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Information literacy and internet use for entomologists


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A quick introduction to getting the most of internet research for entomology - it is not just about getting information but also about giving back

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Information literacy and internet use for entomologists

  1. 1. Entomologists and the Internet Information literacy for entomologists L. Shyamal LSHYAMAL @ GMAIL . COM
  2. 2. The Internet is a librarybut does not replace it yet Cartoon by Ed Stein
  3. 3. Information Literacy old rootsKnowledge is of two kinds.We know a subject ourselves, orwe know where we can find information on it... - Samuel Johnson (1791)
  4. 4. Information Literacy old roots If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants - Isaac Newton, 1676 other forms from the 12th centuryIn Greek mythology the blind giant Orioncarried his servant Cedalion on his shoulders. Image source:,_Rosenwald_4,_Bl._5r.jpg
  5. 5. Information Literacy•Searching - finding sources•Evaluating - primary/secondary/tertiary sources - evaluating content•Using (ethically) - synthesising, citing, paraphrasing - copyrights, plagiarism•Sharing - publishing - archiving, licensing for reuse
  6. 6. SearchingSearch engines index full text not semantic incomplete - deep web (>90% of Internet - not indexed)People are resources specialist sites, email listservers, other groupsNot all information is in soft format OCR-ed material often error pronePublished sources Sometimes inaccessible Sometimes expensive Author archives Find and contact authors
  7. 7. Search enginesGoogle currently considered the bestAdvanced usage •Site specification •Filetype specification •Using Google Scholar •The Internet Archive
  8. 8. Internet resourcesBiodiversity Heritage LibraryThe Internet ArchiveDatabases Nomenclator Zoologicus, ITIS … othersOthers run by enthusiasts, museums etc.: Hymis FLOW … many othersEmail listservers Taxacom-L …Social networking Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+
  9. 9. EvaluatingPrimary / secondary and tertiary sourcesAuthor credibilityPublisherReviewsCitation of others - quality of scholarshipCitations by othersRecognize quality indicators or their lackIdentify plagiarism or copyright violationsContact and interact with authors
  10. 10. UsingResearch material, keep notesBibliographic tools - Zotero, MendeleyCite authors inlineKnow the copyright law - rise above it License openly esp. if you are fundedAvoid plagiarism including closed paraphrasing
  11. 11. SharingShare bibliographies and reviewsArchive your own publications onlineShare your knowledge, mediaInteract online with the public without discriminationLearning and teaching indistinguishable continuous processes Image:
  12. 12. QuestionsL. Shyamal < LSHYAMAL @ GMAIL.COM > Wikipedia editor : User:Shyamal