and Systems Engineering P.L. Alford, D.V.M., M.S., M.S. Jane Stephens, M.L.I.S.
  • 2. Electronic Resources – One-stop shopping? – Not Yet 
    • Catalogs vs.
    • Indexes/Databases vs.
    • Web Directories vs.
    • Web Search Engines
    • **DIFFERENT RESOURCES NEEDED FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONTENT**
  • 3. Catalogs
    • Physical location and status of the holdings of a specific library or libraries, e.g., LibCat
    • Formal subject headings (usually 2-5) applied to content of entire work (Library of Congress or National Library of Medicine)
    • Smaller entities within the work, like book chapters or conference papers, not indexed
    • Search by title, author, subject, format, publisher; more recently, keyword search may include abstracts or Tables of Contents
  • 4. Indexes/Databases
    • Not tied to holdings of a specific institution
    • Indexing and abstracting of information in a particular discipline , e.g ., education, medicine, or engineering; or in a particular content or format , e.g ., newspapers, data, films; or from a particular publisher , e.g ., Elsevier or U.S. government
    • Hundreds of databases, some free, most are subscription, restricted to TAMU users
  • 5. Indexes/Databases, ctnd.
    • Indexing may cover full-text of articles; at a minimum most DBs search and/or index title, abstract, assigned keywords, source title, publisher, and date of publication
    • Subject-specific DBs usually assign subject descriptors using formal vocabulary; browsable indices or searchable thesaurus available to map common search terms to the formal language of the discipline
  • 6. Indexes/Databases, ctnd.
    • Some DBs contain full-text articles (may or may not contain graphics) within the database or have links to the full-text articles
    • Some DBs have SFX ( Find Text@TAMU ) link to retrieval options
    • Some DBs no links to full-text or local holdings; must check LibCat , E-Journal Search, or use Get It for Me .
  • 7. Choosing a Database/Index
    • Consult subject or class guide http://guides.library.tamu.edu
    • Browse electronic resources by subject
    • Ask a librarian (subject librarian contact info on guides or Evans 845-3826; WCL 845-2111; live chat link library home page)
  • 8. Additional finding aids
    • Bibliographies
      • Specially-prepared subject bibliographies (search catalog for these)
      • Bibliographies in reference books, textbooks, and journal articles
    • Consult major professor, other mentors
    • Having identified an important article, follow cites to it in Citation Index (ISI)
  • 9. Choosing Indexing Resources: Four “C’s” to Consider
    • Content – What types of publications indexed? Numbers/Source list of titles?
    • Credibility – How authoritative is the content?
    • Currency – How current is the content, how frequently updated?
    • Coverage – Years of content indexed? Changes in indexing through the years?
  • 10. Content: the Three “R’s”
    • Research reports (current studies)
    • Review articles and monographs (books)
    • Reference material
      • Data
      • Statistics
      • Methodology
      • Tools
    • Different indexing/finding aids for different content
  • 11. Hierarchy of Credibility
    • Peer-reviewed
      • Additional rankings of journals within profession, and by citation analysis (ISI impact factor, citation half-life, etc.)
    • Academic publishers
    • Government agencies
    • Reputable trade & consumer publications
  • 12. Information Currency
    • Preprints, Periodicals most current
      • Be aware of lag time in scholarly publishing cycle; takes time for research in “hot topics” to appear in scholarly literature
    • Lag time of year or more for information in books
    • Often difficult to evaluate currency of Web sites
  • 13. Choosing Indexing Resources: Other Considerations
    • Advanced search capabilities?
    • Specialized, controlled vocabulary for indexing – also accessible by end-user?
    • Integration with citation manager programs?
    • Good online help, intuitive interface?
    • Ability to set up custom search alerts?
