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Mining GALILEO in the Sciences Teri M. Vogel Georgia State University October 23, 2003 *modified 11/9/2003 Elementary School Middle School Junior High School High School Technical School 2, 4-Year College General Public Assignments / Reports Science Projects Research

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Mining GALILEO in the Sciences

Teri M. Vogel

Georgia State University

October 23, 2003*modified 11/9/2003

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Elementary School

Middle SchoolJunior High School

High School Technical School2, 4-Year College General Public

Assignments / Reports

Science Projects


Levels of Science Information Needs

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Elementary (K-5)

  • SIRS Discoverer (K12/PLS)

  • Searchasaurus

    • Primary / Elementary School Search (K12/PLS/DTAE)

  • Encyclopedia of Animals (K12/PLS/DTAE)

  • F & W New World Encyclopedia (K12/PLS/DTAE)

Communities:K12 = K-12 Schools; PLS = Public Libraries; DTAE = Technical Institutes

The other GALILEO communities—USG (University System of Georgia Libraries), AMPALS (Atlanta/Macon Private Academic Libraries), GPALS (Georgia Private Academic Libraries)—have access to many of these databases, but these institutions were not the focus of this presentation and have not been included here.

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Middle / Junior High (6-8)

  • SIRS Researcher (PLS)

  • Searchasaurus (K12/PLS/DTAE)

    • Middle Search Plus

  • F & W New World Encyclopedia (K12/PLS/DTAE)

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online (PLS)

  • AccessScience (PLS/DTAE)

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Searchasaurus – Middle Search Plus

  • Same browse/ search as Primary

  • More articles

  • Higher reading level

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  • Encyclopedia Britannica (PLS)

  • AccessScience (PLS/DTAE)

    • McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology

      • Articles from A15 Phases (physics) to Zygophyllales (plant science)

      • Subjects from Acoustics to Zoology

      • Biographies

      • Student Center: study guides, suggested research topics

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High School (9-12) - General

  • MAS Ultra (K12/PLS/DTAE)

  • MasterFile Premier (K12/PLS/DTAE)

  • Platinum Periodicals (PLS/DTAE)

  • AccessScience (PLS/DTAE)

  • Encyclopedia Britannica (PLS)

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High School and Beyond: Advanced Science Resources

  • Academic Search Premier (K12/PLS/DTAE)

    • Computer Source

  • FirstSearch Databases

    • Science Indexes (PLS)

    • ArticleFirst (PLS/DTAE)

    • WorldCat (PLS/DTAE)

      • Catalog of Public/Academic Library Catalogs, with library holdings


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Geography – Geology – Ecology – Climatology – Meteorology – Paleontology – Volcanology – Environmental Science – Energy – Hydrology – Sedimentology – Petrology – Cartography(+1 million citations)

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ArticleFirst (PLS/DTAE)

  • +12.7 million records; +12K sources

  • Drawbacks

    • Access points: title, journal, author only

      • NO Abstracts

      • NO Descriptors/Subject Headings

    • Limiting functionality very limited

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  • National Library of Medicine (1966+)

  • +12 million citations - +4,600 journals

    • Medicine – nursing – dentistry – veterinary medicine – health care – preclinical sciences – bioethics

    • [life, behavioral, chemical sciences, bioengineering relevant to biomedicine/ health]

  • MeSH – Medical Subject Headings

    • Controlled vocabulary, browsable

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  • No longer available to K12/PLS/DTAE communities, but accessible to all at

  • National Agricultural Library (1970+)

  • +2.5 million citations

    • 869 currently indexed journals + books, etc.

    • agricultural engineering and marketing, animal breeding, entomology, environmental pollution, farm management, foods and feeds, pesticides, rural sociology, social sciences, veterinary medicine and water resources

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Getting Articles: Is Full – Text Access Enough?

  • How much information does the patron need?

  • Encyclopedias, Ebsco/ProQuest collections (all have at least some full-text content; images may not be available; embargoes on recent issues)

  • Articles cited but not full-textInterlibrary Loan and other options

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How Do the Indexes Measure Up?

  • Measure of database – what is indexed

  • Multidisciplinary, scholarly science journals: Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

  • Multidisciplinary, popular science magazines: Scientific American, Sierra, Discover

  • Discipline-specific journals?

    • What are they?

    • Where are they indexed?

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Core/Major/Important Journals

  • Institute for Scientific Information

    • Science Citation Index journal list

    • Sci-Bytes: What’s New in Research, Hot Papers, High-Impact Journals in various fields

  • Scientific Societies

    • ACS: Journal List for Undergraduate Programs

    • AMS: Journal Price Survey

  • Science Librarians

    • Special Libraries Association

    • Geoscience Information Society

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Astronomy Journals

The Horsehead Nebula/IC434 [Credit: N.A.Sharp/NOAO/AURA/NSF]

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Microbiology Journals

Micrasterias x400.[Department of Biology, Ohio State University at Lima]

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Science on the Internet: Government


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Science on the Internet: Government


  • Federal


  • State

    • DNR

  • International

    • WHO, FAO

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Science on the Internet: Science Fair Resources

  • Science Fair Central

  • The Ultimate Science Fair Resource

  • Georgia Science & Engineering Fair

  • Science Fair Projects Index

  • Government

    • Energy Science Projects(DOE)

    • Science Fair Ideas(Earthquake Hazards Program – USGS)

    • AgScience Projects (Agricultural Research Service – USDA)

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Science on the Internet ‘other than Google’

  • NDSL Scout Reports

  • InfoMine

  • EEVL

  • BiologyBrowser


  • Scirus

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K-12 Directories

  • FirstGov for Kids

  • KidsClick!

  • IPL

    • KidSpace

  • MeL Internet

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Keeping Current in Science

  • News Sources

    • Science, Nature, New Scientist, New York Times, Discover, Scientific American

  • Discovery, Nova, National Geographic

  • Best American Science Writing

  • Best American Science & Nature Writing

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Getting to Know Your Local Science Librarians

  • Research Universities, Regional Universities, State Universities

    • AL, FL, SC, TN, NC

  • Resources available

    • Databases

    • Print/Online Journals

    • Copiers/printers

  • Services available

    • Reference & Instruction Assistance (tours, speaker, etc.)

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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PLANTS National Database

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Integrated Taxonomic Information System

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Center for History of Physics

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Astrophysical Data System

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CoRIS (Coral Reef Information System)

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Earthquake Hazards Program

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WAICENT – World Agricultural Information Centre of the Food & Agriculture Organization

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The Periodic Table of Comic Books Food & Agriculture Organization

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Questions Food & Agriculture Organization