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  1. Research Databases in the Atmospheric SciencesOctober 2004

  2. Research Databases in the Atmospheric Sciences • Databases, MadCat, e-journals can be found here: http://library.ssec.wisc.edu/ • MadCat, the library catalog • Searching • Databases for finding journal articles, government documents • Define research problem • Sample Search • Finding dissertations • Recap

  3. MadCat • The Library catalog, used to find books, government reports, journal titles and their locations • Journal articles or contents of books (specific chapters) ARE NOT in MadCat – find them in appropriate database, then search for journal or book title in MadCat or use • Check when you know citation • Schwerdtfeger Library holdings in MadCat

  4. MadCat Options • View your library record • Renew books, check status of recalls, check for fines • View course reserves • Place requests • Searching • E-mail search results • Proxy Service • About electronic journals

  5. My MadCat Account

  6. Patron Information • Update address/contact information • Check for patron blocks • View and renew items checked out • Check on requests pending or items available (important) • Check fines and fees

  7. Place Request: Dynamics of the Atmosphere

  8. Recall or Retrieve

  9. ID, Pickup Desk, Submit Request

  10. MadCat: Basic vs Guided Search

  11. Basic Search: IRS ‘84

  12. Guided Search: IRS ‘84

  13. Results

  14. Searching • Plan your search • Remember variant word endings, Boolean connectors and synonyms • Limit search terms to specific fields (title, subject heading), within a certain proximity to each other, year ranges • To narrow a search: limit by theoretical approach, one aspect of subject, by time, by geographic location • To broaden a search: generalize your topic, check more databases, limit jargon, check newspaper databases if topic is too new • Note controlled vocabularies • Perform search, review results, refine search, search again, refine search, search again, export results

  15. Finding Journal Articles • UW-Madison Libraries have licensed many databases for your use • Information cannot be accessed by using Google • Emphasis is on finding literature related to the atmospheric sciences • After finding specific articles, search for the journal title in MadCat for location on campus • Some databases may have links to full-text facilitated by • Links to databases from our home page

  16. Databases • Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA) • NTIS • Oceanic Abstracts • Aerospace Database • Web of Science • Inspec • Georef

  17. Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA) • Updated quarterly, July 1974 – • MGA covers meteorology, climatology, oceanography, remote sensing, atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, etc. • Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, technical reports • Includes abstract for most entries • Includes links to full-text for AMS journals and other journals if the campus has a license • Pre-1974 literature can be found using print equivalent

  18. Aerospace Database • Updated quarterly, 1962 – • Journal articles, conferences, books, reports, theses and patents • Covers aerospace engineering, technology, and space-related research, including meteorology • Same search interface as MGA, Oceanic Abstracts and NTIS

  19. Oceanic Abstracts • Updated monthly, 1984 – • Premier database for marine resources • Covers biology, ecology, marine geology, geophysics, geochemistry, oceanography, marine pollution, environmental protection • Same interface as MGA, Aerospace Database, NTIS and Oceanic Abstracts

  20. NTIS Bibliographic Index • Updated quarterly, 1964 – • Contains descriptions of U.S. government sponsored sci/tech research from DOD, DOE, EPA, NASA, NOAA… • Covers astronomy, atmospheric science, biotechnology, computers, energy, engineering, etc. • Included are: reports on contracts/grants, technical memoranda, technical reports, dissertations, etc. • Pre-1964, consult Government Reports and Announcements Index in print • Same interface as MGA

  21. Finding Government Documents • What are they? Conference literature, government reports, internal reports, reports on contracts, etc. • Why are they important? Cited in literature and historically have provided a rapid means of scientific communication. • Who publishes them? Agencies, governmental bodies, professional societies, federal contractors, etc. • What characteristics do they have? Alpha-numeric report numbers, accession numbers, grant or contract numbers, sponsoring agency, no commercial publisher, distributed through facility like NTIS. • Where can I find them? 1)Libraries: Campus libraries have most reports distributed 2)NTIS, DTIS, NASA, STI 3)Author 4)Issuing agency

  22. Define Research Problem • What papers have been published that define the historical roots of the QG Omega Equation? • Synonyms: QG theory, Quasi-geostrophic theory, QG Omega equation, Quasi-geostrophic equation, Quasi-geostrophic Omega equation, mathematical equations, Omega equation

  23. Searching MGA, Aerospace, NTIS • Select databases to be searched • Select “Advanced Search” • Descriptors – subject terms • Author index • Search history • Search results – retrieve full-text for AMS journals and other journals with , e-mail or export results

  24. Open MGA: Change Database

  25. Select Databases

  26. TI=qg omega equation

  27. TI=qg omega equation

  28. KW=qg omega equationKW=TI, AB, DE

  29. View Abstract for Search Terms

  30. Descriptors(Subject Headings, Identifiers)

  31. KW=(qg theory) or (quasi*geostrophic theory) or (qg omega equation) or (quasi*geostrophic omega equation) or (quasi*geostrophic equation)KW=TI, AB, DE

  32. Review Records

  33. Find It

  34. Retrieve Full-Text

  35. Use Carefully

  36. Note Source Field

  37. No Records Found

  38. Redo Using Guided Search

  39. Report Numbers/Accession Numbers: N96-34905

  40. E-mail, Save Records

  41. Author Index

  42. Select Name and Variants

  43. Search History

  44. MGA in Print • QG Theory is one of the most important concepts put forth in late 1940s (Sutcliff[e] 1947, Charney 1948) for interpreting present state of atmosphere…

  45. MGA in Print: v.1, 1950

  46. Selected Bibliographyv.1, no.5, 1950, E-69

  47. Web of Science • Updated weekly, 1970 – • Combination of three databases • Indexes peer-reviewed journal literature only – does not include reports, conference proceedings, dissertations… • Known for its currency and meticulous indexing • Used to do general, cited reference or author searching • Pre-1981, use Science Citation Index in print • Journal Citation Reports is companion database

  48. Search Web of Science • Full Search • Select “Science Citation Index” and coverage • Use to link to full-text • General search • Cited reference search • Formatting and exporting search results

  49. Search/Database Options, Limits

  50. Topic Search:qg theory OR quasi$geostrophic theory OR qg omega equation OR quasi$geostrophic omega equation OR quasi$geostrophic equation