CITE IT RIGHT!
There are three ways of incorporating other writers’ work into your own writing: quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. They differ according to the closeness of your writing to the source writing. If you are quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing, you must attribute the original author/source.
When you paraphrase another author (i.e., summarize a passage or rearrange the order or a sentence and change some of the words), you must credit the original author. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original passage and writers use it as it tends to make it more readable for the reader as the text flows more smoothly. Paraphrasing Example.
When you summarize another author’s work, you put the main idea(s) and also include the main point(s). Once again, it is necessary to attribute summarized ideas to the original source. Summaries are significantly shorter than the original and take a broad overview of the source material. Summarizing Example. Note: Ashley who comments on this posting greatly improves McAdoos’ example in green.
The Digital Media Lab in Clemons Library offers six short courses on how to use the latest digital media software. Courses are free for students, faculty, and staff. The Digital Media Lab is on the 3rd floor to the right as you come down the stairway. Registration is required.
If you have never heard of or used the WayBack Machine, please keep reading as it could be a very useful tool when you are doing research. Below are two examples of times the WayBack Machine (AKA Internet Archive) came in handy to Curry students.
One student was looking for the following report, but when she searched Google, all she found was dead links to the report. Ah, the woes of link rot! A quick search of the WayBack Machine, located a full text copy!
Zucker, A., & McGhee, R. (2005). A study of one-to-one computer use in mathematics and science instruction at the secondary level in Henrico County Public Schools. SRI International. SRI Project.
During the most recent partial government shutdown, another student needed access to government information at NCES. She got this now infamous error message.
With the help of the Wayback Machine, she was able to access a pre-shutdown view of the website and obtain the information she needed.
To use the Wayback Machine, all you need to do is go to the WayBack Machine and enter the URL of the web site that you are trying to access. The Wayback Machine will do the rest.
Are you looking for a multimodal novel to use for your teaching? Inanimate Alice is a transmedia storytelling project that has been adopted by teachers in order to develop their students’ digital literacy skills. The novel, which starts when Alice is eight years old, unfolds in a planned series ten of increasingly complex episodes that will follow Alice as she travels the world and grows to adulthood.
The series and the associated resources have been designed as a reading-from-the-screen experience providing students with a high-quality literacy text that is delivered in a simulated multitasking environment that connects with young people. Could this be the format for future novels?
OPEN ACCESS WEEK SPEAKER
In honor of International Open Access Week, a global event promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research, the University of Virginia Library is sponsoring a talk by Gail McMillan, Professor, University Libraries and Director, Digital Library and Archives at Virginia Tech.
TOPIC: Graduate Student Publishing and Open Access: Understanding the Digital Landscape of Open Access Publishing for Theses and Dissertations
DATE: October 29
TIME: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Alderman Library Scholar’s Lab, Room 421
DESCRIPTION: Gail McMillan has co-authored several studies exploring whether open access to theses and dissertations diminishes future publishing opportunities for graduate students in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Her work (2011 NDTLD Publishers Survey and College & Research Libraries, July 2013) has been widely discussed as part of recent controversies over open access to graduate student work. Join your colleagues for a stimulating talk and discussion. A light lunch will be served.
All Scholars’ Lab events are free, open to all, and require no advance registration. Please check the Scholar’s Lab event calendar for the most recent
INSPIRING TED TALK
Attendees of last Saturday’s SVEA Behavior Workshop, experienced a terrific TED talk by the late Rita Pierson, an educator with over 40 years experience as a teacher, administrator, counselor, and teacher trainer. Her talk, Every Kid Needs a Champion is a clarion call for pre-service and current teachers to make a difference in their students’ lives by forging relationships with their students. Take a look at her TED talk and be inspired yourself. The UVa student chapter of the Virginia Education Association (SVEA) sponsored the workshop.
CASTL WORKS IN PROGRESS PRESENTATION
TOPIC: Using Video-Based Coaching to Support the Implementation of a Social-emotional Learning and Literacy Intervention in Urban Elementary Schools
DATE: Friday, October 25
TIME: 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall, Room 306 (CLIC)
ABSTRACT: The 4Rs (Reading, Writing, Respect, & Resolution) is a social-emotional learning and literacy program with evidence of impacts on teacher behavior and student outcomes from a previous randomized controlled trial. This initial RCT also indicated great variability in the extent to which 4Rs teachers implemented lessons, and student impacts were notably small. Therefore, with partners at Fordham University and Morningside Center, we secured IES Goal 2 funding to modify MyTeachingPartner, a video-based coaching approach, so that it could be used to enhance teachers’ effective implementation of 4Rs. A quasi-experimental design was used to set up a comparison between 35 New York City elementary school classrooms participating in a pilot of 4Rs+MTP and a previous cohort of classrooms that received 4Rs only. Initial results will be presented with questions for the group about ways to solidify the propensity matching approach prior to writing up results for submission to a journal.
