News Archive - September 2010
Ever wanted to know what areas of science an article has influenced? Google Scholar now allows users to do just that. To trace an article's impact follow these steps:
A new set of results containing the works citing the original article that also include contain the search term will appear. The number and type of articles enables one to discern the impact the original article has had on researchers working in a particular field. For instance, using the paper: Solomon, S.; Garcia, R.R.; Rowland, F.S.; et al. On the Depletion of Antarctic Ozone, Nature, 198, 321, 755-758, we may wish to discover the impact the article has had on researchers studying climate change.
Click the "Cited by ..." link (circled in red above) to bring up a list of the 531 items that cited this article (below). Check the box by "Search within articles citing Solomon: On the depletion of Antarctic ozone," and enter "climate change" in the search box. Put this phrase in quotes.
The 82 results of this search are items that cite "On the depletion of Antarctic ozone" that also contain the phrase "climate change," thus giving us an idea as to the article's impact on works related to the field of climate change. Keywords may be as specific or general as needed. For more information on this feature see: http://googlescholar.blogspot.com/2010/07/search-within-citing-articles.html.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) site not only contains information about the organization, but also published materials, including:
All published materials are full-text, some in HTML only, and others in PDF. They are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish depending on the publication. The site itself can be viewed in any of these six languages by choosing a specific language from the drop down box at the top of the page.
The site also provides presentations and speeches given by the IPCC Chair and other IPCC officials, access to the homepages of the different working group homepages and their publications, a calendar of meetings, press releases and meeting documentation.
An excellent resource for keeping up on the latest in academic research including findings in science, technology, and the environment is futurity.org. Futurity is a news aggregate site consisting of up-to-the-minute contributions by members of a consortium of over 50 top universities in the U.S., Britain, and Canada. You may sign up for free to receive a daily compendium of breaking research findings, or follow highlights through Alltop or the Scienceblogs RSS feed. When searching on the Futurity website, you have the option of browsing by month, which goes back a year, or by school. You may also search the site by keyword.
For those wishing to enhance their search skills on IEEE Xplore, IEEE provides online tutorials, live training, and enhanced search tools. There are eleven online tutorials available to help sharpen your search skills, including "Working with Results," "Advanced Search," and "Command Search." Scheduled live online trainings are also available. These require registration.
Finally, enhanced search tools include "Refine/Expand Results," which occupies a panel on the left-hand side of the page (above screenshot). You can refine using the different criteria by marking the appropriate boxes and clicking the "Refresh Results" button that appears. Once refreshed, additional criteria can be selected to further refine the search.
The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) recently introduced Aristotle, a social networking site dedicated to sharing information amongst the Department of Defense Science and Technology (S&T) community. Registration is open to all authorized DoD, Military, and Federal Government employees, in addition to university faculty working on DoD contracts. Upon registration, Aristotle users may collaborate on projects, keep up-to-date on new developments in their area of research, organize and share information, and access technical reports and research summaries generated by DTIC.
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