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March 30, 2008

No Workshops 3/31- 4/4

There are no instruction sessions at the Dewey Library this week. If you need research assistance, please stop by the Reference Desk or make an appointment with a bibliographer:

Public Policy and Public Administration: Dick Irving
Information Studies: Deborah Bernnard
Social Welfare and Criminal Justice: Mary Jane Brustman
Gerontology: Elaine Lasda Bergman

March 27, 2008

Photo of the Week

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Closeup of the Class of 1924 window titled "Voyage." Check out our online tour of the stained glass windows on Flickr.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 26, 2008

New Faculty Publication

Bibliographer Dick Irving reccomends Bruce Miroff’s new book, The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party ( University Library JK 2316 M45 2007), for anyone interested in the history of presidential campaigns.

There is a review of Professor Miroff’s book in The Times Union http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=654282.

Don't forget , students and faculty based downtown can have books delivered to Dewey from the Main Library using our Document Delivery system.

March 23, 2008

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/24 -3/28

Even though classes are suspended this week, the Dewey Library will still be offering several instructional workshops. You can read descriptions of the sessions and sign up online, or if you wish, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a printed copy of the schedule and register. You can also register by phone at 442-3691.

This week's schedule is as follows:

Monday:
4:00 PM Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday:
10:00 AM Federal Public Policy Resources

Thursday:
10:00 AM Nonprofit Organizations -- Resources

March 20, 2008

Photo of the Week

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This detail from the Class of 1920 stained glass window reminds us of spring.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 18, 2008

Finding Dissertations

In addition to books, journal articles, and web sites, dissertations can be a valuable resource to assist in your research. The culmination of years of work in a graduate or PhD level program, a dissertation gives a glimpse of the breadth and depth of a topic, in addition to providing original research. The University Libraries offers users a few ways to locate and obtain dissertations.

From the University Libraries main web page click on “Databases and Indexes.��? Browsing alphabetically by title, click on “D.��? About halfway down the list you’ll see the links for “Dissertation & Theses��? and “Dissertation and Theses @ SUNY Albany.��?

Dissertation and Theses @ SUNY Albany contains the full text of dissertations and theses that have been written by students attending our university from 1997 to the present. In addition, all dissertations created at SUNY Albany going back, to the creation of the college in 1861, are indexed. Most of these entries offer an abstract and twenty-four page preview.

If you find a listing only available as an abstract and/or preview, you still have a couple of options for obtaining the complete document. The libraries have the majority of dissertations from our University available on microfilm. Searching Minerva by author, title or any combination of the two, you should be able to locate a copy of the dissertation at the University Libraries. Print copies of University at Albany dissertations from 1914 to the present are available in the Special Collections department, but they must be used on-site. If the full copy of the dissertation is not available from any of these locations, a last resort is to order the dissertation directly from the database.

Dissertations & Theses provides bibliographic information for dissertations and theses from over 600 accredited universities. With such large returns possible, refining and narrowing the focus of your search is important with this database (we suggest limiting keywords to citation and abstract, and providing a date range, if possible). Again, you’ll find that each result offers access to the abstract, and some offer a 24-page preview. Unfortunately, we do not have access to the full-text of these dissertations from outside our own university. To obtain one of these dissertations, submit an Interlibrary Loan request and we will do our best to obtain a copy from another library (usually from the university where the dissertation was created). If a dissertation is not available through interlibrary loan, you again have the option of ordering the dissertation directly from the Dissertations and Theses database.

The Center for Research Libraries provides access to dissertations published in foreign universities. Although their local database is no longer being updated, they do provide daily updates of their dissertation holdings to their catalog and WorldCat.

If you need further assistance or have any questions about how to search for dissertations and theses, we are happy to help. Drop by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or send us an e-mail.

Blog post created by Michael Daly

March 16, 2008

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/17 -3/21

Have you been meaning to sign up for one of our instructional sessions, but for one reason or another were unable to do so? Fear not! There is still time to take one of our workshops. You can read descriptions of the sessions and sign up online, or if you wish, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a printed copy of the schedule and register. You can also register by phone at 442-3691.