PRESENTER: Jason Downer, Director of CASTL and Research Associate Professor, Curry School of Education
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.
ARCHIVING YOUR ARTICLES & DATA
To maximize the dissemination of the research they fund, the grant conditions of funding organizations increasingly require peer-reviewed research outputs to be made freely available to the public in full at the earliest possible date. These aims can be achieved either by publishing in an Open Access publication, or by archiving publications in an Open Access repository. Funding organizations are also increasingly requiring grantees to deposit their raw research data in appropriate public archives or stores, in order to facilitate the validation of results and further work by other researchers. Sherpa/Juliet is a directory you can use to find out the requirements that the funding agency for your research and others has set forth for the archiving of your article and data.
NEED HELP ARCHIVING YOUR DATA?
Did you know that the Data Management Consulting Group (DMCG) works with researchers and graduate students to assist with archiving data? The DMCG aims to simplify the data archiving process for you, so you can meet requirements and your data sharing goals and spend more time on other priorities.
The DMCG can help you through all of the steps in archiving, such as:
* getting the necessary approvals
* finding the right repository
* preparing the required documentation
* organizing and structuring the data
You can set up a consultation by emailing the DMCG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOPIC: Points on Your Map: Street Addresses and More Spatial Things
DATE: October 29
TIME: 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
DESCRIPTION: Do you have a list of street addresses crying out to be mapped? Have a list of zip codes or census tracts you wish to associate with other data? We’ll start with addresses and other things spatial and end with points on a map, ready for visualization and analysis.
PRESENTER: Chris Gist Image from eSpatial.com, used with permission.
TOPIC: Optimization Methods
DATE: October 30
TIME: 2:00 pm–4:30 pm
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
DESCRIPTION: Most generally, optimization is the process of choosing the best outcome. Given this broad definition, tasks as simple as linear regression become solutions to optimization problems. We’ll look at linear programming vs. nonlinear programming, and various problem examples in MATLAB’s optimization toolbox as well as R’s optimization task view. Some statistical and mathematical experience will be useful.
PRESENTER: Kathy Gerber
DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Versioning Your Data
DATE: October 30
TIME: 10:00 am–11:00 am
LOCATION: Brown Library, Electronic Classroom 133
DESCRIPTION: If you’ve ever tried to work on a collaborative project, whether it is writing a paper, sharing information, or managing data, you’ve likely experienced some challenges in identifying the most current version of a work. This workshop will look at how software tools can be used to automatically track versions of a file, record changes, and help you maintain more order in your collaborative projects. Such practices will also be of benefit to individuals working solo, but still having difficulty keeping track of many similar versions of any type of work.
PRESENTERS: Sherry Lake and Bill Corey
World Statistics Pocketbook, 2013 edition
Could your research paper use some authoritative statistics to underscore a point? If so, the World Statistics Pocketbook, 2013 edition an annual compilation of key statistical indicators prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs may be quite useful. Over 50 indicators have been collected from more than 20 international statistical sources and are presented in one-page profiles for 216 countries or areas of the world. This issue covers various years from 2005 to 2012. For the economic indicators, in general, three years – 2005, 2010 and 2011 – are shown; for the indicators in the social and environmental categories, data for one year are presented.
Statistics! They are everywhere, but not everyone understands them. Even if people did understand some of the basic concepts in the past, lack of use probably creates fuzzy understanding today. As part of a public engagement project, the British Psychological Society has produced a series of short videos to help better educate everyone about basic statistical concepts. Using dance for illustration, the videos cover the statistical concepts of correlation, frequency distributions, sampling & standard error, and variance. Tufte, a pioneer in data visualization, must be proud!
NCES LONGITUDINAL DATASET & REPORT
This NCES First Look report introduces new data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 collected in the spring of 2012 when most sample members were in their 11th-grade year. The analyses examine students’ educational expectations; students’ math performance on an algebra assessment, including gains since the 9th grade; students’ math and science efficacy; and students’ initial planning for postsecondary educational application and enrollment.
NCES RELEASES SELECTED STATISTICS
This NCES report, Selected Statistics from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2011-2012, presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary schools and local education agencies and public school student enrollment and staff in the United States for school year 2011–12.
NCES REPORT ON STUDENT DEBT
Degrees of Debt: Student Loan Repayment of Bachelor’s Degree Recipients 1 Year After Graduating: 1994, 2001, and 2009, a Statistics in Brief report, examines the rate of borrowing and the cumulative student loan debt of bachelor’s degree recipients 1 year after they attained their degrees. It compares three cohorts spanning a 15-year period: 1994, 2001, and 2009. The most recent cohort graduated during the 2008 recession.
This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians, Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman.
The newsletter is intended to support faculty and students at the Curry School of Education who are engaged in scientifically based research, evaluation, and teaching by keeping them up-to-date on scholarly resources, trends, and opportunities so they can make a positive impact on education.