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EARTHSCI 180: Introduction to Earth and Environmental Science Research Design

EARTHSCI 180 - Winter 2013 - Instructor: Nevle, R.
Last Updated: 17-Apr-2013

This is the library course guide for EARTHSCI 180: Introduction to Earth & Environmental Science Research Design.


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Writing Help

A list of resources to assist with writing and publishing in the sciences.

2nd, comp. rev. ed. Weinheim ; Cambridge : Wiley-VCH, 2004.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » QD9.15 .E23 2004
PRINT ONLY. Coming to the aid of all those wishing to improve the quality of their scientific writing -- established researchers and aspiring students alike -- three experienced authors / scientists from differing backgrounds and cultures have compiled this classic guide.
Boston : Pearson, c2012.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner) » On reserve: Ask at circulation desk » QE48.85 .C67 2012
PRINT ONLY. Instruction concerning the rules and styles of writing and speaking are addressed in relation to technical concerns specific to the Earth sciences, illustrating the importance of effective communication in geologic investigations. The book includes guidance on how to write an effective research paper, and the creation of PowerPoints, posters, a thesis, funding proposals, and more is covered in detail.
5th ed. Alexandria, Va. : American Geological Institute, c1995.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner) » Stacks » QE48.85 .G46 1995
PRINT ONLY. This introduction to writing, editing, and printing will help students and scientists cope with a process that many dread - the process that starts with a decision to write something for publication.
New York : Springer, c2011.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » T11 .B543 2011
ONLINE. This guide provides a framework, starting from simple statements, for writing papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Citation Help

Using Mendeley

Mendeley is a PDF and citation manager that indexes and organizes your research library into a digital bibliography. The program includes a collaboration component that allows you to share citations with other researchers. Mendeley is both a desktop application and a web-based application.  

The Stanford Mendeley Group account offers students, faculty, staff and researchers 7 GB of storage and the ability to create up to 10 private groups. To join, click the "join this group" button on the Stanford Mendeley Group page.

Some Mendeley Tips and Tricks

  • When creating your account, use your email account instead of your personal one. That way you will easily be able to join the Stanford Mendeley Group account. This account offers students, faculty, staff and researchers 7 GB of storage and the ability to create up to 10 private groups. Don't worry if you have already created an account with a different email address, you can always change it in My Account --> Personal Details
  • Mendeley creates references from the information harvested from the document. To make it easier for Mendeley to search for your documents, try consistency. This is a good option for a naming convention when saving .pdf's: Author – Year – Title.
  • By default, when you import a PDF, Mendeley does not move that file -- it just creates a reference so it knows where to find that file on your computer. If you later move or delete that file, Mendeley will not be able to access it. You can avoid problems by turning on automatic file organization from your Mendeley Desktop.
  • Install the Word Plugin for writing your paper. From your Mendeley Desktop tool bar select Tools --> Install MS Word Plugin. A pop up menu will appear indicating successful installation. Launch your Word program and then click "add ins" from your menu bar to access your Mendeley tool bar. 

Frequently asked questions

How much storage space does Mendeley have?

Mendeley provides up to 1 GB of free web storage space, which is upgradeable at a cost. Note -- 500MB is restricted to personal and 500MB for group Papers. You can selectively sync PDF files if you are running out of online storage.

After I add a paper to Mendeley through the Mendeley Web, where is it saved?

The .pdf will be saved on your harddrive of the computer you are using at the time.

Windows: Users\NAME\AppData\Local\Mendeley Ltd\Mendeley Desktop\Downloaded

Mac OS X: Users\NAME\Library\Application\Support\Mendeley\Desktop\Downloaded

Can I set up Mendeley to sync automatically on the Mendeley Desktop?

Unfortunately, Mendeley only has a manual sync button option currently.

How can I add citations to a paper?

When you want to add a citation to your paper, go to where you wish to insert a citation, just click the Insert Citation indicator in your tool bar.

Windows OS: Click on References and choose Insert Citation.

Mac OS: Click the scroll symbol after Help in the Menu Bar. Click on Mendeley and choose Insert Citation.

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