BI 205 Finding Primary Sources

Librarian: Steve Burks - Make an appointment / Ext 2354 / Office Library 210

 

Finding Primary Sources

  • What is a primary source?  See Scholarly-Journals



  • Science Databases

    - Scopus

       - Citation Index /  Impact Factors  (The Impact Factor for a journal represents the citation rate over a given time period for an average article in a given journal.  A journals' impact factor is one of the measures used to measure journals' importance in its field)  See Scopus Journal Metrics
       - Not Full-text  - links out to full-text in library holdings
       - Also searches Medline & EmBase
       - The main competitor to Scopus is Web of Science

    Example search topic fertilizers and compounds that promote plant growth  //  (fertilizers  OR  compounds) AND "plant growth" 

    - MEDLINE / PubMed

       - Searches National College of Medicine journal content.  Both do similar things but PubMed will also search pre-prints/"ahead of prints" articles
       - Allows a search MESH terms - (Medical Subject Headings)
       - Not Full-text  - links out to full-text in library holdings
       - Interface allows limiters specific to medical research - eg. "double blind studies"

    Example use of MESH - chili peppers / pain

    --Science Direct

       - Full-text database
       - Elsevier publisher


  • Review articles - Review articles are not "primary" - but are an experts assessment of a research topic and will cite the most important primary research

       
  • Zotero is a popular citation manager.  It allows you to save research results from a plug-in to your browser.  You can create bibliographies and works cited lists in a variety of styles.  Zotero can also be downloaded to your Word program to allow seamless integration of citations into your papers.

    Go to https://www.zotero.org/ to download and set up an account

 

Tip - When doing a search in the library Discovery Search - Unclick the Available in Library Collection box - You can get articles the library does not own through interlibrary loan

 

 

 

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