Proceedings – USE OF RECORDED SCIENTIFIC DATA – SOURCES OF RECORD INFORMATION

Proceedings of the First Park Naturalists’ Training Conference, November 1 to 30, 1929

 USE OF RECORDED SCIENTIFIC DATA

SOURCES OF RECORD INFORMATION

By Geo. C. Ruhle and Edwin D. McKee

Poore’s Index to Periodical Literature

Abstract and Index Serials

Technical periodicals and ether current literature

Bulletins and Professional papers U.S.G.S.; also monographs

Bulletins of Department of Agriculture

Reports of Scientific institutions and other societies

University papers, theses, etc.

Official publications of foreign governments

Reports of State Surveys

Communication with scientists

Museum records

Pre-prints and Reprints from authors and manuscripts

Information manuals and other park publications

Book lists

Methods of Obtaining Information:

  • Practice of asking ranger naturalists and visiting scientists for copy of information gained by work on materials collected in National Park.
  • Write to probable or likely sources as listed above.

Discussion

Dr. Ruhle and Mr. McKee spoke from notes on the above subject outlining in detail in each case how publications could be obtained.

It was brought out in discussion that rare scientific publications can occasionally be obtained through loan from certain of the larger libraries. The John Crerar Library in Chicago will lend rare or out of print publications when they are needed for research or for special problems. In California arrangements can be made by the park natural lists through the State Librarian to borrow publications specially needed for reference.

Advertisement in publishers’ trade magazines asking for references on a certain subject will bring in by mail great amounts of information in the form of book catalogues and individual quotations from dealers. Probably the best publication in which to advertise is the Publisher’s Weekly.

 

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