NEW CONSULT SERVICE
With the increased demand for online assistance, the CLIC Librarians are offering to conduct library consultations using the free Skype service. If you need some face-to-face assistance, but you aren’t on Grounds, contact the CLIC librarians (434.924.7040 or email@example.com) and set up a date and time for a Skype consultation.
We will be using the Skype interface that allows us to either see your computer screen or you to see our computer screen which can make learning faster and easier. For example, if you want to learn how to search a database, use RefWorks, or find full text journal articles, the CLIC Librarians can either show you step-by-step how to do so, or we can guide you through the process.
Participants will need to set up a free Skype account and download the free Skype software. Individuals can use their computer’s video camera or elect not to use it during the session.
Faculty in off-Grounds classes can contact us to arrange a Skype consultation for either a class or for individuals. Skype us out!
“MY CITATIONS” SERVICE
Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name, e.g., Sara Rimm-Kaufman.
Best of all, it’s quick to set up and simple to maintain – even if you have written hundreds of articles, and even if your name is shared by several different scholars. You can add groups of related articles, not just one article at a time; and your citation metrics are computed and updated automatically as Google Scholar finds new citations to your work on the web. You can choose to have your list of articles updated automatically or review the updates yourself, or to manually update your articles at any time. So maybe it is time to consider creating one for your citations so others can discover your excellent research and increase your impact as a researcher!
CASTL WORKS IN PROGRESS MEETING
TOPIC: Creating Climates for Positive Intergroup Perceptions: Multilevel Modeling in American High School Settings
LOCATION: 350 Old Ivy Way, Suite 100 (free parking)
TIME: Friday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
PRESENTER: Amir Francois
ABSTRACT: In this CASTL WIP meeting, the presenter would like your feedback on a paper which is concerned with the physical structure and social-emotional climate of schools and their role in creating settings in which students can be empowered or dis-empowered to participate in their surroundings. The structure of the school, student perceptions of the school, and student characteristics and demographics all conspire to create the interracial/interethnic climate that all students must learn, interact, and hopefully grow within. Hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) was used to estimate both individual- and school-level factors that contribute to students’ perceptions of interracial friendliness and racial/ethnic conflict in the school environment. Preliminary results suggest different ecological level factors are associated with either positive or negatively valenced perceptions. We hope to see you at the meeting!
EDUCATION POLICY SEMINAR
TOPIC: Knocking on the Door to the Teaching Profession? Modeling the Entry of Prospective Teachers in the Workforce
LOCATION: Holloway Hall (Rm 116), Bavaro Hall
TIME: Monday, November 11, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
PRESENTER: Dan Goldhaber
Dr. Dan Goldhaber is the Director of the Center for Education Data & Research and a Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. His work focuses on issues of educational productivity and reform at the K-12 level, the broad array of human capital policies that influence the composition, distribution, and quality of teachers in the workforce, and connections between students’ K-12 experiences and post-secondary outcomes.
EBSCO INTERFACE UPDATE
We noticed the Ebsco database interface had changed when we were helping a patron select articles in a Ebsco database search to put into RefWorks. We couldn’t find the yellow folder that we needed to select to download the citations into RefWorks! It is now located to the right of the article title instead of the top of the page! (In the area highlighted in yellow in the image above.)
You will also note the “Add a Search Box” link has also been replaced with plus and minus (+/-) buttons. (In the area highlighted in orange in the image above.) For complete information on the update changes go to the New Features link in the top row of the EBSCO tool bar.
WRITE-N-CITE 4 & THE MAC OS X 10.9
Apple recently released a new version of its Mac operating system, Mavericks, OS X 10.9. For those of you using Mac computers with the new operating system, Write-N-Cite 4 for Mac will work with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. However, the upgrade to OS X 10.9 may disable Java or remove it (as Apple has disabled or removed Java in past OS X updates). If your computer uses OS X 10.9 Mavericks, you will need to need to make sure the pre-requisites like Java are installed on your computer to ensure WNC 4 functions correctly. Below are instructions Mac users should follow when preparing to install WNC 4 for Macs.
