Thursday, September 18, 2014

Faculty: Syllabus Links to Library Resources

Adding library resources to a syllabus is a wonderful way to encourage students to use the library, and ensure every student can obtain a copy of the readings assigned. 

You can use either “student finds links” or “direct links” in your syllabus.  Librarians generally encourage “student finds links” because they are less burdensome for faculty, encourage students to improve their library research and navigation skills, and do not cause student frustration if links are formatted incorrectly.

Creating Student Finds Links
To create a “student finds link,” copy and paste this this text into your syllabus:
UI&U Library Resource (find or get help)

Creating Direct Links
To create a “direct link,” please follow the detailed, step-by-step instructions available on the syllabus links page. 

Please note: because direct links are authenticated through the library’s proxy server, you must use the database permalink.  The link will not work if it is copied from the browser address bar.  Web Outlook and displayed URLs can also cause formatting issues.  Detailed instructions are available on the syllabus links page and librarians are also happy to help.       

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Friday, September 12, 2014

New Videos

The library's Films on Demand database has added new videos.  You can stream these videos online and link to them in CampusWeb courses.  Here is a sample of new films in the fields of business, criminal justice management, early childhood education, health & medicine, history, psychology, and more.


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ART: Ruling by the Book: Illuminations—The Private Life of Kings
Dr. Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings and explores the medieval world they reveal. She begins her journey with the first Anglo-Saxon rulers to create a united England, she views the Liber Regalis at Westminster Abbey, encounters books in the British Library's Royal manuscripts collection which are over a thousand years old, and examines a royal family tree which is five meters long. (60 minutes, ©2012)  Art & Architecture Video Collection

BUSINESS: The Wall Street Code
This film is the long-awaited final episode of a trilogy in search of the winners and losers of the tech revolution on Wall Street. Haim Bodek, aka The Algo Arms Dealer, is a genius algorithm builder who dared to stand up to Wall Street. Could mankind lose control of this increasingly complex system? From the filmmakers of the much-praised Quants: the Alchemists of Wall Street and Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box. (51 minutes, ©2013)  Business & Economics Video Collection

CHILD DEVELOPMENT: Building Blocks for Kids: Essential for Development
The popular Xbox and PlayStation games are all the rage from toddlers to teens.  But whatever tech-savvy experience kids get from video games, hands-on play still may be the most important activity for them.  Child development research shows us how basic toy blocks can build great minds and skills in kids. (2minutes, © 2014)  Child Development Video Collection

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Women Behind Bars: Life and Death in Indiana (Part 1)
More women are in prison in America than anywhere else in the world. Follow Trevor McDonald in this first part of a two-part documentary as he ventures inside two jails that hold some of America's most notorious women criminals, Indiana Women's Prison and the state's Rockville Correctional Facility. Trevor witnesses a world of seduction and manipulation as inmates prey on each other and those who guard them. (46 minutes, ©2013) Criminal Justice & Law Video Collection

EDUCATION: The Sage of Barefoot College: Bunker Roy
This episode of The Green Interview features Bunker Roy, founder of the only college in the world “for the poor, built by the poor, managed by the poor and controlled by the poor.” Open only to people with no formal education, Barefoot College in India marries traditional knowledge with new sustainable technology, creating fresh approaches to health and sanitation, rural employment, sustainable energy, and ecological conservation. Its students come from more than 20 Third World countries. Roy is also the founder of the Global Rainwater Harvesting Collective, which provides Asian and African villages with clean, drinkable rainwater for schools, libraries, hospitals and family planning centers. His work illustrates what might be called the ecology of positive action. His focus is education, but what Barefoot College does in the field of education impacts health, technology and communication, and the environment. (32 minutes, ©2009) Education Video Collection

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Explosives Detector
More than 740 million passengers are expected to travel by air this year. Safety is a huge concern for airports around the world – but many passengers don’t want to spend more time waiting in security checks. So materials scientists are looking for a new way to detect dangerous materials in airports that saves time and money.  (2 minutes, ©2014)

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Cleaner Coal = Cleaner Environment
Chemical engineers find a way to make coal more environmentally friendly. (2 minutes, ©2013) Environmental Science Video Collection

HEALTH POLICY: White House Campaign on Childhood Obesity
Obesity has become increasingly common in the United States. Antonio Neves reports on the role of diet and exercise in developing a healthy lifestyle. (7 minutes, ©2010) Health & Medicine Videos

HISTORY: Bloody Shiloh 
With the 1860 election of anti-slavery candidate Abraham Lincoln, thirteen states from the South secede and form the Confederate States of America. Union military leaders, along with Lincoln himself, srealize that ending the rebellion rests on controlling the Mississippi River. In February 1862, Union forces, led by an obscure general named Ulysses S. Grant, establish a foothold in southern Tennessee near a simple log structure known as “Shiloh Church.” On April 6, 1862, a Confederate force of over 40,000, led by General Albert Sidney Johnston, launch a surprise attack on Grant. The fighting in the hellish terrain surrounding Shiloh is some of the most brutal of the entire war. By day’s end, victory is in sight for the attacking Confederates. But Johnston has been struck in the leg by a bullet, and bleeds to death in 20 minutes. The death of Johnston is a harbinger of a great change that will soon sweep over “Bloody Shiloh.” Part of the series Civil War: The Untold Story. (54 minutes, ©2013)
History Video Collection and the Archival & Newsreel Video Collection

