29 August 2013 Volume 7, Number 2

The CLIC librarians continue with their orientation workshops.

Additional Library sponsored workshops can be found on the Library Workshops page.


TOPIC: The Literature Review Process and Library Resources
WHEN: You need to attend only one session.
10:00 am to 11:00 am – Monday, September 2
2:00 pm to  3:00 pm – Tuesday, September 3
WHERE: Bavaro Hall, room 306 (The CLIC space)
DESCRIPTION:  This session will provide a brief overview of function of the literature review in scholarly communication, a review search strategies and tips for finding appropriate materials for a literature review, and a discussion on methods for evaluating the articles you find.     Please bring your laptop.

TOPIC: Introduction to Using RefWorks Software
WHEN:  You need to attend only one session.
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Monday, September 2
10:00 am to 11:00 am – Tuesday, September 3
WHERE: Bavaro Hall, room 306 (The CLIC space)
DESCRIPTION: Learn to set up and use RefWorks software to organize your research and automatically create citations and bibliographies in APA, AMA, or other bibliographic styles.   Please bring your laptop.

TOPIC:  APA Style in Writing and Citing
WHEN: You need to attend only one session.
Noon to 1:00 pm – Monday, September 2
Noon to 1:00 pm – Tuesday, September 3
WHERE: Bavaro Hall, room 306 (The CLIC space)
DESCRIPTION:  Whether you are new to APA or need a refresher, join us to learn how to format APA references and in text citations, use APA style when formatting and writing your research paper, and write with clarity and conciseness. If you have an APA manual, 6th edition, please bring it and your laptop with you.

TOPIC:  Using RefWorks Write-N-Cite 4.0
WHEN: You need to attend only one session.
11:00 am to Noon – Wednesday, September 4
Noon to 1:00 pm – Thursday, September 5
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Friday, September 6
WHERE: Bavaro Hall, room 306 (The CLIC space)
DESCRIPTION: Learn to use the newest version of RefWork’s Write-N-Cite software, which works in conjunction with WORD software. Write-N-Cite will automatically insert your reference list and In-Text (Parenthetical) Documentation in APA, AMA, or other style guide format into your research paper.   Please bring your laptop.


If you are looking for a test instrument to use in your research or you want to view and study what test instruments are available, you can use the PsycTESTS and Mental Measurements Yearbook databases to help you locate them.

The  Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) database provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 3,000 commercially available  testing instruments. All MMY entries contain descriptive information, e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing and edited reviews written by leading content area experts. To be included in the MMY, a test must be commercially available (meaning there is a fee charged for the test), published in the English language, and be new or revised since it last appeared in the series.

psyctests The library has just acquired  a one year subscription to the new database, PsycTESTS® . The database is published by the American Psychological Association (APA). It provides access to freely available psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments that have been published in journals indexed in the APA database, PsycINFO. You will also find descriptive information about the test, its development, and administration.

Do note that once you enter a search in PsycTESTS, you can use the facets in the left column to narrow your search results by construct, age group, population, permissions (important as this indicates if you can use the test instrument in your research without having to contact the author or publisher, or if you first need to contact the author/owner of the copyright, etc.) and more.

The CLIC librarians found the information on this APA web site most helpful in placing this database in context. http://www.apa.org/science/programs/testing/find-tests.aspx


evidenced based teaching for higher educationNEW APA  EBOOK
Title: Evidence Based Teaching for Higher Education

Or you can go directly to the full text from this link.




U. Va. Teaching Resource Center logoTRC  GRADUATE WORKSHOPS
The Teaching Resource Center (TRC) offers a number of workshops and events throughout the year which are open and free to the University community.  These resources are designed to enhance the teaching abilities and professional development of faculty and teaching assistants at the University of Virginia. The Graduate Professional Development Series starts next week.  For the complete list of recent and upcoming events, click here.


HOOS YOUR  Data spelled out in lights
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving  research data. See this week’s featured data information below.

This is the first in a continuing series of introductions to the people providing the Library’s evolving suite of data services to the University community.

Andrew Sallans, Head of Data Management Consulting Group will be holding office hours in the CLIC during the Fall Semester on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. You can drop by or schedule an appointment with him to discuss how to create data management plans;  manage data for your dissertation, research projects, and grants; and archiving that data.  You can contact Andrew at dmconsult@virginia.edu


The 2011–12 school year Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) collected data from a nationally representative sample of the estimated 116,240 K-12 schools in the country, with additional data collected from nationally representative samples of districts and school library media centers associated with traditional public and public charter schools.  The SASS  is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every 4 years. Below are links to the five most recent reports.

Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States: Results From the 2011–12 Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES 2013-311)

Characteristics of Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools in the United States: Results From the 2011–12 Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES 2013-312)

Characteristics of Public and Private Elementary and Secondary School Principals in the United States: Results From the 2011–12 Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES 2013-313)

Characteristics of Public and Private Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results From the 2011–12 Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES 2013-314)

Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Library Media Centers in the United States: Results From the 2011–12 Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES 2013-315)


npsas_logoNEW 2011-2012 REPORT
This First Look report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) presents findings from the 2011–12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12), a nationally representative study of undergraduate and graduate students attending postsecondary institutions in the United States. NPSAS provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive look at postsecondary student characteristics and student financial aid for the 2011–12 academic year.


Applications for an  Education Research Grant from the IES National Center for Education Research are due September 4, 2013.  Since IES has a policy on sharing research data, researchers applying for Goal Four Scale-Up Evaluation grants under competitions 84.305A are expected to include data sharing plans in their applications.

The University of Virginia Library’s Data Management Consulting Group (DMConsult) has developed a Data Sharing Plan Template that you can use to help you fulfill the IES requirement.   You can find the IES template in the DMPTool. The DMPTool (co-created by UVa Library) guides researchers through writing the IES Data Sharing Plan. If you have any questions about the IES Data Sharing requirements, writing the data sharing plan or using the DMPTool, contact them at (dmconsult@virginia.edu).


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.



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