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September 30, 2009

Ph.D. Due Date is Today

Today is the fall fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates to return or renew their books. Avoid library overdue fines by renewing your books on MyMinerva or by bringing them back to the library today. If you have questions, please call the Dewey circulation desk at 442-3693. The Dewey Library appreciates your cooperation.

September 28, 2009

Ph.D. Due Date is Wednesday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the summer fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Wednesday, September 30, 2009. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a Master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

September 27, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 9/28/09 - 10/2/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
10:00 AM: Federal Public Policy Resources
1:00 PM: Conducting Research Online
3:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

September 23, 2009

Updated APA Manual Available

The newest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is now available at the Dewey Graduate Library. According to the APA website, some of the revisions made to the APA Manual include:
•New guidelines for referencing electronic sources.
•New and expanded reference examples for a variety of on-line sources.
•Organized to describe the writing process from idea to publication, it begins with background information on ethical issues in publishing, then moves on to manuscript structure and content, then writing style and rules, then graphics and references, then guidance on working with the publisher.
•Sample paper section has been moved up and featured to better exemplify manuscript structure and content.
•Like discussions have been moved to one place in the book, with discussions of function followed by instruction on form.

The new APA Manual can be found in both the reference section and on reserve at call number: BF 76.7 P83 2010. You may also be interested in the APA's online tour of the new guide.

In addition to the print APA Manual, the University at Albany Libraries offers a quick explanation of the basic APA formats on its Style Guides page.

And don’t forget about the Reference Desk! We encourage you to bring any questions you may have to the Reference Desk -- email us, drop by, or call us at 442-3691.

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September 22, 2009

Getting Started with Criminal Justice Research

For some helpful pointers on doing criminal justice research, go to the My Research Subject on the left side of the University Libraries’ main web page. Selecting “Criminal Justice��? will display some useful places to start your research.
•To search for journal articles, check out the list of Criminal Justice databases by clicking on Databases and Other Electronic Resources.
•Looking for websites with authority and high quality information? Check out Internet Resources for Criminal Justice.
Criminal Justice: A Guide to Information Sources is a guide to help you find information resources for definitions, encyclopedias, legal research, statistics, and research guides.
•Resources for statistics can be found both in print at Dewey and online. Some great print resources include the Statistical Abstract of the United States, Statistical Handbook on Violence in America, and Crime State Rankings. The Criminal Justice Guide to Information Sources – Finding Statistics page provides call numbers for these and other print resources, as well as links to online resources.
•Check out the Criminal Justice Research Tutorial to test your knowledge on Criminal Justice research.

You may also be interested in archival and rare materials in our Special Collections department which provide criminal justice and prisons information. Also in Special Collections is the National Death Penalty Archive.

For help and additional information, contact the Criminal Justice Bibliographer Mary Jane Brustman at 442-3540 or email her: mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu.

Blog post created by Matthew Laudicina

September 20, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 9/21/09 - 9/25/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

3:00 PM: Information Science Drop In Session
1:00 PM:Resources in Gerontology
2:00PM: Criminal Justice Research Session – Drop In
4:30PM: Federal Public Policy
1:00 PM: EndNote

September 15, 2009

Dewey Birthday Party Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow, September 17, 2009 at 2:00pm to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hawley Hall and the 30th anniversary of the Dewey Graduate Library. Refreshments will be served and Geoffrey Williams, University Archivist, will be on hand to share some of the building’s storied history with guests.

We hope to see you at this event!

Differing Generations and Social Networking

With their dramatic rise in popularity, social networking sites have become as much an integral part of the Internet experience for the Baby Boomer generation as it has for the current generation of teens and twenty-somethings. With sites like Facebook and Twitter, Baby Boomers are creating accounts and becoming regular users en masse. Social networks, once seen as a private club exclusive to younger users, have recnetly adopted more of a “come one, come all��? feel to them resulting in a sudden generational diversity among its users.

A recent Computerworld article described the Pew Research Survey found that as the influx of older users continues, social networks are dramatically altered due to their presence. Just as in the “real world,��? significant behavioral differences between Baby Boomers and their children are made manifest in social networks.

