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    An Introduction to Searching for Scientific Literature on the Internet
    By Gary White




    "Be very, very careful what you put into that head,
    because you will never, ever get it out."
    Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (1471-1530)




    Introduction

    The development of the internet as a means of communication and commerce in the marine ornamental industry during the last 10 years has been extraordinary. Internet discussion forums facilitate opportunities for the sharing of husbandry observations and techniques, as well as opportunities for acquiring quality livestock, products and technical support … opportunities which were literally unimaginable when I purchased my first marine aquarium system in 1976.

    And yet, there are problems with the rapid, mass dissemination of information on the internet. As a biologist and former science educator, I am often concerned with the accuracy, replication, and safety, of “anecdotal information” that is presented as “scientific information” within the discussion forums that have served our hobby, and the industry, so well.

    "The most experienced and well-informed minds are too busy still working in the trenches to take the time to write or teach to exclusion. ... Keep in mind that you are unlikely to meet such a guru on the internet at 2:00 AM. Most of the real wizards of the industry are not waiting for you with a speedy electronic reply at a moment's notice. In fact, it is more likely that the self-professed expert that has been so generously giving you electronic misinformation sits in front of his computer buck naked just like you and me. I know, I know ... I don't like to think about it either; it's sad but true."
    - Anthony Calfo. Book of Coral Propagation.


    There are distinct differences in the quality, meaning, and applicability of “anecdotal information” vs. “scientific information.” An important question immediately presents itself: How can “average saltwater hobbyists" … if such creatures actually exist …distinguish between, and evaluate, well-reasoned anecdotal information, and scientific information?

    The answer to this question is straightforward: Hobbyists must be able to compare the anecdotal information presented in discussion forums, with the information presented in peer-reviewed scientific literature. The purpose of this article is to provide marine aquarists with information and internet resources, which will allow them to more efficiently access and review scientific literature available on the World Wide Web.



    Enriched Structure

    Taken as a whole, the sections of this article are too cumbersome to be conveniently accessed within the structure of this thread. For your convenience, this article has been divided into different subjects. The subjects are listed below the "Article Overview" heading. Each subject is linked to a document, independent of this thread. Simply "click" the subject you are interested in, and the section will open in a new window.



    Article Overview

    If you are in the process of building your internet research skills, the following sections will be of interest to you:

    Preparation for Searching
    Online Search Engine Tutorials
    General Search Engines
    Metasearchers (Crawlers)
    Using the Internet to “Ask an Expert”
    Some Advanced Google Operators
    Librarians’ Index to the Internet




    If you are already aware of relevant terminology, and, if you are already comfortable with the use of search engines, the following sections will be of most interest to you:

    Scirus
    BUBL
    ScienceDirect
    Online Literature Publishers
    Subject Search Directories and Literature Search Engines
    International Search Engines
    Selected Scientific Journals: A - C
    Selected Scientific Journals: D - I
    Selected Scientific Journals: J
    Selected Scientific Journals: K - N
    Selected Scientific Journals: O - Z
    Selected Scientific Associations, Societies, and Organizations: A - D
    Selected Scientific Associations, Societies, and Organizations: E - P
    Selected Scientific Associations, Societies, and Organizations: Q - Z
    Selected Governmental Sources




    Participation

    Please feel free to post questions, replies, and comments regarding the material presented. If you have specific questions about specific subjects presented in this article, please include the link to that subject in your post, so that others may more efficiently participate. If you are aware of additional internet resources relevant to the topic of "Searching for Scientific Literature on the Internet", PLEASE consider posting the resources' links so that others may benefit from your work and experience. I will periodically accumulate your suggestions into this document:

    Member Favorites: Searching for Scientific Literature on the Internet




    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
    Hunter S. Thompson

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    Google Links

    Greetings All !

    For anyone interested in a "more focused" application of the Google Search Engine ...



    Basic Google Search Interface
    LINK

    Advanced Google Search Interface
    LINK

    Advanced Scholar Google Search Interface
    LINK

    Google Image Search Interface
    LINK

    Advanced Google Image Search Interface
    LINK

    Google Language Tools (Search & Translation)
    LINK



    FYI ... HTH
    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
    Hunter S. Thompson

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      Greetings All !


      For those who haven't used this yet, it is an excellent toy. A bit cumbersome to use ... and a little slow ... but an excellent research literature search engine nonetheless!


      DAREnet

      Worldwide access to Dutch academic research results.

      DAREnet gives free access to academic research output in the Netherlands. It is accessible from home and anywhere else on the planet. Read more about DAREnet ...

      The top of the bill, the cream on the cake, can be found through Cream of Science. The publications of over 200 top scientists in the Netherlands can be found here. Read more about Cream of Science ...

      DAREnet harvests 70.170 digital records from the Institutional repositories of sixteen institutes. Read more about repositories ...

      DAREnet (English)
      DAREnet (Original Dutch)

      DAREnet's English Search Engine Interface


      FYI
      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
      Hunter S. Thompson

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        Greetings All !


        We have a new weapon ...

        Avano
        Marine and Aquatic Science Harvester
        http://www.ifremer.fr/avano/


        Avano offers an access to 37112 electronic resources about the marine and aquatic sciences (aquaculture and fisheries for instance, but also geosciences, biology, ecology...).


        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
        Hunter S. Thompson

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