  • 14. Accessing Current Research
    • Pre-print Sources, e.g. arXiv.org e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, etc. http://arxiv.org/
    • Indexes to current periodicals, conference proceedings, theses, and dissertations (next slide) and indexes to industry and trade publications for industry news reports
  • 15. Accessing Current Research
    • Databases for searching the latest research
        • ArticleFirst (journal TOCs)
        • PapersFirst (conferences)
        • Essential Science Indicators (citation metrics & rankings, hot papers)
        • Lexis-Nexis (conference news coverage)
        • Proquest Dissertations and Theses
  • 16. Theses and Dissertations
    • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
      • Doctoral-level theses, many full-text online
      • Order through Get It for Me (subsidized acquisition)
    • Use LibCat to search for TAMU theses (masters and doctoral); e.g., keyword search “engineering education” AND thesis
    • TxSpace digital repository for recent TAMU theses ( http://txspace.tamu.edu/ )
  • 17. Scholarly I&S Engineering Resources (alphabetic order)
    • ACM Digital (computer science)
    • Applied Science & Technology
    • Business Source Complete (Ebsco)
    • Compendex (Engineering, all types)
    • IEEE (Electrical eng and computer sci)
    • INSPEC (applied & theoretical)
    • ProQuest (EconLit, Engineering, High Tech., Materials Science)
    • Web of Science (All academic disciplines)
  • 18. Indexes/Databases for Business Content
    • ProQuest ABI/Inform (trade/industry publications)
    • Ebsco Business Source Complete (trade & scholarly publications)
    • See General Business LibGuide http://guides.library.tamu.edu/Business
  • 19. Indexes/Databases for Mathematics / Applied Math
    • MathSciNet
    • SIAM (Soc. Industrial & Applied Math)
    • MathNetBase (~ 400 mathematics handbooks, not articles)
    • Springer (books and articles from major publisher in science, technical, engineering, math)
  • 20. Indexes/Databases for Social Sciences Periodicals Content
    • Ebsco multiple sub-databases
    • ProQuest multiple sub-databases
    • Web of Science
  • 21. Indexes/Databases for Technical Reports
    • See Technical Reports Guide http://guides.library.tamu.edu/reports
    • NTRL (National Technical Reports Lib)
    • GPOAccess
    • Science.gov
    • DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center, formerly known as STINET)
  • 22. Indexes/Databases for Patents and Intellectual Property Info
    • Patents subject guide http://guides.library.tamu.edu/patent
    • USPTO www.uspto.gov (Patent searching)
    • www.pat2pdf.org   (Obtain a pdf copy of patent when you know patent #)
  • 23. E-Resources for Reference Encyclopedias & other E-Books
    • Type “encyclopedia” in Search for … Database search term box to see listing of electronic encyclopedias
    • E-book packages (databases) include eBrary, netLibrary, EngNetBase, Knovel, MathNetBase, Safari, Science Direct, Springer, Wiley Interscience
    • http://guides.library.tamu.edu/e-books
  • 24. Statistical Data Resources
    • Lexis-Nexis Statistical Universe
    • FedStats www.fedstats.gov
    • United Nations http://unstats.un.org
    • Search library guides with kw “data”
    • U. No. Tx. Gov. Info. Connection
    • www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/browse-topics/statistics
  • 25. Government Publications
    • GPOAccess www.gpoaccess.gov
    • Lexis-Nexis
    • Federal Gateway www.firstgov.gov
    • Google Unclesam www.google.com/unclesam
    • KW search in LibCat with “Set Limits” Location to Government Documents
    • Government, law, legal library guides
  • 26. Legal Resources
    • http://guides.library.tamu.edu/FederalLaw
    • Ebsco Legal Collection
    • Campus Research (WestLaw)
    • Lexis-Nexis
    • Cornell Legal Information Institute http://www.law.cornell.edu/
  • 27. Finding the important journals in my field
    • Set limits in LibCat to type= “serial” and search by keyword
    • Evaluate journals for their rankings in Journal Citation Reports (ISI)
    • Do searches of interest in major databases and see which journals have the most articles of interest to you
    • Search Ulrich’s Periodical Database
  • 28. Overview of mechanics of finding and retrieving journal articles
    • Identify articles of interest by searching an indexing database
    • Options for retrieval:
      • Full text or Find Text@TAMU link when available OR
      • Search Now for electronic subscription (e-journal search)
      • Search LibCat or Chiron for print subscription (journal title search, not article title)
      • Order from Get It for Me service
  • 29. Tips for Managing Your Literature Cites & Reprints
    • Make your literature review strategy and search histories a part of your research notebook
    • Use a bibliographic/citation manager such as EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero
    • Keep backups of the electronic files of your reprints
  • 30. EndNote Information & Links
    • http://guides.library.tamu.edu/EndNote
    • Endnote Basics Video Tutorial http://endnote.com/training/tutorials/EndNoteX5/Menu_970x562/EndNoteX5.html
    • How to Use Endnote in Seven Minutes http://youtu.be/L5Kn8l2rgqk
  • 31. Citation Styles & Formatting
    • Citation Guides http://library.tamu.edu/help
    • Consult journals’ publisher web sites for instructions (manuscript, author’s, contributor’s instructions, etc.)
    • U. of Toronto Eng. Comm. Manual -- Documentation section www.engineering.utoronto.ca/about/programs/communication/Online_Handbook.htm
  • 32. RefWorks Info & Tutorials
    • http://guides.library.tamu.edu/RefWorks
    • ProQuest RefWorks channel YouTube http://www.youtube.com/proquestrefworks
  • 33. Helpful Links
    • Thesis office http://thesis.tamu.edu/
    • Writing Center http://writingcenter.tamu.edu/
    • Library Research Support Pages
      • http://guides.library.tamu.edu
      • http://library.tamu.edu/help
  • 34. For Additional Help Contact:
    • Jane Stephens, M.L.I.S. [email_address]
    • Patricia L. Alford, D.V.M., M.S. [email_address]
    • Evans Reference Desk, first floor Evans, 845-3826; West Campus Lib 845-2111
    • Chat virtual reference (live chat and email), link on library home page