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March 31, 2010

Who Cited What? An Introduction to Cited Reference Searching

Cited references are the articles, books, and other resources that are listed in the bibliography or works cited page of an individual article or resource. Ciited references are helpful for finding additional resources on a particular topic, identifying top researchers in a field of study, and for decisions regarding faculty tenure. Many universities use cited reference searching as a tool for evaluating the research quality of its faculty members. The main idea regarding the value of conducting this type of search is that authors with higher instances of being cited have made a significant contribution to their academic field.

Citation databases index articles that have been cited in a work, as well as those which have cited the work itself, allowing users to follow the instances where a reference or author has been cited. This technique can help users find out how many times and where a publication is being cited, who is referencing a particular resource, how a particular research topic is used to support other research, as well as track the research of an individual.

The primary online database used for citation reference searching subscribed to by the UA Libraries is Scopus. Scopus covers over 15,000 journals and provides comprhensive coverage of resources published since 1996 and selective coverage of earlier works. In addition to finding out what was cited in a paper or who cited a paper, Scopus also can provide such metrics as: the value of weighted citations per document, differences in the frequency of citation across research fields, total number of citations received by a journal for a given year, total number of documents published by the journal each year, and percentage of documents in that year that have never been cited to date.

For citation searches for works published prior to 1996, please contact the Dewey Reference desk and ask to set up an appointment for a DIALOG search. The reference desk phone number is 442-3691.

CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts provides coverage of a wide range of political science journals dating back to 1975. To find citing references, enter the author’s last name and first initial, then select “References��? from the pull down menu.

Another database that facilitates citation reference searching is PsycINFO. This database is a key resource for conducting research within the psychology discipline. To conduct citation reference searching within PsycINFO, type the author’s last name and first initial, then select “Author��? from the pull down menu. At the end of each citation is a Citing Articles button. Click this button at the bottom of each record, which will locate articles that cite the record.

Other social science databases that provide citation reference searching include:

Academic Search Complete: To search for cited references, click on “Cited References��? on the blue menu bar.

ScienceDirect: For cited references, select “Advanced Search��?, then search author or title within “References��?.

Sociological Abstracts: For cited references, use “Advanced Search��? to select “References, RE=��?, in the right-hand pull-down list.

Be aware however, that these databases only track citations within their own indexed holdings, and may not be as comprehensive as Scopus or the Social Sciences Citation Index, available in print through 2007 at Social Science Citation Index: Dewey Library / Reference H 1 Z999 S63 or by requesting a DIALOG search.

For additional assistance and information on citation reference searching, as well as help with make the most of Scopus and other resources, please contact Elaine Bergman. She can be reached by email at mailto:ebergman@uamail.albany.edu or by calling 442-3695. You can also visit Citation Searching at UA Libraries for more information.

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March 30, 2010

Information on Upcoming Library Conferences

Throughout the year, numerous organizations and associations in the field of librarianship hold conferences for the professionals in the field to come together and share ideas, but spring and summer are often thought of as "conference season" in the library world. . There are many benefits for seasoned librarians, recent library school graduates, and even library students who attend conferences. These conferences are a great way to become involved in the field of librarianship in a meaningful way. They also provide valuable opportunities to develop professional networks with fellow librarians from across the country. Each conference provides participants the chance to share ideas, socialize, hear from the experts, and see the latest products. Recent graduates and people new to the world of librarianship that attend conferences will find extensive opportunities to grow professionally and prepare for their new career.

The following is a list of upcoming conferences from major library organizations, both regional and national:

2010 Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Conference

When: Wednesday, October 13th – Friday, October 15th
Where: Renaissance Syracuse Hotel
1701 East Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13210

Eastern New York ACRL Chapter Annual Conference
Title: Creating Opportunity from Crisis: New Models, New Partners

When: Monday, May 24th
Where: Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

2010 SUNYLA Annual Conference

When: Wednesday, June 16th – Friday, June 18th
Where: The College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

The American Library Association 2010 Annual Conference

When: Thursday, June 24th – Tuesday, June 29th
Where: Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington D.C. 20001
Advance Registration Information

Medical Library Association 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibition
When: Friday, May 21st – Wednesday, May 26th
Where: Hilton Washington
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20009

Special Libraries Association 2010 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO ()

When: Sunday, June 13th – Wednesday, June 16th
Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Speak, Share, Learn: An UNYSLA Conference & UnConference ()

When: April 23rd
Where: Anderson Gallery, University of Buffalo
1 Martha Jackson Place
Buffalo, NY 14214
Note: The registration details of this conference are not yet available. Keep checking the UNYSLA website for registration information and updates.

