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Claire T. Carney Library End of Semester Announcement

Poster of Claire T. Carney Library and Open 24 HoursThe Claire T. Carney Library will open its doors to the UMassD community for 24/7 hours starting at noon on April 23 (Sunday) until May 10 (Wednesday) when we will close at 10PM.  Library services for Circulation/Reserves, the Digital Media Center, and Reference will not have extended hours, so make sure to visit those service points during regular hours.  You will also need a UMass Pass to enter the building after 10PM and until regular opening hours the next day.

We hope you will find a variety of study spaces to choose from including our quiet study areas in the South Reading Room and Grand Reading Room (when no events are scheduled), several group study rooms available by reservation, and many individual and group study areas throughout the building.

Please be mindful that we will be close to seating capacity, so if you are at a group table and not expecting team members, please use our Open/Taken table tents to offer seats to others.

We also encourage everyone to be respectful of the space and other students by watching noise levels and picking up after yourselves should you bring any food/drink.

If you have any question, please contact our staff either at the Circulation/Reserve desk (x8750), the Learning Commons desk (x8884), or the overnight security staff.

We wish you all the best with your exams and a productive end to the semester!   

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!

JA Titan Business Challenge @ the CTC Library

Titan Challenge 2016On Thursday, March 16th, the Claire T. Carney Library will host area high school students competing in the Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge. The challenge is “a day-long business strategy competition in which students compete against other high schools in teams of three using an online business simulation.” The teams are supported by volunteer Business Mentors who help guide and teach the students.

Good luck to all participants!!

Claire T. Carney Library Associates – 11th Annual Brunch

Didi Emmons

Didi Emmons

The Claire T. Carney Library Associates announces its 11th Annual Author’s Brunch to be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at noon in the Woodland Commons at UMass Dartmouth. This year’s brunch will feature chefs Didi Emmons, author of three cookbooks and experienced restaurateur; Mary Ann Esposito, host of the cooking show Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito; and Ris Lacoste, culinary award winner.

Mary Ann Esposito

Mary Ann Esposito

The cost of the event is $35. Reservations are required by March 24th. Checks can be made out to the CTC Library Associates and mailed to Rita Raymond, 1032 Sterling Street, New Bedford, MA 02745. To be a sponsor for the event, a minimum of three tickets must be purchased. To be a patron, a minimum of six tickets are required and ten or more tickets are required to be a benefactor.

Ris Lacoste

Ris Lacoste

Parking is available on campus in Lot 7. Shuttle service will be provided from the parking lot to the venue. For further information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti a msanguinetti@umassd.edu or by calling 508-991-5096.

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!

Get Books & Articles from Other Libraries

Image of an interlibrary loan vanIs there an article you need for your research, but our library doesn’t have it? Never fear! You can request articles via our interlibrary loan service. It’s a quick and free online process for the active UMD community (faculty/staff/students), and we’ll try to get an electronic copy of your article (pdf) as quickly as possible. Turnaround time varies for those we can obtain, but many articles are received within 48 hours.

Do you need a book we don’t own? The same service can get you books from other libraries! Books we can obtain take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to arrive, so please plan ahead.

Place your article or book ILL requests here:
http://library.umassd.edu/services/interlibrary-loan-services

Questions? Ask a librarian!
http://library.umassd.edu/help/ask-librarian

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