(Flow of Scientific Information, University of Waterloo, 2007)
What kinds of document do scientists and engineers use
- Peer review: researchers validating each others work before publication
- Kinds of documents:
- patents: government granted license to an invention
- standards: agreed upon methodology: ie 802.11
- journals: research results presented in a periodical/magazine. Peer reviewed.
- trade literature: discipline-specific magazines. Not Peer Reviewed.
- popular press: regular newspapers, magazines, websites. Not peer reviewed.
- conference proceedings: research results presented at a meeting. Often peer reviewed, but not always.
- technical report: description of a solution to a specific problem. Not peer reviewed.
- reference: encyclopedias, tables, data collections, properties
- manuals: lab methods, programming languages, operating systems
- monographs: general topics
- technical specifications: how a system, device or component works, ie circuit diagrams, software package
Websites such as the Citation Machine can be also helpful in setting up references.
York's SPARK modules have lots of information about writing, referencing and how to avoid mistakes in attribution.
My topics: Figuring out the age of various materials, like ivory, hair or wood or the reliability of fingerprints.
When searching in a non-forensic source, it's often handy to use the word "crime" or "forensic" in the search.
For databases, some searches to try include:
- forensic and dating and ivory
- forensic and dating and wood
- forensic and age and ivory
- forensic and fingerprint and reliability
- forensic and fingerprint and validity
- forensic and ballistic and reliability
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