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1 Cheat sheet for Biochemistry Students NOTE: Please ask questions as we go & if you need to use the facilities feel free Kiem Ta Science Librarian Reference Office, 306 Library Oklahoma State University; Stillwater, OK Office: 405/ Fax: 405/

2 Part 1: Searching databases and the Internet Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003

3 Answer A reference to sources Question What is a citation?

4 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 Book: a lengthy writing on a subject. A full citation for books should include the following information Name of author(s) Title of book and subtitle if any Place of publication Name of publishing agency Date of publication Page number(s) of the specific citation The two most common types of citation are: Citation for books and citations for periodicals Periodicals: publications issued at regular intervals. There are three major categories: journal, popular magazines and newspapers. A full citation for an article in a journal should include the following information Name of author(s) Title of article Title of journal Volume or issue number (or both) Publication date Page numbers

5 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 To search OSU Catalog: Library Resources for Biochem. & Molecular Biology at: (Some representative databases are ProQuest, EBSCO, Web of Science, Science Direct, SciFinder Scholar) My homepage at With citations on hand, why don’t we go to find few of them.

6 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 To Search the Internet Using Search Engines, Subject Directories What are Search Engines? Search engines are huge databases of web page files that have been assembled automatically by machine. Example: Google, Ask JeevesGoogleAsk Jeeves What are Subject Directories? Subject directories, unlike search engines, are created and maintained by human editors, not electronic spiders or robots. The editors review and select sites for inclusion in their directories on the basis of previously determined selection criteria Example: Yahoo, Complete PlanetYahooComplete Planet

7 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 Use quotation marks “” Example: “order of chao” Tips for searching the internet Use (+) for including terms Example: weather +stillwater +florida Use (-) for excluding terms Example: bass –musical instrument

8 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 EXTRA! EXTRA! Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT

9 Part 2: Evaluating Web pages

10 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 Categories for evaluating… Did you know that anyone can write and publish a web page? Because of this, it is important that you use websites that are created by people who are qualified to be writing on the subject matter. For example, would you rather use information on the human body written by a doctor, or someone who has just been to the doctor?

11 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 Authority and Accuracy: Questions to consider when reviewing web pages for authority and accuracy: Can you determine who put this page together? What is the background, credentials, or authority of the author of this web page? How would you verify the information presented on this web page? Feline Reactions to Bearded Men City of Mankato, Minnesota Home Smoker's Home Page Medline PLUS

12 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 Advocacy and Objectivity: Questions to consider when viewing these web pages for advocacy and objectivity: Do the author(s) present the information as fact or opinion or conjecture? Does this page present more than one viewpoint or opinion? Can you determine who or what group sponsors this web page? Do they hold a particular view or opinion? Ladies Against Women Families Against Internet Censorship EarthSave International Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Examination

13 Cybercheats Currency and Coverage: Questions to consider when reviewing webpages for currency and covergage: What does "up to date" or "current" meant for this site? (Hint: what is the latest date you can find on this site?) Does the site really provide information on all the aspects or areas it claims to cover? Is the information provide uniformly complete for all the aspects and areas the site claims to cover? Instant Sports CNN Mr. Cranky Rates the Movies Auto-by-Tel

14 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 To Score a web page The Virtual Earned Scholarly Average

15 Cheat Sheet … Biochem. Fall 2003 We are here to help YOU!

16 Cheat Sheet… Biochem. Fall 2003 My cat says: come to the library and ask for Kiem Ta. Science Librarian Reference Office, 306 Library Oklahoma State University; Stillwater, OK Office: 405/ Fax: 405/


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