Library Day 1 - Background Research

Library Day 1 - Background Research

CHEM 300 - Background Research

In this session, we will cover:

  • How to begin conducting your background research in books and online
  • How to search the library book catalog using keywords, limits, and subject terms
  • The different library catalogs available (CSUSM, CSU+, WorldCat)

In-class work

  1. Complete the Background Assignment. (Note: this will open in Google Docs and you will need to copy/save a new version for your own use.)
  2. Change the "share" settings so that commenting is allowed.
  3. Email a link to your completed worksheet to Talitha by Friday, January 31. 

Library Day 2 - Journals and Databases

Library Day 2 - Journals and Databases

CHEM 300 - Journals and Databases

Before this session, please complete this short tutorial:

In this session, we will cover:

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, technical reports -- and how they are different than the information you've had to use so far

  • Literature databases and how they work

  • Tips on how to search databases, including:

    • using limits

    • truncation

    • combining terms using AND/OR

In-class work

  1. Complete the Journals Worksheet.
  2. (Note: this will open in Google Docs and you will need to copy/save a new version for your own use.)
  3. Change the "share" settings so that commenting is allowed.
  4. Email a link to your completed worksheet to Talitha by Friday, February 14.

Library Day 3 - Citations and Bibliographic Managers

Library Day 3 - Citations and Bibliographic Managers

Library Day 4 - Looking Forward (Web of Science)

Library Day 4 - Looking Forward (Web of Science)

CHEM 300 - Web of Science

In this session, we will cover:

  • The difference between Google Scholar and Web of Science
  • How to use Web of Science to find articles that are newer on a particular topic

In-class work:

  1. Complete the Web of Science scavenger hunt (passed out in class)
  2. Complete the assignment: webofscience_assignment_17fa.docx
    • Save the file as <<CHEM300.2017FA.WoS.YourLastName.docx>>
    • Email the completed assignment to Talitha by Friday, October 6.
  3. Complete the library session evaluations

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