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February 29, 2012

Copying and Printing @ Dewey

So, you have found a great article for your project, and now you need to print it out. No problem, we have three printers for your convenience. Black and whites printers are located on the main floor and in the quiet study area in the basement. We also have a color printer on the main floor between the flat screen TV and the new books shelf.

Want to share that great article with others in your class? We can help you there too! Copiers are located both on the main floor and downstairs in the quiet study area .

The cost of printing and copying:

Black & White: 10¢ per page
Color: 50¢ per page

Use your SUNYCard to pay for printing and copying. You can add money to your card by using the podium machine next to the reference desk. If you don’t have your card with you, you can buy a card for $1 and then add as much money as you need. The copier on the main floor takes both SUNYCards and change; all other machines only take SUNYCards.

One swipe of you SUNYCard will allow you to make 10 copies before you have to swipe again. To print, swipe your card then select the item in the print queue that corresponds to the number of your workstation.

If you have any questions about printing or copying at Dewey, just ask us. We are always here to help you!

February 28, 2012

The Debate on Social Work Research

Social work, like most academic professions, has a research component. However, many say that social work research is not rigorous enough and does not adhere to the same standards as other disciplines. Still, there are others that say there are efforts being made to improve the rigor of social work research. What do you think?

According to LeCroy in “Knowledge Building and Social Work Research: A Critical Perspective,��? in order to build social work knowledge, a critical perspective must be applied. However, LeCroy does not believe that this perspective has been understood or applied in the field of social work, weakening social work research. In “Reflections and the Need for Social Work Research,��? Howard states that there is a need for applied social work research but it is currently limited, limiting the quality of research. Pardeck and Meinert are also critics of social work research. In Lindsey’s article “Ensuring Standards in Social Work Research,��? a study done by Pardeck and Meinert found that the journal Social Work had an inadequate peer-review process. Since Social Work is the profession’s main journal, this finding is unsettling for proponents of social work research.

There are those who find social work research inadequate, but others believe it is on the right track. Although Howard said that there is a need for more applied social work research, it is also stated in “Reflections and the Need for Social Work Research��? that applied social work research is increasing in quality and quantity. In “Social Work Research: Debating the Boundaries,��? McDermott states that there are three foci within social work research. “A focus on the individual in relation to the social, a commitment to social change, and a concern with the poor and oppressed,��? are all prominent in today’s social work research and must remain so in order for the research to be effective. In a study done by Holosko in “What types of designs are we using in social work research and evaluation?��? 329 social work articles from top journals were analyzed. It was found that social work research and evaluation is based on non-research studies. However, instead of this being a hindrance to the quality of research, Holosko states that researchers must better understand the context of social work research and stop “apologizing for the designs used, and how one can and should strengthen designs to offset concerns.��? These arguments state that although social work research is different than other disciplines’ studies, it does not make it less rigorous, only different.

Do you agree with LeCroy, Howard, and Lindsey and think social work research is inadequate? Or do you think it has many valuable components and is unique because the profession is unique like Holosko and McDermott? Read the full articles available online through our databases:

Holosko, M.J. (2010). What types of designs are we using in social work research and evaluation?. Research on Social Work Practice, 20(6), 665-673.

Howard, M. (2009). Reflections and the need for social work research. Social Work Research, 33(1), 3-4.

Lindsey, D. (1999). Ensuring standards in social work research. Research on Social Work Practice, 9(1), 115-120.

McDermott, F. (1996). Social work research: debating the boundaries. Australian Social Work, 9(1), 5-10.

LeCroy, C. (2010). Knowledge building and social work research: a critical perspective. Research on Social Work Practice, 20(3), 321-324.

There are also several research methods materials available at the Dewey Library. Check out the following and form your own opinion on the standards of social work research:

Research and research methods for youth practitioners. Edited by Simon Bradford and Fin Cullen. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Dewey Library HV 1421 R458 2012 / New Books Display

Adventures in social research: data analysis using IBM SPSS statistics. Earl Babbie...[et al.]. Los Angeles: Pine Forge Press, c2011.
Dewey Library HA 32 A386X 2011

The handbook of social work research methods. Editor, Bruce Thyer. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, c2010.
Dewey Library HV 11 H342 2010

Sage handbook of mixed methods in social & behavioral research
. Edited by Abbas Tashakkori & Charles Teddlie. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, c2010.
Dewey Library Reference H 62 T244 2010

The SAGE handbook of applied social research methods
. Edited by Leonard Bickman & Debra J. Rog. Los Angeles : SAGE, c2009.
Dewey Library H 62 H24534 2009

The University Libraries also subscribe to many relevant journals. Check out Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work: Advances in Practice; Programming, Research, and Policy; Social Work Research; and Research on Social Work Practice. These journals all offer valuable and relevant material on social work research.

