Finding Information in Environmental Studies “ Everybody gets so much information all day long  that they lose their commo...
<ul><li>Introduction to UC Berkeley’s libraries  </li></ul><ul><li>Finding information on environmental issues  </li></ul>...
California Wildfires Hot Environmental Topic:
What are some relevant issues? California wildfires…
Lots of different topics to research!   Urban-wildland interface History of fire management Role of fire in ecosystems Eff...
How do you find relevant information? Web searches Books and reports Newspapers  (current and historical) Scholarly journa...
Searching the Web <ul><li>Can be a good place to start: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains information that can’t be found els...
How do you find relevant information? Web searches Books and reports Fire in California:
 
UCB Library Collections Bioscience and Natural Resources Library: Biology, ecology, environmental conservation, forestry, ...
What’s a Catalog? <ul><li>Catalogs describe  what a library owns : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
What do library catalogs  NOT do? In general, they do NOT index the  individual articles  within journals, magazines and n...
How do you find relevant information? Web searches Books and reports Newspapers  (current and historical) Scholarly journa...
Journals and Magazines:  Scholarly vs. Popular Intended   audience : general public Content : general information and ente...
Peer Review <ul><li>Expert review prior to publication: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Methodology? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orig...
What’s an Article Database? <ul><li>Article databases index the  contents  of journals, magazines and newspapers </li></ul...
<ul><li>Import citations from a variety of sources </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own database of citations </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>Bioscience Library Reference Desk: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>...
<ul><li>1.   Using the resources listed on your handout, search for information relating to  one aspect  of fire ecology o...
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  • possible new quotes: Edward Abbey: We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there. &amp;quot;The Heart of Noon&amp;quot; (p. 116) What good is a house, if you haven&apos;t got a tolerable planet to put it on? – Henry David Thoreau &amp;quot;Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.&amp;quot; -Gertrude Stein “ One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There&apos;s always more than you can cope with.” – Marshall McLuhan
  • ESPM 12 LIbrary Skills Lecture

    1. 1. Finding Information in Environmental Studies “ Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” - Gertrude Stein
    2. 2. <ul><li>Introduction to UC Berkeley’s libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Finding information on environmental issues </li></ul><ul><li>- Web sites </li></ul><ul><li>- The Library catalog: </li></ul><ul><li>- Journal and newspaper article databases: </li></ul><ul><li>Lexis-Nexis , Academic Search Complete , ESPM </li></ul><ul><li>Managing your references: </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on Exercise </li></ul>Outline for Today’s Session:
    3. 3. California Wildfires Hot Environmental Topic:
    4. 4. What are some relevant issues? California wildfires…
    5. 5. Lots of different topics to research! Urban-wildland interface History of fire management Role of fire in ecosystems Effects of climate change Policies, prevention, taxpayer $$ Beneficial effects of fire
    6. 6. How do you find relevant information? Web searches Books and reports Newspapers (current and historical) Scholarly journal articles Fire in California: Magazine articles
    7. 7. Searching the Web <ul><li>Can be a good place to start: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains information that can’t be found elsewhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for current and local information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wide range of available resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The library pays for content you won’t find through Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careful evaluation is needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of random stuff to sift through! </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. How do you find relevant information? Web searches Books and reports Fire in California:
    9. 10. UCB Library Collections Bioscience and Natural Resources Library: Biology, ecology, environmental conservation, forestry, nutrition, agriculture, crop biotechnology. www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS Doe and Moffitt Libraries: Social sciences, humanities and general science. Moffitt Library focuses on helping undergraduates with their research. www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff
    10. 11. What’s a Catalog? <ul><li>Catalogs describe what a library owns : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal subscriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CDs, DVDs, other multimedia… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Melvyl: all UC campuses, all UCB libraries ( melvyl.cdlib.org ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pathfinder/GLADIS: most UCB libraries ( pathfinder.berkeley.edu ) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. What do library catalogs NOT do? In general, they do NOT index the individual articles within journals, magazines and newspapers! You shouldn’t use Melvyl, Pathfinder or GLADIS to look for articles. But things are changing…in new Next-Generation Melvyl, you can find some articles: berkeley.worldcat.org
    12. 13. How do you find relevant information? Web searches Books and reports Newspapers (current and historical) Scholarly journal articles Fire in California: Magazine articles
    13. 14. Journals and Magazines: Scholarly vs. Popular Intended audience : general public Content : general information and entertainment Written by: staff writers, journalists, no peer review Advertising : heavy; geared towards consumers Intended audience : scholars, researchers, professionals Written by: scientists, scholars, researchers. Content : peer-reviewed original research, including bibliographies Articles often written in a specific format incorporating methodology, results, conclusions and footnoting. advertising : usually minimal Magazines: Popular Journals: Scholarly/Peer Reviewed
    14. 15. Peer Review <ul><li>Expert review prior to publication: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Methodology? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Originality? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarity? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significance? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Previously published literature considered? </li></ul><ul><li>Not a substitute for the “test of time” </li></ul>
    15. 16. What’s an Article Database? <ul><li>Article databases index the contents of journals, magazines and newspapers </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 </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Search Complete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lexis-Nexis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Science and Pollution Management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>List of all UCB article databases: http:// www.lib.berkeley.edu/find/types/articles.html </li></ul>
    16. 17. <ul><li>Import citations from a variety of sources </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own database of citations </li></ul><ul><li>Format bibliographies in a variety of styles </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based; access your references from any computer </li></ul><ul><li>Free for UCB students, faculty & staff </li></ul>www.refworks.com RefWorks: Manage Your References Easily
    17. 18. <ul><li>Bioscience Library Reference Desk: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Saturday: 1-5pm </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Moffitt Library Reference Desk: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friday: 9am-5pm </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Saturday-Sunday: 1-5pm </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>IM a librarian: lib.berkeley.edu, click on “Questions? Ask us!” </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail us: [email_address] </li></ul>Where to go for help…
    18. 19. <ul><li>1. Using the resources listed on your handout, search for information relating to one aspect of fire ecology or management. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, you might research: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How fire management policies have changed over time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How climate change is a factor in fires </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How forests recover from fire </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What issue are you most concerned about? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Hands-On Exercise 2. Find three relevant references for the topic you have chosen: one scholarly journal article , one book or government report , and one reference of any other type . 3. Copy and paste your three references (author, title, publication date, etc.) into one email and send it to [email_address] .

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