Archive for July, 2008

Why would a librarian suggest Wikipedia?

One of the first steps in research is determining what you don’t know, so you can fill those holes with what you find. You start with an idea for a topic, pick your keywords and search strategy, and then begin searching in a database or library catalog. But it isn’t always that smooth a process. […]

“Written by experts” – Always an interesting phrase. What does it mean?

In a University setting we tend to define expertise according to scholarly credentials, research and publishing experience. To find experts, we can simply go to the library, look for peer reviewed articles, see who cites who and use our subject knowledge to evaluate accordingly. On the wider Internet, however, expertise isn’t so clear-cut. There have […]

What does Google Knol that Wikipedia doesn’t?

Google is launching their own online encyclopedia, Knol. Unlike Wikipedia, Knol will be written by experts who sign each entry. This will directly combat some of the major criticisms of Wikipedia: posts can be poorly researched or written, and no one is held responsible for the quality of an entry. Knol, by contrast, will err […]

Surprise! A new EBSCOhost interface!

If you’re a frequent EBSCOhost user (Academic Search Premier, PsycINFO, etc) you’ve probably already heard the news. On Wednesday morning, EBSCO finally rolled out the new interface they are calling EBSCOhost 2.0. They say the change “will provide you with the most powerful, clean and intuitive interface available.” Rest assured that a search in the […]

New PsycBOOK Titles – May and June 2008

We now have access to Journal of Positive Psychology. It will show up in Journal Locator and Article Linker tomorrow. We have access from 2006 to present. PsycBOOKS added the following titles to its coverage list in May and June 2008. Of the titles added, 7 were APA books and 14 were designated classic books. […]

Use WorldCat and RefWorks for Book Citations

Are you using print books in your research? Sick of typing the information into an emptry RefWorks form? You don’t have to mess with that any more! You can use WorldCat to get APA citation information into RefWorks quickly and easily. Check out this video that WorldCat has added to YouTube: WorldCat is a great […]

From Blog to Research Article (and novels are good for you)

Whenever I or the other Capella librarians bring up web resources such as blogs, learners will often respond with the question: “How can I use those in my papers? They’re not scholarly sources.” That’s a great question. Blog posts aren’t peer-reviewed journal articles. Many of them are hardly more than a paragraph or two. They […]

RefWorks, APA, and Your Eagle Eye- Working Together to End Headaches

When we first talked about getting RefWorks, we were asked about how RefWorks works with APA style. It works quite nicely, in fact. When you are ready to produce a bibliography, you can chose whatever citation style you choose. For most of us, that style with be the most recent version of APA. So, how […]

Planning Your Time

For many of you Monday is the start of a new quarter. Did you know the Library has a tool that can help your manage your assignment deadlines? Check out the Assignment Calculator on the Library’s Guides & Tutorials Page. This tool not only helps you plan your time, it also gives you links to […]

Tips for New Learners: Relevance and Library Help

A few weeks ago I posted two library tips for new learners. Here are two more below: 1. Sort by Relevance: Sometimes your results look random at first, since the databases sort articles by date as a default. So the most recent article will be at the top – not the most relevant. Luckily, there’s […]