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April 23, 2007

Instructional Seminars: Week of 4/23-4/27

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:
2:00 PM: Introduction to Endnote

Wednesday::
1:00PM:: Introduction to Endnote

April 19, 2007

Additional Endnote Session Scheduled

Due to the high demand for our Introduction to Endnote seminar, we have scheduled an additional session on Tuesday, May 1 at 1:30pm.

Endnote can help you manage your bibliographic references and allows you to import references directly from databases. Endnote makes footnoting your research paper, thesis, article, or book easier, and even automatically constructs a bibliography as you go.

This class will cover Endnote's basic features, how to import citations from databases, and using Endnote with Microsoft Word.

To register, drop by the Dewey Library Reference Desk, call 442-3691, or register online.

April 16, 2007

Instructional Seminars: Week of 4/16/07-4/20/07

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:

Wednesday:
2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday:
11:00AM: Introduction to Endnote

April 13, 2007

New Endnote Seminar Offered

We have scheduled some seminars to help you learn how to use a software product called Endnote.

Endnote can help you manage your bibliographic references and allows you to import references directly from databases. Endnote makes footnoting your research paper, thesis, article, or book easier, and even automatically constructs a bibliography as you go.

This class will cover Endnote's basic features, how to import citations from databases, and using Endnote with Microsoft Word.

Classes have been scheduled for the following times:

  • Thursday, April 19 11:00 a.m

  • Tuesday, April 24 2:00 p.m

  • Wednesday, April 25 1:00 p.m.
  • Sign up for the class by dropping by the Dewey Reference Desk, calling us at 442-3691, or online

    April 11, 2007

    And Now... the Excitng Conclusion of our Series on Citations

    Some final words of assistance from Guest Blogger Jane Kessler on formatting citations for bibliographies.

    Citation Help in Databases
    Remember that the citations found in databases are usually in a generic style, not MLA or APA, so be sure not to use them in a bibliography without reformatting into the correct style. Many of the databases to which the University Libraries subscribe are beginning to offer help with citations, although the type of help varies widely. Some, like Ebsco Academic Search Premier, offer examples in their Help file of citations for resources found in the database. Ebsco Academic Search Premier also offers the ability to export a tagged file of citations to bibliographic management software, such as EndNote or RefWorks.

    Some databases, such as Xreferplus, offer pre-formatted citations. At the bottom of each article in the Xreferplus database users will see citations for the article in APA, MLA and Chicago styles.
    Another type of citation help available in some databases is on demand bibliography formatting. Sociological Abstracts from CSA has this feature. Users perform a search, mark the sources they need, and then can generate a bibliography in one of 8 different styles (APA, MLA, ASA, Chicago, Turabian, CBE, Harvard, or Uniform.) This works quite well but one flaw I have noted is that it fails to capitalize proper names in article titles, so some editing is required.

    If you have questions about formatting citations for a bibliography, drop by the Dewey Library Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or e-mail us.

    April 9, 2007

    Dewey is Open!

    The Dewey Library is open during Spring Break from April 9 - 16. If you are going to be working on research projects during this time, you may want to consider making an appointment with a Subject Bibliographer or Reference Librarian. An appointment of this nature can help you focus and refine a thesis topic, help you choose the best keywords and search terms for database searches, and point you to the most useful print and online resources that will provide you with quality, relevant materials on your topic.

    The following librarians are available for one-on-one appointments at Dewey:

    Mary Jane Brustman: Subjects: Criminal Justice and Social Welfare
    Phone: 442-3517, E-mail: mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu

    Richard Irving: Subjects: Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, and Law
    Phone: 442-3698, E-mail: ririving@uamail.albany.edu

    Elaine Lasda Bergman: Subjects: Reference, DIALOG searches
    Phone: 442-3695, E-mail: ebergman@uamail.albany.edu

    Healther Shalhoub: Subjects: Reference
    Phone: 442-3692, E-mail: hshalhoub@uamail.albany.edu

    ****NOTE: Library and Information Science students should contact Jane Kessler at the University Library (main library) during the current semester. Jane can be reached at 442-3830 or jkessler@uamail.albany.edu.

    April 4, 2007

    Citation Generators - Part III

    Here is the third part in our series from Guest Blogger Jane Kessler about online resources for generating bibliographies. Today, Jane describes 3 more useful tools available on the web.

    Easybib
    Easybib (http://www.easybib.com/) offers two services, MyBib and MyBib Pro.
    MyBib is a free MLA bibliography composer that formats sources, then alphabetizes them into a list. Users fill in templates similar to NoodleBib, but there is less field by field help. Users can save on the Web, print, or export to Word.
    MyBib Pro is an enhanced service that costs $7.99 per year. It produces APA and MLA citations for over 30 different types of sources. MyBib Pro also creates footnotes for all citations in an MLA list and parenthetical citations for APA. Users can import journal article citations from online databases. Easybib is based on the latest editions of the MLA Handbook and the Publication Manual of the APA.

    Citation Machine
    Slate Citation Machine is a free service developed by technology consultant and author David Warlick. It is available at http://www.citationmachine.net/. This is a very easy to use site that automatically produces MLA, APA, or Chicago citations for 21 different types of sources based on input from the user. Some of the source types covered include books, magazine, journal and newspaper articles, encyclopedia entries, web pages, online forum postings, and interviews. Unlike Noodlebib and Easybib, it does not create a list, just individual citations. Citations can be copied and pasted to a word processing program.

    DocsCite
    For researchers who use a lot of government documents, this site may be helpful. DocsCite (http://www.asu.edu/lib/hayden/govdocs/docscite/docscite.htm) is from Arizona State University Libraries and is a citation generator specifically for government documents. The site is free and produces either APA or MLA citations. Users select the style and format (Internet, CD-Rom, print) and then fill in a template. The program returns the formatted citation, which can be printed, saved, or copied and pasted into a word processing document. There is an excellent help link on the template page that explains in detail what to input for each field in the template.

    Check back next week for some additional tips about creating bibliographies!

    April 2, 2007

    Instruction Sessions: Week of 4/2/07-4/6/-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:

    Wednesday:
    4:)0 PM: Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources