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August 3, 2013

Michael asks…

Where can I find experts on physics to answer my questions online?

I am doing a project on the physics of jumping on a trampoline. We have to have 3 notable sources, which in my teachers mind that means an expert or proven facts about it. Where can I find this on the internet?

I’ve tried using Google Scholar to help, but it only gives me stuff not pertaining to what my project is on. HELP!

Administrator answers:

Try allexperts.com. An expert applies to the management of that site to be allowed to answer questions in particular categories. The Physics category has 6-8 experts listed. You read their profile and choose the one you want to send your question to.

Please don’t choose me. Your question seems quite involved.

Charles asks…

How can I tell if a source is peer reviewed?

I am using Google scholar, and databases from my school library such as EBSCOhost “academic search premier” would articles that come up in those searches be peer reviewed?

Administrator answers:

Not all of the articles that come up in Academic Search Primer are peer reviewed, but many of them are.

Imagine that you are at the EBSCOhost site now and you are doing a basic search. Put the keywords that you are researching in the search box, but before you hit “search,” scroll down to the search options area. In the section called “limit your results” click on “full text” and “scholarly (peer reviewed) journals,” and then hit the search button.

With Google Scholar it’s not as easy to identify that the article is peer reviewed, but many libraries participate in “Library Links” and then you can verify with a librarian if the article is peer reviewed.

Maria asks…

How to find peer reviewed articles about basic things?

I’m a freshman in college, so I’m still in basic classes. My latest assignment in an evolutionary biology class is to find a peer reviewed article about a species (I chose the African Bush/ savanna elephant – Loxodonta africana.) I’m going to research for the rest of the year. It is NOT supposed to be in depth – just a basic article that classifies the animal all the way down to its binomial, and that has some basic information about habitat, a little on evolution, etc.

I CANNOT FIND ANYTHING LIKE THIS ANYWHERE. She was very specific in that it MUST be peer reviewed. I’ve tried google scholar, I’ve tried every database (that would apply to my research) that my school gives us access to. It’s been HOURS.

My peers have this problem too, and when we tried to talk to her about it, she said there is definitely something out there and that we need to look harder or go to her office hours. I’ll go to her office hours, but obviously I need to turn in the assignment.

So far I’ve put in countless combinations of “loxodonta africana, african bush elephant basic information/ introduction” etc. Nothing comes up with any sort of broad article.

Any sort of advice/ information is appreciated!
Uhh to clarify…I’m not stupid. I’ve typed in countless combinations into google scholar. Read the question before you answer, I’m not asking you to type anything in and send me the link. That’s worthless and obviously something I can figure out on my own…

Administrator answers:

Http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&oe=ASCII&q=Loxodonta&btnG=&as_sdt=1%2C20&as_sdtp=

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%22Loxodonta+africana%22+systematics&btnG=&hl=en&oe=ASCII&as_sdt=0%2C20

Chris asks…

How to find peer reviewed articles about basic things?

I’m a freshman in college, so I’m still in basic classes. My latest assignment in an evolutionary biology class is to find a peer reviewed article about a species (I chose the African Bush/ savanna elephant – Loxodonta africana.) I’m going to research for the rest of the year. It is NOT supposed to be in depth – just a basic article that classifies the animal all the way down to its binomial, and that has some basic information about habitat, a little on evolution, etc.

I CANNOT FIND ANYTHING LIKE THIS ANYWHERE. She was very specific in that it MUST be peer reviewed. I’ve tried google scholar, I’ve tried every database (that would apply to my research) that my school gives us access to. It’s been HOURS.

My peers have this problem too, and when we tried to talk to her about it, she said there is definitely something out there and that we need to look harder or go to her office hours. I’ll go to her office hours, but obviously I need to turn in the assignment.

So far I’ve put in countless combinations of “loxodonta africana, african bush elephant basic information/ introduction” etc. Nothing comes up with any sort of broad article.

Any sort of advice/ information is appreciated!

Administrator answers:

There aren’t articles like that. Peer-reviewed articles are for original research, but nothing you listed is original or research, it’s just classification. You might find articles that mention that before they talk about the science they did, but nothing on just that.

Mary asks…

How is temperature and CO2 variability important to plant life? (Especially during times of climatic change)?

As climate change has progressed (specifically, as CO2 levels have risen), I’ve noticed that ambient temperature is becoming much more variable over the course of a day or even over the course of an hour. I’m also certain (though I can’t prove it) that the chemical composition of the air is becoming more variable.

How does plant life respond to such increases in temperature and CO2 (chemical) variability?

I’m not only asking this question for me. I have a feeling that this is a very important, but (And I hope i’m wrong here) academically under-valued concept. I’ve checked Google scholar and found a smattering of papers, but can’t gauge how much is really known about this area of inquiry. I don’t know any botanists or plant ecologists, so this is also a presumptuous call for botanists or students of botany to experiment and investigate the concept more deeply.

Administrator answers:

Don’t think Mick understood the question, which was about VARIABILITY rather than overall temperature or chemical balance changes.

Jenny asks…

Can anybody break down the differences between the Maronite faith and Roman Catholicism?

So far, I understand that Maronite is considered Catholic and that it was founded in Lebanon. Also, there was something about the Maronites having a different system of leadership compared to the Roman Catholic faith, as well as their religions being founded by two different people. If somebody could better explain the differences to me in a way that’s simple to understand, that would be great! I’m trying to gather all the information I can possibly for my Compare/Contrast essay, so any scholarly source(as in from a book or article in Google Scholar) would be greatly appreciated! If none can be found, I’m open to non-scholarly sources as well.

Administrator answers:

Here is a link to the Catholic Encyclopedia that will answer your questions. The Maronite Church is one of the Rites of the Catholic Church. Basically they share the same apostolic succession of the Catholic Church and are a part of the Church and loyal to the Pope with their own Patriarch.

Http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09683c.htm

God bless!

In Christ
Fr. Joseph

Ruth asks…

Where can I find some reliable websites for a research paper?

I need some websites that I can find reliable information for a research paper for my AP Biology class. My topic is on deep sea life and sun based life. Websites that I have used is Ebsco and other websites my school offers but it’s not the information that I need and irrelevant to the topic. Google Scholar did not help either. Thank you!

Administrator answers:

You can go to any college campus and use their resources as a guest, both books and online resources. Really helps

Daniel asks…

Could someone help me find a scholarly article about the Amanda Knox case?

That covers how poorly handled it was from the prosecutor to jurors to police misconduct, that led to her wrongful conviction? I can’t seem to find the right article I’m looking for on Google Scholar. :[ Thanks!

Administrator answers:

All documents and details of the case are available for download here:

http://perugiamurderfile.org/

Donna asks…

Does anyone know where I can get actual Russian language textbooks?

I have checked Amazon, bigwords, alibris, ebay, and the rest of the college book websites. I am looking for an actual textbook that is used in a real class. I have looked on Scribd, and google scholar. I am looking for the intermediate or advanced level. Anything would help.

Administrator answers:

I usually order various Russian textbooks for my students from Ozon. It is a Russian based online store and they ship directly from Russia all over the world, including US. They have an entire section devoted to textbooks: http://www.ozon.ru/context/catalog/id/1092596/ Variety is similar to the one in real bookstore in Saint Petersburg or Moscow. If you need a couple textbooks, order them together to save on shipping.

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