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October 31, 2012

E-Books at the University Libraries


In today’s digital age an increasing number of people are looking for e-books to fulfill their academic needs. In recent years there has been a big push for libraries to acquire and provide access to e-books. The University Libraries have access to a large number of e-books and will continue to add more titles to the collection.

To find e-books in our online catalog, Minerva, you must select Online Resources under the Search Only feature in Minerva’s basic search. You then can search for e-books by keyword, author, exact title, and much more! E-book results will have an online location followed by the call number. Here is an example (click image for larger version):

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To access the e-book you must click on the location link.

You can also access e-books from our Online Reference page. Clicking e-books will bring you to free e-books available on the web and e-books provided by the University Libraries.

EBSCOHOST eBook Collection allows you to search for e-books like you would search for articles from any EBSCO database. Over 1,300 e-books covering a wide range of subjects are available.

Online editions of Congress and the Nation, Political Handbook of the World, and other political publications can be found at CQ Press Electronic Library. For e-books on computer science and information technology, Lecture Notes in Computer Science and Springer Computer Science eBook collection both provide current research in the field.

There are many relevant e-book collections that provide access to reliable reference sources. Gale Virtual Reference Library provides access to reference e-books on subjects in library science, multicultural studies, social sciences, and more. Oxford Reference Online provides over 170 reference e-books from Oxford Publishing and Oxford Scholarship Online publishes Oxford University Press e-books. Sage Reference Online provides subject encyclopedias on subjects such as counseling and psychotherapy, criminal justice, health and social care, and politics.

For more information on our e-book collection please stop by the reference desk, email us or call 442-3691.

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October 30, 2012

Navigating the Presidential Election

Election Day is almost here and the presidential campaigns have reached a fever pitch. Between the debates, campaign ads and the 24-hour news cycle, sorting through the available information is a challenge. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you understand the issues, where the candidates stand and the inner-workings of the political machine.

CNN’s Election Center 2012 is a good place to start. It provides an overview of the presidential candidates and where they stand on the issues. It also provides the latest in election and political news, polling data and video of the presidential and vice-presidential debates.

Those interested in the flow of cash through the political system should check out OpenSecrets.org, a website that tracks the influence of money in U.S. politics. Run by the Center for Responsible Politics, the site has information on presidential and congressional candidate fundraising, including biggest donors, state and regional breakdowns and corporate donors, campaign expenditures and cash-on-hand. It also tracks PAC spending, the influence of lobbyist and special interest group spending, and congressional earmarks. You can even drill down to the local level and track the flow of money from your zip code.

Want to know how the candidates are doing? Curious about how Americans feel about the issues? Check out PollingReport.com, a site that aggregates polling data on candidates and issues from a wide variety of places. Data are organized by issue, such as illegal immigration, the future of social security, gun laws and the auto industry bailout, and displayed with the associated question. Historical data is included, where applicable, so that fluctuations in public opinion can be tracked over time.

Those too busy to watch the debates can find them on The Commission on Presidential Debates’ web site. This non-profit organization, whose mission is to ensure that debates are a part of every presidential election, has the transcripts of presidential and vice-presidential debates dating back to 1960 on its site, as well as details about each debate, including format, location, topic and moderator.

More election resources can be found on the United States Politics and Elections Libguide on the Libraries’ website. You can also get research help from our public policy and administration bibliographer Dick Irving, at 442-3698 or rirving@albany.edu.

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October 28, 2012

Workshops at Dewey: 10/29-11/2

This week we are offering our Introduction to Resources for Gerontology workshop for the first time this semester. This course provides a basic overview of key resources related to gerontological social work. It will focus on key reference works and databases, search strategies and tips for uncovering useful articles, web sites, and books about the aged.

This week’s class schedule:

Monday, 10/29

5:30 p.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Wednesday, 10/31

2:00 p.m. Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

Friday, 11/2

10:00 a.m. Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

More information can be found online or by stopping by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

October 24, 2012

Managing Graduate School Stress

stress_comic.gifStress and graduate school go hand in hand. While earning a degree, many students also earn sleep deprivation, irritability, chronic muscle pain, and high blood pressure. Learning healthy and effective stress management techniques will not only make you a happier and more productive student, but will also prepare you to handle job and family stress in the future.

