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November 28, 2007

New Database Trials: Let Us Know What You Think

We currently have trial access to a number of new bibliographic databases. We would like to know your thoughts on these products. Is the interface easy to use? How useful are the features of this database? Is the subject coverage adequate? Do you know of another product that would be more useful?

The database trials are located in 2 places. First, there are a numberof trials located on the Ebsco interface. To access them, go to the Database Finder and click on the word "Ebsco." On the Ebsco interface, click on the tab at the top that says "Choose Databases." The trial products are located at the bottom of this list. Some of the titles we are testing include:

  • Abstracts in Social Gerontology :
    This database covers topics such as: psychology of aging, elder abuse, society and the elderly.
  • Environment Complete :
    This database covers topics such as: energy, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, and urban planning.
  • Gallery Watch CRS Reports :
    This database includes the full text of Congressional Research Service Reports since 1993. These reports are initially generated for Members of Congress and include nonpartisan, objective analysis and research on all legislative issues.

You can access the other trial databases from a link right on the main UA Libraries page (http://library.albany.edu), just click on the phrase "Database Trials." On this page you will find a link to Early American Newspapers, a full text collection of historical newspapers from all 50 states; as well as a number of Slavic and Russian Studies databases.

Your feedback will help us decide which subscriptions, if any, to purchase.. Most of the trials run through mid-December. Please give a "test drive" to any of these databases and leave a comment below, or e-mail us.

November 26, 2007

Dewey Workshops, Tours, and Seminars: Week of 11/26-/11/30

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and 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: Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate

Wednesday:
5:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice

Thursday:
4:00 PM: Nonprofit Organizations: Information Sources

November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

The Dewey Graduate Library is closed today and tomorrow. We will reopen at 10:00am on Saturday, November 24.

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November 19, 2007

Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 11/19 - 11/23

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and 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:
11:00 AM: Nonprofit Organizations: Information Sources

Thursday:
Library Closed -- Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday:
Library Closed -- Happy Digesting!

November 14, 2007

New Seminar Offered

The Dewey Graduate Library is pleased to announce a new seminar being offered this semester. Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate explores web applications such as blogs, wikis, and RSS.
This seminar will answer the following questions:


  • What exactly do the terms "blog," "wiki," and "RSS" mean?

  • What is the difference between a blog and a wiki?

  • How can I receive automatic notification when a web site has new information?

  • What are some examples of blogs, wikis, and/or RSS feeds that pertain to my academic discipline?

  • How can I create my own blog or wiki, or add RSS to my own web site?

The seminar will be offered on Tuesday, November 27th, at 3:00PM in the Dewey Mezzanine Classroom.
For more information about this seminar, email us, drop by the Reference Desk, or call 442-3691. Register either by calling, or use our online registration form.


November 12, 2007

Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 11/12-11/16

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and 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:
3:30 PM: Introduction to EndNote

Wednesday:
1:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice
3:45 PM: Introdution to Research Databases

Friday:
4:00 PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy

November 7, 2007

Never Fear, Online Encyclopedias are Here!

Often the best method to beginning research is to start by collecting background information on your topic. One familiar type of resource for getting a brief overview of a topic is, of course, the encyclopedia. Although encyclopedias still exist in print format, many are now also available electronically. Using the online versions allows you to find the same articles as you would in the print version. The benefits provided by the electronic version include: more frequent update, clickable links to cross references, and the option of saving entries in different formats. All of this lets you get to the information you need more quickly.

Most online encyclopedias are found in the Library’s online Reference Collection. Another way to narrow down the more specialized electronic encyclopedias, is by clicking on the “My Research Subject Is…��? link of the library’s main page. Online encyclopedias are generally listed under the “Internet Resources��? heading. Some of these subject-specific encyclopedias are not included in the online Reference section, so be sure to check both locations.

Another nice feature of online encyclopedias is that you don’t always have to search one encyclopedia at a time. The International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family, The Encyclopedia of Child Development, The Encyclopedia of Aging, and The Macmillian Encyclopedia of Death & Dying utilize the same interface, which allows you to search all of the titles at once, or select a single encyclopedia to search. Some of the additional features of this interface include :


  • results may be downloaded in either HTML or PDF format.

  • A camera icon to the right of a result lets you know if that entry includes images.

  • Entries contain a bibliography as well a listing of related terms (“see also��?), which are often hyperlinked.

As you can see, online encyclopedias are an essential tool for today's researcher. Take a look at the many titles offered by the University Libraries, and give one or two a try. If you need further assistance or have any questions about how to use online encyclopedias, we are happy to help. Drop by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or send us an e-mail.

Blog entry created by Michael Daly

November 5, 2007

Dewey Workshops, Tours and Seminars: Week of 11/5-11/9

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and 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:
11:00 AM: Nonprofit Organizations: Information Soruces

Wednesday:
2:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice

Thursday:
4:00 PM: Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate