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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

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

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  • 1. PHYS 295: Library research Phoebe Ayers psayers@ucdavis.edu UC Davis Libraries
  • 2. Doing research: • Find literature on your topic / background • Do research • Publish results • Develop a reputation in the field
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/openaccess
  • 8. guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/data
  • 9. JCR – Journal Citation Reports
  • 10. guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/physics Phoebe Ayers Email me! psayers@ucdavis.edu