Here are 10 tips to managing stress:

1. Break up large projects in to smaller pieces. Sometimes big projects are so overwhelming that you get stuck focusing on how much there is to do. This can make it difficult to know where and how to get started. If, instead, you think of the project as a series of smaller tasks, it is easier to see what can be done easily and immediately. Once you have a few things out of the way, the whole project seems more manageable.

2.Develop a plan of attack. Once you have identified the component tasks of a project, take some time to figure out how much time you need to devote to each task and in what order they need to be completed. Setting due dates for each task will help ensure that you get complete your project on time. If possible, add some wiggle-room to your schedule to give yourself time to deal with any unexpected issues.

3.Get organized. A few extra minutes devoted to organizing your research materials can save you hours of stress at the end of your project. Reference management software like EndNote and Zotero, both available on the Libraries’ public computers, can help you keep track of your sources and add references and bibliographies to your paper.

4.Use the right tool for the job and use it well. Take a workshop at Dewey to learn about the research tools available at the Libraries and how to use them effectively. Classes like Introduction to Federal Policy Research and the Social Welfare Research Seminar will introduce you to subject specific search strategies and resources.

5.Limit distractions when working. Even the best laid plans can be derailed by ringing phones, crying children and a new episode of your favorite TV show. The easiest way to ensure that you don’t get sidetracked is to find a quiet, dedicated study space. The Libraries have many options from quiet study areas to PhD student study carrels . Group study areas, like the one in the basement of Dewey, are perfect for study groups and joint projects.

6.Schedule downtime so you don’t get overworked. All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, but it will also make him a miserable, stressed-out wreck. Make sure that your schedule includes time for hobbies and interests and fun with family and friends. Have a movie night with a DVD or two from the Libraries’ collection.

7.Get some exercise. In addition to improving your general health, exercise can help you manage your stress levels . It doesn’t have to be an intensive gym session or cut-throat basketball game, even a walk around the block will help you relax and refresh.

8.Try a relaxation technique. Activities like yoga, tai chi and meditation can help you reduce the symptoms of stress by lowering blood pressure, improving concentration and reducing muscle tension and chronic pain, among other things. Check out Minerva, our online catalog, for more information on relaxation techniques. Try selecting search by subject and typing in the subject heading Relaxation for some great resources.

9. Ask for help when you need it! There is nothing more stressful than searching and searching for information and not being able to find it. Luckily, there are many ways you can get research help for your project. Make a P.A.W.S. appointment and get personalized research assistance from a reference librarian. You can also make an appointment with a subject specialist to learn about resources in your field. For immediate help, stop by the reference desk at any of the Libraries. Not on campus? You can get help remotely via phone, email, IM or text.

10.Accept your limitations. By nature, graduate students are overachievers. However, with all the demands on their time and attention, from classes and research projects to jobs and family responsibilities, perfection is not always possible. Learning when and how to accept “good enough” will significantly reduce your stress levels.

Mastering these techniques will not make stress disappear from your life, but it will make you a happier and healthier person.

For research assistance, contact us at 442-3691, dewref@albany.edu or stop by the reference desk.

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October 23, 2012

Digital Public Library of America

Have you ever wished that there was one place where you could find all the information you need? Wouldn’t it be nice if that place was online and accessible by everyone free of charge? Well, that wish will begin to come true in a few short months.

Scheduled to launch in April, the Digital Public Library of America(DPLA) aims to “make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.” This ambitious goal will be approached in phases. They will begin by acquiring items in the public domain that are already available from other sources. Once this foundation has been laid, they will move on to orphan works and those that are still under copyright protection but are out of print. Then they will focus on ways in which copyrighted items can be made available. The collection will include resources in all formats, including books, pamphlets, periodicals, manuscripts, digital texts, audio, video, and image files.

To make the most of the collections of the many existing digital libraries that have sprung up across the country, the DPLA’s the Digital Hubs Project is working to establish a national network connecting state, institutional and other repositories to create a single access point for users. It will also set up regional service hubs to provide local institutions with a full menu of standardized digital services, including digitization, metadata, data aggregation and storage services. Service Hubs will also provide a range of services to local end users.

