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October 31, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 11/1-11/5

The beginning of the semester is a whirlwind and the end of the semester can be just as crazy. Why not take advantage of the calm before the storm to sign up for a Dewey Workshop? In a very short amount of time you can fine-tune your research skills to make sure you ace that final research project.

Monday, November 1:
3:00 PM:Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday, November 3:
3:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
6:00 PM: Introduction to ICPSR

Thursday, November 4:
4:30 PM: Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources

Friday, November 5:
11:00 AM: Introduction to EndNote

You can register for classes 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. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

October 29, 2010

Photo of the Week

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The Dewey Library offers workshops that help familiarize you with library resources, services, and database searching techniques. There are still some slots open for many workshops being offered for the remainder of the semester. Pick up a schedule at the reference desk, or check the Online Registration form.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

October 27, 2010

Access Files Anywhere Using your S: Drive

The S:drive is your personal digital storage space on the UAlbany server. When you log onto a campus computer, be sure to save files to your S:drive instead of to the computer (“My Documents��?); saving a file to the computer limits access to that computer, but saving your work to your S:drive means that you can access it anywhere.

You may be asking yourself: Why would I do that?

1) Whether you are using Microsoft Word to write a paper, Dreamweaver to create a website, or simply collecting various media for a presentation, your S:drive can be used to collect, organize, store, and remotely access your files. Because you can also upload files to your S:drive from your personal computer, the accessibility works both ways. For instance, if you are working on a school computer you can transfer files from your S:drive to your personal computer. If you complete additional work on the file using your personal computer, you can then upload the newest version of the file to your S:drive so that when you return to campus, you have the latest draft at your disposal.

2) Having digital storage space means that you can do your work from multiple locations without carrying a flash-drive or other external storage device, which are vulnerable to corruption or physical damage.

3) Speaking of corruption and physical damage, try using your S:drive as a digital back-up for all of your academic work. You would never feel the despair of a computer crash during finals week, just before that semester-long research project comes due.

4) If you are an EndNote user, you can save your library to your S:drive so that any research you complete in the Information Commons, User Rooms, or Technology Classrooms can be seamlessly accessed from your personal computer (or vice versa).

5) UAlbany libraries give you access to hardware and software that you might not have available at home. Need a color print-out for a presentation? Upload the file to your S:drive at home, then access the file on campus and use a color printer. At the main campus, the Interactive Media Center, or IMC, has a wide variety of hardware and software available for students.

Okay, you’ve convinced me, but how do I use it?
You can view detailed directions that the IMC has provided to access your S:drive remotely via SSH (Secure Shell). SSH encrypts your information, which makes your files less vulnerable to snooping when you transfer them from the school server in order to access them remotely. For more information about accessing the S:drive, you can also visit the ITS webpage called “Using Your S:Drive��?

The Dewey Library has ITS consultants on duty during the week to assist with technology problems. If you have issues with using your S: drive, drop by the Dewey Library Monday thru Thursday from 2:00pm - 8:00p, Friday from 2:00pm-5:00pm, and Sunday from 2:00pm - 6:00pm, and we'll direct you to the ITS consultant.

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October 26, 2010

Researching Police and Law Enforcement Administration

Criminal justice research can be overwhelming due to the abundance of available resources. It can also be difficult to assess the best resources for your information needs. The purpose of this blog is to assist in selecting the best resources for Police and Law Enforcement Administration.

A great place to start your research, especially for background information on your topic, is with reference materials. While they probably won’t be prominent resources cited in your paper, reference materials, such as subject encyclopedias and dictionaries, can be extremely helpful in providing foundation information on a given topic. The following are just a sampling of the reference materials available that cover our topic.

Newton, Michael. The encyclopedia of American law enforcement. New York: Facts On File, 2007. Dewey Library / Reference HV 8133 N492X 2007

Greene, Jack R. The encyclopedia of police science. New York: Routledge, 2007. Dewey Library / Reference HV 7901 E53 2007

Wakefield, Alison & Fleming, Jenny. The Sage dictionary of policing. London: SAGE, 2009. Dewey Library / Reference HV 7901 S34X 2009

Similar to reference materials, websites can be a great source of background information on a given topic. There are several quality websites that focus on police and law enforcement administration. POLICE Magazine provides police news, safety tips, and an interactive online community. Another potential source of information is a series of podcasts posted to the site which feature conversations with people in the law enforcement field.

If your research is focused on New York State, the New York State Division of State Police is a useful resource. This site provides crime prevention and safety publications that can be downloaded and viewed for free.

For more websites, check out the library's Criminal Justice Research Guide .

Once you have a firm grasp on your research topic, a search for books in the Minerva Catalog will likely be your next source of information. While you can search the catalog using general keyword search terms and likely find some success, a better search strategy would be to search using various subject headings. Every book in the catalog is tagged with one or more subject headings. If you can find the subject heading that best categorizes your research topic, the quality of the search results will be far greater as opposed to using a general keyword search. Try using the following subject headings in Minerva:

Police administration
Law enforcement
United States. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration
Criminal justice, Administration of

If it is articles that you are after, then you will want to begin your search in the Criminal Justice Periodicals Index . You can get to this database by searching for it by title in the search box on the Databases and Indexes] page, then clicking on its title. CJPI is a subject specific database, meaning that is only indexes journals that pertain to the study of criminal justice. A majority of the articles indexed in CJPI range from 1981 to present, with a few articles included that date as far back as the 1970s. Roughly one third of the journals indexed in CJPI are available full text, ranging from 1988 to present. CJPI is constantly updated on a weekly basis, so you know that you are searching the most recent and up-to-date criminal justice scholarship. For detailed information and a walkthrough on how best to search the CJPI database, please visit the Guide to Criminal Justice Periodicals Index.

For topics related to police and law enforcement, your second choice database will be Criminal Justice Abstracts . Criminal Justice Abstracts is the most comprehensive database for criminal justice and criminology generally.

NCJRS Abstracts Database (CSA version), your third choice, has many state and local studies on law enforcement. (After you graduate you may want to use the free government version of this database.)

If you have any questions or need help with research on a criminal justice topic, please contact Mary Jane Brustman, who is our bibliographer for criminal justice. She can be reached by sending an email to mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu or by calling 442-3540.

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October 25, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 10/25-10/29

Librarians can teach you tips, tricks and shortcuts to finding the best and most relevant resources for your assignments and projects. Attend one of our workshops at Dewey to learn advanced database searching and other strategies. This week we are offering the following sessions:

Monday, October 25:
4:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
5:30 PM: Introduction to ICPSR

Tuesday, October 26:
2:00 PM: Introduction to ICPSR
4:30 PM: Not-for-Profit Information Sources

Wednesday, October 20:
10:00 AM: Introduction to ICPSR
2:00 PM: Not-for Profit Information Sources

You can register for classes 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. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

October 22, 2010

Photo of the Week

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Photocopying and printing are very popular tasks in the library at this time of year.

Photo credit: Lindsay Van Berkom

October 20, 2010

Printing and Copying at the Dewey Library

This time of year, papers are coming due and printing takes on a new importance. While you may have a printer at home, there may be some documents you need to print from software that is only available on library computers, or you may need to print in color. Dewey Library has three printers to serve these needs.

The color printer is located just beyond the reference desk, near the new books and flat-screen tv. Color copies are $0.50 per page. There are two black and white printers, one on the first floor and one on the lower quiet study floor. Black and white copies are $0.10 per page.

To print from any UAlbany computer, you must make payment with a SUNYCard. If you need to add funds to your Podium account in order to print or make copies, a SUNYCard terminal is located next to the reference desk. If you are a guest at the library, you can purchase a guest card for $1.00 and then use the SUNYCard terminal to load whatever funds you require to complete your printing task.

Photocopiers are located downstairs (near the quiet study area) as well as upstairs (near the microfilms). Both photocopiers accept SUNYCard payments, but only the upstairs machine accepts coins. Copying, like black and white printing, is $0.10 per page.

When you print at Dewey, it is important to note the computer number attached with a white sticker to the computer tower that you are using. After walking to the printer, swipe your SUNYCard at the terminal located next to the printer. A list of items available to be printed will appear on the monitor, and you can select your computer number from the list in order to print the desired document(s) and charge your card.

If you have any questions about printing you can visit the library’s page about this topic or ask a librarian. We’re always happy to help!

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October 19, 2010

New Resource for IST Research

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The third and newest edition of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences can now be found at the Dewey Library (Reference Z 1006 E57 2010). It now contains seven volumes in which seventy percent of the material is new, a reflection of the many changes within the information science world. The encyclopedia covers many information disciplines, showing their similarities and differences. Among the topics covered are archival science, museum studies, information systems, and informatics. There are also featured institutions from over thirty different countries.

