Science Search Engines and Resouces
- N.B. Encyclopdia Britannica Online
is no longer avaiable at OSU. The default alternative,
Wikipedia, warns the reader when a current article has serious
flaws: missing references, important topics. In other words,
you must be able to judge the quality of what you find.
- Yahoo Science
condensed matter, quantum computing, magnetism,
(often livelier prose than Science)
Materials plus 100+ more niche journals.
- Science Magazine
- LLNL Science & Technology
- Union of Concern Scientists Entry page
spotlights current developments (e.g., nuclear
reactors after earth quakes and such) with links to
on their primary concerns:
clean vehicles ,
weapons and global security,
- APS 2008 Report on Energy
Future, see page 4 for table of contents, page 8 executive summary.,
World Factbook: search engine
In published papers, one should use only primary sources. These
include orginal refereed papers and refereed review articles and books.
In the case of books, reputable publishers have the book read by one of
more experts in addition to using fact checker for references and
numbers in tables. Some publishers fall far short of this standard.
Getting to brass tacks: can you cite Wikipedia? This is
controversial topic. The Middlebury College history department
says no. At the same time,
it encourage Wikipedia's use to find references that have been refereed.
For this course, I would like you to strive to that standard here but
recognize that with your experience this may be difficult for a variety
of reasons. The most obvious is that original references are often
written in such technical language that you can't easily understand
them. If you use Wikipedia as your source, remember that anyone can
revise any article. Both accidental and deliberate "errors" can appear.
Wikipedia has many volunteers seeking to remove these but you may read
a flawed article. That is one of the reason the
style for citing URL
includes the "date accessed."
To cite this page:
Edited by: email@example.com on