INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY RESEARCH
In consultation with your advisor, choose a topic for library research no later than Friday, Jan 30.
II. Library Research
Students are expected to spend enough time to do a thorough job researching the chosen topic. If the amount of time greatly exceeds 15 hours, the topic may be modified upon approval of the Librarian and Faculty Advisor.
III. Preparation for Research Consultation
Begin preparation for your research consultation by finding, researching, and taking notes on at least one scholarly article specifically related to your topic. In many cases your advisor, the post doc or senior graduate student in your group will be able to give you a starting paper about your topic. If not, then you need to find that first paper on your own. The people listed above will be good resources for answering questions about your topic.
Search DiscoverE; databases, particularly SciFinder, Web of Science; and scholarly authoritative websites prior to scheduling a consultation. Come to your consultation prepared to discuss the questions outlined in Section IV, "Research Consultations."
IV. Research Consultations
Research consultations are available at any time, and may be scheduled at any point during your research. You are REQUIRED to schedule at least one consultation with the Librarian. Consultations are for an hour. When you come for your consultation be prepared to discuss or bring the following:
The last day for consultations will be Friday, March 6.
V. Final Draft of Your Research Paper
The information for writing this paper will be found by using a combination of resources identified through SciFinder searches and resources identified by searching DiscoverE and other library databases, i.e.Web of Science, Medline, PubMed, Reaxys, etc. In addition to the above resources, you may use information found on websites, provided you have verified that the information found on the website is accurate, authoritative, objective, and current.
Length of the paper and bibliography will vary. Ask your advisor for guidelines. Your advisor may want a comprehensive, retrospective discussion of the topic, an overview, or a paper identifying direction for future research.
The bibliography MUST conform to the guidelines established in the ACS Style Guide. EndNote will automatically format your bibliography in ACS Style. A print copy of the ACS Style Guide will be on reserve at the Circulation Desk in the Chemistry Library. Online access is available here.
Submit your paper for peer review on Monday, March 16.
VI. Peer Review Process
Papers to be peer reviewed will be emailed to students on Wednesday, March 18.
Peer reviews are due on Thursday, March 26.
Please see the guidelines for the Peer Review Process here.
In the guidelines, Peer Review and Reviewer Responsibilities are discussed. Guiding Questions are presented to prompt the reviewer to recognize and address broad concepts expected in writing a good scientific paper and to think more professionally about scientific writing.
Rubrics, tools that identify key performance criteria and standards linked to learning objectives and used to subjectively assess expected performance, are included. The rubrics used in this assignment discuss in detail the elements of a scientific paper and were developed and adapted from the ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd ed., 2006, Chapter 2, "Scientific Papers", pp. 17-26. A Rubric Evaluation Worksheet will be completed for each paper reviewed; each research paper submitted for this class will receive two peer reviews.
VII. Revised Final Paper
Rubric Evaluation Worksheets will be returned on Friday, March 27 so that comments made by reviewers may provide input for revision of research papers. Revised papers are due on Monday, April 6.
You are responsible for sending your paper to me AND to your advisor. Send your paper electronically as an attachment to me at: chris.doty at emory.edu. As a second attachment, send evidence of the library of resources you created for this paper using EndNote, Zotero, or other approved bibliographic management software program.
Send or deliver your paper to your advisor. Check to determine his/her preference for receiving either a paper or electronic copy.
VIII. Grading - Pass/Fail and Course Evaluation
All work for CHEM 597R will be completed on Monday, April 6.
Updated: January 9, 2015