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SAGES USNA 204 Evolution of Scientific Ideas

Library Research Assignment Freshmen Level


Name _____________________

This assignment should take approximately one hour to complete. If you experience difficulty finishing the questions, please ask for help. You can contact the science or social science reference librarians, or the KSL Reference desk.

1. The American philosopher and historian of science, Thomas S. Kuhn (1922-1996), studied the nature of scientific theories and how they change over time. Using the KSL library catalog, EuclidPlus, find one book written by Kuhn and one book written about him. In the space below provide information on the title, call number, location, and availability for each of the two books you select.

Title------------------------------Call Number------------------Location/Availability


2. This time, use OhioLink for a search. Find one book about Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) and his revolutionary theories of astronomy. Limit your search to books published in English within the last twenty years. Select one that is NOT available through KSL.

1. What is the title, location, and call number for this book?

2. Would this book be available for you to order from OhioLink if you needed it for a research project?

3. How soon could you pick up this book from the KSL circulation desk?

3. Suppose you decide to write a paper on Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794) and his central role in the Chemical Revolution of the 18th century. You first consult the printed reference sources available on the second floor of KSL. Looking in the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, you find an entry for Lavoisier and a bibliography of books and articles about him. Pick one article from the bibliography that was published before 1980 and see if you can find it in KSL.

1. Is the journal and volume number that you need available in the KSL library or the University Library Remote Storage facility?

2. If the journal volume is not available on campus, how could you obtain a copy of the article from some other source? How long would it take for the copy to arrive at KSL?

3. How would you determine if a full-text copy of the article is available online?

4. You can find scholarly, magazine, and newspaper articles on several subjects in a database called Academic Search Premier. perform a search in this database for articles on the history of the Manhattan Project.

1. Limiting your search to magazines, find one article and provide a full citation reference that includes the author(s), article title, magazine title, year, volume, and page numbers.

2. Is this article available online in a full text version?

3. Using OhioLink, can you find an online or print copy of this article at Case or another institution?

5. The American Periodical Series database archives page images from over one thousand popular and scholarly journals and magazines from the 18th and 19th centuries. Using this database locate a review of Charles Darwins book, The Origin of Species, that begins with the title words Review of Darwins Theory. Limit this search to between 1859 and 1865.

1. Is there any indication of who wrote this review article?

2. Give the full citation for the article.

3. Is the journal for this article available from KSL or another OhioLink library?

4. Can you retrieve a full text copy of the article from the APS website?

Services FAQ

Can I print at KSL? What does it cost & how do I pay?
KSL computers link to 2 high speed, high volume printers. All printing costs 5 cents a page, and you can pay with with your CaseOneCard, coin, $1 or $5 bills. Printers are on the main floor and second floor, across from the elevators.  For locations, check our Maps.
Can I photocopy at KSL? What does it cost & how do I pay?
KSL photocopiers are on the main floor, third floor, and Lower Level, so you can photocopy books and journals. Copies cost ten cents a page on digital copiers, and you can pay with your CaseOneCard, coin, $1 or $5 bills.  For locations, check our Maps.
How do I know what's new and what new books there are?
Read the KSL News Blog for events, services, tools & more, that help you do research. Find it on the library homepage. New Books can either be an RSS alert for your subject area or you can browse the New Books Display on the 1st floor of the Kelvin Smith Library.
Where do I get change? / Is there a Change machine?
Use your ID as your cash, not coins & bills. KSL does not give change & asks you to plan ahead for printing and copying. The copiers & printers take $1 & $5 bills and coins, and will give change for a copy/print when there is suffficient change in the machine. Plan ahead! Activate your CaseOneCard ID if you are a staff member, faculty, or grad student.
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Is there a book drop? Is there a drive-up book drop?
KSL has a book drop in the front of the building, under the covered portico, on the Thwing Center side of the Main Doors. Currently, there is no drive-up book drop. The KSL bookdrop is open when there are no Regular Business Hours–when KSL is open, bring your items to the inside book drops. Videos & DVDs must be returned to staff at the Main Service Desk so the are not damaged in bookdrops.
Can I fax something at KSL?
KSL does not have fax services but Thwing Center, next door, does in Printing Services. Stop in weekdays 8-5:30 p.m. for information about fees, etc.
Does KSL have a SelfCheckout Machine? When can I use it?
KSL’s 3M SelfCheckout machine is on the Main Service Desk and can be used whenever you are in KSL! (You must have used your Case ID card at least once before at a Case library for a regular checkout with staff, so your ID data is swiped into the system.) Use SelfCheckout during 24×7, or whenever you need to save time.
Can I checkout the CPL@Case-KSL books and magazines on the KSL SelfCheckout?
Use the CPL SelfCheckout machine nearby the CPL@Case-KSL collections, with your CPL library card. The KSL SelfCheckout machine reads only Case ID cards and Case barcodes.

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