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  • Specifically for this week: Familiarize yourself with the Cook Library and know where to go for your Chemical Literature Exercise.Later on in the semester: Searching for information on the fish kill in Chesapeake BayIt’s more about learning critical information seeking skills, as you continue on in any career you will need to know how to sort thru and organize information. While you will become familiar with Cook Library specifically, there are a lot of general skills which you can expect to apply to any information search – in libraries everywhere, online anywhere etc. Information literacy is more than just being a “digital native” and while most of us today are comfortable sitting down in front of a computer and surfing the internet, online communities today are complex and collaborative.
  • Google? Wikipedia? Friends/Family? Teachers? Librarians?No matter where you start, the search for information isn’t linear. You might start with one question then figure out it’s too broad and there is too much information out there. You might start with something that is too narrow and you can’t seem to find anything about it. In any case, when you start your search you can do some things to prepare.
  • No matter where you start, the search for information isn’t linear. You might start with one question then figure out it’s too broad and there is too much information out there. You might start with something that is too narrow and you can’t seem to find anything about it. In any case, when you start your search you can do some things to prepare.
  • Gather, organize and narrow it down. Turning DATA into INFORMATIONDoes anyone remember those shopping shows, where someone had a cart and they could fill it with whatever they wanted? That’s how I imagine an initial search, it’s usually ends up being in the form of a list, but it’s a long list, filled with a TON of possibility. It isn’t all relevant, but it could come in handy. So, when starting your search it might be helpful for you to first identify various keywords, from broad topics, to synonyms. Then as you are searching you can test various combinations of these words to see which returns the best results.Once you do find one resource, you can use that as a jumping point to find related references. If it’s an item in the library, often times it is located on an entire shelf of items that are related to your topic. If it’s an online resource, you can often see links to other cited/related resources.Rather than diving straight into articles, it often helps to gain background knowledge. As with the assignment you’ll be working on today, searching through Tertiary Sources is a great place to get started. Primary = Data, research, peer reviewed Secondary, Tertiary = Review articles, encyclopedias
  • The “smart” one - Advanced search, Title Abbreviation, Look for a year that goes back far enough
  • The “hip” one
  • The “confused” one
  • While I do have a bias as a librarian, I recommend starting your search for class information from the Cook Library website. The library gives you access to a high concentration of trusted resources. The website will help you find where items are in the physical library and it will be a gateway to the online resources we subscribe to.The three reference books listed here can be found at the Circulation Desk in the library. Show on map.The subject gateway also lists some useful places to find information. Show Subject gateway. Show catalog entry – Call number location.
  • Keep in mind: Searching can be frustrating, the first few times you start a search, you often come back with nothing. These search tips are applicable in almost every online search, from Google, to Article databases. Keep them in mind as you try different combinations of your search. Usually once you find one good resource, it’s much easier to pick up the trail to more information.Capitalize AND/OR
  • Boolean searching and truncating are two of the most common search aids you’ll use as you become more efficient at information searching.
  • You can see these databases listed on the Chemistry Subject Gateway. Or you can find other databases by looking through the Research Databases list.
  • This may seem obvious, but it can be hard to distinguish what kind of information you are reading when you’ve pulled it from an online database. It could potentially be a book chapter, a research article, a review article, or an article from a popular magazine.
  • Chesapeake Bay AND pollutionBrook trout ORSalvelinusfontinalusFinding more subject/keywords as you search!
