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August 31, 2012

Photo of the Week: Information Commons

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A group of students learn about the Information Commons and other features, resources, and services of the Dewey Library. Stop by today to find out what the library can do for you!

August 29, 2012

Study Space to Meet Your Needs

The fall semester is underway, and the Dewey Graduate Library extends a warm welcome to new and returning students. If you’ve found this blog, you’ve probably already found the University Libraries’ website where you can access many library resources and learn about library services. We hope that in addition to the online materials, you will also use our print materials and the study spaces in our building. Dewey Library is home to the Downtown Campus Information Commons, located the first floor. It is equipped with 16 computer workstations. In order to log on to these computers, you must enter your NetID and password. You will also find tables and comfortable chairs on the first floor for studying. These are located near the reference section and toward the back of the building.

Downstairs at Dewey is our quiet area. The basement area is expected to be quiet so that everyone can study without distraction. Downstairs there are a total of 24 computers with all of the ITS supplied software.

If you have group projects that you need to work on with other people and with access to computers, try the group study room just outside the mezzanine area. There are an additional 4 computers in this room.

If you have questions about these services, make sure you ask our knowledgeable technology consultants located in the Information Commons. Also, don’t be afraid to stop by the reference desk and ask a librarian!

August 28, 2012

Library Tours Available

Are you new to the downtown campus, or if not, would you like to better familiarize yourself with the resources and services at the Dewey Library? Consider taking an Orientation Tour. These tours will help you become familiar with library resources, materials, services, and equipment. You will gain a basic understanding of where everything is located in the library and find out how to get help when you need it.

The following tours are being held this week:
Wednesay 8/29: 4:00 pm
Thursday 8/30: 1:00 pm

If you’d like to sign up for a tour or instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691. We hope to see you there!

August 21, 2012

Check Out the New Reference Books!

disaster.jpgEncyclopedia of Disaster Relief edited by K. Bradley Penuel and Matt Statler. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 553 E53 2011.

This two-volume set covers issues relating to disaster response around the world, including governments and NGOs, politics, refugees, health issues, and both immediate and long-term impact on economics and international relations. The 425 entries were written by experts from a variety of fields, including sociology, national security, economics, health sciences, political science, emergency preparedness and agriculture. The set focuses on the importance of the effects, responsibilities, and ethics of disaster relief and is designed to initiate educational discussion brought forth by the specific cultural, scientific, and topical articles contained within the work.

Keep It Simple.jpgKeep It Simple: A Guide to Assistive Technologies by Ravonne A. Green and Vera Blair. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011. Dewey Library / Reference: Z 711.92 H3 G74 2011.

This guide provides a basic tutorial on common assistive computer applications and commonly available, inexpensive hardware and software to help librarians incorporate such aids into the library's current infrastructure. Focusing on applications commonly available on Microsoft Office and other low-cost technologies, this book offers guidance for the practitioner that can help every library move toward universal access. Librarians will find advice on planning accessible services, selecting appropriate assistive technologies, marketing disability services and assistive technology, and training staff in disability services issues and the use of assistive technology. Individual chapters cover print, hearing, speech, and mobility disabilities, offering resources and tutorials for each of these disability categories.

Juvenile Crime and Justice.jpgJuvenile Crime and Justice edited by William J. Chambliss. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 9069 J7785 2011.

The authors of the 20 chapters in this volume address various hotly debated topics along three loosely connected themes: prevention, prosecution, and corrections. Each author presents arguments both in favor of and opposed to various treatments, programs, and punishments, examining issues such as youth curfews, juveniles in adult courts, legal representation for juveniles, juvenile boot camps, group homes and out-of-home placement. The chapters cover the leading arguments pertaining to key topics in this field and point out where more research needs to be done-which, at present, includes many of the most controversial issues in juvenile justice policy.

Law for Social Workers.jpgLaw for Social Workers by Hugh Brayne and Helen Carr. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2010. Dewey Library / Reference: KD 3302 B73 2010.

Written by an author team with a strong background in teaching and practice, this book provides detailed analysis of the law which protects people from harm and enables social workers to assess needs and provide services to meet those needs. Starting with an analysis of the legal system and the social worker's place in it, the authors then address human rights, discrimination, privacy of information and issues surrounding consent. Other topics covered include responsibilities to children, interagency working and responsibilities towards adults, including mental health issues. Finally the authors cover issues which affect the service user such as private family disputes, immigration and asylum status, issues relating to money, housing and violence.

Transnational Organized Crime.jpgRoutledge Handbook of Transnational Organized Crime edited by Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour. London: Routledge, 2012. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 6252 R695 2012

This handbook provides a fresh and interdisciplinary overview of the problems which transnational organized crime represents. The innovative aspect of this handbook is not only its interdisciplinary nature but also the dialogue between international academics and practitioners that it presents. The handbook seeks to provide a definitive overview of transnational organized crime, including contributions from leading international scholars as well as emerging researchers. The work starts by examining the origins, concepts, contagion and evolution of transnational organized crime and then moves on to discuss the impact, governance and reactions of governments and their agencies, before looking to the future of transnational organized crime and how the State will seek to respond.

