Archive for February, 2008

Meta-methodology Journals

Kate posted this nice list of methodology books from the library, which are great for an overview of the research methodology techniques that are par for your discipline. As you probably know, though, book publishing cycles are not the speediest, so it can be hard for books to keep up with trends. (A few colleagues [...]

Searching for a Dissertation?

Whenever I go to a colloquium I am asked about finding dissertations. You may want to find them for a variety of reasons: Get a feel for the organization and scope of a dissertation Use the literature review section to find more resources Find inspiration for a dissertation topic in the suggestions for future research [...]

Frustrated with APA?

Have you heard conflicting APA style advice from fellow learners or your instructors? If so, find out more at APA: Finding Answers. This is a new resource written for PhDs attending Colloquia, but simply skip the “intro” to get to the useful content for all. The five-part module includes: * Why cite sources? * Why [...]

New PsycBook Titles – Dec 2007

PsycBOOKS added the following titles to its coverage list in December 2007. Of the 13 titles added, 4 were APA books and 9 were designated classic books. Classic books are landmark titles in psychology and are selected by APA experts. APA Books Advances in clinical cognitive science, (c) 2007, by Neufeld,Richard W.J. (Ed) Medical adherence [...]

What do you think of Wikipedia?

I have had a number of discussions with librarians and non-librarians alike about the merits of Wikipedia recently. I am realizing it is challenging to talk about Wikipedia because we need to clarify which Wikipedia are we talking about–is it the Wikipedia for a favorite musician or tv show? Is it the Wikipedia for looking [...]

Going to the Lansdowne Colloquium?

SCHEDULE a 20 minute one-on-one appointment with a Capella Librarian. We can help you with a specific research question, or just give you an overview of the Library. ATTEND a Library Session: If you are Track 1 learner, or Track 2 learner who did not have a chance to take a Library session during your [...]

Ebooks @ Capella Library on Research Methodologies

Here is a small sample of books available in the Ebrary. Go to the Databases A-Z page. Click on Ebrary database. Search by title for the following books: General Books · Essential Guide to Doing Research · Becoming a Researcher · Principles and Methods of Social Research · Research Methods in the Social Sciences · [...]

Do we need to change the way we think about information?

This YouTube video by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University, is part of a series of videos produced by Wesch on this broad topic. It explores how the very nature of information has changed with the transition from print to digital and how we have to re-think our processes, ideas, [...]

Are your web searches “satisficing?”

This month’s Communications of the ACM has an article about web searchers’ habits: “Are People Biased in Their Use of Search Engines?” It looked at whether searchers merely click on the top results on the list without really looking at the rest of the list (the answer: for some people, it’s true) . It also [...]

Elections 2008

Tuesday is Super Tuesday and we are caucusing here in Minnesota along with 21 other states. Are you ready? Here are a few last minute websites to help gather non-partisan information about elections and the field of candidates: Project Vote Smart: http://vote-smart.org/ Fact Check: http://www.factcheck.org/ PolitiFact: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ YouTube: You Choose ’08: http://www.youtube.com/youchoose Map the Candidates: [...]