July 2008 Archives

RefWorks Workshop

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Next Wednesday, I’ll be co-teaching a workshop on RefWorks. RefWorks is a citation management software which you can use for free if you’re affiliated with UMN-TC. Some of the things you can do with RefWorks include:

• Store and organize your citations
• Import citations directly from most databases into your personal account
• Generate formatted bibliographies in seconds
• Format in-text citations in your research papers
• Attach electronic copies of the articles to the citations you’re storing

If this software sounds like it might be useful to you, then you can register for the class here: http://www.lib.umn.edu/registration/#eventidXX75

The workshop will meet from 1:00-2:00 Wednesday, July 23, in Walter 310. If you can’t make it to the workshop, and are interested in learning more, feel free to send me an email and I’d be happy to discuss RefWorks with you one-on-one.


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Are you using Scitopia? Scitopia is an Internet search engine that searches the research of 21 professional and academic societies in the hard sciences. Societies such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers allow their material to be searched using this search engine. So instead of wading through the millions of results you might find in a generic search engine, you can limit your search to only retrieve information provided by your colleagues in the field.

Scitopia is a free search engine--you don’t have to be affiliated with the university to search it. Some of the results will have links to full text. If full text isn’t available and you're affiliated with UMN, get in touch with me or another librarian and we can help you get access to the document you need.

Instructional Technology Support

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I was just looking at the “Twin Cities Student Educational Technology Survey 2007? conducted by the campus Digital Media Center and thought this was an interesting finding:

Though they learn new technologies easily, students are not technical sophisticates and will sometimes need help. Given students’ busy schedules and exploratory learning styles, they will appreciate support that is available on demand and at all hours. Instructors may want to consider making available on a course Web site links to such things as software usage guides, troubleshooting information, and helpline telephone numbers.

Are students expected to know a specific computer program for your class? The library can help you link students to the necessary resources. We have access to many online software manuals through our e-book collection—especially Safari Books Online.
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I can create a Library Page for your students linking to resources that can assist them with learning technologies. Send me an email or give me a call if you have questions or would like to set up a page.

Google Workshop at Walter Library

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Want to learn more about using Google tools effectively in your academic research? Physics, Astronomy and Geology Librarian, Lisa Johnson, will be teaching a workshop exploring Google, Google Scholar, Google Books, and other Google productivity tools that you can incorporate into your research process.

What: Google for Researchers
When: Wednesday, July 9 1:00-2:00 pm
Where: Walter 310

To learn more and/or register go to our workshop webpage