  • Marie Curie – The World of Chemistry
  • CHEM 111 sp11

    1. 1.<br />Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience<br /><ul><li>Cook Library 3rd floor Thursday, February 24 - Friday, April, 8, 2011
    2. 2. Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience is a traveling exhibition which examines the challenges faced by African-American baseball players as they sought equal opportunities in their sport beginning in the post-Civil War era. </li></li></ul><li>Laksamee Putnam<br /><br />Research & Instruction Librarian<br />CHEM 111 : Finding Scientific Information Using Cook Library<br />
    3. 3. First…<br />Laksamee Putnam<br /><br />Phone: 410.704.3746.<br />Twitter: @LibrarianLaks<br />Cook Library Reference:<br />410.704.2462.<br />IM/email<br />
    4. 4. Take away…<br />Search strategies and Search tips<br />Finding books/articles in the Cook Library<br />Evaluate the information<br />Cite your sources<br /><br />
    5. 5. Where do you start your search?<br /><br />
    6. 6. The Research Process<br />Interpreting the <br />Assignment<br />Selecting a Topic<br />Identifying & Listing Vocabulary<br />Reading Background Information<br />Refining a Topic<br />Using Online Databases<br />& Indexes<br />Citing Sources<br />Evaluating Sources<br />Gathering Sources<br />Drafting Paper or Presentation<br />The Research Process<br />
    7. 7. Finding Background Information<br />Identify Keywords<br />Broad topics to Synonyms<br />Find related references<br />Learn more about a topic<br />Where?<br />Reference Books<br />Merck Index<br />The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (CRC)<br />Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry<br />Subject Gateway<br />
    8. 8. The Merck Index<br />10,200 monographs (aka short, compact snippets) of significant chemicals, drugs and biological substances<br />See “Explanatory notes” for break down of information content<br />You can look up the journal abbreviations for the literature references in NLM LocatorPlus<br />Use the Formula Index and Name Index in the back to help find the monograph number for what you want<br />
    9. 9. The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (CRC) <br />Broad coverage of common physical science data<br />Goes into more history and information about elements<br />16 sections<br />Check index : Section – page number<br />
    10. 10. Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry<br />Factual information for general chemistry information needs<br />4 Sections<br />Check Table of Contents for each section and Index in the back<br />The “page” numbers are confusing, look carefully<br />
    11. 11. Library Homepage<br />Main website<br />Off campus login<br />Journal List<br />Catalogs<br />Need help/Ask a Librarian<br />Course Gateway<br />Research -> Subject Gateways -> Select a Subject (Chemistry)<br />
    12. 12. Search Tips<br />Understand and use Boolean search connectors<br />Chesapeake Bay AND pollution<br />Combining more than one topic<br />Brook trout ORSalvelinusfontinalus<br />Combining synonymous terms<br />
    13. 13. Search Tips<br />Truncation<br />Technolog*<br />Technolog-y<br />Technolog-ist<br />Technolog-ical<br />Technolog-ically<br />Be careful where you put the truncation symbol!<br />
    14. 14. Search Tips<br />What is a peer reviewed article?<br />Reviewed by scientific experts in the field<br />Provides more credibility<br />Image taken from The Publication Cycle and Scientific Research tutorial<br />
    15. 15. Searching for Scholarly Articles<br />Most efficient way: Cook Library Databases<br />American Chemical Society Online Journals<br />Science Citation Index<br />Science Direct<br />Medline (Ebsco)<br />SciFinder<br />
    16. 16. Scholarly Articles<br />Popular Articles<br />Multiple authors<br />Authors affiliated with a university<br />Numerous references<br />An abstract<br />At least several pages in length<br />Single author with no credentials<br />No citations<br />Non-technical language<br />Lots of pictures<br />Short length<br />Search Tips<br />Check out this video help guide for more info!<br />
    17. 17. Demos<br />Demo Catalog Search<br />Catalog and TU Worldcat<br />See if item is available – Find it<br />Request vsInterLibrary Loan<br />Demo Web of Science<br />Refine Results<br />See if item is available – Find it<br />Cited By and References<br />
    18. 18. Evaluation<br />Authority/Authorship – Determine who is responsible for the information. What are his/her credentials?<br />Currency – Is the information current and up-to-date? Is there a publication date?<br />Objectivity – Is there any bias? What is the purpose of the web page (to inform or to persuade)? <br />Scope – Are sources cited? Is the subject covered in depth?<br />Usability – Is the site easy to navigate? Are spelling and grammar correct?<br />
    19. 19. Evaluation<br />Examples<br />Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus<br />RYT Hospital <br />
    20. 20. Why is it important to cite your sources?<br />Allows your readers to verify and identify where the information and ideas in your paper originated<br />Gives credit to the owners of the ideas (not plagiarizing)<br />Get credit for your own ideas<br />Required for assignment<br /><br />
    21. 21. Citation Guide<br />Cook Library Website<br />Quick Tools<br />Citing Sources<br /><br />
    22. 22. Remember<br />Search strategies and Search tips<br />Finding books/articles in the Cook Library<br />Evaluate the information<br />Cite your sources<br />
    23. 23. Questions??<br />Feel free to contact me:<br />Laksamee Putnam<br /><br />410.704.3746.<br />Twitter: @LibrarianLaks<br />Or any reference librarian:<br />Visit Cook Library Reference Desk<br />410.704.2462.<br />IM – tucookchat<br />