Biology 2011:
Environmental Issues
Kathleen Baril
Librarian
What we will cover:
Types

of scientific literature
How to evaluate websites
Main databases to use for
environmental to...
Science Research
Three Main Types:
 Tertiary
 Secondary
 Primary
Science Research - Tertiary
 Very

broad topics.

 Useful

place for finding background
information on a topic.

 Usual...
Science Research - Secondary
 Summaries
 Broader

of primary literature/research.

and less current.

 Helpful

because...
Science Research - Primary
 Write-ups

of results of research.
 Current and specialized.
 Often analyzes data collected...
Evaluating Online Sources


What? is the page/site about



Who? created and maintains this site



Where? Is the infor...
Evaluating Online Sources
Use the domains from the URLs to determine whether the
web source will have useful and authorita...
Tertiary Information
Find this information in the library catalog: POLAR.
Scholarly versus Popular Periodicals
Magazines or Popular Periodicals
• Glossy pages and lots of pictures
• Edited by maga...
Secondary and Primary Information:
Databases
Environment Complete and Greenfile
Environment Complete and GreenFile
Use limiters to refine results.
Environment Complete and GreenFile:
Literature Review – Secondary Research
To find literature reviews, combine your search...
Environment Complete and GreenFile:
Primary Research
Look for clues in the citation, look for data tables and scan the abs...
Environment Complete and GreenFile:
Primary Research
When looking at the full –text article for primary
research look for ...
Environment Complete and GreenFile
Results Page: Look for full-text PDF or HTML article
at the bottom of the citation.
Environment Complete and GreenFile
Click on the Find It @ ONU link if there is not a PDF
or HTML full text article availab...
Environment Complete and GreenFile
After clicking on the Find It @ ONU link, click the link
provided to access the full-te...
Environment Complete and GreenFile
If the article is not available, request it through Interlibrary
Loan. The article shou...
Science Citation Index Expanded
Science Citation Index Expanded :
Refine Results
Refine Results using :




Web of Science
Categories
Document Types
Re...
Science Citation Index Expanded
Results
Click on the abstract link to read a summary of the article.

Viewing Abstract
Science Citation Index Expanded
Results
Click on the LS icon to connect to full-text articles.
Citing Sources
Refworks
Use RefWorks to keep track of
citations, store full-text articles and create
bibliographies.
Review


Use the library catalog and internet to find background
information.



Internet - - evaluate sources carefully...
Need Further Assistance?


Contact the Reference Desk at 419-772-2185.



Contact the Reference Desk via email at
refere...
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Biology 2011 riley 2013

  1. 1. Biology 2011: Environmental Issues Kathleen Baril Librarian
  2. 2. What we will cover: Types of scientific literature How to evaluate websites Main databases to use for environmental topics
  3. 3. Science Research Three Main Types:  Tertiary  Secondary  Primary
  4. 4. Science Research - Tertiary  Very broad topics.  Useful place for finding background information on a topic.  Usually contains well-established facts in science.  Examples: encyclopedias, textbooks, handbooks. Adapted from Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/bio1bscholcomm.html
  5. 5. Science Research - Secondary  Summaries  Broader of primary literature/research. and less current.  Helpful because of long bibliographies on a subject.  Examples include: books, literature review articles. Adapted from Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/bio1bscholcomm.html
  6. 6. Science Research - Primary  Write-ups of results of research.  Current and specialized.  Often analyzes data collected in the field or laboratory.  Examples: articles in peer-reviewed journals, dissertations, technical reports, etc Adapted from Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/bio1bscholcomm.html
  7. 7. Evaluating Online Sources  What? is the page/site about  Who? created and maintains this site  Where? Is the information coming from  Why? Is the information presented on the web  When? Was the page created or last updated  How? Accurate or credible is the page From the University of Wisconsin Library, worksheet for evaluating web sites
  8. 8. Evaluating Online Sources Use the domains from the URLs to determine whether the web source will have useful and authoritative information. .edu = educational institution .org = organization or association .gov = government site .com = commercial site .museum = museum .net = personal or other site
  9. 9. Tertiary Information Find this information in the library catalog: POLAR.
  10. 10. Scholarly versus Popular Periodicals Magazines or Popular Periodicals • Glossy pages and lots of pictures • Edited by magazine editors • Articles usually written by staff journalists • Short articles • Targeted to general audiences Scholarly Journals/Periodicals • Peer-reviewed • Longer • Citations/Bibliography • Written by scholars, experts in the field of study • Targeted to scholars, students in a particular field of study
  11. 11. Secondary and Primary Information: Databases Environment Complete and Greenfile
  12. 12. Environment Complete and GreenFile Use limiters to refine results.
  13. 13. Environment Complete and GreenFile: Literature Review – Secondary Research To find literature reviews, combine your search term with literature reviews. Literature reviews often cite primary research and provide good overviews of topics.
  14. 14. Environment Complete and GreenFile: Primary Research Look for clues in the citation, look for data tables and scan the abstract for a description of the methods or materials used, hypotheses, etc.
  15. 15. Environment Complete and GreenFile: Primary Research When looking at the full –text article for primary research look for components such as:  Methods or Materials and Methods  Results  Discussion  Conclusions  References
  16. 16. Environment Complete and GreenFile Results Page: Look for full-text PDF or HTML article at the bottom of the citation.
  17. 17. Environment Complete and GreenFile Click on the Find It @ ONU link if there is not a PDF or HTML full text article available.
  18. 18. Environment Complete and GreenFile After clicking on the Find It @ ONU link, click the link provided to access the full-text article.
  19. 19. Environment Complete and GreenFile If the article is not available, request it through Interlibrary Loan. The article should be delivered electronically in 2-3 days.
  20. 20. Science Citation Index Expanded
  21. 21. Science Citation Index Expanded : Refine Results Refine Results using :    Web of Science Categories Document Types Research Areas
  22. 22. Science Citation Index Expanded Results Click on the abstract link to read a summary of the article. Viewing Abstract
  23. 23. Science Citation Index Expanded Results Click on the LS icon to connect to full-text articles.
  24. 24. Citing Sources Refworks Use RefWorks to keep track of citations, store full-text articles and create bibliographies.
  25. 25. Review  Use the library catalog and internet to find background information.  Internet - - evaluate sources carefully.  Primary sources - - look for clues like data tables, article laid out with methods/materials, results, discussion and references.
  26. 26. Need Further Assistance?  Contact the Reference Desk at 419-772-2185.  Contact the Reference Desk via email at reference@onu.edu.  Contact me directly k-baril@onu.edu or 419-772-2188 to set up an appointment.  Reference Desk hours: Monday-Thursday 8AM-12PM, 1PM-4:30PM, 6PM-9PM Friday 8AM-4:30PM

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