Monday, April 17, 2017

“Hidden” Gems: Citation Linker

If you do not know about a tool, you cannot use it.

The Libraries provide a wide range of tools and services to assist researchers. We are always happy to spread the word about these “hidden” gems, like Citation Linker.

If you have ever found an article in a database that is not accessible in full-text, or come across a citation for a book or an article in print or without an active link, you can search the Libraries databases directly for a full-text version by using Citation Linker.

Select the type of item you are looking for, type in the pertinent information, and click the Find It button. If the citation provides a DOI (digital object identifier), you can type that in by itself- DOIs act as a unique identifiers, like social security numbers for articles.

If found, the article will either open or you will be directed to a page where you can open the article. If it is not found, you will be given options for obtaining the item in print or via Interlibrary Loan.

Citation Linker can be found in the bottom right corner of the e-Journals tab on the Student Research Resources page.

Spotlight: Probability & Statistics Subject Guide

University Librarians create and maintain a variety of online subject guides, or LibGuides, to help researchers of all kinds in their areas of study.

Statistical analysis is a fundamental component of most empirical research in both the physical and social sciences.

The Probability and Statistics LibGuide is a starting point for finding information about conducting and understanding basic to intermediate (and some advanced) statistics, formulae, methodology, and theory in all fields.

If you need resources or data like census data, MMWR data, labor statistics, etc., use the Statistics LibGuide.

SciFinder Scholar: Not just for chemists

SciFinder is an essential resource for chemists but is broadly based and a great resource for many academic disciplines.

In addition to the 7 chemistry databases SciFinder accesses, every search done connects with Medline as well. Medline (aka PubMed) is the US National Library of Medicine’s biomedical database of research done in all areas of health science, biology, and other medically relevant fields of study. It is arguably the world’s most robust biomedical database.

Because SciFinder is substance-focused, combining its resources with Medline’s to search biomedical topics creates an unprecedented opportunity for finding research from protein science, physiology, pharmacology, genetics, and many other cross-relevant areas.

SciFinder is also very easy to use. The different types of searches (eg topic, molecular formula, structure, institution) are designed for findability and usability. Help is everywhere including several examples of what you might type within each search field. Searches use natural language protocols so you can use complete sentence queries. The results are organized, too, according to how search strings are parsed by “concepts” and proximity in each record. You can then analyze results lists by author, publication, year, etc.

To register and use SciFinder, follow the directions found here: