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Resource Materials for Summer Undergraduate Research Program 2018

Andromeda Galaxy

Astronomy and Astrophysics Databases

- ADS consists of bibliographic records covering most research literature in astronomy and astrophysics (abstracts and articles in the ADS are copyrighted by the publisher, and their use is free for personal use only)
- Help Pages for ADS and in particular the use of the Abstract Query Form.
- arXiv provides open access to over 1.1M e-prints in Physics (including Astronomy), Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics

University of Toronto Library
- provides access to the full UofT catalogue. Use the search box to find articles, online journals, or books on topics such as Stellar Evolution.

The following websites and links may have useful information:

NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED)
- Operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with NASA
- The SIMBAD astronomical database provides basic data, cross-identifications, bibliography and measurements for astronomical objects outside the solar system.
- Astrobites is a daily astrophysical literature journal written by graduate students in astronomy. Their goal is to present one interesting paper per day in a brief format that is accessible to undergraduate students in the physical sciences who are interested in active research.
- The Databases of Astronomy: Organizing the Knowledge of the Field
How to Craft a Well-Argued Proposal
- good article from Discover Magazine, 2012.

Helpful Books on Science Writing and Science Presentations

Title: The craft of scientific presentations : critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid
Author: Michael Alley
Available electronically--UTL


Title: The craft of scientific writing
Author: Michael Alley
(Section on writing proposals pp. 178-194)
Engineering & Computing Science Library
T11 .A37 1996

General Educational Material

What is Peer Review?
- From University of Toronto Gerstein Library.
Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools
- Useful instructions on identifying authoritative and reliable research websites, from Cornell University Library.

Academic Integrity

Student Academic Integrity
- Information for students from the UofT Faculty of Arts and Sciences about how to act with academic integrity, the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, and the processes by which allegations of academic misconduct are resolved.
How not to plagiarize
- From Writing at the University of Toronto.
Andromeda Galaxy image from Michael Richmond.

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