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Rutgers-Newark Physics Research Guide: Introduction to Information

This research guide was created (in the Summer of 2017) to help students performing research in the Physics department at Rutgers University-Newark

1. Popular vs. Scholarly Sources

Is the article scholarly?

2. The Scholarly Communication Process

Scholarly communication is a cyclical process that is a vital aspect of doing research:

3. Access to Information

Strategies for Access:

     Accessing Books @ Rutgers                    Accessing Articles @ Rutgers

Open Access (OA)

  • “Gold” OA journals
    • all content is free
  • Hybrid journals
    • some articles are freely available, others are for-fee
  • “Green” OA repositories
    • all content is free and can include pre-prints and/or post-prints
      • may be embargoes to access
    • Rutgers's institutional repository:  RUcore
      • SOAR (Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers) is where Rutgers, faculty and graduate students are now required to submit their Accepted Manuscripts (AM) if posting the Version of Record is not possible
    • Disciplinary repositories:  arXiv, PubMed Central, and more!

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