This week's schedule is as follows:

Tuesday:
4:30 PM Non-profit Information Resources

Wednesday:
2:00 PM Evidence Based Practice

Thursday:
2:00 PM Introduction to EndNote
6:00 PM Conducting Research from Home

March 11, 2008

Decision '08: Web Resources

The 2008 campaign for US President is in high gear. Gathering credible information on the candidates is an important endeavor, whether for an academic project or simply to become a more informed citizen. Dick Irving, our Subject Specialist in Political Science, Law, and Public Administration maintains an internet resource guide on United States Politics and Elections. Dick evaluated and collected the most authoritative Internet sites with information on political parties, campaign finance, well-known polling entities, and other useful campaign-related topics.

Two new additions to the Politics and Elections page include:

  • Politifact, which can be used to evaluate the accuracy in statements of the candidates. Another site Dick recommends for this purpose is Factcheck.org.
  • YouTube: You Choose ’08, which has campaign videos arranged by both candidate and issues.

Dick Irving is happy to help you with any research on the campaigns or any other related topics. Feel free to set up an appointment with him at the Reference Desk – drop by or call 442-3691. You may also e-mail him directly.

March 9, 2008

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/10 - 3/14

Today marks the halfway point of the semester! The end-of-semester "crunch time" is just around the corner. Sign up for an instruction sesson at the Dewey Library -- it will save you time when it matters most. You can read descriptions of the sessions and sign up online, or if you wish, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a printed copy of the schedule and register. You can also register by phone at 442-3691.

This week's schedule is as follows:

Tueseday:
4:30 PM Introduction to Federal Public Policy

Wednesday:
2:00 PM Evidence Based Practice

Thursday:
2:00 PM Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate
6:00 PM Conducting Research from Home

March 6, 2008

Photograph of the Week

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photo credit: Morris Stilson

Judging by the footprints in this photo, students did not let a little snow get in the way of studying.

March 4, 2008

New Online: Locate Tests and Search Inside Reference Books

The UA Libraries have added new online resources we think you will find useful. Both can be found using the Libraries' Databases & Indexes page.

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Reference Universe essentially lets you "google" a collection of reference books. It serves as a master index to the contents of 10,000 subject encyclopedias and other reference works. This means you can enter a keyword search in Reference Universe and it will tell you the reference books which contain an entry on your topic. The results may link to the full text of entries in e-books owned by the Libraries, or the results may link to the Minerva catalog records for items we own in print.

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The main feature of the Testing and Education Reference Center is a comprehensive full text database of practice tests and study manuals, covering everything from GED and college entrance exams to civil service and military placement tests. Updated montly, the Testing and Education Reference Center also includes searchable databases on a variety of educational programs, including: specialty and career, graduate, undergraduate, international, and distance learning. You can set up a personal profile to access features such as a resume builder, scholarship search, and to find out which colleges and universities are recruiting in your field.

We hope you will try these additions to our online collection. We welcome any questions or opinions on these (or any) library resources. We're also happy to provide assistance and/or tips to help you use them. Leave a comment on this blog, drop by the Reference Desk, call 442-3691, or e-mail us.

March 2, 2008

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/3 -3/7

The halfway point of the semester is almost upon us, and the end-of-semester "crunch time" will be here before you know it. Sign up for an instruction sesson at the Dewey Library now, so that you won't have to spend time learning your way around library resources when you really need to be pinpointing essential information. You can read descriptions of the sessions and sign up online, or if you wish, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a printed copy of the schedule and register. You can also register by phone at 442-3691.

This week's schedule is as follows:

Tuesday:
3:00 PM Conducting Research from Home

Wednesday:
4:00 PM Evidence Based Practice

Thursday:
2:00 PM Introduction to EndNote
4:20 PM Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources