The Web is wonderful, but often it only gives quick
facts and overviews of information, and can you really
trust what you see? Journals and books are published
by companies that stand by the reputation of their publications. Articles are reviewed by an editor, and usually by peers
in their field as well before they are published.
journals articles tend to give you more details on how
an experiment was carried out and what the raw results
were. This can help you determine whether the
conclusions of the authors are reasonable or not.
our next exercise, we will locate a relevant journal
article. Once you have, fill out the appropriate
following indexes will be useful in locating basic,
less technical information on your topics:
(Omni File Full-Text Mega)
will need to use other indexes than just the above three
as well, as they will not have the depth that the indexes
Applied Science and
Technology Abstracts - another introductory level
index, this time concentrating on science and technology
GeoRef -- For articles about the geologic sciences
PAIS -- for
policy related discussions
Index - A compilation of several indexes related
to environmental science.
of Science -- tracks citations to and from articles. A way
to find out what other scientists think of a particular
GPO Index --US Government Documents
Science.gov--searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.
sciencedirect.com-- compilation of Elsevier online science journals. Great source for desktop pdf's.
Also, try MegaSearch, which allows you to search several databases at once.
Where are the journals, anyway?
are some helpful links:
Ejournals Purdue Owns
in the EAS Library
Also, several databases have `check your library'-type
links that query our catalog to see if we own the journal
that the article comes from. You may need to go
to the EAS or another library on campus to find a journal
for your presentation.
How do you Read A Journal Article?
journals are written by and for scientists active in
their fields. That makes it tough for newcomers
to figure out what is in a journal article. If
you are curious about methods that make journal reading
easier, check out a multimedia
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