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Finding Information in the Atmospheric Sciences Overview of library services MadCat, the library catalog Searching Finding journal articles Finding government documents Finding dissertations Schwerdtfeger Library Services Project support, general and in-depth reference

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finding information in the atmospheric sciences
Finding Information in the Atmospheric Sciences
  • Overview of library services
  • MadCat, the library catalog
  • Searching
  • Finding journal articles
  • Finding government documents
  • Finding dissertations
schwerdtfeger library services
Schwerdtfeger Library Services
  • Project support, general and in-depth reference
  • Provide access to and instruction in use of library resources, e.g., Resources in Atmospheric Sciences
  • Find, recall, borrow, return books from/to campus libraries
  • Borrow books from libraries off campus
  • Get articles from journals not available on campus
  • Current Contents
  • Instructional support to faculty and graduate students
  • Create bibliographies/subject collections
  • Create image collections
  • The Library catalog, used to find books, government reports, journal titles and their locations on campus
  • Journal articles or contents of books (specific chapters) ARE NOT in MadCat -- find them in appropriate database, then search for journal or book title in MadCat
  • Schwerdtfeger Library holdings in MadCat
madcat options
MadCat Options
  • View your library record
  • Renew books
  • View course reserves
  • Place requests
  • Proxy service
  • Searching
  • E-mail search results
  • About electronic journals
search strategies
Search Strategies
  • Plan your search
  • Remember variant word endings, Boolean connectors and synonyms
  • Limit search terms to specific fields (title, subject heading), within a certain proximity to each other, year ranges
  • Note controlled vocabularies
finding journal articles
Finding Journal Articles
  • UW Madison Libraries have licensed many databases for your use
  • Emphasis is on finding literature related to the atmospheric sciences
  • After finding specific articles, search for the journal title in MadCat for location on campus
  • Some databases may have links to full-text
  • Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts
  • Oceanic Abstracts
  • Aerospace Database
  • Web of Science
  • NTIS
meteorological geoastrophysical abstracts
Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts
  • Updated monthly, July 1974 -
  • MGA covers meteorology, climatology, oceanography, remote sensing, atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, etc.
  • Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, technical reports
  • Includes abstract for most entries
  • Pre-1974 literature can be found using print version of Met. Abstracts
search met abstracts
Search Met Abstracts
  • Select “Advanced Search”
  • Serials source list
  • Thesaurus -- subject terms
  • Author index
  • Search history
  • Search results -- retrieve full-text for AMS journals, e-mail or export results
oceanic abstracts
Oceanic Abstracts
  • Updated monthly, 1984 -
  • Premier database for marine resources
  • Covers biology, ecology, marine geology, geophysics, geochemistry, oceanography, marine pollution, environmental protection
  • Search results
  • Same interface as Met Abstracts, Aerospace Database
aerospace database
Aerospace Database
  • Updated quarterly, 1986 -
  • Journal articles, conferences, books, reports, theses and patents
  • Covers fields of aerospace engineering, technology, and space-related research, including meteorology
  • Same search interface as Met Abstracts, Oceanic Abstracts
web of science
Web of Science
  • Updated weekly, 1982 -
  • Combination of three databases
  • Indexes peer-reviewed journal literature only -- does not include reports, conference proceedings, dissertations…
  • Known for its currency and meticulous indexing
  • Used to do general, cited reference or author searching
  • Pre-1981, use Science Citation Index in print
search web of science
Search Web of Science
  • Full Search
  • Select “Science Citation Index” and coverage
  • General search
  • Cited reference search
  • Search results
inspec information services for the physics engineering communities
Inspec: Information Services for the Physics & Engineering Communities
  • Updated monthly, 1969 -
  • Covers physics, electrical engineering, electronics, computers, etc.
  • Includes journal articles, conference papers, significant books, tech reports, dissertations
  • Includes abstracts
  • Pre-1969, consult Computer and Control Abstracts, Science Abstracts Series A: Physics and Science Abstracts Series B: Electrical, in print
  • Updated bimonthly, 1785 -
  • Indexes earth sciences literature of the world
  • Includes journal articles, conference papers, reports, guidebooks, theses, monographs
  • Recommend using “search builder” and “indexes”
  • NTIS, Inspec and Georef have same search interface and can be searched simultaneously
government documents gray literature
Government Documents, Gray Literature
  • What are they?
  • Why are they important?
  • Who publishes them?
  • What characteristics do they have?
  • Where can I find them?
  • How can I obtain them?
ntis bibliographic index
NTIS Bibliographic Index
  • Updated quarterly, 1983 -
  • Contains descriptions of U.S. government sponsored sci/tech research from DOD, DOE, EPA, NASA, NOAA…
  • Covers astronomy, atmospheric science, biotechnology, computers, energy, engineering, etc.
  • Included are: reports on contracts/grants, tech memos, tech reports, dissertations, etc.
  • Pre-1983, consult Government Reports and Announcements Index in print
search ntis
Search NTIS
  • Advanced search
  • General index
  • Search history leads to search builder
  • Search results
other gray lit databases
Other Gray Lit Databases
  • GrayLit Network
  • DOE Information Bridge
  • NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS)
  • Air Force Master Catalog
finding dissertations on campus
Finding Dissertations on Campus
  • Schwerdtfeger Library holds masters theses and doctoral dissertations for AOS
  • Memorial Library is the depository for all Ph.D. dissertations; not all masters theses are deposited in libraries
  • Search MadCat for location
  • Contact a library for interlibrary loan, to see if it was published in report form, or to purchase
  • Some dissertations published as journal articles, reports if funded by government contract
finding dissertations databases
Finding Dissertations: Databases
  • Proquest Digital Dissertations, 1861-
  • Current Research @ UW-Madison
  • Index to Theses…..Great Britain and Ireland
  • CRL’s Foreign Doctoral Dissertations Database
  • Determine search criteria or what it is you’re searching for
  • Select database(s) to be searched
  • Check MadCat for availability and location
  • Questions? Check with a librarian