Archive for November, 2007

Why Are There So Many Databases? And How Do I Choose?

When you look at Databases A-Z you may think to yourself: there are so many databases, how do I know which one to pick? At this moment there are 31 databases and tools linked on the list. That’s a lot to look at. So, do you just pick one and use it for every assignment, [...]

New Online Writing Center!

Are you trying to find your way around the new iGuide like we are? One thing that happened as part of the change was a totally updated Online Writing Center. New resources include: Annotated Bibliography Guide Grammar Business and Technical Writing And the old favorite are still there: APA Style and Formatting Undergraduate Writing Resources [...]

Ebooks @ the Capella Library

Ebooks @ the Capella Library I know when I first heard about electronic books (ebooks) I thought, why would I want to read a book on a computer screen? Yuck! Well I have really “come around” in regards to ebooks, especially for academic work and here is why: 1. Immediate access to the book, it [...]

What do you read?

A new study from the National Endowment for the Arts called To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence was recently released. Overall the report discusses the changes in reading over time both for teens and adults. The report also points out the strong evidence that the amount of reading (any reading, [...]

Amazon Unleashes “Kindle” – Reading on the Go

Reading on the go has been increasing in popularity. Mobile devices have become our communication and information portals as we bus to work and wait in line at the dry cleaners. I’ve met learners who download course readings and articles to their mobile devices for reading on the go. Well now Amazon.com has introduced a [...]

New PsycBOOK Titles

PsycBOOKS added the following titles to its coverage list in October 2007. Of the titles added, 4 were APA books and 11 were designated classic books. Classic books are landmark titles in psychology and are selected by APA experts. (PsycBOOKS is available on the library’s Databases A-Z page.) APA Books Contributions toward evidence-based psychocardiology: A [...]

Could Business Source Premier get any better?

Of course! We now have Business Source Complete, which has even more full text than the Premier version. There are author profiles, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, and thousands of peer-reviewed articles for you to access. I’ll let Ebsco toot its own horn here for a moment: “Journal ranking studies reveal that Business Source [...]

Using Survey Tests and Measures

When learners get to the point in the dissertation stage where they have to pick their research methodology, we often get a flurry of tests and measures questions. The biggest misconception I hear is that people think they can just find the survey questions, get IRB approval and start handing the tests out to their [...]

Are you in the Nursing or Allied Health Field?

The Capella Library has just recently added the CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) database. This database is the definitive research tool for individuals doing research in the nursing and allied health information fields. The allied health information fields includes such areas as emergency services, health information management, occupational and physical therapy. [...]

Unbiased Information for Controversial Topics

Have you tried CQ Researcher yet? CQ Researcher is one of our newly added Library databases and it contains comprehensive, unbiased reports on important issues. The reports have a bunch of cool components, such as a timeline outlining the history of the issue, a pro/con section arguing both sides of the issue, citations to additional [...]