Library and information studies students can gain a comprehensive view of the information science world from this encyclopedia. Students can find information on different types of libraries, library services, online databases, and today’s information needs. The featured institutions from around the world will also help students gain a global perspective on library and information science issues. Although each volume focuses on different materials, all topics are connected which is true of today’s information environment.

If you have any questions about the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, please contact our bibliographer for information studies, Deborah Bernnard. She can be reached by email at dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu, or by calling 442-3699.

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October 17, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 10/18-10/22

The midterm point in the semester is here, and time to spend doing research is at a premium. Learn the most efficient ways of locating the information you need by attending one of the Dewey Library workshops. This week we are offering the following sessions:

Monday, October 18:
11:00 PM: Introduction to EndNote

Tuesday, October 19:
3:00 PM: Resources for Information Science Research

Wednesday, October 20:
2:00 PM: Not-For-Profit Organization Resources
3:30 PM: Evidence Based Practice

You can register for classes 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. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

October 15, 2010

Photo of the Week

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Here is a sample of some of our subject-specific encyclopedias. A few minutes with one of these volumes can save you precious time in your research

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

October 13, 2010

Using Subject-Specific Encyclopedias

The definition of the word “encyclopedia��? with which you are likely most familiar is one referring to a work of broad scope, aiming to provide articles on everything from aardvarks to zymurgy. These works, as for example the Encyclopædia Brittanica, can be very useful, but sometimes your research needs may be better met by a subject-specific encyclopedia, one whose scope is limited to a particular subject, discipline, or field of inquiry. The sharper focus of these encyclopedias allows them to cover their subjects with more depth: topics that might be covered by one sentence in a Britannica article on aardvarks could be the basis of whole detailed articles in The Encyclopedia of Aardvarks and Anteaters. Although that particular title is unfortunately not in our collection, the Dewey Library does have many subject-specific encyclopedias that would be of interest to the Downtown UAlbany community. Some are available online, some in print copies, and some in both formats, but all can be good sources for collecting information on a topic, or simply for browsing through to learn more about your field and decide on future directions for your research.

The list below gives just some examples of subject-specific encyclopedias in our print and online collections. To find others appropriate to your specific needs, try searching Minerva, the library’s catalog, reachable through the UAlbany libraries’ homepage. Just enter “encyclopedia��? and (for example) “criminal justice��? in Minerva’s search box and your list of results will tell you where to find print materials or allow you to click through to online encyclopedias (if you’re using an off-campus computer, you may need to enter your UAlbany ID and password for access to online materials). Note that generally Dewey’s encyclopedias will be on the Reference shelves in the center of the first floor, and that they are not circulating items.

Criminal Justice:
Dressler, J., ed. (2002) Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. New York: Macmillan Reference, USA.
Dewey Reference HV 6017 E52 2002
Also available online.

Sullivan, L., ed. (2005) Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
Dewey Reference HV 7921 E53 2005

Library and Information Studies:
Bates, M., ed. (2010) Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.
Dewey Reference Z 1006 E57 2010

Wiegand, W. and Davis, D., eds. (1994) Encyclopedia of Library History. New York: Garland Publishers.
Dewey Reference Z 721 E54 1994

Public Administration and Policy:
Jackson, B. (1999) Encyclopedia of American Public Policy. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
Dewey Reference JK 468 P64 J33 1999

Schultz, D., ed. (2004) Encyclopedia of Public Administration & Public Policy. New York: Facts on File.
Dewey Reference JK 9 E526 2004

Social Welfare:
Herrick, J. and Stuart, P., eds. (2005) Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
Dewey Reference HV 12 E497 2005

Mizrahi, T. and Davis, L., eds. (2008) Encyclopedia of Social Work. Washington, DC: NASW Press.
Dewey Reference HV 12 E53 2008
Also available online.

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October 12, 2010

Researching Populist Movements

Populist movements appear several times throughout our nation’s history, typically under the guise of a “Populist party��? or “People’s party.��? Examples include the agrarian Populist party, considered to be the originator of populism in our country (active 1891-1908); the People’s party of 1971, which focused on decreasing the defense budget in favor of increased spending on social programs like universal health care (Political Parties in America, 2001); and the Tea Party of today. The specific political agenda of each movement has varied according to the sociopolitical climate of its times, but populist movements typically consider themselves to be under-represented by the political leaders of their times and respond with a grassroots approach to reform.

To learn more about the variety of populist movements in our country, you may want to check out the encyclopedia mentioned above at the Dewey Library (Reference, JK 2261 P636 2001) or one of the other public policy or political science encyclopedias available there, such as:

Nagel, S.S. (Ed.). (1994). Encyclopedia of policy studies (2nd ed.). New York: M. Dekker.
Dewey Library: Reference, H 97 E6 1994

Peters, B.G. and Pierre, J. (Eds.) (2006). Handbook of public policy. London; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication.
Dewey Library: Reference, H 97 H3582 2006

Plano, J.C. and Greenberg, M. (Eds.). (1997). The American political dictionary (10th ed.). Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers.
Dewey Library: Reference, JK 9 P55 1997
University Library: JK 9 P55 1997

Safire, W. (2008). Safire’s political dictionary. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
Dewey Library: Reference, JK 9 S2 2008

Additional recommended reading includes:

Adam, A. J. and Gaither, G. H. (2004). Black populism in the United States: An annotated
. Westport, CT: Praeger.
University Library: E 185.6 Z999 A33 2004

Berman, D.R. (2007). Radicalism in the mountain West, 1890-1920: Socialists, populists,
miners, and Wobblies.
Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
University Library: HN 49 R33 B47 2007

Formisano, R. P. (2008). For the people: American populist movements from the Revolution
to the 1850s.
Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.
University Library: E 302.1 F67 2008

Lee, H. (2010). The next American Civil War: The populist revolt against the liberal elite. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
University Library: JC 559 U5 H37 2010

Panizza, F. (Ed.). (2005). Populism and the mirror of democracy. London; New York: Verso.
University Library: JC 423 P5868 2005

Piott, S. L. (Ed.). (2006). American reformers, 1870-1920: Progressives in word and deed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
University Library: E 663 A47 2006

Taggart, P. (2000). Populism. Buckingham; Philadelphia: Open University Press.
University Library: JC 423 T252 2000

There are many print resources available beyond those listed above. To search Minerva for additional UAlbany resources on this topic, following are several relevant Library of Congress subject headings (which can be copied from below and then entered into the main Minerva search screen):

Populism -- United States.
Populism -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Populism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Populism -- West (U.S.) -- History.
Populism -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Farmers -- Political activity -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Working class -- Political activity -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.

Finally, information about particular US populist movements can be found through UAlbany’s databases and also online:

Farmers, the Populist Party, and Mississippi (1870-1900) (Mississippi Historical Society)

Excerpt from ''People's Party Platform,"' Omaha 1892. (W. W. Norton)

Reform and the Pacific Northwest, 1880-1920 (University of Washington)

Tea Party Political Hotsheet

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October 10, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 10/11-10/15

Have you signed up for one of the Dewey Workshops yet? Spending an hour in one of these sessions can save you valuable time when you are feeling the "crunch" of due dates for projects and research papers (only a few weeks away)!

Monday, October 11:
4:00 PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

Tuesday, October 12:
10:00 AM: Evidence Based Practice
4:30 PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

Wednesday, October 13:
3:00 PM: Introduction to Research Databases

Thursday, October 14:
4:30 PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

You can register for classes 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. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

October 8, 2010

Photo of the Week


Autumn is here! At least it stopped raining...

photo credit: Morris Stilson

October 6, 2010

Database Interfaces: Introduction to CSA

Introduction to the what, now? Even if the name is unfamiliar, if you’ve found journal articles or other sources using the online databases offered through UAlbany libraries, you may already have used the CSA Database Interface. (Fun fact: CSA stands for Cambridge Scientific Abstracts.) Several of the online databases most relevant to the Downtown Campus community use this interface: CSA Worldwide Political Abstracts, National Criminal Justice Reference Service, LISA [Library and Information Science Abstracts], PAIS International [Public Affairs Information Service], and Social Services Abstracts.) Knowing how use the CSA Interface’s advanced search techniques will greatly increase your success at finding resources that match your research interests.

Searching with the CSA Interface

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When you choose one of the databases listed above from the UAlbany libraries’ Databases and Indexes page you are presented with a screen that looks like the one above. (When you’re not already logged-in to a library computer you’ll be asked for your UAlbany ID and password.)

