Archive for May, 2010

Dissertations, Access, & Copyright

Have you ever been frustrated in your quest to get a copy of a dissertation or thesis? You know it exists, but it just isn’t accessible. That’s a common occurrence, since there is usually only one copy of a dissertation or thesis, and it is probably sitting in the basement of a library that it [...]

New Research Guides for Education Specializations

The Library Home page was “reinvented” on iGuide3 the last week of March. As part of that revision several new guides for education specializations were created. Check out the following new guides. K-12 and Higher Education for the following specializations: K-12 Studies in Education, Post-Secondary & Adult Education, Professional Studies in Education, Enrollment Management, Reading [...]

Can APA drive you insane?

I haven’t found any peer-reviewed research on this yet, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if it were true. APA citation style is far from intuitive, and many learners see it as a giant hurdle. Some days the librarians feel the same way. So, why is APA citation style so difficult, and what can you [...]

New PsycBOOKS Added – April 2010

PsycBOOKS added the following titles to its coverage list in April 2010. Of the titles added, 3 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 mechanisms and psychopathology: Advancing the explanation of its nature, cause, and treatment, [...]

Avoiding the Too-Narrow Topic

Picking the right topic is very difficult, especially when you are new to a subject area. Very often the issue that prompts a learner to talk to a librarian is the problem of the too-broad or too-narrow topic. Having too broad a topic can be annoying: you search and find way too many resources. But [...]

Sign Up for a RefWorks Webinar in June!

The Library will have two 1-hour RefWorks Webinars in June: Thursday June 3, 2010 5pm CST Saturday June 26, 2010 10am CST RefWorks allows you to store and organize your research in a central location. It also helps to create APA formatted reference lists. Why not attend a one hour Webinar in June and save [...]

Dissertation Advice for All Stages

I was looking at a book in the library’s ebrary database about writing dissertations, and I ran across this bit of dissertation advice today: You will need to be a real researcher. Start early. Join the appropriate professional organizations. Get and read journals. Develop researching skills. (Brause, 2000, p. 31) I couldn’t have said it [...]

New PsycBOOKS Added – March 2010

PsycBOOKS added the following titles to its coverage list in March 2010. Of the titles added, 3 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. Action learning for developing leaders and organizations: Principles, strategies, and cases, © 2009, [...]