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Definition and search of scientific articles. Tord Heljeberg [email protected] 021-101641 The historical perspective. Oral presentations, letters, books Learned societies Priority disputes between scientists very common First journals in 1665, England & France

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the historical perspective
The historical perspective
  • Oral presentations, letters, books
  • Learned societies
  • Priority disputes between scientists very common
  • First journals in 1665, England & France
  • 18th century – 1000 journals published
modern times
Modern times
  • 20 th century – expanding research at growing numbers of universities – more specialised research:

growing economic interest of commercial publishers

  • Increased library subscription prices
important aspects of scientific journals
Important aspects of scientific journals:
  • Establishing of priority (who is first)
  • High quality through the peer review process
  • Archiving
alternative publishing
Alternative publishing
  • Open Access – ArXiv, Doaj et.c
  • Economic models
  • Peer review?
  • Why publish in Open access journals?
mdu library journal collection
MdU Library journal collection
  • About 9000 electronic journals
  • <50% scientific journals
  • Millions of scientific fulltext articles
  • Access from within university network – also externally
articles published spread outside scientific journals
Articles published/spread outside scientific journals:
  • Articles in conference proceedings.

Not always peer reviewed.Research described is sometimes in progress.

  • Professional magazines
  • Technical reports, working papers
scientific articles should be cited
Scientific articles should be cited:
  • Because of high quality - they seldom contain faults
  • To give your own text higher credibility
  • To assure that the readers of your document will be able to access the documents you cite
library databases
Library databases:
  • Reference databases – gives short descriptions of articles


  • Full text databases – complete articles
a database search begins by choosing search terms
A database search begins by choosing search terms
  • Free terms – search terms defined by you.
  • Controlled terms –terms defined by the database producer. Controlled terms are chosen from a term list – a thesaurus
t runcation


Use only a part of a term to retrieve terms with different term endings

Truncation symbols: * or (sometimes) !



Network, Networks ,Networking etc..

Be careful !


Retrieves: Color, Colored etc.

but also: Colorado

inspec compendex
Covers publications in engineering research

Contain 15+ million references

Index: journals and conference proceeedings, reports

INSPEC /Compendex
isi web of science
Reference journal databases

Covers science and technology, social sciences and humanities

Can be used for citation searches

ISI Web of science
science direct
Science Direct
  • Full text database
  • 1800 journals
  • 60 scientific computer science journals
  • Full text from 1995-
  • Truncation with !-mark
ieee xplore acm dig libr
IEEE Xplore / ACM Dig. Libr.
  • Full text databases
  • About 170 journals +conference proceedings and IEEE standards
  • IEEE Xplore, 1988-
  • ACM Digital Library, 1985-
[email protected]
  • In Elin you search several full text databases from one search interface
google scholar
Google scholar
  • Article search
interlibrary loans
Interlibrary loans
  • Library card needed
  • 40 SEK /article
  • Online web order form
  • Article delivery within a a week
using web search engines you
Find literature that complements the literature found in commercial databases

Find information about innovative research not yet published in scientific articles

Find full text articles from freely available journals

Using web search engines you
internet document check up
Internet document check up:
  • Who is the author? Has the author published other articles/books?
  • Where do you find the information? On a university web site? On a private site? At a company internet site?
  • Can the author be contacted?
e books in ebrary
E-books in Ebrary
  • 25.000, english, book titles
  • High quality – recent publications
  • Unlimited nr. of simultaneous users
  • Save books in bookshelf
  • Limited printouts & copying
  • Titles added & removed monthly