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So there I was, try all kinds of librarian ninja tricks on the fanciest, most expensive research databases money can buy (SciFinder, Reaxys, Inspec…) and no joy. Couldn’t find what I needed. I’m perfectly willing to admit that I don’t know all that much chemistry, but usually I do ok since I work with one…

This is a session by Stephanie Willen Brown and Dorothea Salo . They started with a bunch of questions. About half the room was librarians, of the others split between affiliated with an institution and not. Where do you go for full text? Google, Google Scholar. Does that work? Sometimes – if not quick if…

Free IS and CS books online

One of the great things about my interests overlapping computer science is that computer scientists believe in self archiving and making their work freely available on the web. The scientometric parts of IS are that way, too, but the L of the LIS… well, that’s just sad (except for Dorothea, her stuff is available). I…

Cross-language information retrieval is an important research area with lots of activity. There are all kinds of elaborate algorithms and ways of doing it. There’s a lot of domain specificity and connotation kind of things that have been really improved in the past decade. Most people searching won’t really have the support of the fancy…

Some of these are better than others. Some don’t have nice controlled vocabularies and are a bit wonky in the free version.  Nearly all of them you can get through another interface for a fee if you need more precision in searching or to export your results. (oh, as an aside – you’ve got the…

Finding information on a topic

Previously, I had a post about finding information in books using things like Google Book Search. This post talks about finding information on a topic, or more specifically, why you should start your search with a research database and more about what research databases are (like the real ones). In a post coming up, I’ll…

Finding Information in Books

I’ve talked about this a bit at sessions I taught at my library and also at Web Search University but it’s still a favorite.  Plus, you asked for posts on finding information. Oh, and one of the tools just released some updates so this is fairly timely. This is not how to use the catalog…