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January 29, 2007

Instruction Sessions: Week fo 1/29/07 - 2/2/07

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Tuesday:
3:00 PM Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science

Wednesday:
2:00 PM Social Welfare Research Seminar
5:30 PM Introduction to Research Databases

Thursday:
4:00 PM Introduction to Research Databases

Friday:
2:00 Cirminal Justice Research Seminar

January 25, 2007

Get Information on the New Congress - Part II

For the first time in 12 years, the majority in Congress has switched from Republican to Democrat. There are many resources to help you identify the change in policy directions or keep current on Congressional Activities.

For current developments in Congress:

Thomas : this free website maintained by the Library of Congress contains bills, resolutions, congressional record schedules, calendars, committee information, treaties and more.

C-Span: this free website is created by the public access channel on cable television that broadcasts all of the activities of Congress. This site provides video clips of notable activities, roll calls, congressional schedule, and programming schedules.

CQ Weekly: current and past issues of this magazine from Congressional Quarterly are available online and in print. Check the Minerva record for information about accessing online.

LexisNexis Congressional: UA Libraries pay for a subscription to this database which provides significant legislative documentation on the current activities of congress, such as the congressional record, legislative histories, and a “Political News/ Hot Topics��? section. Access this resource through the Library’s Database Finder.

For past Congressional activity:

CQ Weekly: Online access for this resource dates back to 1983, and print access is from 1998-2005 (Dewey JK 1 C15). Check the Minerva record for information about accessing online.

LexisNexis Congressional: Online access to Congressional materials in this database dates back to 1969. Access this resource through the Library’s Database Finder

CQ Almanac: This annual compendium of key votes, texts, and activities of Congress is available at the Dewey Library (Call number: JK 1 C66) Recent issues are in the Reference section and older volumes are in the regular collection, but do not circulate.

For a concise history of Congress:

Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to Congress has sections on Congressional origins and development, powers, procedures, pay, qualifications and conduct. This item is print only (Dewey Reference JK 1021 C565).

If you need help with your research relating to Congress or other legal/political/policy issues, contact Dick Irving for an appointment.

January 22, 2007

Seminars, Workshops and Tours: Week of 1/22/07-1/26/07

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Tuesday:
4:30 PM: Orientation Tour of the Dewey Library

Wednedsay:
4:00 PM: Orientation Tour of the Dewey Library

Thursday:
4:30 PM: Orientation Tour of the Dewey Library

Friday:
1:00 PM: Orientation Tour of the Dewey Library

January 19, 2007

Get Information on the New Congress - Part I

Taking office this January are ten new members of the United States Senate and 54 new members of the House of Representatives. Here is a rundown of some information sources regarding members of Congress and their districts:

Thomas is a government-produced website with information on the Legislative Branch of government, operated by the Library of Congress. Information about the 110th Congress and its activites are available here.

LexisNexis Congressional is a subscription database you have access to as a Univeriity at Albany student, staff or faculty member. This database contains information on Congressional activities, as well as members and their committee assignments, political news, and the Rules of Congress. Access Lexis Nexis Congrssional by searching for it in the Database Finder.

For members of previous Congresses, check the following print and online sources:

  • Almanac of American Politics: Dewey and University Libraries, JK 271 B343. (Check item record in Minerva for online access). The newest volumes are in Reference, the olders ones in the general collection.

  • Politics in America: Dewey and Univerity Libraries, JK 1010 P64. (Software also available at Interactive Media Center)

  • Biographical Directory of the American Congress Dewey and University Libraries: Reference: JK 1030 B56 (print only).

  • For demographic information on congressional districts:

  • Fast Facts for Congress Provides a snapshot of demographic information on congressional districts.

  • Congressional districts in the 2000s : a portrait of America. Dewey Library Reference: JK 1341 C65 2003 Provides demographic information plus business, education, media information, etc.
  • Contact Dick Irving if you would like assistance with your public administration, political science, or legal research.

    January 16, 2007

    Brustman Named Interim Head of Dewey Library

    Mary Jane Brustman has been appointed the Interim Head of the Dewey Library. This interim appointment runs from January through August 2007. Mary Jane has been a librarian at Dewey for 24 years. For the past 12 years she has been the bibliographer for Social Welfare and Criminal Justice. She will continue in that role while providing leadership to Dewey. She takes over the daily management of Dewey from Barbara Via, Assistant Director for the Science and Graduate Libraries and Circulation Services. Barbara will be spending more time on her responsibilities in the Science Library and its Information Commons.

    Spring Instruction Schedule Now Available

    Library Instructional Seminars are now scheduled for the Spring 2007 Semester. You may sign up online, by phone at 442-3691, or in person at the Dewey Library Reference Desk.

    Topics include:
    • Orientation Tour of Dewey Graduate Library: Take a tour of the Dewey Graduate Library. Learn the basics about reserves, electronic databases, interlibrary loan, document delivery and more. This session does not fulfill the MSW information/computer literacy requirement.
    • Minerva, University at Albany’s Online Catalog: Learn how to locate books, journals, full text articles, and other materials in the Dewey ,University and Science libraries. Document delivery, electronic reserve and interlibrary loan will also be covered.
    • Introduction to Research Databases: Research databases can help find relevant information on almost any topic. This session will introduce important concept s needed to effectively search any database. Specific databases and platforms will also be demonstrated.
    • Social Welfare Research Seminar: Using Research Resources in Social Welfare. An introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in social welfare. 1 1/2 hours.
    • Criminal Justice Research Seminar: Using Research Resources in Criminal Justice. An introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in criminal justice. 1 1/2 hours. Not recommended for MSW students.
    • Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science: This session will introduce the beginning researcher to print resources, essential databases and Web sources for information science research. An opportunity for guided research on your topic will be provided. Not recommended for MSW students.
    • Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources: This session will provide an overview to print, online and Internet sources of information regarding nonprofit organizations and their activities. 3/4 of the session will be hands-on use of electronic databases. Approximately 60 minutes.
    • Introduction to Westlaw Campus: Westlaw Campus provides online access to the full text of federal and state statutes and regulations, federal and state appellate court decisions, law review articles, and a legal encyclopedia. This one hour session is hands-on and will cover finding documents using legal citations as well as constructing a key word search strategy.
    • Conducting Research from Home: Did you know that there are important reference works, full text databases and scholarly internet sites all available at your desktop? This session will provide an overview on important research resources that can be accessed from remote locations.
    • Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: This session will cover finding the legal authority for a policy, sources for legislative history, and sources evaluating federal public policies. The one hour session will be 1/2 lecture and 1/2 hands-on searching of electronic databases.
    • Evidence Based Practice: This advanced research seminar will focus on how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice. Prerequisite: Social Welfare Research Seminar. This is a one hour long class

    January 10, 2007

    Laptop Lending at Dewey

    Students, faculty and staff of the University at Albany may now check out a laptop for use within the library. These computers are available for a four hour period, with no overnight lending. When borrowing a laptop, be aware that there is a $15 per hour overdue fee. In addition, all work must be saved to an external drive, such as a USB drive or floppy disk. Users must also comply with Library laptop lending policies and campus information technology policies. We hope you will enjoy using the laptops and find that they provide added flexiblity when you need to work in the library.

    For more information, see the news item about Laptop Lending, stop by the Circulation Desk at Dewey or call 442-3693.