Author Archives: Jake Strojny

Do you use Google Scholar? Many researchers do.

Google Scholar, if you’re not yet familiar with it, searches the web for articles, books and book chapters, dissertations and theses, conference papers, and more. Unlike our library databases, you can’t use complex search terminology. You’ll also need to use your critical thinking skills to confirm that you’re looking at reliable sources, since Google Scholar gathers information from all over the internet, rather than indexing a vetted list of journals like our databases do. However, it’s helpful for locating know items from a reference list and for searching across disciplines, and can turn up some things our databases don’t. It also provides convenient access to free full-text from open access publications, institutional repositories, and other sources.

Many things you find on Google will be on publisher web sites, which will ask you to pay for access to those articles. Don’t do it! Our library frequently has what you need in full-text, and if we don’t have access to it, we’ll get it for you through our Interlibrary Loan service for no charge. If you have a Google account, you can turn on our library’s full-text (Get It @ UMassD) links, so you can easily access articles from our journal subscriptions. These links also connect you seamlessly to our interlibrary loan service, which again is free for you to use. To add our full-text links, go to Google Scholar Settings, then Library links, and search for UMass Dartmouth. Check the box next to our university name, and be sure to hit Save when you’re done.

If you use RefWorks to manage your citations, Google Scholar can export brief citations to your RefWorks account with a single click. Go to your Google Scholar Settings, and in the Search results section, look for Bibliography manager. Choose RefWorks from the drop down list and then hit the Save button. You’ll need to carefully examine the citations you export; Google Scholar citations can have errors and omissions, and you’ll probably need to make some edits to them after you get them into RefWorks. Citations exported from library databases are typically more reliable and complete.

If you’re interested in who is citing a particular article, Google Scholar provides a “Cited by” link that will give you a sense of how frequently it’s been cited and where. This is drawing from Google Scholar’s own data, so again you’ll need to critically evaluate the sources it lists. A link also appears to Web of Science, one of our subscription library databases that offers this kind of cited reference searching. If you’re doing complex citation analysis for graduate level research or tenure and promotion, contact your library liaison for assistance! Google Scholar won’t be sufficient for that purpose.

Google Scholar is a tool like any other: it’s great for some things but not for others, and it requires thought and skill to use effectively. While it’s not a substitute for the library databases we subscribe to, it can certainly be a helpful supplement, and our librarians can help you learn to make the most of it. Just contact your library liaison (http://library.umassd.edu/help/liaisons/) or use our Ask a Librarian service (http://library.umassd.edu/help/ask-librarian) if you have questions!

RefWorks

Do you take a long time creating bibliographies for your papers? Are you sometimes unsure about how to make in-text citations to your sources? Do you lose track of articles that you found last month and would like to use for your paper now? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then RefWorks (http://library.umassd.edu/services/refworks) may save you lots of time and grief.
RefWorks is citation management software that allows you to store references that you have found and then use them when you are writing your paper. You only need to place markers in your text and then, when you are finished, indicate what style you wish to use. RefWorks inserts in-text citations and adds your bibliography in the style that you specify.
Want to learn more? Contact your Subject specialist librarian http://lib.umassd.edu/help/liaisons or Liz Winiarz atewiniarz@umassd.edu  We can arrange a group training or personal introduction to RefWorks. Let us know how we can help!

Black Lives Remembered

Black Lives Remembered, an exhibit of African American Memoirs and Biographies from the Carney Library collections, will be on display from now through the end of Black History Month in the 1st Floor Lobby, adjacent to the Circulation Desk. Check them out!

Welcome Back & A Few Reminders

Welcome Back! Arnie Greets Returning Students in Library Learning CommonsWelcome back for the spring semester! We hope you had a great break.
So now that you’re back we thought we’d remind you about a few things.
The library is back to regular hours starting on Monday, but if you’re unsure you can always check our library calendar to see our hours for each day. Don’t forget to bring your UMass Pass, which is also your library card and will give you access (with a proximity reader near the doors) to the building after 10 PM.
There are lots of study spaces throughout the library for individual and group study. You will see “table tents” on the 3rd and 5th floors to help you share the group study tables and help us all make the best use of the library’s study space. Of course on the first and second floors, there are the Learning Commons and Scholarly Commons complete with computers and printing facilities. And near the Learning Commons on the first floor there is a large quiet study space in the South Reading Room.
Are you someone who creates digital media projects? If so, be sure to check out our Digital Media Center (DMC) on the 2nd floor. The DMC has unique software and provides specialized assistance to students. There are even creation rooms that are only available to students working on digital media projects and that can be reserved online.
Need a laptop for your work in the library? Check one out at the first floor Circulation Desk. Want to schedule a place for your group to study? Then go online and reserve the room! Or perhaps if you just wish to just notify a friend about where you’re going to be studying in the library; Then send them a link with a pointer on a library floor map of where you’ll be studying using the Find Me Here tool.
If you’re back and already thinking about your senior project, your master’s thesis or the big paper you’ll have to write this semester, you might want to look up one of our expert subject librarians to help you with your research.
Wait, you’re back, but you’re an online student. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our Library Services for Online Learners guide. And remember that as someone in a fully-online program you qualify to have books mailed to your residential address in any of the 48 contiguous states. Questions? Email us anytime!
And if that’s not enough, for future stress relievers, we are sponsoring a Game Night every Thursday of the month in the Library Living Room with a variety of board games on hand. The library will also co-sponsor a De-Stress Day once a month in the Library Living Room with games, chair massage, and arts and crafts. Just miss reading for fun? We have a Science Fiction Book Club that meets once a month.
Anyway, we hope you get the point. We’re glad you’re back and we hope that you’ll stop by at one of our service points and ask if there is some way we can be of help … or if you want, just to say Hi!
Welcome Back!
~From Your Carney Library Staff