Development of the project is being managed in six different workstreams, each addressing the critical questions regarding the nature of the project: audience and participation, content and scope, financial/business models, governance, legal issues and technical aspects. Each workstream is led by a core team of co-chairs with a larger group of convening members tasked with gathering public input. Membership in all of the workstreams is open to the public and members can attend meetings online or in person. Each workstream has an associated wiki with information on its membership and the issues under consideration.

The DPAL, is which is being run out of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, has received funding from several organizations, including the Sloan Foundation, the Arcadia Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Want to get involved? In addition to joining one of the workstreams, the DPLA has a variety of announcement and discussion LISTSERVS that you can join. They also offer paid internships in their Boston office.

If you are interested in research relating to digital libraries and repositories, or any other topic related to libraries and information studies, contact Deborah Bernnard, our subject specialist for that topic (email: dbernnard@albany.edu; phone: 442-3699.

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October 21, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 10/22-10/26

We are offering several classes at Dewey this week, including our Evidence Based Practice workshop, an advanced research seminar focuses on how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice. Students must have completed the Social Welfare Research Seminar before signing up for this class.

Here is Dewey’s complete class schedule for the week:

Wednesday, 10/24
1:00 p.m. Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information
4:30 pm Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Thursday, 10/25
10:00 a.m. Evidence Based Practice

Friday, 10/26

10:00 a.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

To register for one of these classes, call 442-3691, visit our registration page , or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

October 19, 2012

Photo of the Week: Steer Clear of Colds and Flu

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Take precautions against colds and flu by using our hand sanitizer station near the Western Avenue entrance to Dewey Library.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

Photo of the Week: Midterm Stress

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Library staffer Morris Stilson models the look of many students this time of year. The library has lots of resources and services that can help you more efficiently complete assignments and research papers. See our tips to manage midterm stress, and when all else fails, Ask-A-Librarian for help!

October 17, 2012

Keepying Healthy During Midterms

“You’re going to feel a pinch.” “Okay. You’re all set.” Those are the words from the nurse that gave me my flu shot today. Yup, it’s that time of year again when we need to start preparing for the cold and flu season. Although getting the flu shot can be one of the most effective ways to prevent flu viruses, it does not prevent against the common cold. Therefore, we need to take additional precautions to help limit the spread of germs - especially during that “crunch time” of the semester when no one can afford to get sick. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, here are some suggestions we can all follow in order to help avoid getting sick and prevent spreading illnesses:

  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Then, throw the tissue in the trash.

  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow rather than your hand.

  • Frequent hand washing is a simple and highly effective way to prevent the spread of germs to keep from getting sick and passing colds to others.

  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Keep your hands away from your face. Germs spread easily through your nose, eyes, and mouth. So, try not to touch them.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • If you become sick with a flu-like illness, unless you are seeking medical attention, it’s recommended that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone and you no longer need medications to reduce the fever.

  • While being sick, contact with others should be limited as much as possible in order to keep from infecting them.
  • Some of my personal tips to help you follow these suggestions are to always have a small pack of tissues and travel size hand sanitizer in your bag. The University also has hand sanitizer pump stations throughout the campus. Look for these locations in the places you study most. We have them throughout all three libraries -- in Dewey, you will find our dispenser near the front door, next to the display case. If you are feeling ill or live with someone who is sick, wash your hands frequently for at least 30 seconds with warm, soapy water. Be sure to scrub the front and back of your hands. If you are sick, stay home and ask a friend or family member go to the store for you if you are in need of necessities. With that said, here’s to a healthy and preventative start to the fall and winter months ahead

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October 16, 2012

Faculty Profile: Ricky Fortune

Ricky_Fortune_inside.jpgAnne (Ricky) Fortune, Ph.D. is a professor and Associate Dean for the School of Social Welfare. She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, focusing her research on task-centered practice, termination of social work treatment, aging, and the field education.

The Dewey Library has several books authored and edited by Dr. Fortune. Check out any of the following books if you’d like to learn more about Dr. Fortune’s research!

Social work practice research for the twenty-first century. Edited by Anne E. Fortune, Philip McCallion, and Katharine Briar-Lawson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. Dewey Library HV 11 S5886 2010
This volume builds on the research of William J. Reid who changed how social work research was conducted. Focusing on empirical research and Evidence-Based Practice models, this volume provides up-to-date information on current social work research methods.

