Library Help for Planetary Geology


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Library Help for Planetary Geology

  1. 1. Library Help for Planetary Geology Dan Sich Librarian for Earth Sciences, Planetary Science, Physics & Astronomy, Electrical & Computer Engineering June 26, 2008
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Finding articles </li></ul><ul><li>Citation indexes – Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Getting articles – Full Text, print </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan – RACER </li></ul><ul><li>Another article database – GeoRef </li></ul><ul><li>Another citation index – Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>Your bibliography – RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>Off-Campus Access </li></ul>
  3. 3. Finding articles <ul><li>What have you got to start with? </li></ul><ul><li>An article with a bibliography? </li></ul><ul><li>A list of citations/references? </li></ul><ul><li>A rough topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Some key words? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Citation Indexes <ul><li>Find articles, articles’ bibliographies, and articles that cite your chosen article(s) </li></ul><ul><li>E.g., Web of Science – includes Science Citation Index, 1965-present </li></ul><ul><li>Databases by Title > W > Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Search by key words or by article Title, Author, Publication (journal) Name, Year Published, etc. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cit ed References <ul><li>(Cit ed ) References = Bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>Find articles cited by your article </li></ul><ul><li>Look ‘backwards in time’ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cit ing References <ul><li>Times Cited = Cit ing References </li></ul><ul><li>Find articles that cite your article </li></ul><ul><li>Look ‘forward in time’ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Getting articles <ul><li>Identify interesting articles </li></ul><ul><li>Click purple Get it @ Western buttons </li></ul><ul><li>Can you link to Full Text? </li></ul><ul><li>Holdings Information (check Library Catalogue)? </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loans (request via RACER) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Library Catalogue <ul><li>Inventory of all print & online journals owned by UWO Library </li></ul><ul><li>Do we have the volume & issue you need? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we have it online or in print? </li></ul><ul><li>Which library is it in? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the location (section) & call number? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Interlibrary Loan (RACER) <ul><li>Order a photocopy from another library </li></ul><ul><li>How much time do you have? </li></ul><ul><li>Need to create an account </li></ul><ul><li>$5 per article </li></ul>
  10. 10. Getting theses <ul><li>For UWO theses, search the Library Catalogue by author name </li></ul><ul><li>For non-UWO theses, try: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (Full Text available online) – under Databases by Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching the library at the university at which the thesis was written </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contacting the author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Borrowing through Interlibrary Loan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ordering through UMI Dissertation Express ($41) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Finding more <ul><li>Identify interesting articles (using Web of Science and/or your article’s bibliography) </li></ul><ul><li>Skim their abstracts, identifying key words & vocabulary used by authors of articles </li></ul><ul><li>Search by these key words (in Topic), using “quotes for phrases” and truncat* (truncation, truncating), AND, OR, NOT </li></ul><ul><li>Use more than one database (because coverage varies) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Another article database <ul><li>GeoRef - American Geological Society (1785-present) </li></ul><ul><li>Databases by Title > G > GeoRef </li></ul><ul><li>Can also search GeoRef In Process at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>Search results tabs - sorted by type </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t have Cited Reference Searching </li></ul><ul><li>Does have Descriptors - use them to increase the relevance of your results </li></ul>
  13. 13. Database focus & journal coverage <ul><li>GeoRef has a focus on geology, and covers the geological literature more in-depth than does either Web of Science or Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>You may find articles from journals that are not geology-specific (e.g., Chemistry Letters ) </li></ul><ul><li>Not all journals will be indexed cover-to-cover (e.g., chemistry journals) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Another citation index <ul><li>Scopus (1960/1966-present) </li></ul><ul><li>Has Physical Sciences component which contains Earth and Planetary Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Databases by Title > S > SCOPUS </li></ul><ul><li>Off-Campus Access is temporarily unavailable </li></ul><ul><li>View references (aka Cit ed References) </li></ul><ul><li>Cited by (aka Cit ing References) </li></ul><ul><li>Refine Results – Subject Area, Document Type, Year, Author Name, Source Title, etc. </li></ul>
  15. 15. RefWorks <ul><li>Useful web application for building & formatting your bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>Create an account – use your email address </li></ul><ul><li>Group code = RWUWestOnt </li></ul><ul><li>Add references: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Export directly from GeoRef or Scopus (easy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Import from Web of Science (tricky) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Save as Plain Text (in Web of Science, then in RefWorks…) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Import Filter = ISI </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Database = Web of Science </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encoding = ANSI – Latin I </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Export/Import help for more databases is here </li></ul><ul><li>Check the quality of what you’ve imported </li></ul><ul><li>Create your Bibliography </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access Style > Output Style Manager > Earth and Planetary Science Letters > Add to Favorites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create endnotes/footnotes using Write-N-Cite MS Word plug-in </li></ul>
  16. 16. Off-Campus Access <ul><li>You can access Web of Science, GeoRef, eJournals, etc. from off-campus </li></ul><ul><li>You _should normally_ be able to access Scopus from off-campus as well </li></ul><ul><li>Click Off-Campus Access and login before you try to use databases or eJournals </li></ul>
  17. 17. Questions? <ul><li>Dan Sich </li></ul><ul><li>eMail & MSN chat: </li></ul><ul><li>Skype: dansich </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 519.661.2111 x80962 </li></ul>