Thursday, January 28, 2010

Use EThOS to access Theses from the UK


The aim of EThOS is to offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education

The database contains 250,000+ records. It allows download of an increasing number of electronic and digitized theses direct to the desktop.

Texas Glamour: Les Wilk Designs



Sarah Whittington from the TWU Libraries' Woman's Collection staff just completed a new digital collection entitled: Texas Glamour: Les Wilk Designs. Your will find a history behind this Dallas designer and digital images of his original designs during the 1970-80s.
http://twudigital.cdmhost.com/index.php


--Dawn Letson

Libraries and Publishers Offer Support For Haiti

Libraries and publishers are providing free access to full text medical resources online to support libraries and hospitals affected by the Haiti earthquakes. Healthcare personnel responding to the disaster can also access over 200 biomedical journals and 30 emergency medicine and other medical reference books in this Emergency Access Initiative described at http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/

"The Initiative, established originally for US libraries impacted by disasters, has been expanded to include Haiti and is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the Association of American Publishers Professional & Scholarly Publishing division, and these publishers: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Physicians, BMJ, Elsevier, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, Oxford University Press, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer."


-Marilyn Goff

Monday, January 25, 2010

Doing Research: Tutorials


Doing Research: Tutorials

For Spring 2010 the TWU Libraries have added two
new sessions
Finding Books and Journal Articles and
The Internet for College Students to our set of Doing Research: Tutorials.


Plagiarism Tutorial Avoiding Plagiarism



What information does this tutorial cover? Plagiarism is a huge concern on all college campuses, and because of this, many of our faculty are making it mandatory for their students to view this tutorial. This tutorial defines plagiarism, goes into further detail about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, and also covers citation methods and RefWorks. Consequences of plagiarism are depicted humorously in one section using graphics, and then discussed more seriously in another section that features members of the TWU faculty and the Vice President of Student Life. There are questions throughout the tutorial, as well as a final test. The final test is automatically scored as soon as you submit your answers. A copy of your final test results will be emailed to you, and you have the option to automatically email a copy to your professor.

How long will it take to complete this tutorial? About 20 minutes.



Understanding Information Sources Tutorial Understanding Information Sources



What information does this tutorial cover? This tutorial was designed to improve research skills by helping our students gain a better understanding of information sources. There are questions throughout the tutorial, as well as a final test. The final test is automatically scored as soon as you submit your answers. A copy of your final test results will be emailed to you, and you have the option to automatically email a copy to your professor.

The tutorial follows a day in the life of three students as they learn:

1. the value of using a variety of information sources in their research

2. the differences between scholarly and popular journals

3. the importance of both current and historical sources

4. how to determine if a source is primary or secondary

5. the features of qualitative and quantitative research

How long will it take to complete this tutorial? About 40 minutes.



Finding Books and Journal Articles Finding Books and Journal Articles New


What information does this tutorial cover? Locating materials for your research can be an overwhelming process. This tutorial will show you how to locate books and journals in the TWU Libraries catalog. You will also learn how to locate articles using the TWU Libraries databases. There is a test at the end that is automatically scored as soon as you submit your answers. A copy of your test results will be emailed to you, and you have the option to automatically email a copy to your professor.

How long will it take to complete this tutorial? About 20 minutes.



The Internet for College Students The Internet for College Students New



What information does this tutorial cover? The key to finding the information you need on the internet is to become a good searcher. We all use the internet for research because it is quick and easy, but there is a lot of unreliable information available on the web. This tutorial will show you how to search the web to get the best results, and how to determine what sources are reliable. There is a test at the end that is automatically scored as soon as you submit your answers. A copy of your test results will be emailed to you, and you have the option to automatically email a copy to your professor.

How long will it take to complete this tutorial? About 20 minutes.



Avoiding Plagiarism and Understanding Information Sources have been accepted into the American Library Association / Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section's Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Project.


-Connie Maxwell

Database changes / updates

As of January 2010, TWU Libraries no longer subscribes to the following databases:

African American Biographical Database
CCH Internet Tax Research Network
LISA: Library and Information Science Abstracts


Health Sciences: A SAGE Full Text collection is moving from the CSA platform to the Sage Journals Online platform. We will continue to have access to the same content but with the added benefits of the Sage Journals Online platform such as:

  • OnlineFirst: offers forthcoming articles online before they are scheduled to appear in print.

  • Article Statistics: provides list of most-frequently read and cited articles for each journal.

  • RSS Feeds: allows you to bring together the latest tables of contents for your favorite SAGE journals.



If you have questions, please contact Brandy Klug, Electronic Resources Librarian.

-Brandy Klug

H1N1 Searchable Information Center

ebrary's H1N1 (Influenza) Searchable Information Center contains a growing selection of reports, papers, newsletters, posters, and other important materials from government agencies and other trusted sources.
The documents are freely available at http://h1n1.ebrary.com or may be accessed by logging in to ebrary and clicking on "Free H1N1 (Influenza) Searchable Information Center" (see image below):




-Brandy Klug