Jon Jeffryes: November 2010 Archives

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Here's the conversation I like to imagine between these two guys.  "Hey how do you tell whether or not an article comes from a refereed, peer-review journal."  (Ref 1) "Uh...Ulrichs?"  (Ref 2).

This very question has been coming to me a lot recently since one of the big freshman seminars I work with requires that for the big research project of the semester that the centerpiece be a peer-reviewed scholarly journal article.

The students seem to have a pretty firm understanding of whether the article that they are looking it presents a scholarly experiment, but when it comes to whether it's peer-reviewed I'm sensing more uncertainty (this "sense" comes directly from my email inbox).

The professor for the class asked me come up with a quick email or handout that he could forward on to students and this is what I came up with:

 Here are some ways to determine whether the article that you've found has been peer reviewed.

 1.  Google the name of the journal and find the journal's web page.  On the "about us" page it will sometimes say "peer-reviewed" or you can look at the "information for authors" that will usually detail what process a manuscript must go through to be published.  If it mentions a review process or sending to reviewers you're set.

 2.  Check it in Ullrich's (http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2516) this is a library database that gives information on journals.  Just search the title of the journal and in the results page if the journal you're looking for has a referee's jersey icon (black and white striped shirt) next to it, it means its peer-reviewed.

 Most of the journal articles that recount a research experiment in Engineering Village should probably be peer-reviewed.  It is important to note that some peer-reviewed journals also include letters and editorials that are not peer-reviewed.  So make sure the articles are experimental research articles (detailing an experiment's methodology and findings) and not one of these other types of article.


Does anyone else out there in the LIbraries have another method that they teach?  I'd like to make something more polished and formal to share with students next time and would like to provide students with the best methods possible--so if you have a way of teaching this information I'd be interested to hear it!

Images from Jeffrey Simms Photography via Flickr. CC
forest.jpgYesterday I presented with Kate Peterson at the OIT 20 by 20 Pecha Kucha Event.  We talked about all the collaboration tools that the libraries provide and the ways that librarians can collaborate with instructors and researchers...but that's not really the point of this post.

Instead I wanted to talk about a presentation that was surprisingly relevant to libraries that was given by Eli Sangor who is part of Forestry Extension in St. Paul.

Eli talked about how Extension tries to get information and good resources to owners of forest land throughout Minnesota...as he presented I thought to myself..."This sounds just like librarians."

He told that much of their audience likes to get information from peers and that they facilitate this by bringing in local experts to provide information sessions.  This got me to thinking how we might bring this Extension model into library instruction.  

Here's my idea: I have a huge freshman seminar (100-200 beginning engineers) that I give a short 15-20 minute presentation on how to find articles to, that I meet with every semester.  Next semester I want to look into partnering with a Peer Research Consultant to co-present with me to make that peer connection that Eli discussed in his pecha kucha.

Once the recording of yesterday's Pecha Kucha goes up we should link to it here...this is just one idea that popped into my mind while watching all the presentations.

Did others attend?  Any other exciting take-aways?

Image from Lutz-R. Frank via Flickr.  CC.

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