LITERATURE: Luis Sepulveda: The Writer from the End of the World
This portrait of Luis SepĂșlveda plunges us into Latin America, against a background of male friendships and travels from the Amazon to Patagonia, and from Northern Europe to Andalusia. Gaining international fame with his first novel, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, SepĂșlveda's oeuvre is marked by political and ecological commitment as well as by the dictatorial repression of the 1970s, combined with a love of travel and interest in indigenous peoples. Imprisoned for two years under Pinochet, he wandered through South America before moving to Hamburg and eventually settling in Gijon, Northern Spain. In Spanish with English subtitles. (51 minutes ©2011) Literature & English Video Collection

PSYCHOLOGY: Fighting PTSD With Virtual Reality
Virtual-reality treatment for patients with post-traumatic stress. (2 minutes, ©2013) Psychology Video Collection

SOCIAL WORK: Kelly and Her Sisters Grow Up
This documentary updates viewers on Kelly and her five sisters. The girls first appeared when they all lived at home in a condemned housing estate with a mother and father who were unemployed and living off benefits. Some of the girls are much better off than they once were while others have the same financial struggles they grew up with. Even without money the women are loving and thankful to have each other. (48 minutes, ©2012) Sociology & Social Work Video Collection

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Spotlight: PubMed Database


Are you looking for articles in the field of medicine or public health?  The PubMed database contains over 22 million article records, many of which are available in full-text.  Developed in 1996 by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed is one of the oldest and best-known medical databases.  It can be used to find systemic reviews, clinical studies, and even consumer health information.  The UI&U Library has configured PubMed to “link out” to many of our subscription databases, so you can easily find the full-text of an article.  Look for a “link out” option in the top-right corner of the page that says “PDF” or “full-text.”  If a link out option isn’t available, try a Google Scholar@UI&U search (video tutorial) or place an interlibrary loan request for the article.  Below are several PubMed tutorials to get you started: 
PubMed. (2013). PubMed Help. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3827/

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tools for APA, MLA, & Chicago Citations

The UI&U Library provides resources to help you to create, format, and manage bibliographies, citations, footnotes, and endnotes. Below is information on the Google Scholar and Zotero Citation Tools.

Google Scholar Citation Tool

  • Copy & paste formatted APA/Chicago/MLA citations into your bibliography
  • Free
  • Easy to learn and use
  • An excellent tool for Bachelors and Masters-level students
  • Supports APA/MLA/Chicago styles
  • No account creation or software downloads required
  • Please note: Citations are automatically formatted and need to be reviewed for accuracy
Log into Google Scholar@UI&U

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Zotero

Overview

  • Save citations & PDFs while researching and insert them later into papers.
  • Allows you to create a personal library of citations and PDF files. Most PDF files are automatically imported along with the citation.
  • Cost: Free and open source. Students can continue to use Zotero after graduation.
  • Set-up required: Downloading Zotero and a word processor plugin.
  • Difficulty: Usually takes several days for experienced researchers to learn. Google Scholar is a more suitable tool for undergraduates or new researchers.
  • Styles: APA, MLA, and thousands of other styles. Easy to switch between styles.
  • Storage: Citation library is stored on your computer. You can sync between computers and store data online. Zotero provides 300 MB of online storage (~300 PDFs). If needed, additional space can be purchased for a small hosting fee.
  • Organization: Helps you organize your resources and collaborate with other researchers.
  • Browser compatibility: Zotero is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. It can also be used as a standalone program on computers with Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux.
  • Word processor compatibility: MS Word, NeoOffice, LibreOffice, and OpenOffice.
  • Citations are automatically formatted and need to be reviewed for accuracy.

Install Software

1) Go to the Zotero download page
2) Choose either “Zotero for Firefox” or “Zotero Standalone” (Zotero for Firefox is recommended) 
3) Download both the Zotero software (large, red button) and the plugin/extension
More information

Register

4) Click the register link
5) Fill out the registration form (save this information for later)
More information

Set-up Syncing

6) After downloading the software and registering, set-up syncing to access your Zotero library from multiple computers and safeguard your research. 
7) Click the “Zotero” button in your browser footer
8) Click the gray gear icon
9) Select “preferences”
10) On the “sync” tab, enter your Zotero username and password
More information

Get Started Using Zotero

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fact-Checking

We are constantly being bombarded with information - on the web, on TV, in books, and in conversation. Unfortunately, a lot of it is misinformation. It's not that most people intend to deceive us, but once they've picked up an error, they pass it along.

Fortunately the web makes it possible to fact-check on the fly.  Here are some resources.
  • Consumer Reports - objective product information and reviews
  • DeviceWatch - debunks phony products and gadgets
  • FactCheck.org - fact-checking for the news from the Annenberg Public Policy Center
  • MythBusters.com - from the Discovery Channel TV show that debunks urban legends, old wives' tales, and movie physics, among other things
  • NewsTrust.net - crowd-sourced fact-checking of the news media
  • PolitiFact.com - the least partisan fact-checking source for politics and what politicians say
  • Snopes.com - debunks virus warnings, chain letters, hoaxes, scams, urban legends  
  • SourceWatch - crowd-sourced tracing of information to its original intellectual and financial sources, from the Center for Media and Democracy  
Text @ 2011 Empire State College.  Used with permission.

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