A Helpful Tip for Finding Study Space in the Library

Students studying in a group study room at the Claire T. Carney LibraryIt’s that time of year again. You’re studying for finals and wrapping up group projects. Of course the library is the go-to place for many UMassD students. While we love this, it does mean finding a place to study with your classmates can be challenging. You can make it a little less stressful by reserving a group study room in advance. We have several of these rooms in the library and they’re for student-use only. Jake Strojny, a UMassD student, shows you how to reserve a room in this short video: http://screencast.com/t/MuEIuuHz

More details are available on the library’s website.

“What Just Happened? What Now?”: A conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank Nov. 18

Barney Frank visits UMass Dartmouth to view the Congressman Barney Frank Collection

What: What Just Happened? What Now?”: A conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank
Where: Claire T. Carney Library, Stoico/First Fed Grand Reading Room
When: Friday, November 18th at noon
Who: Open to all. Admission is free.

Former Congressman Barney Frank will be at the UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library on Friday, November 18 at noon, answering the post-election questions on the minds of voters, media, academics and political insiders all across the country – “What just happened? What now?”

Congressman Frank, who traveled the country throughout the presidential campaign, will surely offer an interesting and entertaining perspective on the recently completed presidential and congressional elections, especially related to major issues he engaged during his three decades in Congress: banking reform, health care, immigration, LGBT rights, defense spending, etc. The Claire T. Carney Library is the home of the Barney Frank Archives.

Congressman Frank is the author of several books on politics and policy, his latest being Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. The Showtime documentary “Compared to What?: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” was released last year.

The forum will be moderated by UMass Dartmouth Journalism Lecturer Caitlin O’Neil, who prior to starting her teaching career was an award-winning writer and producer for WGBH Interactive in Boston, working on well-known PBS programs such as American Experience, Masterpiece Theatre, Mystery, Antiques Roadshow, and This Old House. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Runner’s World, Budget Travel, Publishers Weekly, Poets and Writers magazine, and other publications. Her fiction has appeared in Drunken Boat, Beloit Fiction Journal, Faultline, and Bridge, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited. Admission is free. Park in Lots 13-14.

Trial Access to IBISWorld

logoAnnouncing a free trial to IBISWorld. As stated on their website: “IBISWorld provides accurate, independent research in a variety of ways:

  • Interviews with industry analysts
  • Research and insight on more than 1,000 U.S. industries
  • Industry Risk Ratings on more than 700 U.S. industries
  • Research on more than 500 Australia industries, 400 United Kingdom industries, 200 China industries and 75 Global industries
  • Research papers and spotlight reports authored by IBISWorld analysts
  • Analysis on M&A activity, quarterly earnings, IPOs and other topics affecting companies and industries”
Check it out and send your feedback to our librarian liaison for business, Lorraine Heffernan

Digital Humanities Presentation – Monday, October 24th – Noon to 1:30 pm

digital_humanities_word_cloudOn Monday, October 24th the library is co-sponsoring a digital humanities presentation with the Office of Faculty Development. Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown University, will provide an overview of the emerging field and provide examples of current and/or past projects. Following Dr. Croxall’s presentation, there will be an opportunity for UMassD faculty to discuss their digital humanities research.  
 
The presentation is open to UMassD faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. You can register online: http://calendar.umassd.edu/cal/main/showMainEnd.rdo
 
What: Speaking in Code: Teaching and Research in Digital Humanities
Who: Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown University
When: Noon to 1:30 pm, Monday, October 24th
Where: LIB-314
 
If you have questions about registering, please contact Sandy Viveiros (sviveiros@umassd.edu). 
 
Presenter’s Bio:
 
Brian Croxall is the Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown University, where he designs, implements, and manages digital research projects. Prior to this position, he worked at Emory University as Digital Humanities Strategist and Lecturer of English. In this dual appointment he managed the creation of The Battle of Atlanta app and Belfast Group Poetry|Networks, as well as taught classes on digital humanities, media studies, and American literature. He holds a PhD in English and taught previously at Clemson University. In addition, he is co-editing a book on steampunk, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press; is a cluster editor at #Alt-Academy; serves on the Executive Councils of the Modern Language Association and the Association for Computers and the Humanities; and is a writer for the group blog ProfHacker.