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August 29, 2010

Library Orientation Tours

Throughout the year, the Dewey Graduate Library offers tours, seminars and workshops for you to learn about the library and discover strategies for using library resources more effectively. You can register for workshops 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.

This week we are offering a walk-through Orientation Tour of the library on the following days this week:

  • Tuesday, August 31: 3:00 pm
  • Friday, September 3: 10:00 am

    The schedule for all tours, workshops and seminars is available online, or pick up a paper copy at the Reference Desk. You can also check back here on teh blog on Monday mornings for the week's offerings. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

August 25, 2010

What Seminars Should Social Welfare Students Take?

The School of Social Welfare's MSW program has an information literacy component consisting of two library seminars. Many students have questions about which seminars are most appropriate for their course of study.

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 and resources that are particularly helpful for social welfare research, including databases, encyclopedias, internet resources. This class will provide you with a general orientation to beginning social welfare research using materials in the library, and teach you some advanced database searching strategies.

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. You can get more information and register online, by calling us at 442-3691, or stopping by the Reference Desk to pick up a schedule.

August 23, 2010

Come Study at Dewey!

The Dewey Library offers many different study areas to suit your needs. The Information Commons] can be found on the first floor and is equipped with 16 computer workstations. In order to log on to these computers, you must enter your NetID and password. Also on the first floor are tables and comfortable chairs for studying. These are located near the reference section and toward the back of the building.

Downstairs at Dewey, we offer both a quiet area to study as well as two areas where groups can study together. If you are looking for a quiet place to study, try the basement at the Dewey Library. This 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!.

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August 18, 2010

Researching Social Services for Veterans

Veterans are a unique population with unique issues. Many suffer from disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Because of these issues social workers are a very important resource for veterans. If you’re a social work student you may have to research veterans and understand what information is out there. Luckily, the Dewey Library has plenty of resources on veterans. You can find the following at Dewey:

Baker, Rodney & Pickren Wade. Psychology and the Department of Veterans Affairs :a historical analysis of training, research, practice, and advocacy. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2007.
Dewey Library / RA 790.6 B35 2007

Foy, David. Treating PTSD :cognitive-behavioral strategies. New York : Guilford Press, c1992.
Dewey Library / RC 552 P67 T765 1992

Friedman, Matthew. Post traumatic stress disorder : the latest assessment and treatment strategies. Kansas City, MO : Compact Clinicals, 2001, c2000.
Dewey Library RC 552 P67 F75 2001

Glantz, Aaron. The war comes home : Washington’s battle against America’s veterans. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
Dewey Library / UB 357 G56 2009

Schwartz, Harvey. Psychotherapy of the combat veteran. New York : SP Medical & Scientific Books, c1984.
Dewey Library / RC 550 P78 1984

Scott, Michael & Stradling Stephen. Counselling for post-traumatic stress disorder. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, 2006.
Dewey Library / RC 552 P67 S35 2006

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs also has a lot of information on veterans and veteran services. RAND and the Invisible Wounds of War study offers information on veterans and the cognitive impact of war. Also check out the National Center for PTSD for more information on veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

If you need help researching information on veterans 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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August 16, 2010

Summer Reading List: Crime Fiction

Summer time is a good to take a break from the pages and pages of academic materials we read all year long. Crime Fiction is one of the most popular genres of fiction today. From Victorian novels to graphic novels, crime fiction appeals to many different audiences. Crimeculture provides information on many different crime fiction novels as well as publishes articles on the crime fiction genre. This is a great website for those just beginning to experience crime fiction novels or long-time fans. If you want to learn more about crime fiction authors and characters MysteryNet.com is a place where you can learn about authors such as Agatha Christie and Edgar Allen Poe and characters like Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew. There is also a section on TV and movies such as Law & Order.

When UAlbany professor Frankie Bailey isn’t teaching classes in criminal justice she is writing crime fiction. Some of her books include:

You Should Have Died on Monday, a story about Lizzie Stewart searching for information on her mother’s past.

