Archive for September, 2009

What to Look for in a Measurement Instrument

Have you been scouring the Internet and the library databases looking for that perfect measurement instrument for your research study? For your dissertation? How do you know if it’s a quality instrument and if it’s the right instrument for you? Check out this article from the January 2007 issue of gradPSYCH – “Finding the right […]

Atlanta Colloquium, Batteries Not Included

Well it’s time for another colloquium in Atlanta. If you’re heading to the Atlanta colloquium, be sure to attend the library session on your schedule. We’ve received feedback that library sessions are one of the most valuable at colloquia for various reasons. Unaware of all of the resources and services available to you as a […]

Gale to the Rescue!

Often times I get calls from learners who want an overview of a topic or perhaps a theory. They are inclined to turn to journal articles. However journal articles tend to focus on very specific questions and often do not have the broad overview you may be looking for. So where do you turn? The […]

New PsycBOOK Titles – August 2009

PsycBOOKS added the following titles to its coverage list in August 2009. Of the titles added, 4 were APA books and 20 were designated classic books. Classic books are landmark titles in psychology and are selected by APA experts. APA Book 1. Clinical health psychology in medical settings: A practitioner’s guidebook (2nd ed.), © 2009, […]

Peer Review Doesn’t Make Perfect

While we all know to read critically any information we locate on the free world wide web, sometime there’s a tendency to forget to read critically when it comes to published magazines and journals. Especially when it comes to Peer Reviewed journals, as they are referred to as the Gold Standard of Academic Publishing. But […]

Help Finding Statistics in Education

I don’t know about you but databases and Web sites that store statistics always intimidate me. One of the best sources of education statistics is the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) which is frequently updated by the US Dept of Education and Institute of Education Sciences. I recently found a tool on this site, […]

If You Can Read This, You Can Celebrate International Literacy Day!

Today has been named International Literacy Day by UNESCO. As lifelong learners, you already know that literacy is central to meeting your goals. And what is literacy without Information Literacy? Librarians use the term Information Literacy to refer to the basket of skills that allow you to find, evaluate, use, and cite information. Reading alone […]

The (Im)Permanence of the Internet

Imagine you are in a library. As you walk through the library the books all disappear, only to return three hours later, as if nothing happened. Or, you find an item on the shelf. You pull it down, open the book, and instead of the text you find the following: 404 Error Page Not Found. […]

RefWorks Online Seminars – Start Saving Time!

Erika and I conducted the first Capella University Library RefWorks online seminar today, and we’ve scheduled some upcoming sessions that you can register at the RefWorks information page (linked from the Library Homepage). Just click on the Sign up for a live RefWorks online seminar! link. At the session we cover the following: Creating a […]

The Perils of Web Search

The good, the bad, and the ugly of open internet research often show up here on Off The Shelf. No matter how often the librarians tout the library databases, we get plenty of learners who can’t get enough of internet search engines. And what about those internet search engines? They seem so benign, so useful. […]