Library workshop #1
The publication cycle is discipline dependent: chart = STEM or some Social Science
Some disciplines/areas have review publications
Other disciplines may have articles that review the literature
Or use a very recent, highly cited article w/good lit review
Let's Go Meta! Finding a review article: not as common outside the sciences. Includes both literature reviews as well as systematic reviews (evaluates the research) [In the humanities and social sciences, we might want to focus on finding a recent book related to our topic and review its bibliography. Book-length bibliographies, although increasingly less common, are another means to gain an overview on a topic].
We have almost *everything*
We have hundreds of thousands of ejournals and ebooks. If we don't have what you need, we can help you get it via Interlibrary Loan.
We have data sets for socials sciences. Ask us for more details.
Connect us to Google Scholar!
Electronic content outside of City Tech
Every CUNY library has distinctive library resources that they pay for. Although you can borrow books from other CUNY libraries, you can not request any electronic content from outside of City Tech from your office or home. Access electronic content from outside of City Tech by:
Interlibrary loan for most types of content is possible.
Finding books and more outside of CUNY
WorldCat is an immense resource in finding books and archival materials, particularly in the English-speaking world.
MaRLI is an initiative that provides access for CUNY faculty to New York University and Columbia's libraries via New York Public Library. You can borrow books and access electronic content on-site. Annual access runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30.
ALB, Academic Libraries of Brooklyn
Card via City Tech Library by semester. Tandon (Polytechnic) with special arrangement (ask me)
Card via City Tech library, one-time use for books not in CUNY in most NYC libraries. Have to prove we do not have the book.
Access electronic content only via the library's website (with the exception of Google Scholar when it is configured to connect to our library)
How to access library article databases
Teach yourself library search basics
How to find a specific journal
How to find books inside CUNY and beyond;
OneSearch (see box below)
What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar indexes
Advantages of Using Google Scholar
Issues to be Aware of When Using Google Scholar
RefWorks is a citation manager that is geared to faculty, not students. It works with many resources, particularly Google Scholar. The best part of RefWorks is that you can create custom styles. Some journals have a unique variant on an existing citation style and RefWorks allows you to adjust your citations to fit that style.
Zotero is a free, open source citation manager. It does not allow for customization not as powerful as RefWorks but it allows you to easily share your citations with a co-author, unlike RefWorks. It is also much easier to learn. You can use Zotero to manage your workflow. You can also add free-standing notes, attach notes to specific citations, attach PDFs, copy text into notes, and add tages.
Mendeley is used by academics in the sciences and has some nice social components.
This article in Nature provides an overview of citation managers. You can embed documents in most citation managers including RefWorks.
The FIND IT button takes you to full text whether you are searching a library database or Google Scholar (provided you set up a specific library in LIBRARY LINKS).
Here's how FIND IT looks in MathSciNet:
The details that matter:
A strategy if you are an inexperienced author or haven't published recently is to look for low-hanging fruit: publication venues that are scholarly but may not be peer reviewed or, if peer reviewed, may be less likely to reject.
Peruse Call for Papers CFPs for themed special issues of journals;encyclopedias; book chapters (that are not peer reviewed). See our guide to CFPs.
Spam queries, flattering emails
Fast peer review promised Lack of focus (sometimes)
Have you heard of the journal?
Ask a well-published colleague
Is it in a known database or citation index?
Conferences are especially insidious
INVESTIGATE BEFORE YOU SUBMIT OR SAY ‘YES’ Use Think.Check.Submit
Take a few minutes to read through TEACH YOURSELF: SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING+FINDING THE JOURNAL (section below this one on the left-hand navigation). These "homework" questions will help you analyze a possible target journal.