Users belonging to Generation Y, often defined as those born in the 1980’s and 1990’s, tend to add every single person they’ve ever come into contact with into their social network. These users are not the least bit shy about broadcasting every detail of their daily life through frequent status updates, almost to the point of minutia.

Members of Generation X, identified as those born between 1964 and 1984, who currently make up a large portion of the mainstream workforce, have a tendency to skew their posts about their professional lives instead of their personal lives, much unlike their Gen Y counterparts.

The third generation of social network users is that of the Baby Boomers, traditionally defined as those born between 1946 and 1964. These users often use social networks to connect with old friends, share and discuss news items, and explore hobbies. As more Baby Boomers discover and use social networking tools, members of Generation X and Y are not always happy to be sharing these spaces with their parents. Social networks that were once free of parental oversight can now be used as a window into the younger generation’s lives. It seems like it won’t be long before another means of social networking arrives—one that doesn’t encourage Baby Boomers to participate.

You may wish to check out other reports from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. If you have any questions about researching internet user patterns, please contact our Information Studies Bibliographer,Deborah Bernnard. She can be reached by e-mail or by phoning 442-3699.

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September 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Dewey Library!

September 2009 is an auspicious month for the Dewey Library. This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Hawley building on campus and the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the Dewey Graduate Library.
We invite you to celebrate with us on September 17th at 2:00pm – University Archivist Geoff Williams will provide an interesting and lively talk about the history of the downtown campus, the murals and stained glass windows and provide interesting stories about how the Dewey Graduate Library came to be. Refreshments will be served.

You may want to look at the Dewey Library Blog for some brief posts on the history of the campus, Hawley Hall and the Dewey Library. In addition, please check out our display on the main floor of Dewey by the front door, which has a plethora of images and descriptions of the building, the library, and students of yore.
Classes at what is now called the “Downtown Campus��? began on September 8, 1909, but the formal dedication of the campus was on October 28th of that year. Commissioner of Education Dr. Andrew Sloan Draper, in his address, said the school would be “a pedagogical college. It is to give a liberal training to men and women who will be teachers. It is not intended that it shall grow into a state university.��? The goal of the school would be to “teach, study and investigate and try to add to the sum of pedagogical knowledge and experience.��? (French, p. 148)

The Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy was dedicated in 1979, upon the formation of the Rockefeller College of Public Policy. There was an effort by a campus leader to name all of the buildings on campus after notable New York State Politicians, so the library was named after Governor Thomas, E. Dewey, “the Father of SUNY.��? However the proposal met with criticism, so the proposal was abandoned for the buildings. This is why the “Dewey Library��? is in “Hawley Hall.��?

Post created by Elaine Bergman with significant content provided by Geoffrey Williams

September 13, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 9/14/09 - 9/18/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.
The following sessions are scheduled this week:

1:00 PM: Criminal Justice Research Session – Drop In
2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:00PM: Introduction to Research Databases
4:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

September 11, 2009

Photo of the Week

Dewey Lib Unveiling Benamati Lees Bonk 8 88.jpg

This image shows the dedication of the Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy in September 1988. The individuals in the photo are: Dennis Benamat, head of the Dewey Library, Frank Lees, Associate Vice President for Information Systems and Technology, and Sharon Bonk, Acting Director of the University Libraries.

We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of this dedication and the 100th anniversary of the Hawley building on September 17, 2009 at 2:00pm. Details to come!

Photo provided by the University Special Collections and Archives

September 9, 2009

Inter-university consortium for Political and Social Science Research – ICPSR

The University Libraries provide a membership to ICPSR through the libraries web site. Look on the Databases and Indexes page for “ICPSR��? and click on the link there to find the ICPSR web page.

Creating a MyData account will permit you to access new features in the future such as order history and notification when data that interests you become available. Further, if you are from a member institution, creating an account permits you to download data available only to ICPSR members.

ICPSR is the world's largest archive of computerized social science data. It is searchable by broad subject category or keyword. Most files are freely available to download by users affiliated with the University at Albany. An international consortium of about 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

ICPSR's educational activities include the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research , a comprehensive curriculum of intensive courses in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social methodology. Since 1963, the ICPSR Summer Program has offered a comprehensive curriculum in the field of social science methodology. Courses range from beginning to advanced levels in statistics, data analysis, methodology, and research design. ICPSR also leads several initiatives that encourage use of data in teaching, particularly for undergraduate instruction.