If you have any questions regarding social work research, please contact our social welfare bibliographer Elaine Lasda Bergman by phone at 442-3695 or email at elasdabergman@albany.edu.

February 26, 2012

Library Research Seminars 2/27/12 - 3/2/12

We are once again offering ICPSR this week and Evidence Based Practice, as well as the Introduction to Research on Nonprofit Organizations class. This class will be of interest to social welfare students who need a second elective seminar to complete their information literacy requirement.

This week’s schedule:

Monday, 2/27

7:30 pm: Introduction to ICPSR

Wednesday, 2/29
1:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice
4:30 pm: Introduction to Research on Nonprofit Organizations

You can register for a tour or session online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-369.

Dewey Seminars 2/20/12 - 2/24/12

Students this week have a couple of opportunities to learn about the ICPSR data collection. Researchers in many social science fields will find this workshop useful.

This week’s schedule:
Monday, 2/20
3:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Tuesday, 2/21
3:00 pm: Introduction to ICPSR

Thursday, 2/23
5:30 pm: Introduction to ICPSR

You can register for a seminar online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-369.

February 24, 2012

Photo of the Week

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Library Information Commons computers have extensive an extensive selection of software loaded on to them, in addition to providing access to library resources, so that you can get your work done all from one terminal.

Photo Credit: Morris Stilson

February 22, 2012

Check out Our e-book Trials!

For the month of February, the University Libraries have access to 3 e-book platforms. With University Press Scholarship Online, Ebrary, and MyiLibrary, you can access thousands of online titles. When you’re done, take a survey to let us know what you think!

University Press Scholarship Online offers over 7,000 online titles. There are 22 subjects to choose from, including social work, psychology, public health, and law. It’s possible to search by title, author, keyword, subject, and much more. You can download chapters as a PDF file and it’s easy to print and email the material you need. It’s possible to search within a book and the platform keeps track of your searches and what you’ve recently viewed. Other features include limiting by publication year, keeping track of your location in a book, and automatically exporting citations to programs such as Zotero, and Endnote.

Ebrary has similar features to University Press Scholarship Online, but the interface is different. It’s possible to browse through the designated 22 subjects, search by many different fields (author, title, etc.), keep track of your searches, and know your location in a book. It’s also possible to download e-books from Ebrary to multiple devices, including some e-readers.

MyiLibrary is another available platform with similar features but an entirely different interface. Browse through the 20 subjects, do a quick keyword search (author, title, etc.), browse by publisher, and look at new content that has been added in the past 2 weeks. There is also a section under Reference Tools that links you to non-educational but useful online resources. Like Ebrary, it is possible to transfer downloaded files to certain e-readers.

If you look at any of these platforms, don’t forget to take the survey! Did you have a favorite? The University Libraries currently have several e-books in the collection that you may also want to check out.

Questions? Call the University Library reference desk at 442-3553, email us, or visit the reference desk in person!

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February 21, 2012

New Resource for Criminal Justice Book Reviews

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books (CLCJ) is a new online book review journal put out by Rutgers University. This journal offers access to book reviews of significant books in the criminal justice field. These in-depth reviews are written by top criminal justice scholars. There are also shorter reviews written by graduate students and others with experience in the field. Whether you’re studying criminal justice, thinking about entering the field, or already practicing, CLCJ is a valuable resource.

There are no specific guidelines when it comes to the content of a review, although they prefer to publish reviews on books written in the past two years. If you would like to write a review for CLCJ, please contact the editors. This is a great way to build your curriculum vitae if you are a doctoral student! If you’re interested in receiving updates from CLCJ, you can join their listserv .

If you have any questions about the criminal justice collection at the University Libraries, or need research assistance, please contact our criminal justice bibliographer, Mary Jane Brustman, by phone at 442-3540 or by email at mbrustman@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell

February 17, 2012

Photo of the week: IT Consultant

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The ITS consultant helps a student with configuring the wireless connection on her laptop.

