Cites & Bytes @ Bailey
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Trial for Britannica Online...
We have a trial of the online version of Britannica at http://academics.sru.edu/library/Trial_Databases/05.htm. It runs through September 30.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Web Resources for Katrina...
IM for Research Help
Sunday, August 28, 2005
She Works Hard for a Living...
I have referred to the pathfinder that the librarians prepared previously, but thought some might find this site interesting....the worst jobs in history. There's a quiz to see how well suited you are to professions like bog iron hunter or rat catcher.
Second, the Friends of Bailey Library are planning a used book sale, Sept. 14-16. This year's sale will include hardbacks, paperbacks, audiovisuals, and children's materials. (Big housecleaning in the Instructional Materials Center!)
Stay tuned for more details on both items...
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Can't Let the Weekend Go By...
Friday, August 12, 2005
New Ways to Cite ERIC resources...
Just when you thought it was safe to cite ERIC the same old way...
Since the EDRS (ERIC Document Reproduction Service) is now extinct since ERIC's reorganization, Kate Corby (Education and Psychology Bibliographer of Michigan State University Libraries) has informed the EBSS-L discussion list members of the APA's new preferred citation format for sources retrieved in ERIC. (Thanks, Kate!)
Provided on consultation with the American Psychological Association, following are two examples which we expect will be added soon to the APA Style page:
For technical reports obtained through ERIC online:
Mead, J. V. (1992). Looking at old photographs: Investigating the
teacher tales that novice teachers bring with them (Report No.
NCRTL-RR-92-4). East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on
Teacher Learning. Retrieved July 21, 2005, from the ERIC database. (ERIC
For journal article obtained through ERIC online:
Klassen, R. M. (2004). A cross-cultural investigation of the efficacy
beliefs of South Asian immigrant and Anglo Canadian nonimmigrant early
adolescents. Journal of Educational Psychology, 96, 731-742. Retrieved
July 21, 2005, from the ERIC database. (ERIC No. EJ685035)
New Content in ERIC
The ERIC updates add more than 200 comprehensively indexed journals to the database, including titles from publishers such as Blackwell, Taylor & Francis, Baywood, and other distinguished publishers of education journals. Most of the newly added articles are peer reviewed. Peer-reviewed materials can now be easily identified by checking the new "Peer Reviewed" field in the ERIC Search Results.
In addition to indexed journals, ERIC is recognized for its wealth of grey literature resources that are not included in other major databases. Grey literature orginates from a wide variety of contributing organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, federal, state, and private entities including: the Government Accounting Office, the Education Commission for the States, the Council of Chief State School Officers, Educational Testing Service, the Success for All Foundation, and the Southern Regional Education Board, among others. Submitted materials include research reports, conference papers, dissertations, literature reviews, and other documents in education.
Visit the News section of the ERIC Web site at www.eric.ed.gov for quick links to information on new content, lists of ERIC journals, and other recent enhancements. Notable new features include improvements to the ERIC search function, and Journals Indexed in ERIC. In addition to these features, more enhancements are under development and will be announced this summer in the ERIC Web site's News section.
Nickel and Dimed Pathfinder...
A reminder...if you are participating in the first year one-book program activities on August 27, you might find our pathfinder useful for author information, book reviews, discussion questions, background issues, and tips on leading book discussion groups.
The pathfinder was prepared by Librarians Martina Nicholas, Cathy Rudowsky, and Melba Tomeo. Librarian Lynn Hoffmann also contributed an annotated bibliography of Barbara Ehrenreich's articles and other works.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Quiet in August...
Bailey Library is pretty quiet in August when summer sessions are over... but here are some stories about other libraries, other campuses... (The photo of Belfast Library comes from flickr.com, the free photo-sharing site.)
From today's Chronicle of Higher Education, professors lament their students' use of the Internet for research and praise their own use of the Internet for research...
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Annual Pennsylvania Data User Conference
"The annual, day-long event," the release continues, "includes multiple breakout and training sessions designed to inform data users of the most up-to-date technologies and procedures for locating and utilizing Pennsylvania data. Experts will address many topics ranging from information resources to public policy implications and economic/community development issues.
The conference is also an opportunity for those attending to become familiar with the American Community Survey (ACS), a major part of the Census Bureau’s re-engineered 2010 census plan. ACS, which has already begun a phased rollout, will replace the census long form currently collected every 10 years and will provide yearly socio-economic data.
The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Martin Shields, director of the Center for Economic and Community Development and assistant professor of agricultural and regional economics at Penn State. Dr. Shields will discuss Update on PA: The Road to 2005, The Economy, Jobs, Income, Population, and Forecasts. This publication is the 17th in an annual series intended as a ready reference for business, banks, development groups, public officials, educators, and concerned citizens.
The opening speaker, Dr. Linda Jacobsen, is Director of Domestic Programs at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, D.C. The bureau is a leader in providing timely and objective information on U.S. and international population trends and their implications. Dr. Jacobsen will discuss an upcoming bulletin that the Population Reference Bureau is publishing on the American Community Survey.
Breakout sessions will include: agricultural statistics, the 2002 Economic Census, and the current population survey of rural Pennsylvania. Additional sessions will explain to data users the different sources available to help locate elusive data from past censuses and provide an in-depth analysis of migration data.
For registration and information, visit the web at http://www.pasdc.hbg.psu.edu."