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Transportation Research: Guide to Science Information Resources

10 Reasons to Learn This Stuff

10. This tutorial and its contents will familiarize you with the basic terms and concepts used to describe science information sources.

9.  Through reading and understanding the professional literature, you will gradually acquire the jargon or language of your subject area and then be able to communicate your knowledge with seasoned pros.

8.  Your new knowledge will spare you from the frustration of being lost in Google or a sand trap of information.  

7.  The information you find will influence your approach toward your research.

6.  The success of your research often depends on how well you know the tools and resources of your field.

5.  Time is $$ in research; wasting time = wasting money.

4.  You just might increase your appreciation for your subject area and how it got to where it is.

3.  Professionals are expected to know what's going on in their field (this includes you).

2.  Your grade can be affected by what you know and can do.

1.  Your professors and advisors will think you have initiative (and may be more likely to help you with your own academic or professional goals).

Introduction

Discoveries and the creation of new knowledge are the building blocks of what is known in the sciences.  Thousands of students and researchers from around the world participate in scientific research, experiments, and publishing within many fields.  Countless innovations and new developments are the results of these efforts.  This tutorial will introduce the processes used to distribute this information, introduce common sources of science information, and then describe how scientists find information to inform and support their research.

After completing the Guide to Science Information Resources, students will be able to do the following:

  • Identify how scientific knowledge and discoveries are communicated. 
  • Classify common types of publications used in the scholarly community.
  • Describe the general information tools and resources used in the sciences.
  • Examine issues related to information and database access.

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