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August 14, 2012

Baby, It’s Hot Outside

This summer, record-breaking high temperatures have baked the country, and it is not over yet. With another month to go, you are probably finding that hot, stuffy student apartments are not conducive to studying. If you are lucky enough to have air conditioning, the resulting electric bills are enough to make you cry. While coffee shops have an unlimited supply of cool air and caffeine, they are also noisy and full of distractions.

Dewey Library, on the other hand, is cool, quiet and puts all the tools and resources you need right at your fingertips, from books and journals to knowledgeable reference librarians. Catch up on your reading in one of our comfortable arm chairs or get take advantage of our large tables to get started on your dissertation. Our group study room in the basement is the ideal place to hammer out a group presentation or study for an upcoming exam.

Dewey is equipped to meet your computing needs. Our information commons computers are loaded with a variety of software to help you design a website, analyze your data, and organize your citations. You can also connect to the University’s secure wireless service using your own laptop or you can borrow [http://library.albany.edu/circ/laptops] one from us. Dewey also has printers, copiers and a scanner for your convenience.

Whatever your research and study needs this summer, Dewey has got you covered!

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August 7, 2012

Resources for Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation



For many, graduate study culminates in the production of a thesis or dissertation. The meticulous research, long hours of writing and painstaking rewrites that go into a great dissertation can overwhelm even the best students. As with most things, careful planning and preparation are essential to keeping your head above water. Fortunately, the University Libraries have numerous resources to help you plan and execute an awesome dissertation. From selecting a topic to writing your literature review to polishing your final draft, we’ve got you covered:

General Guides

Completing your Thesis or Dissertation: Professors Share their Techniques and Strategies edited by Fred Pyrczak. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak Pub., c2000. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 C64X 2000.

Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text by Peg Boyle Single. Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2009, c2010. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 S55 2010.

The Dissertation Desk Reference: The Doctoral Student's Manual to Writing the Dissertation by Raymond L. Calabrese. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2009. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 C273 2009.

The Dissertation: From Beginning to End by Peter Lyons and Howard J. Doueck. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, c2010. University Library / HV 11 L963 2010.

The Elements of an Effective Dissertation and Thesis: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting it Right the First Time by Raymond L. Calabrese. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education, c2006. University Library / Reference: LB 2369 C275 2006.

Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty by James E. Mauch and Namgi Park. New York: M. Dekker, c2003. University Library / Reference: LB 2369 M377 2003.

The Qualitative Dissertation: A Guide for Students and Faculty by Maria Piantanida and Noreen B. Garman. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, c2009. University Library / LB 2369 P48 2009.

Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: Entering the Conversation by Irene L. Clark. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, c2007. University Library / Reference: LB 2369 C52 2007.

Writing Your Thesis by Paul Oliver. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2004. University Library / LB 2369 O55 2004.

Resources for Social Scientists

Doing Your Masters Dissertation: Realizing Your Potential as a Social Scientist by Chris Hart. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2005. University Library / LB 2369 H325 2005.


How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences by David R. Krathwohl and Nick L. Smith. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2005. Dewey Library / LB 2369 K723X 2005.

The Social Work Dissertation: Using Small-Scale Qualitative Methodology by Malcolm Carey. Maidenhead, UK: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2009. Dewey Library / HV 11 C37X 2009.

A Thesis Resource Guide for Criminology and Criminal Justice by Marilyn McShane. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. Dewey Library / Reference HV 6024.5 M37 2008.

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article by Howard Saul Becker. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. Dewey Library H 61.8 B43 2007.

Writing a Literature Review

Doing Your Literature Review: Traditional and Systematic Techniques by Jill K. Jesson, Lydia Matheson and Fiona M. Lacey. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2011. Dewey Library / Reference: H 62 J44X 2011.

The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success by Lawrence A. Machi and Brenda T. McEvoy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, c2009. University Library / LB 1047.3 M33 2009.

Having trouble with a particular section of your dissertation? Looking at how others have handled the same section can be helpful. You can access works from around the world through the Dissertations & Theses database. Many of the entries in this database give you access to only the abstract or first 25 pages of a dissertation. The full text of most dissertations can be acquired through interlibrary loan. Dissertations from UAlbany can be found through the Dissertations @ SUNY Albany database. They are also listed in Minerva. Select “Dissertations and Theses (UA)” from the “Search only” drop down list, then search by author or subject.

The Libraries also have style guides to help you polish your writing and ensure that your citations are properly formatted. APA, MLA and Chicago are among the most commonly used. For assistance with citations in APA or MLA, you can also check out CitationFox on the Libraries’ website.

For more assistance in preparing for or researching your dissertation or thesis, stop by the Reference Desk, contact one of our bibliographers or make an appointment with PAWS.

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