WHERE SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND
For this course, use sources written by scientists (categories 1
- articles in scientific (reviewed) journals reporting original research
- articles written by scientists to explore theoretical possibilities
- articles written by scientists who review their own and others work
- books on a relevant topic but with each chapter contributed by a different
- books written by scientists (who participated in the research)
- articles written by science journalists in newspapers and magazines
- books written by science journalists
- information with unknown authors and unknown completeness
(newspapers, news magazines, wikipedia)
- information with an agenda (political or social)
(many books, newspapers, and almost all of the web)
- information with no identified sources!
WAYS TO SEARCH FOR SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET
To get started, try ...
- www.google.com [casts a broad net]
- scholar.google.com [focuses on scientific articles]
- UNC Library article databases (http://eresources.lib.unc.edu/eid/)
go to this link (or go to E-Research Tools) and then check "Frequently
Used" or "Biology"
- BIOSIS Previews (now owned by Web of Science)
- ISI Citation Databases (Web of Science)
- Zoological Record
Once you find a good article on a topic, check ...
- the list of references in this article [the best way to find
prior articles on the same topic]
- any articles that cite this article [the best way to find
more recent articles on the same topic]
(available from ISI Citation Databases or from scholar.google.com)
TACTICS FOR SEARCHING DATABASES
- combine a general word and a specific word in your search
- start general and use the first results to find a specific word
- start specific and use the first results to find a general word
- don't be satisfied with your first results!