Archive for May, 2009

New PsycBOOK titles – April 2009

PsycBOOKS added the following titles to its coverage list in April 2009. Of the titles added, one was an APA book and nineteen were designated classic books. Classic books are landmark titles in psychology and are selected by APA experts. APA Books 1. Transcending self-interest: Psychological explorations of the quiet ego, © 2008, by Wayment, [...]

Twitter – Is it Only for Twits?

If you’re reading this, you’ve figured out how to get to a blog. But how much to you know about “microblogging?” Or the biggest name in microblogging today: Twitter? Twitter lets you quickly send out a short message of 140 characters, called a tweet. Then anyone who is signed up to receive your tweets gets [...]

Peer Review – Onion style!

Scholarly, peer reviewed, juried, refereed..… When referring to a professional journal or article, all these terms mean the same thing – the article content has been rigorously reviewed and evaluated by a committee of subject experts and given the seal of approval for academic publishing. Now let’s imagine if we take that peer review process [...]

Using Dissertations: Where do I start?

I remember the first time I reviewed a dissertation, I thought while this looks impressive it also looks very long; where do I start? I knew I probably did not have the time to read the whole document. So what parts of a dissertation will help you the most in doing research for your own [...]

Wikipedia’s Wikiality – Social Experiments and Their Victims

Erin recently blogged Are You Fooled by Bad Resources? Well it turns out journalists and sports reporters who didn’t take time to fact check have found themselves on the foolish side of Wikipedia-based social experiments. Shane Fitzgerald, an undergraduate student in Ireland, wanted to see what would happen if he posted a fake quote by [...]

Why is it so hard to find scholarly articles on the free web?

Finding scholarly articles is tough to do through Google. Why is that? Simply put, the journal publishing industry is a lot like the music industry. They want to get paid for their content. You’ve probably had the experience where you find the perfect article through a search engine like Yahoo or Google, but then it [...]

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources: Do You Know the Difference?

Many times when working on a paper or some other project, your instructor asks you to use only primary resources. What do they mean? Primary resources are published research studies. They include the following sections: A research question, brief literature review, description of the study’s methodology, a discussion of results and any conclusions. If an [...]

Why isn’t Everything in Full Text?

While searching the library databases, you may have noticed that not everything is available in full text from the library. Why is that? Is it because the librarians want to annoy you? No, of course not. There are several reasons that you may not have access to the full text you want. Some are economic, [...]

Are You Fooled by Bad Resources?

A blog at The Scientist magazine recently reported on a “fake” peer-reviewed journal that drug manufacturer Merck created along with the help of well-known academic publisher Elsevier. The journal was handed out to medical professionals as a way to advertise several Merck products. The journal in question, the Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, [...]

Cited Reference Searching now in Science Direct Database!

Many of you are fans of the Capella Library guide Bibliography Mining and Cited Reference Searching and may have seen my recent blog post titled Cited Reference Searching now in ProQuest Databases! Well cited reference searching is now a feature in the Science Direct – Social and Behavioral Sciences database (located on the Articles, Books [...]