28 February, 2013 Volume 6, Number 26

world globe with a book and an article

If you find a journal article that is not available from the library, either electronically or in print, never fear, the U.Va. Library’s Interlibrary Loan Services can obtain a PDF copy and email it to you. Just use the Library’s free Interlibrary Loan Service request form to request a copy.  To use this service, you must first register for an interlibrary loan account. Students and faculty in the Curry Off-Grounds program should register by clicking on the “Distance Education/SCPS link. (in the near future, this wording may be changed to Off-Grounds.) Other students should register using the “Graduate & Undergraduate student” link.  Once your account is set up, you can then submit your requests.

You can also use the service to obtain a PDF copy of a book chapter which would be emailed to you.  If you request a book, you will be sent an email once it is available for you to pick up from the U.Va. library that you designated as your pickup library. If you are in the off-Grounds program, the book will be mailed to you without charge and you will need to pay return postage and mail it back, or you can drop it off at one of the U.Va. libraries.


Many funding agencies, including the US National Institutes for Health allow the use of grants for the purpose of paying open access fees charged by a publisher. The following is a list of funding agencies that allow the open access funding charges or articles.


The White House with the Open Access logo floating on top of the picture
The Obama White House recently directed federal agencies to develop open-access policies within the next six months. The directive comes from John Holdren, President Obama’s chief Science Adviser. Read what Peter Suber, who works at Harvard Open Access Project has to say in his blog.


Open Access dissertations through Proquest  OPEN ACCESS DISSERTATIONS
When you submit your dissertation to ProQuest Dissertations, you will be asked if you want to make it open access. Selecting this option will make your scholarship available in full text to anyone in the world, not just those whose university provides them with access to the ProQuest Dissertation &  Thesis database. Distributing your scholarship, whether it is a journal article, dissertation, curriculum, book, etc. could prove to be an effective education change agent as your impact may be faster and more widespread- think globally, write locally! I would be remiss not to state the cost of making your dissertation open access is $90. Here is an example of a dissertation written by Wendy Amato (a Curry alumnus)  that she opted to make Open Access through ProQuest in 2012 .

The University Library is currently building out the university’s institutional repository, Libra. This past semester students in the U.Va. Engineering School deposited their dissertations into Libra which uses the open access distribution model. Other U.Va. Schools will be able to opt into this distribution model and use Libra in the upcoming semesters.   Until then, Curry students depositing their dissertations into ProQuest may want to opt for open access such as the following dissertation that Wendy Amato, Curry class of 2012  opted to distribute via Open Access.



Yes, we are all busy, but we are in this together and we will all make it to the end of the semester!

Remember, Spring break begins March 9th and ends March 17th!  Time to reflect, recharge, and rejoice.



Special Education  Research GuideNEW RESEARCH GUIDE
The CLIC Librarians and Curry faculty associated with the Special Education program area have created a new guide, Special Education: A Library Research Guide.  Our goal was to identify the best journals, databases, associations, blogs, statistics, library services  and more so that you can quickly become familiar with and knowledgeable these tools and resources to assist you with your research and publishing needs.  Please send us your feedback using the “Feedback Section” in the bottom right of the guide!


University of Connecticut lib guide on Publisher PermissionPUBLISHER PERMISSIONS 
Congratulations!  Your research article was accepted for publication.  Now all you have to do is sign your publisher’s agreement and you can add another item to your CV.  But wait!   With a typical publisher’s agreement, you transfer all your copyrights to the publisher.  What are you giving up?  How will this affect your use of your own research article?  What sorts of permissions will you need to obtain from the publisher in order to use your article?

To help answer this and other questions about intellectual property and copyright, the University of Connecticut Libraries developed a website to do just that.   To learn more about publishers’ agreements, publisher permissions, and author rights, look at the UConn Libraries’ web page on Publishers’ Agreements.

 HOOS YOUR Data spelled out in lights
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.


TOPIC: Making Cartograms
TIME: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
DATE: Thursday, Feb. 28
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Rm 421
DESCRIPTION: A cartogram is a thematic map that uses area to represent something other than area. Imagine a map where country area represents population, or cancer rates. You will learn how to send a powerful message with this thematic technique.  This workshop is free, open to all, and require no advance registration.


Geospatial Data Abstraction LibraryGIS WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Introduction to GDAL (same as below)
TIME:  4:00pm – 5:00pm
DATE: Wednesday, March 6
LOCATION: Campbell Hall, Room 105
DESCRIPTION:  The Geospatial Data Abstraction Library is an open source utility library for raster geospatial data formats. As a library, it presents a large number of utilities to the calling application for all supported formats. It also comes with a variety of useful command line utilities for data translation and processing. We will focus on the command line utilities.


Geospatial Data Abstraction LibraryGIS WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Introduction to GDAL (same as above)
TIME: 3:00pm  – 4:00pm
DATE: Thursday, March 7
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
DESCRIPTION:  The Geospatial Data Abstraction Library is an open source utility library for raster geospatial data formats. As a library, it presents a large number of utilities to the calling application for all supported formats. It also comes with a variety of useful command line utilities for data translation and processing. We will focus on the command line utilities.

Check the Scholar’s Lab calendar for future events.


Anyone submitting an application, proposal or report to the NIH must include the PMC reference number (PMCID) when citing applicable papers that they author or that arise from their NIH-funded research. View this NIH web site for instructions on how to find and cite PMCIDs in your NIH applications using the database, PubMed.

Here is an example of a citation for an NIH application:

  1. Pianta, R., Mashburn, A., Downer, J., Hamre, B., & Justice, L.  (2008).  Effects of web-mediated professional development resources on teacher-child interactions in pre-kindergarten classrooms.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 23(4), 431-451. PMCID: PMC3491358

CAUTION: The PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) is different from the PubMed reference number (PMID). PubMed Central is an index of full-text papers, while PubMed is an index of abstracts. The PMCID links to full-text papers in PubMed Central, while the PMID links to abstracts in PubMed. PMIDs have nothing to do with the NIH Public Access Policy.


Cove of the National Assessment of Educational Progress "Nation's Report Card" report, Mega-Statestes“THE NATION’S REPORT CARD: MEGA-STATES”
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) recently released The Nation’s Report Card: Mega-States.

The report highlights educational outcomes in reading, mathematics, and science for the five mega-states, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas.  These five mega-states have the largest populations of public school students in the nation, enrolling close to 40 percent of students in the US.


Cover of the NCES report, Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2010-11  NCES REPORT RELEASED
The recently released National Center for Education Statistics report, “Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2010-11,” provides national data about enrollment in dual credit courses, eligibility requirements for enrolling in dual credit courses, the types of instructors in dual credit courses, and expenses paid by students and their parents. This survey is an update to a 2002-03 dual credit survey.


social_explorerMAP MAKING SOFTWARE
The U.Va. Library currently subscribes to Social Explorer a web application/database  that contains over 18,000 maps, hundreds of profile reports, 40 billion data elements, 335,000 variables and 220 years of data. Interactive mapping and reporting tools let you explore a vast array of demographic data quickly and easily.  Social Explorer and American FactFinder are solid census data tools for your research toolbox

In this example, Newtown, Connecticut: A Demographic Profile of the Shooting Site, Sydney Beveridge “using detailed American Community Survey data from 2006-10, Social Explorer takes a look at who lives in Newtown. We also compared the area with Columbine, Colorado, the site of a tragic high school shooting in 1999, and Aurora, Colorado, where a movie theater shooting took place earlier this year.”


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.




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