For now, let’s focus on the series of nine empty boxes and discover how to talk to the database. (The picture above shows the page for the LISA database, but these techniques apply to any using the CSA Interface.) Notice that in each row of boxes there’s an “or��? between them. When you enter terms into these boxes, the computer will search the database for items that contain any or all of the words you enter. One useful way to think about this is to put synonyms or like terms in the boxes with “or��? between them. If you’re doing research on 20th and 21st century Russia, for example, you might put “Russia��? into one box, and “USSR��? into the adjacent one. That way, you’ll get back a more robust result list encompassing articles which use either term. The default setting is for the system to search “Anywhere,��? but the drop-down menu to the right of the search boxes allows you to specify if, for example, you only want items returned that mention “Russia,��? “USSR,��? or both in the title of the work.

Now let’s suppose that you’re specifically looking for articles on censorship in Russian/Soviet libraries. Notice that the next two rows of search boxes have “and��? next to them. If I fill out the search grid as follows as in the picture below, the search will return resources that must contain the words “libraries��? and “censorship��? and either or both of “Russia��? and “USSR.��?

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Using “Wildcards��?
Another neat technique for searching using the CSA Interface is using the so-called “wildcard��? symbols: * (asterisk) and ? (question mark). These work in similar but importantly distinct ways to allow searches in which part of a word is not explicitly stated. The first of these symbols can be used to stand for zero, one, or more character(s) that are left unspecified. For example, entering “Japan*��? as a search term will return results for resources containing the words “Japan,��? “Japanese,��? “Japanophobia,��? and so on. The asterisk symbol can also be used in the middle of a term. For example, entering “lab*r movement��? as a search term will ensure that both the American English spelling of “labor��? and the Anglo-English “labour��? are included in the returned results. Note that only one asterisk is necessary and can stand for any number of additional characters (including zero). If you know the number of characters you want your wildcard symbol to stand for, that’s where the question mark comes in. For example, you might enter “wom?n��? as a search term. This will only give you results that contain words with one letter in the wildcard position, so your returned resources may contain “woman��? or “women,��? but not, say, “wombatplan.��? The same principle holds for using more than one question mark; thus searching using the term “theat??��? will return results including “theatre��? or “theater,��? but not “theatricality��? or “theat.��? (The latter word, by the way, refers to a rope or chain connecting a horse to a plow.)

Using Proximity Indicators
Proximity indicators are a means of further refining your search terms in order to increase the relevance of the returned resources, this time by defining the closeness of two words to each other as they appear in the given document. Without having stated so at the time, we actually employed a simple but powerful proximity indicator above when we created the search term “lab*r movement.��? We’ve already seen what the asterisk means in that search term, but by putting the two words in that order into one search box, we are employing the “no operator��? proximity indicator, which simply means that we only want documents returned if they contain those two words immediately adjacent to one another, and only in that order. A resource that contained the phrase “movement for the emancipation of labor,��? then, would be excluded from the list. There are four other proximity indicators available to users of the CSA Interface: before, after, within, and near. To use these indicators, just place them between your two search terms.

Before: As one might expect, the “before��? operator tells the interface that the first word entered must be before the second where it appears in a document selected for the results list, but unlike in the “no operator��? example above, adjacency is not required. A search for “apples before oranges,��? then, would include results containing phrases like “apples, oranges, and migrant labor��? or “apples as a symbol of oranges in lyric poetry,��? but not “oranges and apples ring the bells of St. Krappel’s.��? (Remember that you can use the drop down menus to further specify that your search terms must appear in the title, the abstract, etc.)

After: The “after��? operator is just the inverse of the “before��? operator. Adjacency is still not required for a valid match. A search for “apples after oranges��? would return the last example in the paragraph above, but not the first two.

Near: Use of the “near��? operator tells the CSA Interface that your two terms must appear, in either order, within ten words of one another.

Within: The “within��? operator is similar to “near,��? but instead of assuming that only ten words may separate your terms, you specify your own number. Thus, a search for “welfare within 3 reform��? will return results in which the two terms appear within three words of one another, in either order.

Further Refinement: Limiting Your Results
Once you’ve employed the above techniques and find yourself with a list of resources that match your search parameters, you may want to further winnow down your results depending on your particular requirements.

Although the databases you access through the CSA Interface contain a variety of resource types, you may want to limit your results to articles in peer-reviewed journals, those publications in which published articles undergo evaluation from people considered experts in a given field before being accepted for publication. In the list above, you can see that although twenty-four records were returned after our search, only ten of them are from peer-reviewed journals. Simply click on the appropriate tab to display only those records that originate from these journals.

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Another way you may wish to pare down your initial post-searching list is by limiting the date range of the resources in your list. You may wish only to look at the most recent work on a subject, or contrariwise you might be researching what those in your field were thinking about in the 1980s. The “Date Range��? drop-down menus in the image below (which appears at the bottom of your page of search results) allows you to specify the chronology of your results.

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Reviewing and Combining Searches
Okay! You’ve been searching, deploying wildcards and proximity indicators left and right, refining results lists and pondering peer-review for hours. Do not fear, for the CSA Interface has been quietly keeping a record of all your searches so you can go back and review all your results. Just click on the “Search History��? link in the upper right corner, and you’ll be given a numbered list of your search sessions like the one below.

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From this page you can edit or review any individual search performed since the beginning of your session. Furthermore, using the “Combine��? button you can merge different searches into one result list. Just click the check boxes next to the searches you wish to comingle. Note that if you click the AND button before you combine searches, only those results that match the criteria of all the selected searches will be retained in the new list. Use the OR button to combine results that match any of the criterion-sets of your original searches.

Happy Searching!
If you’ve come this far you’ve learned a lot about advanced searching techniques using the CSA Database Interface, but as you mouse your way around you’ll discover terms and techniques beyond the scope of this introduction. Don’t be afraid to try things out! Remember, the CSA Interface is keeping all your searches safe during your session, so you can always go back if you find yourself at a dead end. And don’t forget that Dewey’s Reference services can be your light in the darkness if your search feels more like a stumble. If you need further help, ask at the Reference desk, use the handy IM “Ask a Librarian��? feature on Dewey’s homepage, or use the Ask a Librarian E-mail service. One final word of advice: even if you aren’t going to start working in earnest on a given assignment or project right away, start your search for information sources early and you’ll have access not just to the wealth of materials instantly available online in full text for printing out and taking home that day, and not just to the circulating and noncirculating print holdings at Dewey, but to a whole other universe of materials through UAlbany library services such as Interlibrary Loan and UA Delivery. These requests may take some time to fulfill, but if you start your research early enough ILL and UA Delivery can work miracles and give you access to the perfect sources for your paper or project.

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October 5, 2010

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In October of 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence held its first annual “Day of Unity��? in order to raise awareness of the horrors of domestic violence. In October of 1987, the NCADV broadened the scope of the annual event and proclaimed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 1989, the United States Congress lent the imprimatur of the Federal Government to October’s designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Although estimates of the prevalence of domestic violence in the United States vary, a 2000 study cited by the American Bar Association has it that “Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.��?

A 1990 article from the Journal of the American Medical Association highlighted women’s vulnerability to domestic violence, calling it “the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more common than automobile accidents, muggings, and cancer deaths combined.��?

Throughout the month of October, the Dewey Library will feature an informational display on the resources we offer for students researching domestic violence (in the glass display case near the front door). The materials on display will be accompanied by a bibliography listing books, journal articles, and websites available to Dewey’s patrons. Included will be materials appropriate for students in the Criminal Justice, Social Welfare, and Public Administration and Policy programs, as well as information sources for anyone with an interest in the problem of Domestic Violence and how to fight it. Be sure to check out the display and feel free to take one of the bibliographies to aid you in your research at the Dewey Library.

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October 3, 2010

Dewey Workshops 10/4-10/8

Get a leg up on your upcoming research papers and sign up for a free workshop at Dewey today. These workshops will help you become familiar with the library resources that pertain to your area of research, which will allow you to conduct your research more efficiently and save you time when you need to work on any future research projects and papers.

Tuesday, October 5:
4:00 PM: Introduction to EndNote

Wednesday, October 6:
4:30 PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

Thursday, October 7:
9:00 AM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
11:00 AM: Finding Information Online

You can register for classes 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. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

October 1, 2010

Photo of the Week

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Staff member Lindsay Van Berkom checks in some returned books for a student. The Ph.D. Due date was earlier this week. Contact the Circulation Desk at 332-3693 with any questions about the due dates of materials you have borrowed.

Photo credit:Morris Stilson