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Class Objectives1. Able to understand and navigate Library’s web site and locate research databases2. Understand what Peer Reviewed articles are and know how to locate them3. Able to distinguish between primary, secondary, and tertiary literature.4. Able to use RefWorks to compile a bibliography for a paper.5. Understand how to formulate a computer database search and to know what databases to use
Services• Remote access– CougarNet account• Full text Journal articles• Cougar One Card• Cougar-net account• VPN account• Inter Library Loan [online]• Library Provides 500 free pages of prints• IT Central Site also 500 free prints (Library Basement – own entrance)• Free Photocopying or you can email or save on a flashdrive
Peer Reviewed Articles Other experts in the field reads and reviews the article to assess professional merit• Stated in preface pages of the Journal• Contains list of cited references• Many databases provide a “peer review” limit option• Can check in Ulrich’s database–uses “refereed “• Popular works, such as magazine and newspaper articles, are written for the general public– and are not Peer Reviewed.
How to Distinguish Between Primary• Secondary• Tertiary•
Primary Sources• Source material that is closest to the information.• A source with direct personal knowledge of the events being described. It serves as an original source of information about the topic. A person with direct knowledge of a situation, or a document created by such a person.• E.G. Case Reports, Clinical Trials, Original reporting articles…1st person
Secondary Sources• Cite, comment on, or build upon primary sources.• Involve generalization, analysis, synthesis, interpretation, or evaluation of the original information. If an article discusses old documents to derive a new conclusion, it is considered to be a primary source for the new conclusion• E.G. Review Articles, meta-analysis [most peer review articles report new findings and thus are considered primary resources]
Tertiary Sources• More peripheral• Bibliographies, library catalogs, directories, reading lists and survey articles.• Compilation of data…CRC Handbook, Biomedical handbook, Encyclopedia of Life Sciences• Longer lead time in publishing…..
Citation Searching Assumed subject relevancy between the original paper and the references that paper citese.g. POPULATION-DYNAMICS OF WHITE-TAILED DEER (ODOCOILEUS-VIRGINIANUS) ON THE WELDER WILDLIFE REFUGE, TEXAS by KIE JG; 1985 – If we look up the list of references at the end of Kie’s article they may be useful --but the problem is that they will all be older than 1985….. And I want current articles on the topic? – So I can look for articles since 1985 who “cited” Kie’s article by doing a “citation search” – And we find the latest article was published in 2011