Photo Credit: Morris Stilson

February 15, 2012

Ask an ITS Consultant

Do you need help with computer software, printing, wireless configuration or other IT questions? Don’t panic, the Dewey ITS Consultants are here to help you. Consultants, who work for the University’s Information Technology Services, can be found in the Information Commons are of the library and provide expert assistance with all types of IT issues.

Their hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 2:00pm – 8:00 pm
Friday: 2:00pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday:2:00pm – 6:00 pm.

If you need help when the Consultants are not on duty, a library may be able to help you; but when all else fails, contact the ITS HelpDesk at 442-3700 or visit them in LC 27 on the Uptown Campus. You can also submit a request with the ITS Service Desk.

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February 12, 2012

Library Seminars: 2/13-2/17

Two offerings this week, the general Introduction to Library Databases class -- suitable for students of all disciplines, and Evidence Based Practice, which is geared towards social welfare students with a clinical practice concentration.

This week’s schedule:

Thursday, 2/16
1:00 pm: Introduction to Library Databases

Friday, 2/17
4:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice

You can register for a tour or session online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-369.

February 10, 2012

Photo of the Week

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Put money on your SUNYCard to pay for printing or photocopying, or other university expenses with our Podium Machine. Our old one was replaced this past fall, and the new one is seeing a lot of use.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

February 8, 2012

Copyright Corner: Determining Copyright Duration

The duration of copyright, although quite a long time, is not perpetual. In the United States copyright extends for the lifetime of the author plus seventy years. This makes the determination of whether a work is still protected by copyright possibly a very complicated process. Once copyright has expired, the work reverts to the public domain, where it may be copied and distributed freely without regard for the original creator.

There are a few tools to help determine copyright duration that are very easy to find on the web:

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
This chart, developed by Peter Hirtle at Cornell University, provides a way to assess an individual item using its publication status, date of publication and format. The chart helps determine what aspect of the copyright law applies and if the work is still protected by copyright.

How To Investigate Copyright Status
This pamphlet, developed by the Library of Congress Copyright Office, provides advice on searching for the status of an individual item. The Copyright Office will also search for individual items for a fee.

Search Copyright Records
This page provides a search of copyright registration records from 1978 to the current time. It also provides information to help search copyright registration records prior to 1978.

The Watch File and FOB
The Watch File database is operated jointly by the Harry Ransom Center and Reading University. It helps locate the copyright holders and managers for many literary and creative works, and may help in locating information about whether a work is still protected by copyright. The connected FOB site helps provide information regarding firms out of business, which may be among the “vanished��? copyright holders.

If you have any questions about copyright issues, please contact Lorre Smith: lsmith@albany.edu ; 437-3946. Although based at the Science Library, Lorre is here at Dewey several days each week.

February 7, 2012

The Internet Flexes Its Muscle: Blackout Derails SOPA and PIPA

In a move that was hard to miss, an estimated 50,000 websites participated in an information blackout on January 18th to protest two copyright enforcement bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), that were due to be voted on by the House and Senate respectively. With an estimated 50,000 sites and 30 million individuals participating, the protest could not be ignored. In the wake of the protests, several lawmakers withdrew support for the bills, including several bill sponsors. On January 20, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the PIPA vote would be delayed. Later that same day, SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith (R-TX) followed suit.

This protest marks the first time that internet companies have worked to together to influence the outcome of a legislative decision. Some sites imposed a complete blackout. Wikipedia, for example, shut down its English language site for 24 hours. The company estimates that 162 million people viewed the blackout site, with over 8 million U.S. users registering their protest of the bills by looking up their representative through the blackout page. Other companies continued to offer their services, opting instead to register their protest visually. Google, for example, placed a black box over its logo and provide a link to its position statement and a petition for users to sign.

Aimed at foreign sights which provide access to content pirated from U.S. companies, these bills target U.S. companies that do business with or direct traffic to these sites. Opponents fear that the bill’s fast-track judicial process will result in the complete shut-down of an accused site without the site being able to respond to the charges, raising serious questions about due process and the censorship of legitimate content. They also believe that the close monitoring of user-generated content required by the bills will overwhelm smaller companies and stifle innovation.