Click on the title of the conference for more information and the official website on any of these upcoming conferences.


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March 28, 2010

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/29 – 4/2

Spring Break is here! Why not spend part of your vacation with us and sign up for a free workshop at Dewey today. These workshops will help you use the library more efficiently and save you time when you need to work on research projects and papers.

Monday 3/29:
10:00 AM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

Tuesday 3/30:
10:00 AM: Non-Profit Organizations

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

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March 24, 2010

Key Resources for Locating and Writing Dissertations

For many students charged with the task of writing their dissertation, the mere thought of tackling such a demanding and intense undertaking is enough to induce a panic attack. While the idea of waking up one day with a completed and superlative dissertation may seem closer to a dream than a reality at the outset of the dissertation writing experience, there are many resources available to help you through this long and arduous process. If you currently find yourself embarking on the journey of writing your dissertation, or plan to in the near future, this blog entry is especially for you!

To see what dissertations have been completed is a three step process:

* Search comprehensive databases for dissertations,
* Look at the subject databases for your discipline, and
* Look at UAlbany dissertations

The University Libraries has access to many dissertations in electronic form. The Dissertations @ SUNY Albany database provides access to dissertations written by former UAlbany students. This database provides full-text access to dissertations written from 1997 to present and abstracts of dissertations from 1988 to present. (Note: Check the MINERVA catalog for print and/or microform copies of UAlbany dissertations from all years.)

The other resource is Dissertations & Theses. Unlike Dissertations @ SUNY Albany, which only contains dissertations written by former members of UAlbany, Dissertations & Theses contains dissertations written by students from schools across the country. Complete full text access is not avaialable for non UAlbany dissertations, but many records include the first 25 pages, and there is abstracting from 1980 to present. (Note: Check the MINERVA catalog to see if we own dissertations. If not, submit a request to Interlibrary Loan.)

Depending on your area of study, the University Libraries provide access to databases that allow you to search for dissertations in order to see what have been written on a particular topic. The following is a list of subject areas and the databases that index dissertations on those areas:

Criminal Justice:
Criminal Justice Abstracts
National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database
Sociological Abstracts)

Information Studies:
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text
ERIC
INSPEC

Social Welfare:
Social Work Abstracts
Social Services Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts

Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, and Law:
CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Another resource available to students writing their dissertations is the subject specialist for each area of research. Throughout the University Libraries, there are Librarians that specialize in all the major subject areas and are available by appointment to help you devise a search strategy. The names, locations, and contact information for each subject specialist can be found on the Subject Specialist page within the University Libraries website.

There are numerous style guides and advice books that provide valuable insight and counsel on the entire dissertation-writing experience. The following are just a small sample of the many style guides and advice books available through the University Libraries:

Calabrese, Raymond L. Elements of an effective dissertation and thesis a step-by-step guide to getting it right the first time. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.
University Library / Reference LB 2369 C275 2006

Lyons, Peter. The dissertation from beginning to end. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010
University Library / HV 11 L963 2010

Mauch, James E. Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation a handbook for students and faculty. New York: M. Dekker, 2003.
Dewey Library / Reference LB 2369 M377 2003

Miller, Alison B. Finish your dissertation once and for all! how to overcome psychological barriers, get results, and move on with your life. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009.
University Library / LB 2369 M454 2009

For information about submitting dissertations, please visit the Graduate Studies Office for Dissertation Submittal Policies and Guidelines.

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March 23, 2010

School of Criminal Justice Appoints New Dean

As you may or may not be aware, President George M. Phillip recently announced the appointment of Dr. Alan J. Lizotte as the new Dean of UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Lizotte has served as the interim dean of the School since last July. Additionally, Dr. Lizotte has been the executive director of the School’s Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center since 2003, and has been a member of the Center’s board since 1986.

