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Finding Information in the
Interdisciplinary Field of
Environmental Chemistry
Bruce Slutsky
Robert Van Houten Library
Bruc...
Disciplines within Environmental
Science
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Atmospheric Science
Biology
Chemistry
Climate Change
Conservation
...
Retrieving Information
We are flooded with scientific, technical and
policy information. Scientists, engineers
and student...
AIM of This Tutorial
 To show how information learned in the
Research Roadmaps can be applied to the
environmental scienc...
Review of Research Roadmaps
(HUM 101)
 Library Home Page (http://library.njit.edu)
 Finding a book from the NJIT Library...
Evaluating Web Sites
Authority
 Who is responsible for the contents of the page?
 If the site is sponsored by an organiz...
Evaluating Web Sites
Accuracy
 Are the sources for any factual information clearly
listed so they can be verified in anot...
Environmental Protection Agency
(http://www.epa.gov)
Laws and Regulations
Environmental Issues
Environmental Test Methods ...
Topics within Environmental Science
 There is an infinite number of topics with the
general subject of environmental scie...
Looking for Books on Climate
Change
 More general information on climate change
are found in books
 Can search on:
– Cli...
Is Wikipedia Reliable?
 Can it be trusted as a source of information
in the life sciences?
Advantages and Disadvantages of
the Wikipedia
Advantages:
 Good for obtaining
background knowledge
on a topic
 Articles ...
Encyclopedias
 Encyclopedias introduce researchers to specialize
fields of study. Traditional print encylopedias in
envir...
Looking for Articles on Climate
Change
 Magazine Articles (written by a journalist)
 Journal Articles (Original Research...
Some Magazines with Articles in
Environmental Science
Business Week
Chemical Week
Economist
Discover
Scientific American
T...
Peer Reviewed Literature
 Scholarly works that generally represent the
latest original research in the field
 Researcher...
Some Journals Available at NJIT
with Articles in Environmental
Science

Journal of Climate
Climatic Change
Environmental S...
List of Databases Available at the
NJIT library
 Entire list may be found at
http://library.njit.edu/databases/index.php
...
Academic Search Premier
 A large scholarly, multidisciplinary full text
database designed specifically for academic
insti...
Special Features in Academic
Search Premier
Can Limit to Peer Review Journals
Can Limit Search to Full-Text Journals
Will ...
Scopus
 Scopus is a large multidisciplinary abstract and
citation database. It covers:
 Over 16,500 titles from more tha...
Scopus – Special Features
 Tabular display of results allows you to easily sort results
according to date, relevance, aut...
Lexis-Nexis
 Full-text of more than 350 newspapers from the U.S.
and around the world, many same day of publication,
plus...
Scifinder
 Electronic Version of Chemical Abstracts
(1907 to the present)
 It contains many links to full-text articles
...
Search All at NJIT
 Can Search Several NJIT Databases at
once
 It uses the EbscoHost software (same as
Academic Search P...
Sample Search
 Let’s do a search on any correlation
between climate change and air pollution
using:
– Academic Search Pre...
Devising Optimal Search Strategies
 Choose the proper database(s)
– Be aware of the scope and limitations

 Use all rele...
Evaluating the Retrieved References
 Look at the title of the article
 Read the abstract which is a one paragraph
summar...
For Assistance
 Bruce Slutsky
– slutsky@njit.edu or 973-642-4950
– askalibrarian@njit.edu or 973-596-3210

 Chat and e-m...
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Environmental science-spring 2014

