CGGC Seminar: How to Use Open Access Sources Wisely

Speaker:
Ronit Marco (Elyachar Central Library)
Date:
Sunday, 24.12.2017, 13:30
Place:
Room 337 Taub Bld.

Open Access (OA) refers to various forms of research outputs that are openly available online and are free of many restrictions on access and usage. Open Access publishing has become more and more prevalent in the last decade. The benefits to the academic community and the general public are clear: scholarly publications can be easily accessed through popular free search engines, like Google Scholar. Knowledge is spread more widely and contributes to scientific progress.

However, questions have been raised about the quality of openly published articles, especially in light of the rise and multiplication of "Predatory Journals", that add unreliable spam articles to the pool of scientific publications. Other reservations pertain to copyright issues and funding.

The Technion Libraries offer assistance and guidance in distinguishing between reliable and unreliable open access sources. I will present evaluation tools that will help you make sure you rely on authentic articles. In addition, I will present a few databases that are relevant to the lab's activity and contain high- quality publications and reports that cannot be found openly. I will demonstrate how you can access these restricted sources even when you are off- campus, and how you can use the Mendeley citation management software to manage and quote your references.

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