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  • Integrated learning major: primary degree in anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Psychology, or Sociology 25 creditsMinor 18 creditsAlso,In the Joint M.S./J.D. Program allows students to obtain both a J.D. through SU's College of Law and the M.S. in forensic science with a significant reduction of credits.  The Advanced Certificate in Medicolegal Death Investigation is a 12-credit program that offers instruction that can be tailored to a wide variety of professionals who may either directly or tangentially become involved in cases of deaths that require investigation. 
  • Contains components of an information literacy course, plus career information. I try to include resources that are available to individuals not affiliated with a college or university.
  • Citation : to uphold intellectual honesty (or avoiding plagiarism),[1to attribute prior or unoriginal work and ideas to the correct sources, to allow the reader to determine independently whether the referenced material supports the author's argument in the claimed way, and to help the reader gauge the strength and validity of the material the author has used.[2]
  • AFQAM Galloway

    1. 1. Forensic Science Resources: How to get what you need Linda Galloway Biology, Chemistry & Forensic Science Librarian October 9, 2013
    2. 2. Agenda • Who I am, what I do • Finding background information on a topic • Scientific literature – Identifying relevant materials – Obtaining full text of documents • Advanced search techniques • Questions?
    3. 3. About me… • Former forensic chemist (drug & arson) for the Syracuse Police Department • Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience & Forensic Science • Help people access the content they need, teach (guest lectures and classes), purchase electronic & print resources, create web content, etc.
    4. 4. • Undergraduate – Integrated Learning Major in Forensic Science – Minor in Forensic Science • Graduate – M.S. in Forensic Science – Combined M.S. in Forensic Science and J.D. in Law – M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences (lab analysts) – M.S. in Nuclear Forensic Science (with Brookhaven National Lab)
    5. 5. FSC 632 Research and Career Resources is a course designed to help the graduate student meet forensic employers' expectations and bring together concepts that may only be touched on in other courses during their studies. Areas to be covered will include effective research techniques and literature interpretation, critical thinking skills, communication methods specific to forensic science and their potential discovery issues, trial practice/procedure and topics relevant to employment in the field of forensic science. It is expected that the skills learned in this course will assist students to perform to a higher standard and to give them an additional competitive edge when they enter the job market.
    6. 6. Background Information
    7. 7. Wikipedia • A great resource for background information – Corroborate facts before you use them – Use the resources (links to other articles or to other sources; found at end of Wikipedia article) • Wikipedia is written by volunteer contributors, but most of the content is reviewed and edited by experts
    8. 8. Hyperlinked, substantial bibliography
    9. 9. Before you really start your research… • Be familiar enough to talk about your topic for 5 minutes • Decide what kind of information you need – Background information – Newspaper or magazine articles – Scientific or scholarly articles – Images, photos – Other?
    10. 10. Newspaper Articles
    11. 11. News Resources • Most newspapers provide limited free access to stories via web portals • Access to older articles, or print version of articles, is often behind a pay wall • Print and electronic versions of articles are often different • Most public & college libraries provide online access to newspaper databases
    12. 12. Scientific Literature
    13. 13. Do you know the difference between a magazine and a journal? • Written by scientists • First reporting of research results • Peer review  suitability for publication  credibility  quality control • Written by journalists • Sometimes a first person account • Often a synthesis of several sources
    14. 14. Some terms to be aware of…. • Citation – reference to a source, so that someone can find this again • Abstract – summary of a published work • Peer-reviewed article – before publication, article is evaluate & edited by experts • DOI – Digital Object Identifier, unique number for each digital publication
    15. 15. Finding Scientific Articles • PubMed – huge database of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. • Google Scholar – Google for scholarly articles and publications
    16. 16. PubMed – huge database of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
    17. 17. Review Article • Summarize current literature on a topic and provide an analysis of the topic. • Great to gain a thorough understanding of a topic
    18. 18. articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
    19. 19. Finding Full Text • Always check Google Scholar first; .pdf may be available or put article title “in quotation marks” • College or University libraries offer walk-in access to licensed resources • Public libraries may offer access • Purchase from publisher – around $39/article • Use an article service such as DeepDyve
    20. 20. Government websites offer access
    21. 21. “article title in quotation marks”
    22. 22. Purchasing Access to Articles • Societies often offer journal subscriptions to their members • From publishers, usually around $39 per article • Use an article service such as DeepDyve
    23. 23. Deepdyve • Free account with DeepDyve gets you free access to full-text articles for five minutes a day • $20 for five 30-day rentals, or $40/month for 40 monthly rentals • Cannot print or download articles unless you purchase them • Deepdyve offers individual & group plans for article rentals & purchases
    24. 24. Searched for “bath salts” analysis chose ‘Chemistry’ as subject area
    25. 25. Questions???
    26. 26. More about
    27. 27. Using Ggle Scholar Smarter… • Creating a Google Scholar profile allows Google Scholar provide links of interest • Set ‘Library Links’ if affiliated with a college library • Sign up for ‘Alerts’ in your area of interest • Use ‘Advanced Search’ to be more specific • Read the abstracts of articles before requesting
    28. 28. Keep up with literature in your field…..
    29. 29. RSS Alerts • Set up RSS feeds in Google Scholar to be alerted when new articles in your field of interest are published. (I use Scopus to do this). • Can set up alerts from many resources– by author or topic • Be cognizant of the amount of information you might get….
    30. 30. Advanced Search Techniques
    31. 31. Advanced Search
    32. 32. Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy Scroll down page Advanced Search
    33. 33. To specify language that results should appear in Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy
    34. 34. To specify that result should only appear in one file type e.g. in ppt, pdf Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy
    35. 35. To specify site or domain of result e.g. .edu, .gov, .org Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy
    36. 36. Google Search Operators When you search using an operator, don't add any spaces between the operator and your query. A search for will work, but site: will not. Exclude a word; -query Search within a site or domain site:query Search for pages that link to a URL link:query Search for either word query OR query
    37. 37. Questions???