Webinar: Literature search on a connected path

Are Your Users' Literature Searches Telling the Whole Story?

“What if researchers — particularly those new to certain disciplines or to research itself — could have a Wikipedia-like experience that was streamlined and trusted?” This is the question that led two neuroscientists on a fascinating journey to improve literature search, from exploring users’ needs to applying cutting edge technologies.

Students in an introductory and a higher-level class were assessed to determine where they were doing their research, their comfort level with reading reviews and primary literature, how frequently they came across unfamiliar terms, and how they handled cases where they needed additional clarity. Then they were provided the beta version of ScienceDirect Topics, an enhancement to the database that provides links within journal articles to 80,000+ topic pages with citable and trusted definitions that are contextualized within a discipline.

Did it make a difference? Find out by attending the Library Connect webinar:

Join us to hear how ScienceDirect Topics helps your patrons make the connections they need for speedy discovery of high-quality information.

Webinar details:
Literature search on a connected path
September 29, 2017
8:00am PST / 11:00am EST / 4:00pm GMT
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Rick Misra, Ph.D. is a Product Manager for the ScienceDirect group in the Reading Experience team. Rick has a particular interest in knowledge extraction and representation in the STEM fields. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois and also holds positions as a Collaborating Scientist at the Scripps Research Institute and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of California San Diego.

Elaine Reynolds is an Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. She is also chair of the Aging Studies Program. She did her undergraduate work at Penn State, her PhD at Carnegie Mellon University and did postdoctoral work at Stanford, University at Buffalo and UC Berkeley. She has 20+ years of experience teaching undergraduate courses, focusing on writing skills, critical analysis of the primary literature and research design. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE). In 2016, Elaine was awarded Educator of the Year by Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN).