Monday, December 12, 2005

Recommended journals for freshman science majors?

There's an interesting discussion going on on CHMINF-L about science periodicals that are appropriate to recommend to freshmen/lower division undergraduates as a means of keeping current and becoming familiar with their fields. The importance of critically evaluating information and distinguishing between popular and news sources vs. scholarly, peer-reviewed sources has come up more than once, as well.

Here are the titles that have been brought up so far.

  • American Scientist

  • Astronomy

  • BioScience

  • Chemical &Engineering News

  • Environment

  • JAMA

  • Natural History

  • Nature

  • New England Journal of Medicine

  • New Scientist

  • Physics Today

  • Science

  • Science News

  • Scientific American

  • Sky and Telescope

Have anything to add? Reactions to any titles on the list? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Incidentally, more and more science magazines and journals are offering a weekly podcast, or audio recording, summarizing highlights of the current week's issue. Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, and New Scientist are just a few of these. Maybe something our iPod generation would be quick to latch onto?

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