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Post  Post subject: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:53 pm
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This resource http://adsabs.harvard.edu/index.html is of great value for tracking down research articles on astronomy, astrophysics and planetology. In some cases you can access only the abstract, but many of them have links to the full article. Here is a description of the site, from the site:

The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 9.0 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints. The main body of data in the ADS consists of bibliographic records, which are searchable through highly customizable query forms, and full-text scans of much of the astronomical literature which can be browsed or searched via our full-text search interface. Integrated in its databases, the ADS provides access and pointers to a wealth of external resources, including electronic articles, data catalogs and archives. We currently have links to over 9.0 million records maintained by our collaborators.


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PhysBang
Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:11 pm
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An excellent resource indeed.


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Dishmaster
Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:57 am
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Yes, it is the standard resource for article queries used by professional astronomers. Equally valuable sites are:

arXiv.org - Preprint server of scientific publications (often also contains versions of papers that are not accessible via ADS)
http://arxiv.org/

SIMBAD - An astronomical database of all known celestial objects
http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/

NED - A similar database, but dedicated to extragalactic objects
http://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/

SkyView - Retreive data of professional astronomical observations
http://skyview.gsfc.nasa.gov/

IPAC - The same for infrared data
http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/


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MeteorWayne
Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:36 pm
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Dishmaster wrote:

arXiv.org - Preprint server of scientific publications (often also contains versions of papers that are not accessible via ADS)
http://arxiv.org/



And also a lot of crap. Caveat Emptor!!


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PhysBang
Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:22 pm
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MeteorWayne wrote:
Dishmaster wrote:
http://arxiv.org/


And also a lot of crap. Caveat Emptor!!

There are a couple of ways to avoid citing crap on the arxiv.

One way is to look for the pre-print versions of articles that were published. (At least somewhere other than in something like Physics Essays!)

Another is to look for the authors with a lot of publications in the actual field that one is looking at.

One can also look at the citations an article has, to see what the reception of the article is.


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Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:41 pm
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I wouldn't really consider it as a "research" resource, but it's definitely an educational and thought provoking one for many of us... Astronomy Picture of the Day.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

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Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:07 am
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PhysBang wrote:
MeteorWayne wrote:
Dishmaster wrote:
http://arxiv.org/


And also a lot of crap. Caveat Emptor!!

There are a couple of ways to avoid citing crap on the arxiv.

One way is to look for the pre-print versions of articles that were published. (At least somewhere other than in something like Physics Essays!)

Another is to look for the authors with a lot of publications in the actual field that one is looking at.

One can also look at the citations an article has, to see what the reception of the article is.


As a last resort, one can also actually read the paper. :D

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Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:25 am
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DrRocket wrote:
As a last resort, one can also actually read the paper. :D

Sho 'nuff!

But if one is doing quick research and gathering things to read, a little exploratory work can help weed stuff out.


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Dishmaster
Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:04 am
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MeteorWayne wrote:
Dishmaster wrote:

arXiv.org - Preprint server of scientific publications (often also contains versions of papers that are not accessible via ADS)
http://arxiv.org/



And also a lot of crap. Caveat Emptor!!

Possibly. Yes. However, this site is heavily used by professionals to get a version of an accepted paper before the official publication. This means, you will have to filter out the gems yourself.


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DrRocket
Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:27 pm
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Dishmaster wrote:
MeteorWayne wrote:
Dishmaster wrote:

arXiv.org - Preprint server of scientific publications (often also contains versions of papers that are not accessible via ADS)
http://arxiv.org/



And also a lot of crap. Caveat Emptor!!

Possibly. Yes. However, this site is heavily used by professionals to get a version of an accepted paper before the official publication. This means, you will have to filter out the gems yourself.


Yes. The major point being that the gems are there. One simply has to separate them from the overburden, but no other source offers such ready free access to important papers.

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Dishmaster
Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:26 am
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Here is one site that does it for you, at least in the field of star formation:

http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/users/reipurth/newsletter.htm

Bo Reipurth is a Danish veteran in the scientific star formation community.


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marnixR
Post  Post subject: Re: Astronomical Research Resources  |  Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:56 pm
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Free Astronomy Books

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