Archive for January, 2010

One Search or Many?

When using the library databases, most people try to create one search that will get all the articles they need. Sounds easy, right? Just put together the magic formula of keywords and boolean operators (AND and OR), and suddenly get what you need. And sometimes it is that easy. But you have to remember that [...]

Evaluating articles on the web – three simple tips

There is a common myth out there that “Everything is available on the web.” I run into this with learners sometimes, who think they can get scholarly journals for their assignments online, through Google or Yahoo. In reality, scholarly journals are tightly copyrighted. Only about 8% of journals are published open access, or free. Others [...]

New PsycBOOKS Titles! – Dec. 2009

PsycBOOKS added the following titles to its coverage list in December 2009. Of the titles added, 5 were APA books and 20 were designated classic books. Classic books are landmark titles in psychology and are selected by APA experts. APA Books 1. Behavioral emergencies: An evidence-based resource for evaluating and managing risk of suicide, violence, [...]

(In)Accuracy on the Web

If you’ve ever asked a librarian about research on the internet, you’ve probably heard that you should be careful about the information you find. Most internet sites lack editors and fact checkers (that’s YOUR job), so there are many factual errors and inconsistencies that can creep in. That’s compounded by the fact that many websites [...]