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Years ago, philosopher of science Michael Polanyi described science as a republic, one that depended on scientists all contributing their expertise to a common purpose, independent but also interdependent. As you explore the primary literature about plants, you'll be getting a glimpse of how this republic works and will have a chance to enter into its conversations. This guide will link you to some entry points.
"The Republic of Science shows us an association of independent initiatives, combined towards an indeterminate achievement. It is disciplined and motivated by serving a traditional authority, but this authority is dynamic; its continued existence depends on its constant self-renewal through the originality of its followers. The Republic of Science is a Society of Explorers."
References in the chemistry literature form a network of ideas. They are important ways to map a scientific conversation over time.
Going backward in time:
When you have an article with references, you can see if a particular reference is available by looking the journal's name up in our
You can see who has cited an article (or an author) using the form below or clicking on "Do we have this journal?" on the library's main page. Then you can use the volume and date information to navigate to the article. If we don't have access to that journal, we can get it from another library.
Going forward in time:
If you have a good article in front of you, see who has cited it by searching in either SciFinder or Google Scholar. That will let you click on newer publications that cite it (and Google Scholar will also run the same search in Web of Science for you). Then use find it! button to get the article or request it from another library.
These databases can help you locate primary articles that may be valuable in your research. They index publications but don't always lead to full text. Remember, we will be able to get the articles you need within a day or two using interlibrary loan.
Libraries are linked together through an interlibrary-loan (or ILL) system. Libraries share books and make digitized articles available to people throughout the state connected through this system. What you need to know:
If you have a reference to an article you want, you don't need to go through a database to order it. There's a form you can fill in with the citation information. It's pretty well hidden, but the video below will show you how to get there.
A very short silent film.
Zotero is a free program that operates as a browser plug in for Firefox or as a standalone program. Once you download Zotero (and, for standalone, add the Zotero extension to Chrome or another browser), you can use it to save webpages, articles in databases, and book references from the library catalog, Amazon, or Google Books. Your collected references can be synched from one computer to another and can be accessed online through any web browser. Sort your references into project folders, tag them, add annotations and, when you want to create a reference, simply drag them into a document and choose a format. See the Zotero Quick Start Guide to get started or try our very brief general guide to Zotero; try our guide to adding output styles; see Jason Puckett's guide for more tips and strategies.
A note for Zotero users - you can set up Zotero to recognize content in our databases by clicking on the gear icon, choosing preferences, clicking on Advanced, and adding under Resolver this URL: http://linksource.ebsco.com/linking.aspx
An optional plug-in for Word (or Open Office) is available. If you use the Firefox plugin, download the Word plugin. If you use the standalone version of Zotero, open Zotero and install the plugin found under Tools - Options - Cite. The plugins will then be found in Word under the Add-Ins tab (PC) or under the scripts menu (Mac). For an introduction to using these plugins in a document, see this video created at Oregon State University.
Want more information? Contact a reference librarian (folke @ gustavus.edu).
Plant Physiology 1979-2009 in print; current years online
Plant Cell 1989 - 2009 in print; current years online
American Journal of Botany 1925-2010 in print; current years online
Science 1891-present in print
Nature 1957-present in print
BioScience 1964-present online
Ecology 1920 to present online
Journal of Ecology 1913-present online
Canadian Journal of Botany 1985-2007; changed title to Botany 2008 - present in print