Blog post created by Lorre Smith
Lorre Smith is the ICPSR Official Representative for the University at Albany. If you have questions about ICPSR and if you wish to arrange a presentation about ICPSR for a group or class, contact Lorre at (518) 437-3946; lsmith@uamail.albany.edu

September 7, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 9/7/09 - 9/11/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

4:00 PM: Orientation Tour
2:00 PM: Social Welfare Seminar
4:00PM: Orientation Tour
11:00 AM: Introduction to Research Databases

September 4, 2009

Photo of the Week

Hawley Library 1940.jpg

A scene from the main room in Hawley Hall, now the Dewey Library, from 1940. Students had to reserve a seat in this study area for finals and midterms. Celebrate the 100th anniversiary of the downtown campus and the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the Dewey Library with us later this September.

Photo reproduction used with permission of the University Archives

September 2, 2009

Printing at the Dewey Library

This time of year, many students have questions about printing in at the Dewey Library. We have two black and white printers at Dewey, one on the main floor at the end of the computer area, and one in the basement area. In addition there is a color printer behind the slide show screen.

In order to print, you must have a SUNYCard or a Podium card with money on it. Black and white printing is ten cents per page and color printing is fifty cents per page. From the Information Commons computers or your wireless laptop, select print as you normally would. Then select either “DeweyLibBW��? for black and white or “DeweyLibColor��? for color printing. Walk over to one of the printers and slide your card at the terminal. The monitor will display all jobs in the print queue. Select your job, and click print. Remember to log out of the Uniprinter right away so that others cannot use your account to pay for their print jobs. Your document should come out of the printer, provided there was enough money on your card to pay for the job.

You can put money on your SUNYCard several ways. First, you can phone or visit the SUNYCard office (442-5989, Campus Center B52), you can pay by credit card online through PodiumNet , or you can use our SUNYCard terminal. If you did not bring your SUNYCard, you can buy a Podium card at the machine, but remember this card costs one dollar, and then you have to add money to it on top of that. So remember to carry your SUNYCard at all times!

If you have problems printing, check with the ITS consultant on duty. He or she is sitting next to the printer in the Information Commons area on the main floor, and will have a sign on his or her terminal. When there is no ITS consultant on duty, check at the reference desk or circulation desk for assistance.

September 1, 2009

Social Welfare Information Literacy Requirement

Social Welfare students:

As you know, your program has an information literacy component consisting of two library seminars. Many students have questions about which seminars they should take.

All Social Welfare students must take the Social Welfare Research Seminar. This seminar is required within your first 15 credit hours in the program. You will learn about basic library services such as Document Delivery and Interlibrary loan, and highlight pertinent social welfare databases, encyclopedias, internet resources. Topics covered include test and measurement resources, statistics, and citing sources in APA format. This class will provide you with a general orientation to beginning social welfare research using materials in the library.

Once you take the Social Welfare Research Seminar, you have your choice of topics for the advanced seminar.
The topic may differ, depending on your academic concentration. Here is some assistance in making this choice:

General classes recommended for all students:

*Introduction to Research Databases: learn how to effectively search for articles using databases
* Conducting Research Online : an overview of research resources that can be accessed from outside the libraries
* Using EndNote: EndNote software helps organize sources and produce bibliographies

Recommended for direct practice students:

* Library Resources for Evidence-Based Practice: learn how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice

Recommended for MACRO students:

* Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: resources for finding the legal authority for polices, constructing a legislative history and evaluating federal public policies
* Introduction to Westlaw Campus: how to find statutes, regulations, cases, and other legal information
* Non-Profit Organizations: Information Sources: print, online and Internet sources for information regarding non-profit organizations

Recommended particularly for students with a concentration in Gerontology:

* Resources in Gerontology: this seminar covers specialized reference materials, databases and other resources that focus on social gerontology

Advanced registration is required for most seminars. Some of these classes fill up quickly, so register early as possible. The Social Welfare Research Seminar in particular fills up very quickly. Each week's offerings are posted on this blog each Monday. In addition to the online registration, you may also register in person at the Dewey Reference Desk or call us at 442-3691.