http://www.radiolab.org/2012/may/21/sky-isnt-blue/http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/01/ff_solyndra/Information cycle – News-> Articles-> BooksIf you state “The sky is blue” to a friend or in a paper, you are most likely not going to be questioned or asked to cite your source. It’s a statement understood by most people to be true. Most of us even have a vague understanding of why, which has to do with blue light waves having a shorter wave length so when it hits the atmosphere more of it is scattered and made visible. This information has made it into most basic science books since it’s discovery. If you were going to state anything opposing this statement you would require a credible source to back you up. For instance I just heard this podcast discussing why the sky isn’t blue. A podcast is not a standalone credible source, but it is attention grabbing and could lead me to potential resources, if I was writing about why the sky isn’t blue.Attention grabbing, short brief tidbits of information is how a lot of us now learn about new things right? Facebook, twitter, skimming headlines from your smart phone or tablet. Coming up with a topic to discuss can be chosen, but often times I find that as you get started looking your topic will narrow down. For this class, you all are choosing topics and focusing on the chemistry behind it. This interesting news article from Wired about Alternative Energy is more focused on business aspects. But it is a possible starting point. You’re here to learn a bit about where else you can go for high quality information after your interest has been sparked.
Use of FRET (fluorescence resonance energy transfer) in biological research
AGENDA Article/Video Discussion The Information Cycle Evaluating Resources Databases and how to use them Find articles/books on your own Citation Guides
IT’S OUT THERE, WHY NOT REUSE IT? What does intellectual property mean to you? Is it an important idea, why or why not? With so much information out there, is there such a thing as an original idea? Does that mean you have to credit Gabriel, T. (2010, August 1) Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in the Digital every single person? Age. The New York Times. Retrieved from How does plagiarism http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/educ affect ation/02cheat.html academia/chemistry?
WIKIPEDIA WOES What are some benefits and drawbacks of finding information online? How do you evaluate the information you find while researching?Appelbaum, Y. (2012). How the professorwho fooled Wikipedia got caught by Why is it important toReddit. The Atlantic. May 15.http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/ar support yourchive/2012/05/how-the-professor-who- argument with validfooled-wikipedia-got-caught-by-reddit/257134/# sources?
WHERE ARE YOUR EUREKA! MOMENTS? Johnson, S. (2010) Where good ideas come from. TED: Ideas worth spreading. http://www.ted.com/talks/st even_johnson_where_good_i deas_come_from.html How is this video connected to the library session on learning how to research? Is it connected to the other two articles on plagiarism and information sources? Why or why not? If ideas come from multiple people working together and building off of each other, when you try to give credit, who do you give it to? How can you stay connected while doing your research?
THE INFORMATION CYCLE Why is the sky blue? What is the best alternative energy source? Image by roebedo
EVALUATE Check for CRAP Examples Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Currency Reliability ReptileEvolution.com Authority Purpose/Point of View
DATABASES Find a list on the Course Gateway Choose one to start but do not stop there! Make it simple for the computer Specific keywords Try to think of different combinations AND, OR, NOT
FIND A PARTNER! Each group choose a different database to analyze: ACS Science Direct Scopus Web of Science PubMed
TOPIC: NANOTECHNOLOGY Which words seemed to find the best results? Synonyms? Is there an advanced search? Can you access full text? What features of the database were useful? (time limit, peer reviewed option, citations etc.) Problems?
PRESENT YOUR DATABASE ACS Science Direct Scopus Web of Science PubMed
FEATURES TO REMEMBER Use the database to find synonyms Check the abstract Limitation tools – Time frame, Information type References Cited/Times Cited Citation creation Compose lists Import to RefWorks Interlibrary Loan - Illiad