Aging and social work: the changing landscapes. Edited by Sharon M. Keigher, Anne E. Fortune, and Stanley L Witkin. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press, c2000. Dewey Library HV 1451 A32 2000
With 31 articles on social work research and the aging, this volume uses the United Nations Principles for Older Persons to address the issues in the social work profession.

Research in social work
. Anne E. Fortune, William J. Reid. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.
Dewey Library HV 11 F678 1999
This book provides broad coverage of research in social work and can be used in many social welfare classes.

Task strategies: an empirical approach to clinical social work. William J. Reid; with contributions by Julie S. Abramson, Anne E. Fortune, Norma Wasko. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Dewey Library HV 43 R383 1992
Social work intervention strategies are detailed in this volume.

Task-centered practice with families and groups
. Anne E. Fortune with contributors. New York: Springer Pub. Co., c1985. Dewey Library HV 45 T37 1985

Dr. Fortune is the past editor of The Journal of Social Work Education. This is a refereed professional journal focusing on education in social work and social welfare. Trends and issues at all levels of social work education are published in peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Fortune is the current editor of Social Work Research, a professional journal with primary research articles in social work and social welfare. This is a highly regarded journal in the field.

If you have questions about the social welfare resources at the Dewey Library, please contact our social welfare bibliographer Elaine Lasda Bergman by email or phone at 442-3695.

October 14, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 10/15-10/19

This week, we are offering our Social Welfare Research Seminar, one of the required workshops for social welfare students. This 90 minute workshop will provide an introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in social welfare.

This week’s workshop schedule is as follows:

Monday, 10/15
2:00 p.m. Social Welfare Research Seminar
10:00 a.m. Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Wednesday, 10/17
4:00 p.m. Introduction to Research Databases

Thursday, 10/18

11:00 a.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

For more information on these and other workshops, check out our website.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

October 12, 2012

Photo of the Week: Podium Card

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As you may know, if you need to print at the Dewey Library, you must have money on your SUNYCard. But what if you've forgotten your SUNYCard? Have no fear, you can purchase a card from the Podium Machine that will let you print. A Podium Card costs $1.00, and then you must reinsert it back into the machine to put funds on it for printing or copying. If you need assistance with the Podium Machine stop by the Circulation Desk.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

October 10, 2012

Resources on Social Science Research Methods

If you are studying any of the social sciences, chances are you will need to be familiar with relevant research methods. The following four books are reference materials that can help you better understand research methods. These books cannot be checked out but you are more than welcome to use them at the Dewey Library!

mixedmethods.jpgSage handbook of mixed methods in social & behavioral research. Edited by Tashakkori, A. & Teddlie, C. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, c2010. Dewey Library Reference H 62 T244 2010

This handbook is a comprehensive review of mixed methods. The theoretical aspect of mixed methods is explored as well as concrete examples. Written in the context of the social sciences, this handbook will provide you with information on applying mixed methods in this field. Illustrations and easy to understand diagrams are included.










measurementstatisticsencyclopedia.jpegEncyclopedia of measurement and statistics. Edited by Salkind, N. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, c2007. Dewey Library Reference HA 29 S2363 2007 The Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics is a comprehensive source that will help you better understand concepts regarding measurement and statistics. The definitions are accessible and the focus broader than other reference materials on the same subject. For the general reader, this encyclopedia is a great place to start when learning about research methods.







socialmeasurementencyclopedia.jpgEncyclopedia of social measurement. Edited by Kempf-Leonard, K. San Diego, Calif.; London : Academic, 2005. Dewey Library Reference H 62 E53X 2005 The 300+ articles in this encyclopedia cover qualitative and quantitative measurements, research strategies, guidelines, and much more. This encyclopedia provides detailed definitions, articles, information on case studies, and important data sets.






socialscienceencylopedia.jpgThe Sage encyclopedia of social science research methods. Edited by Lewis-Beck, M., Bryman, A., & Futing Liao, T. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, c2004. Dewey Library Reference H 62 L456 2004 A three-volume set, this encyclopedia provides essays on relevant social science research methods. The research terms in this encyclopedia are explained in language for the general reader, making it an easy to understand resource. With more than 900 entries, this reference material is a useful tool for social science researchers.


