Finding information and papers
Here are some places where you can find information on computers and
astronomy. Web pages are linked from the web page associated with this
- ADS (Astrophysics Data System) - look up papers.
- arXiv.org - preprint database. Suggest you subscribe to the
email service or browse regularly if you are a postgraduate (unless
you want to rely on your supervisor).
- NED - extragalactic database, lots of information about
extragalactic objects and references to papers.
- Simbad - astronomical database.
- Level 5 - extragalactic knowledgebase.
- NASA Skyview - see the sky at any wavelength
distances in a variety of cosmologies
- These documents
- IoA users' guide
- IoA support wiki
- Your officemates
- Man pages. Type man command. Use apropos word
more to search for commands with word in their
- Google (or your other favourite search engine)
- Other people in the department
- Helpdesk. email firstname.lastname@example.org or use web
- Starlink cookbooks,
Hints on using ADS to read papers
- Use one author per line in the author box. The format is
``Surname, I.N.'' or just ``Surname''.
- Click on the ``And'' button above the author box to ensure you
are getting papers with all rather than any of the authors.
- Use the caret (^) symbol in front of the author
name to say that is the first author on the paper,
e.g. ``^Bloggs, F.''
- Use the MM YY boxes to specify a date range. Leave them blank to
do the obvious thing.
- You can enter object names to search for papers referring to
that astronomical object
- The sorting options at the bottom of the page are useful (sort
by name, date, citations...)
- The ``All refereed articles'' option is useful to only get
- Some formatting options (including custom) can be used to create
data to paste into webpage / LaTeX document.
- The BibTeX formatting option is useful to paste in a BibTeX file
(you can do this individually after clicking on an abstract)
- In acroread you can specify the printer to print to using
-dprintername in the print dialog box, or using a default printer.
The letters after the paper in a listing do different things when
- A -- bring up abstract.
- E -- bring up an electronic version of the
paper (a webpage, quite often difficult to read compared to PDF).
- F -- bring up PDF (typically from publisher's
website, so doesn't work if you don't have a subscription).
- G -- scanned-in articles (usually older)
- X -- preprint from arxiv.org - useful if you
don't have a subscription to the journal.
- R -- bring up a list of references in the
- C -- list papers which cite this article.
- U -- also read these papers suggestions.
- D -- online data associated whith the
- S -- Simbad astronomical objects the paper
- N -- NED astronomical objects the paper
- M -- Multimedia presentation (rare!)
There are various electronic online social bookmarking systems you can
use to track the papers you are interested in. These include
There are handy buttons you can click on an arXiv.org abstract for
bookmarking an interesting paper.
- citeulike - http://www.citeulike.org/
- connotea - http://www.connotea.org/
- bibsonomy - http://www.bibsonomy.org/
- mendeley - http://www.mendeley.com/
- delicious - not science specific - http://www.delicious.com/
- facebook(!), LinkedIn, digg, reddit...
I also suggest keeping useful papers in a BibTeX database to help keep
track (see the LaTeX notes).
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