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Research Sciences Information Flow
|Timeline||Where it's reported||How to find that information|
|| Library special collections for letters; GIL
Library catalog for autobiographies
Agency special collections for records, brochures, and annual reports; government documents
||GALILEO and print journal articles|
||GALILEO and print conference proceedings indexes|
||GALILEO and print newspaper indexes|
||GALILEO and print journal indexes|
|Six years +||
||GIL Library catalog|
||GALILEO and magazine indexes|
||GIL Library Catalog|
|Fifty years, forward||
||Web sites; GALILEO and print indexes to TV/radio transcripts, newspapers, magazines, journals, conference proceedings, and government documents|
- Save time in your research by exploring the point(s) along the flow of information timeline that will provide you with the most useful materials. Then use the resources in the right-hand column to find those materials. For example, to find reports of recent research, you may need to look for a conference paper (two-year point) instead of a specialized scholarly journal article (three-year point). Look in books and textbooks for information about established scientific knowledge.
- Find explanations of terms or theories in specialized dictionaries such as the Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; find formulas in handbooks such as the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.
- You may find information on the Web from any point in this timeline,
but remember that Internet information is not organized and sometimes
not reliable or scholarly enough to use for a research paper.
WANT MORE on Internet researching?
> Unit 7 > Tips for Using the Internet
> Unit 9 > Evaluating Sources
- When doing college-level research, look for research published in journal articles (GALILEO) and books (GIL), not on the web. Important note: Many scientific journals are available online. They are still considered journals, not web sites, since the content is the same as a print journal.
- Some indexes are not available through GALILEO, or may only have a few years available online ask a librarian for help in finding and using CD-ROM or printed indexes.
- Choose the databases on GALILEO that will filter out non-scholarly publications
WANT MORE on GALILEO?
> Unit 5 > The Great GALILEO
NEED HELP focusing your topic?
> Unit 2 > Starting Your Search
Adapted from (link will open in a new window) UCLA College Library (accessed April 4, 2001) which was adapted from Sharon Hogan's original Flow of Information conceptual approach to library instruction 1980 by Diane Zwemer, Instructional Services Coordinator, UCLA College Library.
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