A NEW STATISTICAL CONSULTING SERVICE
Research Data Services offered by the University of Virginia Library is growing – this summer, they’re launching the StatLab, an applied statistical consulting service for researchers across Grounds. The StatLab staff will provide advice and training in data analysis and statistical methods to UVa research scholars through individual consulting, workshops on statistical techniques, and online tutorials. And it’s free! You can learn more at statlab.library.virginia.edu.
StatLab staff are already available to meet with interested researchers for one-on-one consulting, ranging from issues of basic analysis and design to implementation of advanced statistical techniques. This summer they will be offering workshops on mixed-effects modeling and matching methods. The registration for these workshops will be open May 6.
Please feel free to email Michele Claibourn, Head of StatLab or call her at 434-924-DATA if you’d like to set up an appointment, to offer suggestions for future workshops of interest to graduate students and faculty, or to learn more about the Library’s expanding Research Data Services. Michele has an office in the CLIC, room 306 Bavaro Hall.
EXAM STUDY SPACE
The Library Council made an arrangement with the Small Special Collections Library to make its auditorium available to students as study space during finals, May 2-10. The auditorium is on the lower level of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library, one floor down from the main entrance. Map #19
Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 3, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday May 4, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday May 5 CLOSED
Monday, May 6, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 9, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
PLAGIARISM FACT SHEET
Plagiarism is when one author deliberately (or unthinkingly) uses another person’s work without permission, credit, or acknowledgment. Plagiarism has varying different levels of severity, such as: 1) How much of someone’s work was taken and 2) What was copied. The CLIC librarians hope this guide to plagiarism: what it is and what you can do about it can help you understand and prevent plagiarizing in your writing.
WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET
First, some data for you to digest. 1,000 wallets and purses are stolen every two minutes in America. Additionally, it costs an average of $8,000 to recover from identity theft, not to mention the time it takes standing in line to get a new social security card or other items! Below are items you might consider removing from your wallet to save you time, money, and aggravation. And here is why.
- Social security card
- Multiple credit cards
- Excessive cash
- Spare keys
- Password cheat sheet
- Birth Certificate
The UVA libraries are pleased to announce that you now have access to two new collections of e-books made possible through the Virginia consortium, the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). You can find and connect to them through VIRGO: the Library Catalog. Currently-published titles are already available and more will be added as they are published throughout the year. These books are available in PDF format and can be read, printed or downloaded on your computer or other device.
The first collection is ScienceDirect Books published by Elsevier. It will have almost 700 titles ranging across 22 subject collections in science, technology and medicine. Here is a list of currently available titles in VIRGO Do note you can use the facets on the left of the screen to narrow the results.
The 2nd collection is published by Springer, includes over 2,000 titles in the areas of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Earth and Environmental Science, Computer Science and Behavioral Science. Here is a list of currently available titles in VIRGO. Do note you can use the facets to narrow the results.
FREE LITERACY WEBINAR
Date: May 13, 2013
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Topic: Are You Prepared to Meet the Literacy Needs of African American Male Youth?
Description: The need for quality literacy education is strong, particularly for certain underserved populations. One group in critical need of improved literacy instruction is African American males. According to the National Association for Educational Progress 2011 Report Card, only 14 percent of African American 4th and 8th graders performed at or above the proficient level on national reading tests in 2011 and males scored 9 points lower on average than females.
This webinar will explore the role of the education community, including librarians, in:
1) closing the literacy achievement gap,
2) nurturing the resolve of African American male youth, helping them reconcile their different identities, and re-imagine their place in the world, and
3) enabling African American male youth to take action in their own lives and in their communities.
Presenters: Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Amanda Hitson
Please register for the free webinar even if you will be unable to attend the event as registrants will receive an e-mail when the recorded session is available
IES GRANTEES PRESENT AT AERA
The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is taking place in San Francisco, California, from April 27-May 2. Many Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grantees presented findings from their research grants from the National Center for Education Research (Curry’s Colby Tofel-Grehl, Carolyn Callahan, Susanna Loeb, James Wyckoff, Francis Huang, Marcia Invernizzi, Karen Ford, and Sarah Oh were among the presenters.) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). Click here for a list of conferences where you may be presenting if you receive an IES-funded grant!
POSTER SESSIONS IN THE CLIC
Recently, the CLIC was the site for two poster sessions. Dr. Patrice Grimes’ class, Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School, shared lessons and activities with fellow students in this poster session held April 25th.
Students in Dr. Joanna Lee Williams’ and Dr. Natalia Palacios’ class, Introduction to Child Growth and Development, presented their research topics to students and faculty during a poster session on April 30th.
At some point in your Curry career, you will probably be required to design a poster session and present the information to your peers. You may also want to submit a poster session proposal to a professional association such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in the upcoming years. If so, here is the AERA website that explains how to create an effective poster session.
GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION
“In this annual report, ‘Who Has Your Back,’ the Electronic Frontier Foundation examined the policies of major Internet companies — including ISPs, email providers, cloud storage providers, location-based services, blogging platforms, and social networking sites — to assess whether they publicly commit to standing with users when the government seeks access to user data. The purpose of this report is to incentivize companies to be transparent about how data flows to the government and encourage them to take a stand for user privacy whenever it is possible to do so.” PDF version.
SPARC, The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition, recently released a primer on article level metrics authored by Greg Tananbaum. “Article Level Metrics (ALMs) are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used. ALMs can be employed in conjunction with existing metrics, which have traditionally focused on the long term impact of a collection of articles (i.e., a journal) based on the number of citations generated. This primer is designed to give … an overview of what ALMs are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities, and how they can be used in the tenure and promotion process.”
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving your research data. See this week’s featured data information below.
The National Center for Education Research competitions are:
• Education Research Grants (84.305A);
• Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (84.305B);
• Education Research and Development Center Program (84.305C);
• Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (84.305D); and
• Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy (84.305H).
The “Request for Applications” for each competition is available.
SECURE YOUR DATA
If you need advice about securing your data, the Information Security team’s consultation, guidance, and investigation services can be a valuable resource. The Information Security team is part of the Information Policy, and Records Office (ISPRO). ISPRO reports to the Vice President/CIO, James M. Hilton.
Email: Email ISPRO
2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 162 (across from Ivy Parking garage)
P.O. Box 400898
Charlottesville, VA 22904
FOR UVA RESEARCHERS
The ITS division at UVa offers for fee and without fee options for storing the data that you collect for your research. Check it out!
LIBRARY SERVICES FOR ALUMNI
This is the last in a series of information for new alumni on obtaining library resources after graduation. You can read the first article in the series and the second article from these sites.
Below are sources of freely available datasets.
- Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) provides rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and shares this information broadly. It is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education.
- National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It is part of the IES.
- World Bank: Data - The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. For more information, see the World Bank Data’s About page.
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) – A United Nations source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories. UIS provides a Data Centre where you can access data and build your own statistical tables related to UNESCO’s fields of action.
- FedStats provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. Don’t you love one stop shopping?
- OECD iLibrary Statistics The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. OECD iLibrary is the online library of the OECD featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data.
This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians,
Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman for the Curry School
of Education to support digital scholarship and research