Library research in physics: tips for new researchers

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Tips for getting started in library research at UC Davis for new physics graduate students and researchers

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Library research in physics: tips for new researchers

  1. 1. PHYS 295: Library research Phoebe Ayers psayers@ucdavis.edu UC Davis Libraries
  2. 2. Doing research: • Find literature on your topic / background • Do research • Publish results • Develop a reputation in the field
  3. 3. Finding literature • Search a database: – Web of Science, INSPEC – Finding authors & times cited in Web of Science – Review articles – Google tricks • Organize everything – Export to Endnote, etc – Export in BibTeX
  4. 4. Google tricks • http://scholar.google.com • Via the VPN • Change your settings: – Add in UC eLinks (search for university california davis) – Add BibTeX export option • Commands: AROUND(2), site=, etc.
  5. 5. Making your reputation: Identify yourself! • Make a Google scholar profile • Get unique ids: ORCID / ResearcherID • Know your h-Index • Make sure your website and other online profiles are current
  6. 6. Publishing • Journal reputation: Finding a journal: – “impact factor” – from Journal Citation Reports – Is it a scam? Publishing: – What can you do with your own work? – OA or not? OA funds – Data publishing – often required!
  7. 7. guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/openaccess
  8. 8. guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/data
  9. 9. JCR – Journal Citation Reports
  10. 10. guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/physics Phoebe Ayers Email me! psayers@ucdavis.edu

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