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From creating Google alerts to discovering expert providers of technical and scientific news, this presentation describes the advantages and disadvantages of the many different ways you can find ...

From creating Google alerts to discovering expert providers of technical and scientific news, this presentation describes the advantages and disadvantages of the many different ways you can find technical, scientific and medical news in your topic of interest.

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    • Staying Current with Science News -- Searching and Sources Online Patricia F. Anderson <pfa@umich.edu> Health Sciences Libraries, UM May 30, 2007 © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
    • Science News: Searching: General Search Engine Strategies
      • Think of a group of terms that describe your topic, and gather them in a single search statement using the Boolean OR.
      • Test your search for a few days, refine.
      • Then use the RSS feed from the search in your RSS feed reader, or create an e-mail alert.
      • SEE EXAMPLES -->
    • Science News: Searching: General Search Engine Strategies
      • Examples:
        • Search in Google for news: (omics OR genomics OR proteomics OR nanotechnology OR bioinformatics OR transgenic OR &quot;genetically modified&quot;) (news OR &quot;press release&quot;)
        • Search in Google: News : (omics OR genomics OR proteomics OR nanotechnology OR bioinformatics OR transgenic OR &quot;genetically modified&quot;)
    • Science News: Searching: General Search Engine Strategies
      • (dental OR dentistry OR dentist OR dentists OR orthodontics OR endodontics OR periodontics OR maxillofacial OR caries OR cariology OR &quot;bite-mark”)
      • metastasis OR angiogenesis OR ((tumor OR tumour) (suppression OR inhibition))
    • News Alerts from Google
    • News via RSS Feeds
      • RSS session coming next week.
      • In the meantime, look for this symbol in the location box of your browser.
    • Science News: Searching: Topic Search Engines
      • MedStory
    • Science News: Searching: Topic Search Engines
      • MedStory: http://www.medstory.com/
    • Science News from Major News Providers
      • Advantages:
        • Almost always have RSS feed for specific topic
        • Topics will include both Science, Health or Medicine, and Technology (in various combinations)
        • Major names have reputation to protect, so accuracy review is fairly tight.
        • Always have something
      • Disadvantages:
        • Not as precisely focused on your specific topic
        • Usually not reported by scientists, so quality may vary
    • Science News from Major News Providers: Examples: BBC
      • BBC: News: Health: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/default.stm
    • Science News from Major News Providers: Examples: BBC
      • BBC: News: Science / Nature: http:// news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/default.stm
    • Science News from Major News Providers: Examples: CNN
      • CNN: Science: http:// www.cnn.com/TECH/space
    • Science News from Major News Providers: Examples: New York Times
      • NYT: Health: http:// www.nytimes.com/pages/health/index.html
    • Science News from Major News Providers: Examples: New York Times
      • NYT: Science: http:// www.nytimes.com/pages/science/index.html
    • Science News from Governments & NGOs
      • Examples
        • European Space Agency (ESA): http://www.esa.int
        • National Science Foundation (NSF): http://www.nsf.gov/
        • NATO: http://www.nato.int/
        • Royal Society (RSOC): http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/
    • Governments & NGOs: Examples: NSF
        • National Science Foundation (NSF): http://www.nsf.gov/
    • Governments & NGOs: Examples: ESA
      • European Space Agency (ESA): http://www.esa.int
    • Governments & NGOs: Examples: RSOC
      • Royal Society (RSOC): http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/
    • News from Popular Science Journals
      • Advantages
        • More focused, still broad
        • More scientific review of article content and quality
        • Also very likely to have RSS feed
      • Disadvantages
        • Written for popular audience
        • Usually written by science writers, but not necessarily trained as scientists
        • Likely to be broader than your own topic interests
        • Reports what is of interest to public, not what is of interest to scientists
    • News from Popular Science Journals: Examples: Discover
      • Discover Magazine: http://www.discovermagazine.com/
    • News from Popular Science Journals: Examples: Popular Science
      • Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com/
    • News from Popular Science Journals: Examples: Scientific American
      • Scientific American: http://www.sciam.com/
    • News from Popular Science Journals: Examples: Science News
      • Science News: http://www.sciencesnews.org/
    • News from Popular Science Journals: Examples: Science News: Article
      • Screenshot of example article from Science News (“Hurt Knees Rx”)
      • Note: graphics from professional artists.
