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1 Information Literacy Welcome to Scientific Wageningen Annemie Kersten September 19, 2006

2 Information Literacy Introduction lecture Blackboard modules Supervised practicals Examination

3 Information Literacy Why should you be information literate? –Later as a professional –Now during your studies

4 Information Literacy Information explosion Written Electronic (Internet) Information overload Not just searching for books

5 Information Explosion - Electronic

6 Information overload

7 The Web and The Library

8 The Library and The Web Library Selection Organized Permanent Access free Comprehensive WWW No selection Less organized Not permanent Access ??? Not comprehensive

9 What will you learn? To know the information sources To know how to find information How to use the Wageningen UR library How to refer to and cite other articles

10 What will you learn? To know the information sources types and quality of sources specific for your research field

11 Information sources Books Journals (scientific and professional) Library catalogues The web Experiments Interviews Conferences …

12 Information sources The web No quality check – no selection Search engines (Google, Yahoo,...) Scientific papers Peer review Bibliographic databases Search engines (Google Scholar, Scirus)

13 Bibliographic databases General/multidisciplinary Web of Science (since 1945) Scopus (since 1966) Subject specific Health: PubMed, Medline (incl. Veterinary Science) Agriculture: CAB Abstracts, Agris, Agricola Biology: Biological Abstracts Zoology: ZooRecod Aquaculture and Fisheries: ASFA Chemistry: SciFinder Scholar

14 Search interface Variation between databases Basic principled the same

15 MetaLib MetaLib: CrossSearch databases QuickSearch (10 databases) MetaSearch (select databases) or

16 What will you learn? To know the information sources To know how to find information efficiently effectively basic search strategies special databases

17 What will you learn? To know the information sources To know how to find information How to use the Wageningen UR library the physical library (Zodiac) the virtual library (Desktop Library)

18 What will you learn? To know the information sources To know how to find information How to use the Wageningen UR library How to refer to and cite other articles literature lists Plagiarism

19 Set up a search strategy September 19, 2006

20 Search strategy in 5 steps  Analysis of the question  Formulation of search terms per aspect  Combination of search terms  Too many hits : refine the search question  Not enough hits : broaden the search question

21 Leg weakness in broilers How to reduce problems: stimulate activity?

22 1. Analysis of the question (1) Broilers (subject) Legg weakness (problem) Stimulate Activity (treatment)

23 1. Analysis of the question (2) What databases? CAB Abstracts via ERL WebSpirs user name: wur password: wur PubMed or Medline Scopus or Web of Science Wageningen catalogue (for books, reports, theses, etc.) Tip: Use the Portals on the library website

24 Search strategy in 5 steps – (step 2)  Analysis of the question  Formulation of search terms per aspect  Combination of search terms  Too many hits : refine the search question  Not enough hits : broaden the search question

25 2. Formulation of terms per aspect (1) Broilers Legg weakness Activity

26 2. Formulation of terms per aspect (2) Broilers broiler chickens Activity locomotion locomotor behaviour/behavior walking exercise ….. Leg weakness leg disorders leg problems leg abnormalities leg injuries muscle weakness tibial dyschondroplasia (TD) tibial curvature locomotion problems locomotory dysfunction lameness bone diseases bone disorders tarsal deformities ………

27 2. Formulation of terms per aspect (3) How do you find several terms per aspect? Use a Thesaurus (if available) look at narrower, broader and related terms scan relevant references on words in title, abstract and keywords fields Read the introduction of an article: e.g. “The aim of the present study was…”

28 CAB thesaurus – broilers

29 CAB thesaurus – leg weakness

30 CAB thesaurus – activity

31 Search in CAB – Thesaurus

32 2. Formulation of terms per aspect (4) CAB Thesaurus terms (keywords): broilers Leg weakness lameness bone diseases activity Go to ERL WebSpirs or select CAB- Abstracts from the resources list

33 Search strategy in 5 steps (step 3)  Analysis of the question  Formulation of search terms per aspect  Combination of search terms  Too many hits : refine the search question  Not enough hits : broaden the search question

34 3. Combination of search terms (1) Boolean operators: OR to combine synonyms of one aspect AND to combine aspects NOT to exclude aspects (be careful!) Truncation/masking: For plural/singular words, different spelling e.g. behavio?r, feed*

35 3. Combination of search terms (2)  broiler?  leg weakness OR leg disorder? OR leg problem? OR leg abnormalit* OR leg injur* OR muscle weakness OR tibial dyschondroplasia OR tibial curvature? OR locomotion problem? OR locomotor? dysfunction? OR lameness OR bone disease? OR bone disorder? OR tarsal deformit*  activity OR locomotion OR locomotor? behavio?r OR walking OR exercise?  broiler rabbit?  (1 AND #2 AND #3) NOT #4

36 3. Combination of search terms (3) ((broiler?) and (activity or locomotion or locomotor? behavio?r or walking or exercise?) and (leg weakness or leg disorder? or leg problem? or leg abnormalit* or leg injur* or muscle weakness or tibial dyschondroplasia or tibial curvature? or locomotion problem? or lomotor? dysfunction? or lameness or bone disease? or bone disorder? or tarsal deformit*)) not (broiler rabbit?) Go to ERL WebSpirs or select CAB- Abstracts from the resources list

37 Search strategy in 5 steps (steps 4 and 5)  Analysis of the question  Formulation of search terms per aspect  Combination of search terms  Too many hits : refine the search question  Not enough hits : broaden the search question

38 4/5 Results Too many: refine your search! More aspects, limits, etc Too few: broaden your search Less aspects, no limits, more or other databases

39 Other strategy: building on what you have found Related articles In Web of Science based on the amount of references in common In PubMed based on MeSH terms and words from title and abstract Reference lists (cited references) Citations (cited by)

40 Learning method Introduction lecture Blackboard course ECS-52901: A selection of modules Self study Supervised practicals Examination

41 How to get there Go to Eduweb Go to your courses Login and select ECS52901_2006_1

42 Blackboard: Course Information Select YLS Welcome to Scientific Wageningen What must you do? Modules Learning units: quizzes Examination (see Extra Materials – Example exam for MSc students) Your own responsibility…… …but before your supervised practical modules 0 through 3 and module 4b.1

43 Important dates Supervised practials Monday, September – h: morning group – h: 1st afternoon group - surnames A through K Thursday, September 28, – h: 2nd afternoon group: surnames L through Z Examination Monday, October – h: morning group + surnames A through C of afternoon group – h: surnames D through Z of afternoon group

44 Where to get help? Annemie Kersten UB (Jan-Kopshuis), Generaal Foulkesweg 19 or Zodiac Library, Marijkeweg 40 tel / Marianne Roseboom Zodiac Library, Marijkeweg 40 tel


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