  1. 1. Finding Information in the Interdisciplinary Field of Environmental Chemistry Bruce Slutsky Robert Van Houten Library Bruce.Slutsky@njit.edu
  2. 2. Disciplines within Environmental Science        Atmospheric Science Biology Chemistry Climate Change Conservation Ecology Geology        Global Warming Hazardous Wastes Oceanography Pollution Population Soil Science Sustainability
  3. 3. Retrieving Information We are flooded with scientific, technical and policy information. Scientists, engineers and students must be able to find information at all levels from a multitude of information resources available to them.
  4. 4. AIM of This Tutorial  To show how information learned in the Research Roadmaps can be applied to the environmental sciences  To progress from a general to a more specific search on a topic  To become familiar with some subject specific databases
  5. 5. Review of Research Roadmaps (HUM 101)  Library Home Page (http://library.njit.edu)  Finding a book from the NJIT Library Catalog  Google “Phenomenon”  List of Library Databases
  6. 6. Evaluating Web Sites Authority  Who is responsible for the contents of the page?  If the site is sponsored by an organization, is this information prominently and clearly displayed?  Is there a way of verifying the legitimacy of the page's sponsor? Is there a phone number or postal address to contact for more information? (Simply an email address is not enough.)  Is it clear who wrote the material and are the author's qualifications for writing on this topic clearly stated?
  7. 7. Evaluating Web Sites Accuracy  Are the sources for any factual information clearly listed so they can be verified in another source?  If data are included, is the source of the data indicated?  Is the information free of grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors? (These kinds of errors not only indicate a lack of quality control, but also can actually produce inaccuracies in information.)  Is it clear who has ultimate responsibility for the accuracy of the content of the material?  Does the data/information make sense?
  8. 8. Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov) Laws and Regulations Environmental Issues Environmental Test Methods and Guidelines  Chemicals: Scientific Review and Assessment   
  9. 9. Topics within Environmental Science  There is an infinite number of topics with the general subject of environmental science  As an example, we will search for information on climate change. – In general – Correlation between climate change and air pollution
  10. 10. Looking for Books on Climate Change  More general information on climate change are found in books  Can search on: – Climate change as keyword phase – Climatic changes as subject phrase – Global warming as subject phrase  Most books are downstairs in Circ Collection  Some electronic books are available
  11. 11. Is Wikipedia Reliable?  Can it be trusted as a source of information in the life sciences?
  12. 12. Advantages and Disadvantages of the Wikipedia Advantages:  Good for obtaining background knowledge on a topic  Articles can be revised and edited quickly. Information about recent events will appear there Disadvantages:  Does not undergo the peer review process  Anyone can write or edit an article anonymously  Suggestion: Do not cite it in your bibliography
  13. 13. Encyclopedias  Encyclopedias introduce researchers to specialize fields of study. Traditional print encylopedias in environmental science include:  Encyclopedia of environmental science and engineering  Encyclopedia of the environment
  14. 14. Looking for Articles on Climate Change  Magazine Articles (written by a journalist)  Journal Articles (Original Research) – Peer Reviewed
  15. 15. Some Magazines with Articles in Environmental Science Business Week Chemical Week Economist Discover Scientific American These magazines will obviously have articles on other topics     
  16. 16. Peer Reviewed Literature  Scholarly works that generally represent the latest original research in the field  Researcher sends manuscript to a journal editor  Editor sends manuscript to other experts (peers) in the field to evaluate it  Peer reviewer either accepts or rejects the manuscript for publication
  17. 17. Some Journals Available at NJIT with Articles in Environmental Science Journal of Climate Climatic Change Environmental Science and Technology Nature * Science* Global Change Biology * Notice – these journals are very multidisciplinary      
  18. 18. List of Databases Available at the NJIT library  Entire list may be found at http://library.njit.edu/databases/index.php  In this tutorial we will examine – Academic Search Premier – Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe – Scopus – Scifinder (Chemical Abstracts) – Search All on NJIT Library Home Page Each database differs in coverage, search interface and special features
  19. 19. Academic Search Premier  A large scholarly, multidisciplinary full text database designed specifically for academic institutions. It offers critical information from many sources found in no other database.  Contains indexing and abstracts for over 8,450 journals, with full text for more than 4,650 of those titles.
  20. 20. Special Features in Academic Search Premier Can Limit to Peer Review Journals Can Limit Search to Full-Text Journals Will suggest terms to narrow search Gives a link to help from the NJIT Library Will automatically generate citations in the format you need (i.e MLA or APA)  Can Export to EndNote  Can Save in a Folder for Future Reference     
  21. 21. Scopus  Scopus is a large multidisciplinary abstract and citation database. It covers:  Over 16,500 titles from more than 4,000 international publishers, including coverage of – 15,400 peer-reviewed journals (inc > 1200 Open Access journals) – 575 trade publications – 315 book series – Extensive conference coverage (3,6 million conference papers)
  22. 22. Scopus – Special Features  Tabular display of results allows you to easily sort results according to date, relevance, authors, source title and number of citations (cited-by’s).  Refine Results gives you a quick overview of all of your results according to source title, author name, year, document type and subject area  Allows links to the full-text  Can output to MLA, APA and other bibliographic formats  Can export into EndNote  Can Set up alerts via e-mail or RSS feed
  23. 23. Lexis-Nexis  Full-text of more than 350 newspapers from the U.S. and around the world, many same day of publication, plus the most extensive archives available anywhere of The New York Times (dating back to 1980) and The Washington Post (dating back to 1977)  More than 300 magazines and journals and over 600 newsletters, including: American Journalism Review, Business Week, The Economist, Library Journal, New Republic, Newsweek, and Variety  Hard-to-find broadcast transcripts from the major television and radio networks, including ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC and NPR
  24. 24. Scifinder  Electronic Version of Chemical Abstracts (1907 to the present)  It contains many links to full-text articles  Searchable by chemical substance, reaction, research topic, author or affiliation  It is accessible from a web site. Users must register to use it
  25. 25. Search All at NJIT  Can Search Several NJIT Databases at once  It uses the EbscoHost software (same as Academic Search Premier)  Easily limit to – Peer Reviewed Articles – Articles available in full-text at NJIT
  26. 26. Sample Search  Let’s do a search on any correlation between climate change and air pollution using: – Academic Search Premier – Scopus – Lexis-Nexis – Scifinder – Search all
  27. 27. Devising Optimal Search Strategies  Choose the proper database(s) – Be aware of the scope and limitations  Use all relevant search terms and appropriate Boolean logic – Think of concepts not words  Devise a search strategy for: – Precise search  Expand strategy if too few are found – Exhaustive search  Cut down if too many citations are retrieved
  28. 28. Evaluating the Retrieved References  Look at the title of the article  Read the abstract which is a one paragraph summary of the article to help you decide if it is relevant.  Read the entire paper, incorporate the information into your assignment
  29. 29. For Assistance  Bruce Slutsky – slutsky@njit.edu or 973-642-4950 – askalibrarian@njit.edu or 973-596-3210  Chat and e-mail reference service – http://library.njit.edu/researchhelpdesk/askus.php  Twitter – NJITREF  Reference Desk – Phone at 973-596-3210 – Come see us in person

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