Dr. Lizotte is a nationally recognized leading authority on gun use and violence, criminology, and juvenile delinquency. His areas of specialization focus on Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods, Patterns of Firearms Ownership and Use, Juvenile Delinquency, and Victimization. He received his master's degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois and his bachelor's in sociology from Brown University.

As a founding member and co-principal investigator of the Rochester Youth Development Study, Dr. Lizotte’s work produced over $25 million in grants over the past twenty years. In 2003 he received the American Society of Criminology's Michael J. Hindelang Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Research in Criminology, and in 2009, received UAlbany's President's Award for Excellence in Research and UAlbany's Graduate Student Association's Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Development.

Dr. Lizotte served from 2004 to 2007 as an executive counselor of the American Society of Criminology. Locally, he is currently a member of the City of Albany's selection committee, and is involved in its search for a new chief of police.

Dr. Lizotte has written several books and numerous journal articles and book chapters throughout his illustrious career, many of which are owned by the UA Libraries:

Lizotte, Alan J, et al. Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003
Dewey Library / HV 6439 U52 N74 2003

Krohn, Marvin D., Alan J. Lizotte, and Gina Penly. Hall. Handbook on Crime and Deviance. Dordrecht: Springer, 2009
Dewey Library / HV 6025 H278X 2009

Lizotte, Alan J., Trudy L. Bonsell, David McDowall, Marvin D. Krohn, and Terence P. Thornberry. “Carrying guns and involvement in crime.��? In Crime and Justice at the Millennium: Essays by and in Honor of Marvin E. Wolfgang. Robert A. Silverman, Terence P. Thornberry, Bernard Cohen, and Barry Krisberg (eds.), Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 145-158.
Dewey Library / HV 6025 C69 2002

McCluskey, Cynthia Perez, Marvin D. Krohn, Alan J. Lizotte and Monica L. Rodriguez. “Early substance use and school achievement: An examination of Latino, White, and African American Youth.��? Journal of Drug Issues, Vol. 32, pp. 921-944. Full-Text available through the Academic Search Complete database.

Beth Bjerregaard and Alan J. Lizotte. "Gun ownership and gang membership." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 86, No. 1, (Fall), pp. 37-58. Full-Text available through the Academic Search Complete database.

Alan J. Lizotte, Marvin D. Krohn, James C. Howell, Kimberly Tobin, and Gregory J. Howard. “Factors influencing gun carrying among urban males over the adolescent-young adult life course.��? Criminology, Vol. 38, No. 3, August, pp. 811-834. Full-Text available through the ProQuest Criminal Justice Periodicals Index database.

If you would like more information about Dr. Alan J. Lizotte and his appointment as the new Dean of the School of Criminal Justice, you can visit the homepage for the School of Criminal Justice, the Official News Release announcing his appointment, and the Alan Lizotte Profile within the website for the School of Criminal Justice.

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March 21, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 3/22 – 3/26

Dewey Graduate Library offers short workshops, seminars, and tours with the goal of helping you get started with your research. If you are researching a topic in Social Welfare, need more information regarding the basics of copyright, or would like to learn more about using the citation software program EndNote, you should highly consider attending one of this week’s free workshops.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Wednesday 3/24:
3:30 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
6:00 PM: Copyright Basics

Thursday 3/25:
1:00 PM: Using EndNote

Friday 3/26:
10:00 AM: Evidence Based Practice

You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, by calling 442-3691, or by sending an email to dewclass@albany.edu. Please call the Reference Desk or send us an email if you are unable to attend a class for which you are registered.

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March 17, 2010

Copyright Corner

EVENT: “Basics of Copyright for Students and Professionals��?
March 24, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Dewey Library, Dewey Classroom

This session will provide basic copyright information including the bundle of rights that make up copyright and the four "Fair Use" factors. Participants will be introduced to resources that will provide practical information for all who use copyright-protected materials:
• What does the copyright law actually say?
• What are “orphan works��?
• What is the Creative Commons?
• What can I use for my classes?
• How do I ask permission to use the work of others?
• How do I find out who owns the copyright?
• What rights do I have?
• What is the TEACH Act?
• What is the public domain?

These questions will be discussed and the various resources used to answer them will be reviewed in the session.

