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ESPM 108B Library Skills Lecture

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50-minute lecture for upper-division undergrads in ESPM 108B, Forest Genetics. Fall 2009.

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ESPM 108B Library Skills Lecture

  1. 1. ESPM 108B: Library Instruction Session Heather Thams, Bioscience Library Fall 2009 [email_address] www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS
  2. 2. What we’ll cover: <ul><li>Quick intro to the Bioscience Library </li></ul><ul><li>New ways to find books – OskiCat, NextGen Melvyl </li></ul><ul><li>Important article databases for forest genetics </li></ul><ul><li>Effective searching techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Finding an article from a citation </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>This is YOUR help session – what do you need to know?? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Scholarly Articles = Peer Review Articles are found in Journals = Serials = Periodicals = Magazines intended audience : general public. content : general information and entertainment. written by: staff writers, journalists, no peer review. advertising : heavy; geared towards consumers; glossy. intended audience : members of a specific industry, profession or organization. written by: professionals, staff writers. content : articles specific to particular industry trade or profession. No peer review. advertising : moderate; geared towards profession, job listings. intended audience : scholars, researchers, professionals. written by: scientists, scholars, researchers. content : original research; peer-reviewed , bibliographies . Articles often written in a specific format incorporating methodology, results, conclusions and footnoting. advertising : little or none. Popular Trade Scholarly/ Peer Reviewed
  4. 4. Finding Articles <ul><li>Article databases index the contents of journals, magazines and newspapers. </li></ul><ul><li>Searchable by author, title, journal, keywords and subject descriptors. </li></ul><ul><li>Some contain the full text of the articles, others give you only a brief description. </li></ul><ul><li>Different databases for different subject areas ( electronic resources by subject ). </li></ul><ul><li>Use UC-eLinks to access the electronic full text of the articles, or find the location of the printed version. </li></ul><ul><li>From off-campus, log in through UC Berkeley proxy server to have access to full text. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Finding Articles: All aspects of bioscience <ul><li>Scientific articles from peer-reviewed bioscience journals </li></ul><ul><li>1926 - present </li></ul><ul><li>UCB access only </li></ul><ul><li>Indexes over 6,000 journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings </li></ul><ul><li>Citations only - use UC-eLinks to access the electronic full text of the articles, or find the location of the printed version. </li></ul>BIOSIS Previews
  6. 6. Finding Articles: Forestry (int’l focus) <ul><li>Scientific articles from peer-reviewed agriculture/forestry/ environment journals, plus governmental/NGO reports and conference proceedings </li></ul><ul><li>1910 - present
 </li></ul><ul><li>UCB access only </li></ul><ul><li>Indexes over 7,000 journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings from over 100 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Citations only - use UC-eLinks to access the electronic full text of the articles, or find the location of the printed version. </li></ul>CAB Abstracts
  7. 7. Finding Articles: Forestry (US focus) <ul><li>Scientific articles from peer-reviewed agriculture/forestry/ environment journals, plus conference proceedings, trade journals, USDA/USFS and state agricultural research reports </li></ul><ul><li>1970 - present
 </li></ul><ul><li>UCB access only </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on US sources, but includes wide variety of other publications - about 5M records </li></ul><ul><li>Citations only - use UC-eLinks to access the electronic full text of the articles, or find the location of the printed version. </li></ul>Agricola
  8. 8. Finding Articles: All scientific fields + cited reference searching <ul><li>Articles from major peer-reviewed journals in all scientific fields </li></ul><ul><li>1900 - present </li></ul><ul><li>UCB access only </li></ul><ul><li>Main feature is cited reference searching, which lets you see what articles have cited a given article </li></ul><ul><li>Citations only - use UC-eLinks to access the electronic full text of the articles, or find the location of the printed version. </li></ul>Web of Science
  9. 9. Finding Articles: Quick & Dirty <ul><li>Indexes scholarly material found on the web, much of it peer-reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>Unknown dates of coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Freely available, but must have UCB authentication to access full text of most articles </li></ul><ul><li>Unknown scope </li></ul><ul><li>Can customize “Scholar Preferences” to show UC-eLinks </li></ul><ul><li>Great for quickly finding a known item; not so great for a comprehensive search </li></ul>Google Scholar
  10. 10. How do you find the full text? <ul><li>Bjorklund, M. 2003. Test for a population expansion after a drastic reduction in population size using DNA sequence data. Heredity 91: 481-486. DOI 10.1038/sj.hdy.6800309. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Lots of ways to find the full text: <ul><li>Search by DOI - use Google, or the DOI resolver: http:// dx.doi.org / </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the citation into Google Scholar , use UC-eLinks </li></ul><ul><li>Check our list of electronic journals: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/ej.html </li></ul><ul><li>Find the citation in BIOSIS , use UC-eLinks </li></ul><ul><li>Look up the journal title in OskiCat or NextGen Melvyl </li></ul>
  12. 12. RefWorks: Making Bibliographies Easier! <ul><li>Collect and organize all your references in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Format bibliographies with just a few clicks, in hundreds of different styles </li></ul><ul><li>Free for students, faculty, and staff; UCB Libraries have a site license </li></ul>www.refworks.com
  13. 13. Where to go for help… <ul><li>Reference Desk: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bioscience Library, VLSB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monday-Thursday: 10am-6pm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friday: 10am-5pm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Email us: bios@library.berkeley.edu </li></ul>Online handout: www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/espm_108b.html

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