A Dead Man’s Honor, another Lizzie Stewart story but this time she visits the town where a city physician was murdered years before. Check this book out at the University Library / PS 3552 A375X D434 2001

Death’s Favorite Child , in this book Lizzie Stewart visits Cornwall where someone dies and a mystery ensues. Check this book out at the University Library / PS 3552 A375X D43 2000

Other books by Frankie Bailey at the University Libraries are:

Out of the woodpile : black characters in crime and detective fiction. University Library / PS 374 D4 B34 1991

Popular culture, crime, and justice. University Library / HV 6789 B25 1998
Old Murders. University Library / PS 3552 A368 O54X 2003

Books about crime fiction at the University Libraries include:

Knight, Stephen. Crime fiction since 1800: detection, death, diversity. Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. University Library / PR 830 D4 K59X 2010

Anderson, Patrick. The triumph of the thriller : how cops, crooks, and cannibals captured popular fiction. New York : Random House, c2007. University Library / PS 374 D4 A56 2007

Carrabine, Eamonn. Crime, culture and the media. Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2008. Dewey Library / P 96 C74 C37X 2008

If you have any other questions about crime fiction and the media, please contact our criminal justice librarian, Mary Jane Brustman, at mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu or 442-3540.

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August 11, 2010

Research on the Adirondack Park

We are fortunate here in the Capital District to be so close to the Adirondack Park. The Park is made up of 6 million acres in northern New York State and is one of the largest publicly protected areas in the U.S. The park is a popular place for camping, fishing, and hiking. There are over 3,000 lakes and ponds and 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Many residents of this area spend considerable time in the park during the summer months. If you've spent time in the Adirondacks, you may be interested to know a little bit about the public policies governing the area.

There are many efforts to protect and conserve Adirondack Park’s natural beauty. The Adirondack Park Agency (APA\) is a New York State governmental agency that acts on policy issues within the park. The goal of APA is to protect Adirondack Park through the ways of the law. The Adirondack Council is a not for profit environment group that also aims to protect the resources within the park. The Adirondack Council advocates for Adirondack Park through lobbying efforts, education, and environmental awareness. The Adirondack Council also deals with the issues of acid rain, mercury levels, and water quality. Another organization committed to protecting the nature and region of Adirondack Park is the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

The Dewey Library has many resources on public policy and governance in the Adirondacks. Please check out these resources:

Adirondack Park Agency. (1979). A Citizen’s Guide to Adirondack Park Agency Land Use Regulations. Ray Brook, N.Y.: Adirondack Park Agency.
Dewey Library / HD 243 N7 C47X

Glynn, C.J. (1987). Communication and Science Policy Decision Making: Perceptions of Adirondack Community Residents. Albany, NY: Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York.
Dewey Library / TD 196 A25 G49X 1987

Graham, F. (1984). The Adirondack Park: A Political History. New York: Syracuse University Press.
Dewey Library / F 127 A2 G83 1984

Wissel, P.A. (1986). New York’s Adirondack Park: A Study of Land Price Effects from Developmental Restriction . Albany, NY: Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York.
Dewey Library / F 127 A2 W57X 1986

If you have any questions, please contact our Public Administration and Public Policy librarian Richard Irving at rirving@uamail.albany.edu or 442-3698.

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August 9, 2010

Libraries in the 21st Century: Mobile Devices

In today’s world we can access all types of information from our mobile devices. Because of the improvements in technology, libraries are beginning to embrace the ability to access information from anywhere. In 2009 there were around 250 million wireless devices capable of receiving data in the U.S. (SLG Staff, 2010). This means that libraries have the chance to reach out to remote users who may never step inside the actual library. Many libraries now offer e-books online, allowing users to access library services from their mobile devices many miles away.

In addition to e-books there are now MOPACs or online OPACS available for mobile devices (Library Technology Report, 2008 ). Some university libraries are also using a portable version of their OPAC called the AirPAC which is designed for mobile devices. The District of Columbia Public Library has an iPhone application that allows patrons to search the OPAC, place items on hold, and view general library information (ALA Office of Information Technology Policy, 2010). Duke University also has an iPhone application (DukeMobile) for viewing many of the library’s collections (ALA Office of Information Technology Policy, 2010). With the increasing desire to stay connected at all times, these library features help libraries stay relevant in today’s world.

