Sujet: Web Research Guide part 2: Use peer-reviewed resources
De: "Elsevier, Sandra de Gelder"
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 19:47:08 +0200 (CEST)


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Dear MR chapuis,
Make the most of expert newsgroups, peer reviewed journals and subject-specific directories and conferences to unlock a range of research material you might never find using search engines.

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Tip of the week: Search for «conferences» in your subject area

Use Scirus to find conferences in your subject area:

Scirus, the search engine for scientific information, allows you to search specifically for conferences in your subject area. Use the ‘advanced search’ option, and choose conferences from the 'info types' list. You can now enter an appropriate search term, and Scirus will present you with conferences related to this subject.
Advanced tip: Browse «journals» by subject
ScienceDirect allows you to browse more than 1,800 peer-reviewed journals. This is an excellent way to review the range of information available for your subject, while allowing you to click immediately through to articles of interest. You need to be logged into ScienceDirect to access the full text of articles

Use ScienceDirect to find journals relevant to your subject:
Tip: Subject-specific «directories»
Finding a subject directory specific to your research area can unlock a range of valuable links you might never find using a search engine.

The Open Directory
This ambitious project allows expert editors to select relevant sites in their subject area, and collates these sites to offer a precise and up-to-date list of subject-specific links. The Open Directory is currently the largest human-directory of the Web, with more than 55,000 editors covering over 3.8 million web sites.

Use the Open Directory to find a subject-specific directory:

Useful resources

The librarians' guide to the Internet
The Librarians' Index to the Internet provides a well-organized point of access for reliable, librarian-selected Internet resources.

The University of Berkeley
The University of Berkeley has some excellent information and links for subject-specific science directories.

Tip: Using search engines to find subject-specific directories
To find relevant subject directories, you can enter a search for your research subject + "web directory" on one of the major search engines. For example, to find subject-specific directories you should search for: "subject area web directories"

Use Yahoo to find a subject-specific directory:
Tip: «Usenet groups»
Usenet groups, also known as newsgroups, offer an excellent way to find the latest news and opinions from researchers in your subject area. The groups are divided into thousands of subject-specific categories. Access to the messages posted to these groups is available to anyone.

Use Google to find a newsgroup for your subject area:

Advanced tip: Protect your privacy when using newsgroups
When you post a message to a newsgroup, most newsreaders automatically attach your e-mail address and your name to the message. To protect your privacy and prevent your e-mail address from being added to spam lists, consider using a pseudonym and disguising your e-mail address. All newsreader software allows you to edit these settings.
Tip: Communicate with other scientists via «mailing lists»
Mailing lists are specialised discussion groups, often restricted to members only, which provide a forum for discussing shared interests. You need to subscribe (for free) to the relevant group before you can receive mailing list e-mails.

Use the ListServ database to find a relevant mailing list:

Tip: Yahoo groups
Yahoo offers access to over 60,000 science groups, which range across various levels of academic interest. The main advantage of these groups, however, is that they are more user friendly than communicating through traditional mailing lists and are easy to set up. They provide an excellent, free resource for scientists wishing to communicate with their peers all over the world. As with some mailing lists, there are a number of Yahoo groups that are only for members of specific institutions.

Use Yahoo to find a relevant science group:

Next week: You don't have to find everything online for yourself. Learn how to save time by using online alerts to inform you of the latest news…

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About ScienceDirect
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About the Web Research Guide
The guide consists of ten weekly emails focused on specific areas of web research. Each email is illustrated with subject-specific examples so that you can start using the research tips immediately. The tips cover a broad range of topics, from finding hidden information online, to locating expert directories and setting up subject-specific alerts of the latest news. The Web Research guide includes contributions from research scientists, information professionals and search engine specialists.

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