Major proponents of the bills, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry of America, claim that these fears are overblown. They argue for the bills’ necessity by siting the toll online piracy takes on the U.S. economy annually, an industry estimated $2.5 billion a year, a figure that has been disputed by some.

While these two bills have been effectively killed, this is not the end of the line for piracy legislation. In fact, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international treaty, has sparked protests in several European countries, including Poland and Ireland as the United Kingdom and 21 other EU countries signed the treaty on January 27. ACTA raises many of the same issues as SOPA and PIPA regarding websites and ISP’s responsibilities for user-generated content. ACTA was signed by President Obama as a “sole executive agreement,��? meaning that it does not have to be ratified by Congress to become law, leading some constitutional scholars to questions its constitutionality.

For more information on ACTA and the ongoing negotiations regarding intellectual property law, check out:

Electronic Frontier Foundation

American Library Association’s Intellectual Property Page

If you have questions about researching this or other anti-piracy legislation, please talk to Dick Irving, our Law and Public Policy bibliographer: ririving@albany.edu. To find information on how anti-piracy legislation and other copyright laws affect libraries, contact our Information Studies bibliographer, Deborah Bernnard: dbernnard@albany.edu.

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February 5, 2012

Library Workshops and Seminars 2/6-2/10

The library seminars are in full swing, and there are lots of options to choose from this week. By taking one of these seminars, you will spend less time trying to figure out how to use library databases, online journals, and other resources when you actually need them. You can dive right in and find what you need, instead of clicking around to figure how things work -- a huge timesaver!

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 2/8

1:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar
3:00 pm: Introduction to Library Databases
4:30 pm: Introduction to Federal Public Policy

Thursday, 2/9
2:00 pm: Navigating the Library's Website

Friday, 2/10
10:00 am: Introduction to Federal Public Policy

You can register for a tour or session online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-369.

February 3, 2012

Photo of the Week: Cary Gouldin

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Meet Cary Gouldin, our Sunday Reference Associate. Cary is studying to to be a librarian in the Information Studies Program here at the University at Albany. She will be teaching some of the library seminars, and providing assistance at the Dewey Reference Desk on Sunday afternoons/evenings this semester. If you see her, take the time to say hello and ask her a few questions about library research!

Photo credit: Lindsay VanBerkom

February 1, 2012

Quick, Authoritative Answers in Online Reference Collection

Sometimes you have what seems like a quick question, but you can’t find an answer by searching the world wide web. Or, the answers you find on the web conflict or somehow don’t seem right. We understand – the web is a great tool, but sometimes the results can be from questionable sources.

Of course, here at the Dewey Library and the other campus libraries, we have print reference books with many authoritative answers to those quick questions. That being said, we know that coming to the library and looking up the answer in a printed book can take a lot of time, sometimes you need the answer when the library is closed, etc. We’ve got you covered: next time you’re searching for that quick fact, check out the Libraries’ Online Reference Collection.

The Online Reference Collection contains many authoritative resources that are found in the traditional reference book section of your library. But since they are online, you now have the convenience of accessing their authoritative answers from wherever you can access the web.

In the Online Reference Collection you will find many traditional reference book categories: Almanacs , Dictionaries, Maps, and so forth. But here are some highlights that you may find particularly helpful when you’re looking for research information:

First, check out the Encyclopedias. There are some general encyclopedias but note that there is also access to the Encyclopedia of Social work, Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History, and the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral History.

Other excellent resource found on this site are our Reference e-Book Collections. These collections contain many titles that are subject specific and useful to downtown campus scholars. In particular, check out Oxford Reference Online, Sage Reference Online and Gale Virtual Reference Library. You can browse by subject in each of these collections to locate the relevant titles.

One thing that can be really complex to wade through in a general web search is statistical resources. Our Online Reference Collection provides a Statistical Sources page, which mainly provides access to government statistics but has some other reliable sources for social statistics.

Finally, we can’t forget the Style Guides. Finding the proper format for writing your paper and citing your sources is much easier with our Citation Fox http://library.albany.edu/cfox tools and other online resources providing information on all the major scholarly styles including APA, MLA, Chicago, and more.

So take some time to click around the Online Reference Collection. You may be suprised at what you find! Of course, if you have any questions about how to use these resources or you have general library questions, call us at 442-3691, stop by the Reference Desk, or Ask-a-Librarian!