endorphin question: libraries & their usefulness.
kerrr at CRYPTIC.RCH.UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Wed Nov 29 21:47:06 EST 1995
>In article <gpollack.41.00098F6A at bio1.lan.mcgill.ca>,
>gpollack at bio1.lan.mcgill.ca
>>In article <199511281311.IAA02518 at kafka-s2.delphi.com>
>>orgera at mci.newscorp.com (
>>DAN GULLOTTI) writes:
quick summation: Dan G has an assignment to complete that calls for
information on the production of B-endorphin from DNA to neuropeptide.
Include DNA sequence data and amino acid sequence data.
>>>If you could give me any information, or alternative web sites where I could
>>>get the data, I would really appreciate it.
>>I know that this might sound somewhat old-fogyish and reactionary, but I
>>guess that your professor intended for you to get this information from more
>>traditional sources, i.e. books and journals.
This is a presumption that Dan wants the whole assignment served up on a
platter which I think is untrue. This has been addressed in reply #2 (
I can think of at least two
>>reasons why this would be a good idea. (1) By ACTIVELY looking for this
>>information, i.e. by searching through biological abstracts, your library's
>>catalog, etc., rather than by asking for help right from the start, you will
>>learn how to find the information you need yourself; (2) books and journals
>>carry greater authority than most of the information on the net because
>>unlike most of the latter they have been edited, i.e. reviewed by experts,
>>checked for inaccuracies, etc. The internet is great, and certainly has its
>>uses, but this sounds more like a job for the good old, hard-copy, library.
I agree that these are skills that everyone must develop. Also refereed
publications are superior in terms of "cross-checking" but the net is a
good place to start.
>NOT true ! first the original poster did not ask for a ready made
>answer, he asked for hints and suggestions where to look.
>Secondly, I have obtained a lot of useful info by asking questions
>like his, and saved myself the walk to the library.
>Thirdly, I have answered a lot of questions like these myself, and
>was happy to help somebody out, with my own expertise in certain
>areas (must admit, i can hardly contribute to his question).
>Fourthly I would be happy if one of my students would develop the
>initiative to write to the net: most of them are so scared of a
>keyboard that they prefer to spend thrice as long in the library,
>valuable time that could be spend on experiments...
>And in the fifth place: I think that in the future, if any of us has
>any question at all about any subject, THE NET is the place to go
>first. Forget books, they are a thing of the past.
I agree with clemems that people must manage their time & find the shortest
route to goal ( in this case , the source material for the assignment).
Also, the free exchange of hints & tips & references is one of the
strengths of the net.
However, I disagree with point #5. Perhaps I am applying a harsh
enterpretation but this line that 'the net is the future " is guff!
Remember when the dorks from microsoft unveiled the "paperless office"?
what a laugh that was, it is standard to keep hard copy backups on paper of
really impt stuff.
Forget books, they are a thing of the past. sounds like a line from a PC
repThe net is one tool in a toolkit. It may be a big, often used tool but
it is still one of a selection. The forget books line continues to piss me
off . In addition, I thought that being in this gAme meant checking &
X-referencing your data, which is best done against an authoritative source
such as a refereed book or journal.
don't write off the products of Guttenberg's genius just yet !
my $0.02 worth.
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