Register for this session at the Dewey Library Reference Desk, either in person or by calling 442-3691, or you can also register online.

Instructor Lorre Smith has served as the copyright education librarian at the University at Albany since 1998 and provides independent session as well as in-class sessions tailored to the needs of the class. To book Lorre for your class call 437-3946 or email lsmith@uamail.albany.edu

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March 16, 2010

On the New Books Shelf - Photographs: Archival Care and Management

The Bibliographers of the Dewey Library are continually developing the library’s collection of books and materials. Many of the new books and items that are added to the collection are first placed on the New Books Display shelf. One book of particular interest for Information Studies students in the archival studies track that is currently located on the New Books Display shelf is the recently acquired Photographs: Archival Care and Management by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler.

There are a myriad of important and relevant topics covered within this book that are especially pertinent to students on the Archives track. The book starts by taking a look at photographs from historical, aesthetic, and sociological perspectives, specifically the historical significance of the work done by the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression in documenting the effects of the depression through the use of photographs. It then goes into some basic background information related to the characteristics of photographs, such as how to read and research photographs for archival and research purposes and how to describe photographs that would best facilitate their incorporation into an archives’ finding aids and catalog records.

Once this general framework regarding photographs as been set, the book gets into a discussion of the archival and preservation aspects of collecting and maintaining photographs. Some of these topics focus on the digitization of photographs, and include guidelines for creating digital images out of physical photographs and film negatives, quality control and quality assurance regarding a digitization project, planning a digital conversion project, and managing and preserving digital images.

The other main area of focus in this book covers the archiving and preservation of physical photographs. Some of these topics include the preservation environment, selecting the appropriate enclosure materials and storage furniture, preservation procedures, creating and implementing a successful preservation program, photographs as physical objects, housing and storage systems, and causes of deterioration.

If you would like to check out Photographs: Archival Care and Management, here is the call number for the book. Please note that it is currently located on the New Books Display Shelf:

Dewey Library / Oversized * TR 465 R58 2006

If you have any questions or need any help conducting research in the field of Information Studies, please contact our Bibliographer for Information Studies, Deborah Bernnard. She can be reached by email at dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu, or by calling 442-3699.

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March 14, 2010

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/15 – 3/19

Get a leg up on your upcoming research papers and sign up for a free workshop at Dewey today. These workshops will help you become familiar with the library resources that pertain to your area of research, which will allow you to conduct your research more efficiently and save you time when you need to work on any future research projects and papers.

Wednesday 3/17:
3:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice

Thursday 3/18:
1:00 PM: Introduction to ICPSR

Friday 3/19:
10:00 AM: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

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March 12, 2010

Photo of the Week

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A small sample of some of the books on our New Books Shelf. Browse the shelf for the latest titles today!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 9, 2010

Information and Resources on the Federal Reserve System

Ever since the economy took a downturn a few years ago, a significant amount of attention and scrutiny has been placed on the U.S. Economy. A major component of the current economic system is that of the Federal Reserve System. In order to have a functioning knowledge of the economy and the current economic situation the United States currently finds itself, it is imperative that an understanding of the role played by the Federal Reserve System is established.

While the foundation for the modern Federal Reserve System, or Fed, was established approximately around 1913, the concept of central banking in the United States dates all the way back to the 18th century, with the creation of the First Bank of the United States. After a series of bank panics and economic crises from 1873 to 1907, it became apparent that the only way for the country to achieve any kind of financial stability would be to heavily reform the currency and banking systems. The following years, particularly 1912 and 1913, would produce much debate between Democrats and Republicans regarding the specifics of the reforms to the then current banking system. The new system would be signed into law under the Federal Reserve Act on December 23rd, 1913. As a result of the compromises made by both Democrats and Republicans, the product of the Federal Reserve act was a decentralized bank that balanced the competing interests of private banks and the populist sentiment. For more information on the history of the Federal Reserve System, FED101 provides a closer look on its history and evolution.

In its current state, the Federal Reserve is comprised of three main branches: the Board of Governors, the Reserve Banks, and the Federal Open Market Committee. There are three main responsibilities that the Fed aims to accomplish.

