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November 30, 2011

Cite Sources with the Help of the University Libraries!

Citing sources can be a very confusing and time consuming process. Luckily for you, the University Libraries have several guides on how to cite sources. Our new resource, Citation Fox, offers several MLA and APA citation examples. Find out how to cite books, government publications, journal articles, online sources, and much more. The University Libraries have also put together APA Style Guide APA Guide to Electronic References , and MLA Style Guide . Our citation page provides online links to the American Sociological Association Style guide and the Chicago Manual of Style. These online resources will help save you time when you need it most.

If you’re at the library, you may want to use a book to guide you through the citation process. Check out these up-to-date citation manuals:
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c2010. Dewey Library Reference BF 76.7 P83 2010

MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing. New York: Modern Language Association of America, c2008. Dewey Library Reference PN 147 G444 2008

American Sociological Association. Style guide /American Sociological Association. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association, c2007. University Library Reference HM 73 A437X 2007

The Chicago manual of style. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, c2010.
University Library Reference Z 253 U69 2010

The bluebook: a uniform system of citation. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Law Review Association, 2010.
Dewey Library Reference KF 246 U54X 19th ed. (2010)

If you’re curious about when you should cite sources, the University Libraries has put together an online page called When and Why to Cite Sources. Here you will learn about plagiarism, why you should cite sources, when to cite, and how. This is an excellent resource with several examples that will help clear up any questions you have about citing sources.

There are also citation generators that can help you. EndNote and Zotero are popular ways to manage bibliographies. Both EndNote and Zotero allow you to organize and store citations in addition to actually generating a citation list. However, it is important to review any citation created by a citation generator to make sure the information is accurate. For a full list of citation generators please look at our Guide to Citation Generators .

If you have any questions about citing your sources you can always ask a librarian at the reference desk, email us at dewref@albany.edu, or call 442-3691.

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November 29, 2011

The Department of Energy as the Oops Agency

If you watch the news then you probably know about Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s oops moment. When trying to list the three government agencies he would eliminate as president, Perry managed to list the Department of Education and the Department of Commerce but forgot the third agency. If the words Department of Energy had come to mind this infamous moment wouldn’t have happened. This post will give you a better understanding of the Department of Energy including the current controversies surrounding the agency. The Department of Energy was created in the late 1970s when President Jimmy Carter signed the Department of Energy Organization Act. This agency is in charge of our nation’s nuclear power, promotes energy related research, and is an advocate for reliable and sustainable energy. This is a large agency with many programs and operations. An organizational chart outlining the Department of Energy’s many facets can be found on page 205 of The United States Government Manual[Dewey Reference JK 421 A3 2009/2010]. This chart will give you a better understanding of the Department of Energy’s complexities. Other titles available at the Dewey Library are Government Agencies[Dewey Reference JK 421 G65 198] and Federal Regulatory Directory[Dewey Reference JK 901 F28]. These reference materials have in-depth information on the Department of Energy and clearly outline the agency and its many functions. The Department of Energy has made its own recent headlines and they aren’t connected to Rick Perry. On November 12th the Washington Post published the article “As Solyndra Fell, Chu Failed to Sound Alarm.��? This article talks about the $535 million federal loan that was given to Solyndra before it went bankrupt. The Department of Energy supported Solyndra even though the company had many financial problems. Many people are now questioning the Department of Energy’s financial backing of the now out-of-business company and change within the agency seems inevitable. On November 15th the New York Times published the article “Report Calls for Broad Restructuring of Energy Department. The Department of Energy is criticized for supporting Solyndra and sheds light on a possible restructuring of the entire agency. These changes are being debated by government officials and politicians, including those running for president. It is possible to find congressional hearings on this same subject by searching Congressional Research Service Reports (GalleryWatch CRS Reports) in our Library Databases. People may eventually forget Rick Perry’s blunder but with a presidential election just around the corner, it is obvious that the issues regarding the Department of Energy will be a popular topic of conversation. If you have any questions about how to find additional resources on the Department of Energy, please contact our bibliographer for Political Science and Public Administration & Policy, Richard Irving. You can email him at rirving@albany.edu or give him a call at (518) 442-3698. Blog post created by Katherine Farrell

November 27, 2011

Dewey Instructional Sessions 11/28-12/2

It’s crunch time! Save some time by learning how to effectively use our EDiscover database or fulfill your Social Welfare Research Seminar requirement.

Tuesday 11/29
2:30 pm: eDiscover

Wednesday 11/30
1:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online , in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


The Dewey Graduate Library will be closed on Thursday November 24 and Friday November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Library will reopen for regular hours on Saturday November 26.

November 20, 2011

Dewey Workshops 11/21-11/25

Because of Thanksgiving break we are only offering the workshop Evidence Based Practice this week. Fulfill your advanced research seminar requirement before filling up on turkey!

Tuesday 11/22
10 am: Evidence Based Practice

If you’d like to sign up for this instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

November 18, 2011

Photo of the Week


Cold and flu season is upon us. Make sure you wash and dry your hands frequently, or utilize the hand sanitizer stations in the University Libraries.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

November 16, 2011

Staying Healthy During the End of the Semester

Well it’s that time of year again, no not the time of years when the leaves begin to turn and apples come in season. It’s the time of year when the flu begins to rear its ugly head and conspires to ruin the end of your semester. Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Flu can cause a range of symptoms and effects, from mild to serious. Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at high risk for serious complications. Flu symptoms may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. Annual outbreaks of the seasonal flu usually occur during the late fall through early spring. Most people have natural immunity, and a seasonal flu vaccine is available. In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the Flu.

Now that you have read all of the scary statistics, here are a few helpful tips on preventing the flu here on campus and at home.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
•Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• Stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100°F or 37.8°C) or signs of a fever.
•While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Also here are a few websites and some of their features that will help you through the flu season, check them out and be prepared!
•U.S. Government Flu Page - This is your one stop shop for all things Flu related. It has information on prevention as well as a GPS vaccine finder if you are interested.

CDC Flu Page - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has great information flu prevention and safety along with statistical and historical information on the flu.

WebMD Flu Page - This page offers information as well as surveys and discussion boards on the flu and flu prevention.

We here at the library want to make sure you are well equipped to meet the flu head-on this season. Take a look at a few of these sources and make sure to use the hand sanitizer station located in Dewey across from the circulation desk. As always make sure to consult a medical professional with any major flu related concerns.

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

November 15, 2011

Getting Started on Social Welfare Policy Research

Research in social welfare policy requires a multi-disciplinary approach that draws sources from both the social welfare and Public Policy fields. Fortunately, Dewey Library has a plethora of materials in both.

Reference materials are always a good place to start your research because they give you a quick overview of a topic and help you find keywords that can be used during your search process. The Encyclopedia of Social Work (Dewey Reference HV 12 E53 2008 and also online) is a four volume encyclopedia that provides an overview of more than 400 social welfare topics and definitions. Each article details a topic’s background, scope and issues and includes a useful bibliography. The Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare (Call Number: Dewey Library Reference HV 40 C635 2008), also a four volume set, provides an overview of the social work field. The fourth volume focuses on social policy and policy practice and provides a substantive overview of the issues.

A number of books on social welfare policy have recently been added to the Libraries’ collection, including:

• Welfare, by Mary Daly (Call Number: Dewey HV 51 D36 2011)

• Gender and Welfare in Mexico: The Consolidation of a Postrevolutionary State, by Nichole Sanders (Call Number: University Library HN 117 S26 2011)

• Social Policy for Children and Families: A Risk and Resilience Perspective, edited by Jeffrey M. Jenson and Mark W. Fraser (Call Number: Dewey HV 741 S623 2011)

• Analyzing Social Policy: Multiple Perspectives for Critically Understanding and Evaluating Policy, by Mary Katherine O’Connor and F. Ellen Netting (Call Number: Dewey HN 17.5 O26 2011)

More books can be found by searching Minerva our online catalog.

Once you have an overview of your topic, you can search for journal articles, research reports, statues and regulations in the Libraries’ extensive collection of databases. Some of the most useful databases for social welfare policy research are listed below.

Westlaw provides access to over 800 law reviews and journals, all federal and state cases including U.S. Supreme Court cases, statutes from all 50 states and D.C. and administrative codes from all 44 states, the full body of federal administrative regulations, and over 50,000 pages of current regulatory, administrative, and executive materials generated by key federal entities. It also provides access to newspapers, magazines, newswires and local and nationals broadcast transcripts.

LexisNexis Academic provides access to over 10,000 news, business, and legal sources, including national and international newspapers, law review articles, the federal register, federal codes, statutes and regulations. It also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789 which tracks all references and treatments of the case as well as if it has been overturned.

ProQuest Congressional provides access to a comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information, including the full text of congressional publications, finding aids, a bill tracking service, and the full text of public laws and other research materials.

PAIS International provides references to books, journal articles, government documents, and privately published research reports on almost any topic that has a public affairs dimension both in the US and internationally. Coverage begins with 1972 but the PAIS Archive extends coverage back to 1915.

Social Work Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

There are a variety of internet resources that are of use to the social work policy researcher. The websites of federal agencies National Institute on the Aging, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offer a wealth of information.

The website regulations.gov[ has a searchable database of regulations from almost 300 federal agencies, including the Administration for Children and Families, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Prisons Bureau. Through the site, users can comment on a regulation, set up email alerts or an RSS feed by agency, and submit an application, petition or adjudication document.

The Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI), a think tank established within the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation, researches a variety of issues relating to social work and policy. The Maxwell School Center for Policy and Research at Syracuse University conducts a broad range of interdisciplinary related to public policy, including social welfare. The Center publishes a variety of working papers and policy briefs on their website.

More information on resources in social welfare can be found on the Social Welfare LibGuides . Public Policy research resources and tips can be found on the Public Administration and Policy LibGuides . In addition, you can stop by the Reference Desk for some one-on-one assistance.

November 13, 2011

Dewey Workshops 11/14-11/18

Once again we are offering the workshops Introduction to Research Databases, Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology, and University Libraries’ Website. Come and take advantage of these free workshops!
Tuesday 11/15
2:30 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

Wednesday 11/16
2:00 pm: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology
3:30 pm: University Libraries’ Website

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

November 9, 2011

Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter!

Everywhere you look these days, you see people madly typing away on their laptops and mobile phones. What can they possibly be doing? They may claim to be writing the great American novel, but chances are they are actually on a social networking site.

While we agree with your mother that you shouldn’t jump off a cliff just because your friends do, we think that they may have the right idea when it comes to social networking.

According to a 2011 Pew Research Center survey, 26% of all American online adults use social networking sites. Of those adults, a whopping 92% are Facebook users. If you are part of that 92%, like the University Libraries’ Facebook page for information on workshops, events, research tips, and fun facts. You can even search the Libraries’ catalogue and get research assistance from a librarian directly from the page.

While still not as popular as Facebook, Twitter continues to gain followers at a rapid pace. According to the Pew Survay, as of May, 13% of online adults in the US Tweet, up from last year’s 8%. Tweeting Danes can follow Dewey Library (@UAlbanyDeweyLib) for updates on the Library’s activities, workshops and blog posts.

Give it a try… it won’t hurt nearly as much as jumping off a cliff.

For more information on connecting to the UA Libraries on Facebook and Twitter, drop by the reference desk, call us at 442-3691, or email dewref@albany.edu.

November 8, 2011

Open Book New York

Open Book New York is an online resource provided by the State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office. This resource provides information on where government money is being spent. Information on stimulus spending, state agency spending, state contracts, and local government spending are all available online. Our New York State Government Information Guide] has a link to Open Book New York as well as other state government resources.

Open Book New York makes it possible to track federal stimulus money. A pie chart is provided, illustrating where funds are allocated. It is possible to click on each section of the pie for more detailed information on stimulus spending. There is also a search box that allows you to search for individual organizations and programs and how they’re spending federal stimulus money. A link to state contracts that have been approved with stimulus money is provided underneath the search box. This data is updated on a daily basis.

There is a tab specifically for searching state agency spending. Here you can select from a list of agencies or search them all, specify fiscal year, and select a time increment or time period. Once you’ve selected what you want, you can view the disbursement amounts of the spending categories within the agency. This information is updated monthly.

Data on state contracts is updated daily. You can search by state agency, state authority, and vendor when looking for who is doing business with the state. Contract amounts, spending to date, contract description, and start and end dates are all available online. There is also an advanced feature that allows you to further limit your search to a time period, type of contract, and spending amount.

It is also possible to search local government spending. There are two types of reports that can be generated from this site. A trend report will provide data on one municipality and a comparison report will compare data of four parts of local government. If you select the trend report you can view data from up to six different years, the earliest year being 1996. A comparison report will let you select and compare four different cities, counties, towns, villages, etc. Both reports provide data on revenues and expenditures. This data is updated annually.

For more information on how to use Open New York, there is an online tutorial on the website’s main page . You can also contact our government documents librarian Cathy Dwyer by email [cdwyer@albany.edu] or phone 442-3549.

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November 6, 2011

Dewey Instructional Sessions 11/7-11/11

The workshops Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources and the Social Welfare Research Seminar are once again being offered this week. Sign up before the end of the semester!

Monday 11/7
4:30 pm: Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources

Tuesday 11/8
10 am: Social Welfare Research Seminar

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

November 4, 2011

Photo of the Week

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Check with a librarian to see what other new titles we may have in our reference collection!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

November 2, 2011

What's New In Reference?

When someone mentions a reference collection to you, do you think of an old set of Encyclopedia Britannica or the World Book? Well, you my friend are in for a big surprise, because here at the Dewey Library there are always new, interesting, and helpful titles being added to the reference collection! Prove it, you say? That is exactly what I aim to do in this post. Below you will find some of the newest additions to the Dewey reference collection; they cover various subjects and will no doubt be useful to you for simple and even advanced research needs.

A.L.A. Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference
(DEWEY REF R 118.4 U6 A43 2011)

Another in the long line of ALA reference guides, this book provides resources related to medical and health reference. It is divided into chapters on various aspects of the medical filed and within these chapters it provides annotated lists of print and electronic resources related to the medical field. This text even covers internet resources as well as collections of digital images. The book does focus on the United States primarily, but does highlight some international resources. This will be of great use to IST students.

