The Literature of Science and Medicine Ilo-Katryn Maimets, Science Librarian Steacie Science and Engineering Library [email protected] How is information recorded in Science? Publication cycle in science: Formulating ideas Testing ideas using the scientific method Publishing ideas
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A process by which articles are reviewed by researchers for scientific and technical merit.
Much like popular science articles, review literature is written for a
number of applications and audiences:
Vast amounts of research are published every day
Academic libraries allocate significant portions of their
budgets to databases and subscriptions to journals
Indexes too, are geared to certain audiences, and serve specific needs
(Wetland OR wetlands OR marsh OR bog OR swamp OR fen)
(Water quantity OR flooding)
searches articles that cover the same topic, regardless of which synonyms you use.
all commonly used synonyms that you type in will point to one or more subject headings.
don’t need to run searches on all of the synonyms.
picks up all articles in which the subject heading is a significant topic.
good to use when there is a lot written about a topic, and you want to narrow down your search to only relevant articles.
searches articles that have the keyword anywhere in the title or the abstract WHETHER IT IS A SUBJECT IN THE ARTICLE OR NOT
there is no single term that you use for searching.
you need to run searches using all the synonyms you can think of.
picks up all articles that include the keyword even if it is not a significant topic.
good to use IN COMBINATION WITH A SUBJECT SEARCH when your topic is rare or new and not a lot has been written about it.Subjectsearch OR Keywordsearch ?
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