August 2010 Archives

Fall Orientations for New Graduate Students

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For the new graduate students in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science I spoke with this week, here are the slides I presented (or meant to), in case you'd like to go back to look at them later: 2010 Grad Orientations. The slides include some tips you might find useful.

Women in CSE Photo Exhibit Opening Sep 24th in Walter Great Hall

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"Inventive Women: Portraits of Scientists and Engineers" arrives in Walter Library Sep. 24

Gagliardi photoA photography exhibit featuring women faculty in the College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology) opens Sep. 24 at Walter Library (2nd floor Great Hall), East Bank and will run through fall semester. The exhibit, formerly on display at the Minnesota History Center, is a collection of black and white portraits by Nancy G. Johnson, a communications specialist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Each portrait is accompanied by a statement written by the faculty member about her research. Johnson received an IDEA (Innovation, Diversity, Equity, and Achievement) grant from the University's Office of Equity and Diversity to produce the exhibit. A public exhibit opening reception is Sep 24, 3-3:30 p.m. and will be followed by a History of Science and Technology Colloquium Presentation by one of the featured faculty, Sally Kohlstedt, on her latest book, Teaching Children Science.

Where: Walter Library, 2nd floor Great Hall Map
Time: Opening reception Sept 24, 2010 3:00pm and exhibit runs through December 2010
Online: View the interactive web version

presented by the Science & Engineering Library will include
refreshments and be followed by a History of Science Colloquium
presentation by one of the featured faculty, Sally Kohlstedt,

JumpStart your Research: Library Workshops this week

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Please register on our Workshops Registration Web page.

Introduction to Citation Managers
Tuesday, August 24
2:00 - 3:00 (p.m.)
Walter 101

Learn why you should use a citation manager to organize and create bibliographies and in-text citations. This workshop will look at three common citation managers: RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs. Note: Recorded Workshop Available.

RefWorks: Basics
Wednesday, August 25
10:00 - 11:00 (a.m.)
Walter 310

Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Learn to add citations to RefWorks and create in-text citations and bibliographies in your Word documents using different citation styles (MLA, APA, etc.). Note: Online Workshop Available.

EndNote: Basics
Wednesday, August 25
1:00 - 2:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

Learn to import citations, customize your account, and format your bibliographies and in-text citations. We'll also discuss using EndNote in conjunction with EndNoteWeb, a Web-based version of EndNote available for free to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. Note: Online Workshop Available.

Zotero: Basics

Wednesday, August 25
3:00 - 4:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

Zotero is a free Firefox extension that helps you collect citations and website information from within your Firefox browser. We'll show you how to install Zotero and use it to capture citations, organize your research, and format bibliographies and in-text citations. Note: Online Workshop Available.

Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
Thursday, August 26
10:00 - 11:00 (a.m.)
Walter 310

Digital data is growing at an exponential rate, and the work involved in managing that data is rapidly increasing as well. How can we ensure that our research data will still be available in a usable form in 5, 10, or 20 years? We will discuss why having a data management plan is important as well as key considerations and best practices for data management. Note: Online Workshop Available.

Google: Advanced Searching for Researchers
Thursday, August 26
1:00 - 2:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

Google is a research tool! Explore the new tools and technology that pair Google-efficient tools with library-quality results to weave together a rich information web that goes beyond the World Wide Web. Learn advanced search techniques and tools such as Google Scholar, Google Books, Alerts and more that will help you access, evaluate, and share information.

You can register for these classes and learn when and where they'll be taught again by going to our Workshops Registration Webpage.

New Libraries Web Site

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The new redesigned University Libraries web site is now active! While we are (very) excited about this, and while we have tried to dot every "i" and cross every T, there is a very good chance that you will encounter some problems. Of course, if you find any problems please let
me know. We will do our best to fix these problems ASAP.

We will also continue to tweak this design over the course of the next
two weeks, and into the Fall semester.

New Library Pages for each course

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Library Course Pages (LCPs) are dynamically created for each course on campus. They bring together information on resources tailored to the subject and library services. Books and articles on reserve automatically appear in the Library Course Page (see "Course Reserves" tab).

Link to the page from your syllabus or via Web Vista; it is already linked via the Library Resources Find Articles and Books Section in Moodle.

I can work with you to further customize the page for your class assignments. Please let me know if you have any questions!


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