Criminal Law 2008/2009
(DEWEY REF KD 7869 C69 2009)

This book covers the precise wording of the British Acts of Parliament and is written for use in course study and exam use. This is the newest update in this series and covers the most current legislation in the United Kingdom’s parliament. It eliminates the need to cross-reference amendments by offering consolidated amendments within the unnanotated acts. It also includes a highly detailed index and comprehensive detail listings that makes for easy research and navigation.

Routledge Handbook of International Criminology
(DEWEY REF HV 6025 R68 2011)

This resource is a collection of the latest research and findings from scholars all around the globe, and gives new and interesting perspectives on criminology. The book is divided into three sections covering the diverse field of criminology; these sections are international crime, transnational crime, and national crime. Within these sections there are chapters followed by questions created to insight discussion and reflection on the theories and issues raised in the preceding chapter. This is an excellent resource for both graduate and undergraduate students that gives a global look into the subject of criminology.

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency
(DEWEY REF JK 511 E53 2010)

This is the most up to date and comprehensive text on the office of the president, and offers entries on every president in U.S. history. Set up in a classic encyclopedia style with entries such as bully pulpit, oval office, and veto power. This book covers not only the executive branch but its relationship with other branches of government, elections, and even includes high quality digital images. Appendix material in this book includes images, chronology, and a guide to the offices of the White House. This is a great first start for scholars and even casual readers to begin your inquiry on the office of the presidency.

So go ahead and check out some of these new reference items, and keep an eye out for more new reference material in the future. If you have any questions about locating basic reference works for your subject, stop by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or email us at dewref@albany.edu.

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November 1, 2011

Researching Juvenile Literature

For information studies students interested in becoming a library media specialist or children’s librarian, stop by the library! The University Libraries have an extensive children’s collection geared toward future juvenile librarians. Books, reference titles, journals, and children’s novels will all help you better understand the world of children’s literature and help you become a better librarian.

There are several books on children’s literature and librarians that can be checked out at the library including:

Using children's literature across the curriculum: a handbook of instructional strategies. Catherine M. O'Callaghan. Boston : Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, c2011.
University Library LB 1573 U85 2011

From cover to cover: evaluating and reviewing children's books. Kathleen T. Horning. New York: Collins, c2010.
Dewey Library PN 98 B7 H67 2010

New directions in picturebook research. Teresa Colomer. New York : Routledge, 2010.
Dewey Library PN 1009 A1 N39 2010

Telling children’s stories: narrative theory and children’s literature. Mike Cadden. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c2010.
Dewey Library PN 1009 A1 T445 2010

There are also several reference resources that are relevant:

Guide to reference materials for school library media centers. Barbara Ripp Safford. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, c2010.
Dewey Library Reference Z 1037.1 W95 2010

Best books for middle school and junior high readers: grades 6-9. Catherine Barr and John T. Gillespie. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2009.
Dewey Library Reference Z 1037 G482 2009

Popular series fiction for K-6 readers: a reading and selection guide. Rebecca L. Thomas and Catherine Barr. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2009.
Dewey Library Reference Z 1037 T4654 2009

If you want the latest on libraries and children’s literature, you may want to check out one of the following journals. These journals have up-to-date articles relevant to the field:

Children & Libraries. Chicago, Ill.: American Library Association.
Online Periodical: Z 718.1 C46 WWW
Children's Literature Association Quarterly. [Winnipeg, Man., Canada]: The Association. Online Periodical: PN 1008.2 C48 WWW
Children's Literature in Education. [New York, etc., Agathon Press, etc.]
Online Periodical: Z 1037 A1 C5 WWW

If you want to be a children’s librarian it’s also a good idea to read children’s literature for fun. This will give you a better understanding of the genre and will help you connect with kids when talking about books. The University Library at the uptown campus has an extensive juvenile collection. Check out these titles that are being read by kids today:

Redwall. Brian Jacques. New York: Philomel Books, c1986.
University Library Juvenile Y J19 R4

The Sea of trolls. Nancy Farmer. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2004.
University Library Juvenile Y F2335 S43 2004

Diary of a wimpy kid: Greg Heffley’s journal. Jeff Kinney. New York: Amulet Books, c2007.
University Library Juvenile Y K558 D53 2007

Babymouse: queen of the world
. Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm. New York: Random House Children's Books, c2005.
University Library Juvenile Y H7475 B33 2005

To see the new juvenile titles at the library, visit our New Titles tab in Minerva. It’s possible to subscribe to the RSS feed so you will be aware of new titles when they arrive at the library.

If you have any questions regarding our juvenile collection, please contact our information studies librarian Deborah Bernnard by email at dbernnard@albany.edu or call 442-3699.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell