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Class for grad students and faculty on finding, tracking, organizing, and publishing research. Some resources subscription-based.

Class for grad students and faculty on finding, tracking, organizing, and publishing research. Some resources subscription-based.

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    • Tools for Managing Information Overload Mary A. Axford October 15 th , 2008
    • Outline
      • Chaotic Information World
      • Planning Research
      • Choosing Sources
      • Performing Search
      • Alerting Services
      • Organizing the Research
      • Evaluating the Research
      • Publishing the Results
    •  
    • Planning: Mind-Mapping Tools
      • Visual outline of a topic
      • 99 Mind-Mapping Resources, Tools, and Tips ( http://is.gd/3J0L )
      • Exploratree – includes templates. ( http://www.exploratree.org.uk/ )
    • Choosing the Right Sources
      • The right databases
      • The right blogs
      • The right journals
      • Sources of new research
    • The Right Databases
      • Library Home Page > Search and Find > Articles (Databases)
      • OR: Search and Find> Research Guides > (your topic) > Databases
    • Finding Databases
    • Finding Databases
    •  
    • Subject Databases
    • Choosing Databases
      • Researchers you know
      • Talk to your Subject Librarian
    • List of Subject Librarians
    • The Right Blogs
      • What’s the Buzz in your research area?
    • Academic Blog Portal - http://is.gd/3ZQu
    • Other Blog Sources/Searches
      • Technorati ( http://technorati.com/ )
      • Science Blogs ( http://www.scienceblogs.com/ )
      • PostGenomic ( http://www.postgenomic.com/ )
      • Front Page ( http://www.scientificblogging.com/ )
    • Finding the Buzz on Research
      • Research Blogging ( http://www.researchblogging.org/ )
        • “ Research Blogging allows readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer-reviewed research, instead of just news reports and press releases.”
    • The Right Journals
      • Impact Factor
      • Use with caution
      • Citation searching
    • Journal Citation Reports
    • Journals by Subject Category
    • Gerontology Journals by Impact
    • Use with Caution
      • Newer journals won’t have high impact factor
      • Most open access journals are newer
      • Endless feedback loop
    • Sources of New Research
      • Journal articles take time to research and publish
      • Newer:
        • Dissertations and theses
        • Patents
        • Technical Reports
    • Dissertations Library Page
    • Patents
    • Technical Reports
    • Performing the Search
      • Find the “help” button in each interface – often top right of screen
      • Notice useful features
      • Use controlled vocabulary
      • Federated search vs. Native Interface?
    • LexisNexis Academic
    • Controlled Vocabulary
      • Look for:
        • Subject headings
        • Descriptors
        • Controlled Vocabulary
        • Thesaurus
      • Why?
        • No need for synonym search
        • Major topic of the work in question
    • Library Catalog Subject Headings
    • INSPEC Database
    • PsycInfo Thesaurus Search
    • Federated vs. Native Interface?
      • Federated search = searching several databases at once
      • Good for getting overview
      • Native interface of each database may offer good options missed with federated search
    • GT Library Federated Search
    • Federated Search by Subject
    • GALILEO Federated Search
    • Alerting Services
      • E-mail Alerts
      • RSS feeds
      • Saved searches
      • Journal Tables of Content (TOCs)
    • Science Direct Alerts
    • EI Village Alerts and Feeds
    • Email alerts
      • Runs whenever database updated or new issue of journal
      • Check interface for availability
      • Usually requires you to create personal account on that interface in order to save searches or journal selections.
    • RSS Feeds and Readers
      • Really Simple Syndication
      • Notifies you of updates to a “website” – includes blogs, searches in databases, etc.
      • Many readers
      • Wikipedia has list ( http://is.gd/3JLR )
    • Advantages to RSS
      • Doesn’t overwhelm email inbox
      • Automatic updates
      • Available on your schedule
      • Most popular:
        • Google Reader
        • Bloglines
        • In-browser readers
    • Google Reader
    • Bloglines
    • In-browser RSS Readers
      • Firefox Live Bookmarks for RSS feeds - http://is.gd/3Qtp
      • Internet Explorer - http://is.gd/3QtS
    • CiteULike Tables of Content Feeds
    • CiteULike TOC RSS Feeds
    • Other TOC services
      • TicTOCs prototype - http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/
      • Run Run Shaw Library alerts and RSS page - http://is.gd/3QBy
      • MIT RSS page - http://is.gd/3QCq
      • Google search: journal name +rss
    • Organizing Your Research
      • Social Bookmarking/ Tagging
      • Collaboration Tools
    • Social Bookmarking/Tagging
      • Web-based Bookmarking Tools that allow tagging, sharing, and descriptions.
      • Tags: User-created subject headings which, in total, creates a “folksonomy”
        • Improves access to your bookmarks
        • Find other people’s bookmarks
        • Share tags among collaborators
    • Social Bookmarking Apps
      • Delicious – most popular
      • CiteULike – for researchers
      • 2collab – for researchers
      • Connotea – for researchers
      • Mendeley – for researchers
    • Delicious User Top Page
    • Bookmarks for Specific Tag
    • Most Popular Bookmarked Sites
    • RSS Feeds for Tags - Delicious
      • Feeds at every level
        • Popular tags
        • New tags
        • A User
        • A User’s tag
      • Feed back into a website or blog
    • Delicious Tag Feed
    • Article: Delicious in Research
      • “ Tips for Using Delicious in (Doctoral) Research - http://is.gd/3QI1
    • CiteULike
    • CitULike library and tagging
    • 2Collab - Elsevier
    • Connotea – Nature Publishing
    • Connotea – My Library
    • Mendeley - http://www.mendeley.com/
    • Evaluating the Research
      • Peer-reviewed sources
        • Limit in databases
      • Blogs that discuss research
    • Peer-review=Scholarly
    • PAIS – Peer-reviewed Articles
    • Some DBs All Scholarly
      • JSTOR – full text of CORE scholarly journals from 1 st issue, not most current 3-5 years
      • Databases by professional groups mostly scholarly (Inspec, Medline/PubMed, etc.)
    • Publishing Research Results
      • Bibliographic Management Tools
        • EndNote
        • Zotero
        • Others
      • Finding Journals in Field
        • Ulrichsweb database
    • Library Citation Styles Guide
    • Library Classes on Endnote
    • Library Class - Zotero
    • Finding Journals - Ulrichsweb
      • Database about journals and magazines
      • Searchable by subject
      • In-depth information on journals, including web links, where indexed, etc.
    • Ulrichsweb Top Page
    • Journals by subject
    • Info on Specific Journal
    • Info on Specific Journal – cont.
    • Journal – Where Indexed
    • Research Guide with Links
      • Tools for Managing Information Overload Class - http://is.gd/409n
    • Contact Information
      • Mary A. Axford
        • [email_address]
        • 404-894-1392
      • Web 2.0 tools class:
        • Library 2.0 @ GT - http://is.gd/3YED