Scientists What can your librarian do for you

Scientists! What can your librarian do for you?

Saturday, January 16, 2 – 3:05pm

“duck sex” phrase of this session: librarians are pathologically helpful.. See bottom of this page for links to sites mentioned in the session.

C. Scientists! What can your librarian do for you? – Stephanie Willen Brown and Dorothea Salo

Description: Find free, scholarly, science stuff on the Internet, via your public or state library, or on the “free Web.” Learn tips & tricks for getting full-text science research at all levels, through resources like DOAJ and NC Live (for those with a North Carolina library card; other states often offer free resources to library card holders). Find out about some options for storing science material at your academic institution’s Institutional Repository. We will also talk about the broader access to material stored in institutional repositories and elsewhere on the Web.

Free, Scholarly Resources!

Full-text Science Tech Resources

  • DOAJ Full-text scientific, scholarly journals and popular magazines, intended to cover all subjects and languages. Open access and freely available to all. (nice review by LIS professor Péter Jacsó)
  • Search An open access site for eprints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics. Articles are available in pdf, html, and postscript formats.
  • BioMed Central Peer-reviewed research across all areas of biology and medicine, with immediate, barrier-free access for all.
  • HighWire PressFree Online Full-text Articles Many scientific articles published online with the assistance of Stanford’s HighWire Press. This includes some completely free content, as well as many journals whose articles are free after a 12-month “embargo.”
    • HighWire PressFree Access to Developing Economies Free online access to developing economies, based on either programs such as HINARI or AGORA, or on a HighWire-based program offering access to countries appearing in the World Bank’s list of “low income economies,” plus Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Georgia, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
  • PubMed Central Free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Public Library of Science Full-text of 7 scholarly, scientific open access journals.
  • Many libraries maintain lists of free databases & journals. Useful ones include:
    • Free Electronic Journals Comprehensive list, by journal title, from the University of Nevada, Reno Library.
    • WU Libraries Free Journal Indexes and Databases

Library Stuffs from Your State

  • These are free to state residents with a library card.
  • They include LOTS of full-text and some great search engines
  • Some examples:
    • NC Live Multiple databases from the state of NC, for all NC residents with a library card. Contact your public library to find out the login code for home access.
    • Connecticut residents (or library card holders) can try
  • Available in many states; email CogSciLibrarian at gmail if you want the scoop on finding the list from Your State!

Free Databases from Vendors; some full-text
Lots of free search engines which index scholarly, scientific articles in addition to PubMed:

  • Agricola Indexes articles in agriculture, including plant and animal sciences, forestry, entomology, soil and water resources, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, alternative farming practices, and food and nutrition. 1970-current.
  • ERIC Indexes scholarly journals and magazines in all areas of education, from early intervention (birth to age three), preschool, K-12 (public and private), and higher education. Includes bilingual, special, gifted, and computer education. 1966-current.
  • GreenFile A freely accessible research index focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment. Full-text access is granted to some 4,600+ records from open-access resources. from EBSCO.
  • LISTA: Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts Free abstracts covering 600 periodicals, books and reports in library and information science dating back to the 1960s. from EBSCO.
  • Scirus Indexes Elsevier journal articles, Medline, many web sites and preprint sites.
  • Teacher Reference Center Index of 260 journals from popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books. Topics include Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more.

I Found an Article I Want to Read, Now What?

  • Request it via Interlibrary Loan, through your local public library. (what isInterlibrary Loan?!). Most libraries will obtain articles for their patrons for no charge or a nominal fee.
  • Visit a local college or university library. Most (all?) public universities in the U.S. permit “walk-ins” to use their resources, including downloading (a few) full-text articles.

Confused? Ask A Librarian. Srsly.
Librarians love to help … at least, most of us do. 🙂

  • Check out library web site’s “chat” features and take advantage of them!
  • Call a the reference desk
  • NC residents may ask reference questions online 24/7 via NCknows! … many states offer similar programs — for free!

More services!

  • Getting students up to speed on information-gathering
  • Institutional repositories and institutional bibliographies
  • Staying out of copyright trouble
  • Managing and sharing research data
  • (Re)making institutional and national information policy

Attendee Questions

I’m looking forward to this session. Can you post some links to relevant online sources here?


Notes from Session

Here are some of the sites we talked about in the session today:

  • Catalog of books, journals, OAISTER material, DVDs, CDs, scores, and sound recordings from over 9,000 libraries. 40 million records representing 400 languages. Covers information back to the 11th Century.
  • RePEc: Research Papers in Economics Repository for economics and finance research, including working papers, articles and software code.
  • CiteSeer Repository for computer and information science papers
  • Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS)
  • So you think you know libraries, Dorothea’s presentation on Slideshare.
  • John Dupuis’s list of Library people at Science Online 2010 from his blog Confessions of a Science Librarian.