The first of these goals is to conduct monetary policy. Through its influence on the nation’s supply of money and credit through monetary policy, the Fed is able to maintain price stability and sustain economic growth. To this end, the Federal Open Market Committee establishes the goals of the monetary policy, and is responsible for evaluating its impact of its policies on the national economy. Research economists at the Board of Governors and each of the twelve Reserve Banks contribute to the policy making process.

The second goal of the Federal Reserve is to ensure that the national banking system is safe and has the proper competitive practices in place. To this end, Congress has given the Federal Reserve the authority to conduct key functions towards the fulfillment of this goal. The Board of Governors is responsible for providing a clear definition of acceptable behavior for financial institutions, while the Reserve Banks enforce these rules and definitions on the financial institutions. In practice, the Fed creates and enforces these rules and guidelines in order to establish safe banking practices, protect consumers in financial transactions, and ensure the stability of U.S. financial markets.

The third goal of the Federal Reserve is to facilitate efficient and safe means of transferring funds throughout the banking system. In addition, the Fed is responsible for promoting technological advancements to help improve the payments system. Each of the twelve Federal Banks is primarily responsible for fulfilling these goals. Some of the actions taken by the Federal Banks include providing electronic payment services that transfer funds among financial institutions electronically, provide a nationwide network designed to exchange paperless payments among financial institutions and government agencies, maintain accounts for the United States Treasury, process government checks, and collect federal tax deposits.

All of these details and definitions regarding the Federal Reserve System, along with much more additional information, are available through the Functions page of the FED101 information site. You can find current information on the recent activities and actions of the Federal Reserve, as well as transcripts and videos of speeches and testimony, from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System News and Events. For information on the Federal Reserve from a statistical and historical perspective, you can visit their site containing Statistics and Historical Data . You can also get detailed information on the twelve Federal Reserve Banks and an outline of their districts from the Twelve Federal Reserve Districts. The Federal Reserve Education page has a collection of publications and videos, online learning tutorials, Federal Reserve websites, resources and research links to help you become knowledgeable of the Federal Reserve System.

The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs has various documents and video coverage of the recent hearings for the reappointment of Ben Bernanke to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Among the documents posted on their site include a Statement from Senator Tim Johnson from the December 3rd hearing, the Statement by Ben S. Bernanke before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and an archive of the webcast from the December 3rd hearing.

University Libraries are another source of information about the Federal Reserve. The following are a sample of the many books that discuss the Federal Reserve System:

Axilrod, S. H. Inside the Fed: Monetary Policy and Its Management, Martin through Greenspan to Bernanke. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 2009
University Library / HG 501 A95 2009

Cassidy, John. How Markets Fail: the Logic of Economic Calamities. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
University Library / HB 3722 C37 2009

Harris, Ethan S. Ben Bernanke's Fed: the Federal Reserve after Greenspan. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business, 2008
University Library / HG 2563 H34 2008

Shull, Bernard. The Fourth Branch: the Federal Reserve's Unlikely Rise to Power and Influence. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2005
University Library / HG 2563 S58 2005

If you have any questions or need assistance with research on this or any related topic, please contact Richard Irving, our Bibliographer for Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, and Law. He can be reach by email at :rirving@uamail.albany.edu or by calling 442-3698.

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March 7, 2010

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/8 – 3/12

Sign up for a free workshop at Dewey today and learn how the library can help you with your research papers. These workshops are designed to help you become familiar with the many library resources that are relevant to your area of research, which will allow you to conduct your research more efficiently and greatly reduce the stress and difficulty often associated with the research process.

Monday 3/8:
6:00 PM: Introduction to ICPSR

Tuesday 3/9:
4:30 PM: Conducting Research Online

Wednesday 3/10:
11:00 AM: Introduction to ICPSR
2:00 PM: Non-Profit Organizations: Information Sources

Thursday 3/11:

10:00 AM: Evidence Based Practice

There are several ways to register for a Dewey Workshop. You can use our Online Registration Form, sign up at the Reference Desk, send an email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or call the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

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March 5, 2010

Photo of the Week: Signs of Spring

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Shoots of tulip plants and wet muddy ground are sure signs that spring is almost here!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 3, 2010

Not on Campus? Not a Problem! Off Campus Access to Library Resources

No longer is it a requirement for patrons to physically enter the library in order to access our many online databases and resources. Here in the 21st century, the library is all about coming to you! Available to current students, faculty or staff members, all it takes is your Net ID and UNIX cluster password, and in no time you’ll be power searching through our online databases from the comfort of, well, anywhere!