Here are some resources in the University Libraries about library technology:

Burke, John. (2009)Neal-Schuman library technology companion : a basic guide for library staff. New York: Neil Schuman.
Dewey Library / Z 678.9 B85 2009

Gordon, Rachel Singer. (2007) Information tomorrow : reflections on technology and the future of public and academic libraries. Medford, NJ: Information Today
Dewey Library / Z 678.9 I534 2007

ECDL 2007. (2007). Research and Advanced Technology for Libraries:11th European Conference, ECDL 2007, Budapest, Hungary, September 16-21, 2007.
Available online to UAlbany students, faculty and staff

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes, ed. (2005) Mobile learning : a handbook for educators and trainers. London:Routledge.
University Library / LB 1028.3 M63 2005

Here at the University Libraries, there is a Text a Librarian service. Simply dial 265010, start the text with ualibraries: (include the colon!), and write the message. Please note that the texting service is only available when IM Reference is available. If you have any questions about how to use your mobile device in the University Libraries, please see our texting policy or ask a librarian!

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August 4, 2010

MyMinerva Lets You Track Due Dates, See Fines

Did you know that you can check due dates of materials, renew a book you have already checked out, view fines owed, and check other matters relating to your library account without calling or visiting the library? MyMinerva allows you to do all of this from any computer with Internet access. Located within the library’s online catalog, My Minerva is your one stop shop for everything pertaining to your library account.

To access your account, first go to Minerva, the library catalog. MmMinerva is located in the top right corner of the Minerva catalog search screen. My Minerva. Enter your Net ID and Password and click Log On.


This is the sign-in box for MyMinerva

Once you have logged in to My Minerva, you will see the current status of your account. At a glance, you will be able to see the number of items that are currently checked out, how many books have been recently returned to the library, if you have placed a recall on any library materials, and the balance on your account. If you want to see more detailed information on any of these activities, simply click on the corresponding item. To renew a book that is already checked out, for example, you would click on the number next to the Loans category to see the list of books that are currently checked out. From there, click on the particular book you would like to renew, then on the next screen click Renew.

If you have any questions or need help logging in to your My Minerva account, you can stop by the Reference Desk, give us a call at 442-3691, email us through the Ask-A-Librarian service, or visit NetID's in the University Libraries for more information.

August 2, 2010

Need Help Writing Your Thesis?

If you’re working on your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, you’ll know that it requires a lot of hard work. Here at the Dewey Library, we can help ease the strain of research with our many useful sources. The following are some resources you can find at Dewey:

McShane, Marilyn. A thesis resource guide for criminology and criminal justice. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. Dewey Library / Reference HV 6024.5 M37 2008

Pyrczak, Fred. Completing your thesis or dissertation : professors share their techniques and strategies. Los Angeles, CA : Pyrczak Pub., 2000. Dewey Library / Reference LB 2369 C64X 2000

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

Becker, Howard Saul. Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007. Dewey Library H 61.8 B43 2007

Carey, Malcolm. The social work dissertation : using small-scale qualitative methodology. Maidenhead, UK: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2009. Dewey Library HV 11 C37X 2009

Krathwohl, David R. How to prepare a dissertation proposal : suggestions for students in education and the social and behavioral sciences. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2005. Dewey Library LB 2369 K723X 2005

The University Libraries also 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.
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 available for non UAlbany dissertations, but many records include the first 25 pages, and there is abstracting from 1980 to present.

It’s also possible to search dissertations in Minerva. Select the Dissertations and Theses (UA) tab and search by author, title or any combination of the two. Most theses and dissertations are available on microfilm in the University Library. Print copies of University at Albany dissertations from 1914 to the present are available in the Special Collections department, but they must be used on-site.

The guides “Writing and Presenting your Thesis, “How to Write your Thesis��?, and “Thesis Statements��? are all helpful websites.

If you need more assistance please visit the Graduate Studies Office for Dissertation Submittal Policies and Guidelines [http://www.albany.edu/gradstudies/degreecomp/d2.shtml]. For research assistance, stopping by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or make an appointment with a librarian who the Subject Specialist in your discipline.

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