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October 9, 2012

Multiculturalism and Justice Series


On Friday, October 12, Victor Streib, J.D. will be presenting a lecture, “Death to the Women and Children” in the Standish Room, Science Library at 4:00 pm. The lecture is part of the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project sponsored by the School of Criminal Justice. Dean Streib is the former Dean and Professor Emeritus at the Northern Ohio University School of Law. He is acknowledged to be one of the foremost experts on the application of the death penalty sentence to women and juveniles. Not only has he published numerous journal articles and books on the death penalty, but he also co-authored the principal brief arguing against the death penalty in Thompson v. Oklahoma 487 U.S. 815 (1987). In Thompson the Supreme Court prohibited the execution of individuals under the age of sixteen at the time of the crime. His work was also heavily cited in another Supreme Court case, Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005) in which the court did away with the death penalty for offenders under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.

Dean Streib’s lecture is associated with the announcement of his donation of his personal papers to the National Death Penalty Archive at the University at Albany. Several of his books are available at the University Libraries including; Juvenile Justice in America (1978), Death Penalty for Juveniles(1987), and The Fairer Death: executing women in Ohio(2006).

Each of the series of lectures in the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project’s series is followed by a film on a related topic the following week. The Execution of Wanda Jean will be shown on Friday, October 19, at 7:30 pm at Page Hall. This documentary film depicts the clemency appeal of mentally-impaired death row inmate Wanda Jean Allen. The failure of the appeal resulted in her execution on January 11, 2001. Wanda Jean Allen was the first black women to be executed in the United States since 1954. University at Albany professors Vivien Ng and James Acker will lead a discussion of the issues surrounding the case immediately following the film.

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October 7, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 10/8-10/12

The Libraries’ website is chock-full of information, tools and resources designed to help you get the most out of your time at UAlbany. Our Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information workshop, taking place this Thursday, will teach you how to effectively search Minerva, find articles in our databases, access books and other materials from other libraries and much more.

Our class schedule this week is:

Wednesday, 10/10
3:00 p.m. Evidence Based Practice
5:30 p.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Thursday, 10/11
1:30 p.m. Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information
4:30 p.m. Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

To register for one of these classes, call 442-3691, visit our registration page, or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

October 4, 2012

October is Information Literacy Month!


In 2009, President Obama, calling upon “the people of the United States to recognize the important role information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact,” proclaimed October Information Literacy Awareness Month. This sparked a campaign, led by the National Forum on Information Literacy, to get the governors of each state to proclaim October Information Literacy Month. The campaign in New York, spearheaded by UAlbany Librarians Trudi Jacobson and Carol Anne Germain, found success this June when Governor Cuomo issued a proclamation declaring October 2012 Information Literacy Awareness Month in New York.

Dewey Library is honoring Information Literacy Month with a display celebrating both the presidential and gubernatorial proclamations. Our display also highlights some of the many resources in the Libraries’ collection related to information literacy instruction. Check out the display case by the front entrance for more information and to pick up a bibliography of information literacy instruction resources in at the libraries.

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Open Access Week 2012 Events



The University at Albany Libraries are celebrating Open Access Week 2012 with exhibits and a program of activities on Tuesday October 23.

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its 6th year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn more about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in making Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Open Access to information - the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as needed - has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and society as a whole.

Tuesday October 23, 11-2:30pm

All events held in the Standish Room, 3rd Floor, Science Library

11:00 - 12:00
Lightning Round Presentations: Join us for several exciting and thought-provoking lightning round sessions on a variety of issues concerning the Open Access movement. Q&A to follow sessions

12:00 - 1:00pm Buffet Lunch, R.S.V.P. Irina Holden iholden@albany.edu by October 19, 2012

1:00 - 2:30pm Talk entitled “Preservation and Research Data at Binghamton University Libraries” by Edward Corrado, Director of Library Technology, Binghamton University


Edward M. Corrado is Director of Library Technology at Binghamton University where he provides leadership for information technologies and digital initiatives, as well as overall direction, administration and management of computer resources, systems, and networking in the Libraries. Corrado is a long-time advocate for the use of Open Source Software in libraries and has presented at local, state, national, and international conference on the topic.

Co - sponsored by the Eastern New York Chapter Association of College and Research Libraries (ENY/ACRL)

Organizers wish to thank University Auxiliary Services for its generous support of these programs.

For futher information regarding open access week: http://www.openaccessweek.org/
For further information regarding open access see the Open Access Directory: http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page