Before you attempt to remotely access any of the library databases, be sure to have your Net ID and password at the ready. Next, go to Databases and Indexes and locate the database you wish to search. When you click on the desired database, instead of immediately entering the database, you will be prompted to enter your Net ID and password. Enter your information, and search to your heart’s content! For a more detailed explanation of how to remotely access library databases, please visit Off-Campus Access Instructions for Databases and Online Journals.

In addition to our databases, there are many other ways to receive research help and assistance from off campus. First there is the Ask-A-Librarian service, where you can have a Reference Librarian provide you with research assistance via email. You can also have your questions answered through our Instant Messaging service.

If you ever find yourself in dire informational straits and without access to a computer, you can utilize the text a librarian service. To send us a text message, on your cell phone dial 265010, start the text with “ualibraries:��? then write your message (don't forget to include the colon). Keep in mind that a single text message cannot exceed 160 characters, so brevity is key when texting us your questions.

For research help targeted at a particular subject area, take advantage of the Research by Subject pages within the University Libraries’ website. Each research guide provides information regarding the best databases to use for your topic and quality internet resources, as well as area-specific resources and information, to help you get your research going in the right direction.
Also available through the University Libraries’ website is the Online Reference Collection. Statistical sources, style guides, maps & directions, Government Information, Consumer Information, and Career Resources are just a few of the many topics covered within the Online Reference Collection.

Don’t forget that the University Libraries’ Minerva catalog iis available to you from any computer with an internet connection. Search for books from the comfort of your living room, then go to the proper library and check them out.

If you are mainly in the downtown campus and need a book from one of the uptown libraries, or vice versa, be sure to take advantage of our UA Delivery service. Log in to ILLiad using your Net ID and password, and then enter the citation information of the book. Before you know it, the book will be delivered to your designated pick up library and ready for you to check out. UA Delivery can also be used to have journal articles scanned and electronically delivered to your email inbox.

Sometimes you find yourself in need of a particular book or journal article that the University Libraries do not own. In these situations, Interlibrary Loan can be a life saver! The process of filling out an Interlibrary Loan request is nearly identical to that of a UA Delivery request, with the only difference being that you click on the “NO – continue to Interlibrary Loan��? link as opposed to the “YES – Continue to UA Delivery services��? link.

Another valuable resource that can be accessed remotely is a series of E-book Collections offered by the University Libraries. These resources contain a wealth of E-books on a wide range of topics that can be viewed in their entirety. You can also limit your search in the library catalog, Minerva, to Online Resources - select this option in the pull down menu next to the words "search only."

There you have it! If you have any questions or need assistance with remote access to the library databases or any other library resource, please refer to NetID’s in the University Libraries or Troubleshooting FAQ for Off-Campus Access for more information.

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March 2, 2010

Resources for Future School Social Workers

February 28 - March 7th is National School Social Work Week! In honor of this special week, here are some useful resources for school social workers, and those stuyding to become one.

Easily one of the most important resources for soon-to-be school social workers is the School Social Work Association of America .

Secondly, we have Certification from Start to Finish. Maintained by the New York State Education Department, this site contains detailed information on the topic of becoming certified, including how to apply for the Pupil-Personnel certificate, which is required for anyone working as a school social worker in New York State.

In addition to the many resources available online, there are numerous resources located within our collection geared specifically for school social workers. Some of these resources include:

Kelly, Michael S. Domains and demands of school social work practice a guide to working effectively with students, families, and schools. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Dewey Library / LB 3012.4 K44 2008

Raines, James Curtis. Evidence-based practice in school mental health. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Dewey Library / LB 3430 R35 2008

The Dewey Library also subscribes to School Social Work Journal. Located at
DEWEY Per LB 3013.4 S36, we have the issues from 1983 to the present.

If you have any questions or need assistance in finding resources for school social workers, please contact our bibliographer for social welfare, Elaine Bergman. She can be reached by email at ebergman@uamail.albany.edu, or by calling 442-3695.

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