Posted by effervescentlibrarian on June 25, 2009
I've posted before the notes for the class I teach on setting alerts, and keeping current. This is an update to include some of the newer Web2.0 tools that help with searching.
Learning more about Twitter:
Twitter search strategies and another on teaching Twitter in the classroom:
Special thanks to Garrett Eastman at Harvard, and Joe Kraus at University of Denver.
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Posted by effervescentlibrarian on June 24, 2009
This week I'm working on finding datasests for research on the Ozone.
The official Website for information,
data, and images from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)
on Aura and the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS)
instruments using Version 8 of
the TOMS processing algorithm. http://jwocky.gsfc.nasa.gov/
Stratospheric Ozone and Temperature Data from NOAA http://www.ozonelayer.noaa.gov/data/data.htm
The U.S. EPA, NOAA, NPS, tribal, state, and local agencies developed
the AIRNow Web site to provide the public with easy access to national
air quality information. http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.showlocal&CityID=105
And from the state of Texas:
You can highlight a location and get more local information here:
or, for Houston only:
Thanks to Esther Crawford, Department Head for the Kelley Center for Government Information and Microforms and Kim Ricker, GIS/Data Center Head, for the links!
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Posted by effervescentlibrarian on June 22, 2009
So, apparently, UC Berkeley sends out a reading list to incoming students every year. Not much new there–but this is cool–a cool SCIENCE book list! http://reading.berkeley.edu/srl_2009.html
And not just a list, but a "why you should care" letter from important people. Very cool!
Two of my favorites on the list:
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
New York: H. Holt, 2002
well-written and entertaining book is sure to stir up discussion and
debate. Shermer gives an excellent description of what science actually
is, a topic that is sorely lacking in most science classes and
textbooks. He also delves into how and why science comes up short at
times. The bulk of the book is about human tendencies to explain
phenomena they don’t understand with belief in things such as
extraterrestrials, ghosts, superstitions, and prejudices. Shermer is
respectful of those who subscribe to these beliefs, but presents the
reader with alternatives grounded in scientific thinking.
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
New York: W.W. Norton, 1985
takes little time with this book to realize that this Nobel-winner was
truly a genius, but just as quickly you will recognize an incredible
sense of humor and someone who enjoys life and refuses to conform. It
seems he spent half his life doing practical jokes, and there was
usually a lesson in the joke for his victims. This has everything a
freshman needs in a summer read — from a series of entertaining life
experiences, to advice on how best to succeed with the opposite sex, to
the story of how the atom bomb got built. A great read!
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Posted by effervescentlibrarian on June 18, 2009
Kolah, Debra and Michael Fosmire. “Information Portals for Physics. Promoting Library Services for Scientific Information Workflow.” Special Libraries Association
Sciences Poster Session in Washington, D.C. on June 16, 2009. (accepted, poster)
Here are the links to information provided in the poster session at SLA 2009, in Washington D.C.:
Pageflakes Assignment: http://www.pageflakes.com/dkolah/24549111
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Posted by effervescentlibrarian on June 1, 2009
It can be very confusing to track down a citation that looks like this:
The arXiv is located at: http://arxiv.org/ and is a great online source of information. Paul Ginsparg started the repository for preprints in 1991. It was originally hosted at Los Alamos National Laboratory, but is now operated by Cornell University. It was THE original open access model, and is a crucial source for physics, astronomy, mathematics.
To find a paper in the arXiv:
If You Know the Archive and Paper Number
Archived submissions are each assigned a unique identifier of the form
yymm.nnnn (or arch-ive/yymmnnn for older submissions).
To retrieve the abstract page of a paper simply enter the identifier in
the "Search or Article-id" box in the top right of most pages.
You can also construct the URL (web address) for a paper with a
given identifier as
http://arxiv.org/abs/<identifier>. For example,
From the abstract page you will be able to choose your preferred
format for downloading and viewing the paper.
If You Want to Search for it Via the Web Interface
Using the world wide web interface, you can search
for papers based on archive subject area, title, author,
or keywords in the full abstracts. You are encouraged
to try it out.
So, to find the paper at the beginning of this blog post, you would go to http://arxiv.org/abs/0809.3599v1 Viola!
A Young Planet Search in Visible and IR Light: DN Tau, V836 Tau, and V827 Tau
C. M. Johns-Krull,
D. T. Jaffe,
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