Earth Sciences 4490: Getting Started on your Literature Review


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Earth Sciences 4490: Getting Started on your Literature Review

  1. 1. Earth Sciences 4490: getting started on your literature review Dan Sich Earth Sciences Librarian Sept 24 th and Oct 1 st , 2008
  2. 2. I want you to be able to… <ul><li>find articles using databases </li></ul><ul><li>search by cited reference </li></ul><ul><li>build a list of references, bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>get article full text </li></ul>
  3. 3. schedule <ul><li>Day 1: Sept 24 </li></ul><ul><li>account set-up </li></ul><ul><li>sources </li></ul><ul><li>library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>GeoRef (find articles) </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>get article full text </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks (export) </li></ul><ul><li>homework </li></ul><ul><li>Day 2: Oct 1 </li></ul><ul><li>What did you find? </li></ul><ul><li>SciFinder Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>get article full text </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks (export) </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks (bibliography) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & feedback </li></ul>
  4. 4. account set-up <ul><li>Login Help / Synchronize my password </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks / Sign up </li></ul>
  5. 5. This diagram has been adapted from Evolution of Scientific Information . [From Allan Kent and Harold Lancour, eds., Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (New York, 1979), s.v. ”Scientific Literature,” by K. Subramanyam, 394]. Available at (retrieved Sept 3, 2008). Thanks to Timken Science Library, College of Wooster.
  6. 6. Library Catalogue <ul><li>Everything that the library owns </li></ul><ul><li>Books, journals (no articles), etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Search by keyword, author, publisher, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>E.g., United States Geological Society, Geological Society of America </li></ul>
  7. 7. Your turn <ul><li>5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Search the library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Ask us questions </li></ul>
  8. 8. Journal Articles & Databases <ul><li>Journal articles, conference proceedings… </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly journals </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-reviewed journal articles </li></ul><ul><li>Review articles </li></ul><ul><li>GeoRef (geology) </li></ul><ul><li>SciFinder Scholar (chemistry) </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science (cited ref. searching) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Scholarly vs. popular pubs <ul><li>availability </li></ul><ul><li>audience </li></ul><ul><li>aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>authors </li></ul><ul><li>topics </li></ul><ul><li>length </li></ul><ul><li>language </li></ul><ul><li>advertizing </li></ul><ul><li>Sources, credits </li></ul>
  10. 10. Peer-review process <ul><li>author writes paper, sends to publisher </li></ul><ul><li>publisher sends to referees (experts) </li></ul><ul><li>referees send feedback to publisher </li></ul><ul><li>publisher decides to publish or not </li></ul><ul><li>paper is published </li></ul><ul><li>journal is distributed </li></ul>
  11. 14. Search tips <ul><li>identify key words </li></ul><ul><li>use synonyms, AND, OR, NOT, * </li></ul><ul><li>E.g., mineral* AND (mars OR martian) AND soil* </li></ul><ul><li>mineral* = mineralogy, mineral, minerals, mineralogy… </li></ul><ul><li>limit date, language, document type(s) </li></ul>
  12. 18. Your turn <ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Search GeoRef </li></ul><ul><li>Get article fulltext </li></ul><ul><li>Export citations to RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul>
  13. 22. Your turn <ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Search Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Try Cited Reference Search </li></ul><ul><li>View Cited References </li></ul><ul><li>Get article fulltext </li></ul><ul><li>Export citations to RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul>
  14. 23. SciFinder Scholar
  15. 36. Your turn <ul><li>15 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Search SciFinder Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>Search by Research Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Analyse, Refine, Get Related </li></ul><ul><li>Get article fulltext </li></ul><ul><li>Save citations </li></ul><ul><li>Exit SciFinder Scholar and then </li></ul><ul><li>Import citations into RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul>
  16. 37. RefWorks <ul><li>web app for citation management </li></ul><ul><li>automatically formats notes, bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Export citations directly from database, or import citations from .txt file </li></ul><ul><li>use the Write-N-Cite plugin for Word </li></ul>
  17. 38. Questions & feedback <ul><li>On a piece of paper, briefly describe the one thing that you’re still confused about </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t have to be something I covered in the session </li></ul>
  18. 39. contact info <ul><li>Dan Sich, Earth Sciences Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>phone: 519.661.2111 ext. 80962 </li></ul><ul><li>eMail/MSN: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Subject: Earth Sciences 4490 question </li></ul><ul><li>Skype: dansich </li></ul>