28 March, 2013 Volume 6, Number 30

APA Journals Pro app iconHOW TO WRITE A DISSERTATION TITLE
According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (aka the APA manual), “A title should summarize the main idea of the manuscript simply and, if possible, with style. It should be a concise statement of the main topic and should identify the variable or theoretical issues under investigation and the relationship between them.”  The recommended length for a title is no more than 12 words.  Does your title follow the APA guidelines? See page 23 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for additional information. There is a copy of the 6th edition of the  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in the CLIC. Call number: BF76.7.P83. Barnes and Noble allows you to rent copies or purchase paperback or hardback editions online!

 

APA abstractHOW TO WRITE A DISSERTATION ABSTRACT
As most readers will scan an abstract to determine whether they will read more of a dissertation, it is very important to craft a well-prepared abstract.  APA points out that journal abstracts have word limits that vary and typically range from 150-250 words.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association provides the component parts of an abstract for various types of publications including: 1) an empirical study 2)  literature review or meta-analysis, 3), theory-0riented, 4) methodological and 5) case study.  For example, empirical studies should 1)  describe the problem under investigation in one sentence; 2) identify the participants and specify pertinent characteristics such as age, sex, and ethnic groups; 3) describe the essential study methods; 4) report the basic findings, including effect sizes and confidence intervals and/or statistical significance levels; and 5) the conclusions and  the implications or applications. See pages 25-27 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for additional information. There is a copy of the 6th edition of the  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in the CLIC. Call number: BF76.7.P83. . Barnes and Noble allows you to rent copies or purchase paperback or hardback editions online!

Logo for Merriam-Webster's MedlinePlus DictionaryPRONOUNCE IT!
Need to know what a medical term means?  Do you need to know how to pronounce it?  Just use the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary found on the MedlinePlus website.  While not all of the medical terms in the dictionary have audio pronunciation guides, most do, so you not only can find the meaning of a term, but you can hear how it is pronounced.  This website is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine  of the National Institutes of Health.

 

Discovering Statistics by Andy Field PUBLISHING A BOOK? COOL ENHANCEMENTS
One of the new digital enhancements found in the print book, Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics, 4th ed., is Sage’s MobileStudy.  This feature, using QR codes within the printed book, enables smartphone and tablet users to instantly scan and access additional study and revision material such as SPSS movies.

In addition, faculty members can also choose to use the title alongside WebAssign® which enables them to quickly and easily set regular online assignments for their students (using the close to 2000 questions available), test them securely chapter by chapter, and provide them with extra opportunities to reinforce class learning through additional online practice – all backed up with immediate online feedback about their performance.

 

The Smithsonian Institution castle, located in Washington, D.C.
VIRTUALLY VISIT SMITHSONIAN COLLECTIONS
Teachers are always looking for authoritative, free materials that they can use to enhance their teaching and their students’ learning.  In addition to the Smithsonian Education website that has a variety of resources for educators, the Smithsonian Institution provides free online access to its major collections via the Smithsonian Collections Search Center.  This online catalog contains   records that include images, videos, audio files, podcasts, blog posts and electronic journals.  You may not be able to take your class to Washington, D.C., but that doesn’t mean your students can’t rummage through the “nation’s attic” for information or materials of use in their classwork or just for fun.  Please note:  Most of the images do require permission to use.

 

Cop Watch: Spectators, Social Media, and Police ReformNEW  EBOOK
TITLE: Cop watch: Spectators, social media, and police reform

The APA (American Psychological Association) database, PsycBOOKs, provides quality full text books on a variety educational and psychological topics.  Currently, there are almost 3,500 full text APA books in the PsycBooks database. You can search for the ebooks by author, title, keyword, etc in the database.

 

psycbooks_virgoYou can also locate these full text books by using VIRGO.  This special VIRGO link only retrieves books in the APA PsycBOOKs database and should make research easier and faster for you. Note, in the left hand column, you can limit the results and hone in on books pertinent to your interest by year, author, call number, etc.  We especially like the call number method as it limits by subject!

 

 

AND THE ANSWER IS…Johnny Carson answers questions on his show as Carnac the Magnificent
Here is another question recently fielded by the CLIC Librarians.
Question:  I am trying to upload a Word document with a .docx extension to the Resources section of my Collab site, but the upload keeps failing.  I am using a Mac computer.  How can I up load my document?

Answer:  As soon as we heard that the item to be uploaded was a Word document, a possible solution immediately came to mind.  We asked the individual if the Word document was open when the upload was attempted.  In this case the answer was yes.  As soon as the person closed the Word document, it could be uploaded.

Here is your troubleshooting tip for the week.  If you need to upload a Word document, no matter what the extension might be, .doc or .docx, or what computer operating system is being used or  where you need to do the upload,  be sure to close the Word document first, then do the upload.

 

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.

 

Cover of the pamphlet, Implementing an Open Data PolicyNEW GUIDE ON OPEN DATA
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resource Coalition (SPARC) released a new community resource for research funders entitled, “Implementing an Open Data Policy”.  This primer addresses key issues that these organizations encounter when considering the adoption and implementation of an open data policy.  The guide covers big-picture topics such as how to decide on the range of activities an open data policy should cover. It also delves into areas of very specific concern, such as options for where data can be deposited, and how privacy and other concerns can be managed.

 

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GIS WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Introduction to Quantum GIS
DATE: Thursday, March 28
TIME: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421 (Electronic Classroom)
DESCRIPTION: Quantum GIS (QGIS) is an open source, multi-platform GIS. While not nearly as powerful as ArcGIS, the 80/20 rule applies. Probably 80% of the things most users want to do with GIS can be done with QGIS. The session will introduce the interface and participants will make some nice maps. Learn more about QGIS at http://qgis.org.

 

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GIS WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Advanced Techniques with Quantum GIS (same as below)
DATE: Wednesday, April 3
TIME: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
LOCATION: Campbell Hall, Room 105
DESCRIPTION: One of QGIS’s strengths is its ability to pull in various streaming open standard data services. This session will have participants pull some data in from a remote location and do some spatial analysis.

Logo for Quantum GIS
GIS WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Advanced Techniques with Quantum GIS (same as above)
DATE: Thursday, April 4
TIME: 3:00 – 4:00pm
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421 (Electronic Classroom)
DESCRIPTION: One of QGIS’s strengths is its ability to pull in various streaming open standard data services. This session will have participants pull some data in from a remote location and do some spatial analysis.

The GIS Workshops are Scholars’ Lab events and are free, open to all, and require no advance registration. Please check the event calendar for the most recent updates to the Scholar’s Lab schedule.

 

Logo for the International Activities Program of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) INTERNATIONAL DATA EXPLORER UPDATED  
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has added 2011 TIMSS and PIRLS data to the International Data Explorer.

The International Data Explorer provides results for the United States and other jurisdictions (including both countries and education systems). Results include mathematics and science achievement of fourth- and eighth-grade students for TIMSS and reading achievement of fourth-grade students for PIRLS. Also included are responses to a student questionnaire about their background, attitudes, and school experiences; responses to a teacher questionnaire about instructional practices, resources, and background and training; and responses to a school questionnaire about school characteristics and resources.

 

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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