Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Blogging on scientific research

Research Blogging collects posts on peer-reviewed research and organizes them by topic. Many scientists are blogging about peer-reviewed research. Using code generated at Research Blogger, their posts are captured in one place for easy perusal. In the past, I have mentioned discussions with faculty and students about serendipitous discovery. Many ask if it is possible without spending time in the library flipping through journals on the shelves. Bear in mind, I do not want to discourage spending time in the library. However, Research Blogging provides another type of discovery. By clicking on a subject, such as computer science, you can read what bloggers in the field have discovered. For a post to be included in Research Blogging, it must discuss peer-reviewed research that has been read carefully by the writer. Furthermore, the review must be written from the writer's perspective, i.e., it should not be a compilation of other people's thoughts on the research. In addition, a posting should contain the full reference, including whenever possible, the DOI number. Therefore, interested students and faculty members can locate the research article being discussed. The community involved with this blog polices the entries, and abuse will lead to removal.

Current categories for Research Blogging:

  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Research
  • Computer Science
  • Earth / Environmental
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Research / Scholarship
  • Other
A note on locating the article: Students that are not familiar with DOI numbers may expect that clicking the link will take you to the full text. The DOI number will take you to full citation information but not necessarily the full text. If you are on campus, and the library owns the full text, you should be able to access it. If you are off campus, you would have to log into the library first. Remember to use Find Journal Titles to see if we own the journal either in print or electronically (or both). Finally, don't forget that by using Interlibrary Loan, you can usually obtain the article from another library.

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