    • News from General Science Research Journals
      • Advantages
        • More focused, still broad
        • More scientific review of article content and quality
        • Also very likely to have RSS feed
      • Disadvantages
        • Not many
        • Perhaps still broader than your own topic interests
    • General Science Research Journals: Examples: Nature
      • Nature: http://www.nature.com/
    • General Science Research Journals: Examples: New Scientist
      • New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/
    • General Science Research Journals: Examples: Science (AAAS)
      • Science (AAAS): http://www.sciencemag.org/
    • News from Associations
      • Advantages
        • Topical
        • Targeted
      • Organizations with small groups or narrow focus tend to have few announcements and focus on their own press releases.
      • Best with organizations broad in scope or focused on rapidly changing topics.
    • News From Associations: Example: AAAS EurekAlert!
      • EurekAlert: http://www.eurekalert.org/
    • Science News Services
      • Advantages
        • Can provide high-quality brief snapshots of what is going on in science
        • Focused
      • Disadvantages
        • Sometimes low budget
        • Can be out-dated or under-supported
    • Science News Services: Examples: Bright Surf
      • http://www.brightsurf.com/
    • Science News Services: Examples: FirstScience
      • http://www.firstscience.com/
    • Science News Services: Examples: SciCentral
      • http://www.scicentral.com/
    • Science News Services: Examples: ScienceDaily
      • http://www.sciencedaily.com
    • Science News Services: Examples: SciTechDaily
      • http://www.scitechdaily.com/
    • Science News Services: Examples: Others
      • Science.bio.org
      • Science & Spirit: http://www.science-spirit.org
    • One Stop Specialty Shops
      • Advantages
        • Highly focused on relevant topics
        • Cutting edge
        • Selected by and/or written with experts in the topic area
      • Disadvantages
        • More difficult to find
        • Can be ephemeral
        • Sometimes not as well supported financially, thus may lack some bells and whistles
    • Specialty News: Examples: Regional - European
      • EurActiv: http://www.euractiv.com
      • AlphaGalileo: http://www.alphagalileo.org
    • Specialty News: Examples: Genome News Network
      • http://www.genomenewsnetwork.org/
    • Specialty News: Examples: Nanotechnology
      • Foresight Nanotech Institute: http://www.foresight.org
      • Nanotechnology: http://www.nanotechnology.com
      • NanotechnologyNow: http://www.nanotechnologynow.com
      • Small Times: http://www.smalltimes.com
    • Specialty News: Examples: Medicine & Health
      • MedicalNewsToday: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/
      • Reuters Health: http://www.reutershealth.com/
      • Ivanhoe’s Medical Breakthroughs: http://www.ivanhoe.com/
      • Medscape: http://www.medscape.com
    • Specialty News: Examples: Dentistry
      • Medical News Today
    • Specialty News: Examples: Dentistry
      • Dental News: http://www.dentalnews.com
    • Specialty News: Examples: Dentistry
      • ADA News Today: http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/adanews/index.asp
    • Specialty News: Examples: Dentistry
      • Topix: Dentistry: http://www.topix.net/med/dentistry
      • Topix: Dentistry: http://www.topix.net/business/dental/
    • Also Rans: Finding Current News Images
      • Google
        • Use the word “pictures” in your topic search
        • Or use: (pictures OR images)
      • Google: Images
        • Blocks many images from commercial news services
      • Flickr
        • Images from people on the scene
        • Groups collecting images of current events
      • Web 2.0 and Citizen Journalism
        • NowPublic, Snaparazzi, OhMyNews, WikiNews
    • Also Rans: Finding Reports from Conferences
      • Slideshare.net