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September 25, 2006

Dewey Seminar Schedule for 9/25 - 9/29

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars that can help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either here, or in person at the Reference desk in the Dewey Library.

The following classes will be held this week:


4:15pm, Criminal Justice Research Seminar


4:30pm, Introduction to Research Databases


1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw Campus
3:30pm, Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science


2:00pm, Introduction to Research Databases
5:30pm, Social Welfare Research Seminar


1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw Campus

September 20, 2006

New Information Studies Journal Available

Dewey Library is proud to announce that it is now receiving Public Services Quarterly, which happens to be edited by the University Libraries’ own Trudi Jacobson, who is the coordinator of User Education Programs. This journal is a great addition to our collection of journals on academic librarianship. It focuses on all areas of public service in academic libraries, including reference, information literacy and instruction, access and delivery services, e-reserves, and digital collections.

Public Services Quarterly is available both in print at the Dewey Library (call number Z 711 P845) and online through Minerva.

September 14, 2006

New Databases for Information Studies Students

University Libraries have recently added two new databases of interest to Information Studies Students available through EBSCO Host: Education Research Complete and Book Index with Reviews.

Education Research Complete is a large education database that covers all levels of education from early childhood through higher education. Although Education Research Complete is primarily an education database, it also includes a number of Library and Information Science journals. Deborah Bernnard, bibliographer for Information Studies, thinks that this database will be very useful to Information Studies students. She says that “it will help students obtain citations to recently published resources. It also includes publications from many trade associations; which can help to add to the practitioner’s viewpoint to student research.��? With indexing and abstracting of 1500 education journals and full-text coverage of 750 journals, Education Research Complete is the largest full-text education database available.

The library also has a one-year free trial of Book Index with Reviews, whose goal is to help users “find information on the books you want and need to read.��? The database contains information on a very wide range of books (3.8 million total), including both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Juvenile books range from pre-school to high-school level and adult book coverage extends from popular literature to the academic research level. Book Index with Reviews also has over 800,000 book reviews from sources including Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Choice. Deborah Bernnard thinks that it is an especially good resource for finding book reviews of popular titles.

You can access these databases through the Database Finder at http://library.albany.edu/databases/search.asp.