If you are prompted to download Java when attempting to install Write-N-Cite 4 for Mac after upgrading to OS X 10.9, please restart the computer and download Java by navigating to the Apple Icon > System Updates. Once you have reinstalled/enabled Java, please check for Microsoft Office updates. You can check for Microsoft Office updates by opening Microsoft Word and navigating to Help > Check for Updates.
Once you have updated Microsoft Office, installed all system updates for OS X 10.9 and have verified that Java is enabled in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, please restart your computer and reinstall the latest version of Write-N-Cite 4 for Mac.
AUGMENTED REALITY APP
Augmented reality is new technology that adds graphics, sounds, haptic (tactile) feedback and smell to the natural world as it exists. You’ve probably seen the earlier versions of augmented reality in a print magazine ad that contained a QR code. Jumping on the augmented reality bandwagon, textbook publisher, Pearson, recently released a free app, BouncePages, that allows users to instantly launch interactive instructional content directly from a textbook page to a mobile device. At this time Pearson’s enVision MATH Texas 2.0 is the only instructional program to feature BouncePages, but Pearson envisions developing additional programs. The app was developed in collaboration with Layar and is available in both Bounce Pages App for iOS and Bounce Pages App for Android.
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL APP
The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) selected the Smithsonian Channel app as its November app of the month. This free app, which was nominated for both a Webby and SXSW Interactive Award and is available in Android and iOS versions, offers a new way to explore and watch the Smithsonian Channel’s content, including full episodes and video clips. An extra bonus: kids using this app won’t be exposed to the unpredictable nature of “related” videos that come up on YouTube.
FULL TEXT RETURNS
ERIC announced this week that new processes are in place for reviewing and restoring full text PDFs temporarily restricted from access due to privacy issues. There are approximately 80,000 PDFs currently available for download online, including all releasable materials published from 2005-forward and peer-reviewed full-text materials. Full text in the collection will continue to increase as they resume normal processing of new materials and accelerate PDF restoration. If the ERIC document you need is not available full text online, it may be available in microfiche, which is housed in the Ivy Annex in Alderman Library. Contact us for more information on accessing the microfiche.
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.
DATA VIDEO TUTORIALS
MANTRA is an online course designed for researchers or others planning to manage digital data as part of the research process. Learning units include: Research Data Explained; Data Management Plans; File Formats; Data Protection, Rights and Access; Documentation and Meta Data; Sharing Preservation and Licensing; Storage and Security; Organizing Data; and Software Practicals.
DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Choosing between data sharing repositories for Social Sciences
DATE: Monday, November 11
TIME: 10:00 am–11:00 am
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall, CLIC room 306
DESCRIPTION: After all the hard work and labor of producing research data, we hope that you’ll consider what you should do to preserve and share it with others. Beyond complying with many funding requirements and professional association norms, sharing data in an appropriate repository can help you gain a competitive advantage in your research by making your work more widely accessible. This, in turn, may lead to more citations of your work and broader impact. In the workshop, we will cover the steps needed to share data and how to choose the best location for sharing your data.
PRESENTERS: Bill Corey and Summer Durrant
TOPIC: Taking Control of Your Spatial Data – Editing in ArcGIS
DATE: Tuesday, November 12
TIME: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
DESCRIPTION: Until we perfect that magic “extract all those lines from this paper map” button we’re stuck using editor tools to get that job done. If you’re lucky, someone else has done the work to create your points, lines, and polygons but maybe they need your magic touch to make them better. This session shows you how to create and modify vector features in ArcMap, the world’s most popular geographic information systems software. We’ll explore tools to create new points, lines, and polygons and to edit existing datasets. At version 10, ArcMap’s editor was revamped introducing new templates, but we’ll keep calm and carry on.
PRESENTER: Chris Gist
NOAA DATA IMAGERY PORTAL LAUNCHED
Science teachers and folks interested in environmental changes over time may find this resource useful. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently launched the NOAA View imagery portal. NOAA View provides a single point for experiencing NOAA data from satellites, models, and in-situ analyses. The site allows for seamless browse, animate, and download capability of high resolution images and Google Earth formatted files. With over 60 data sets (and growing) that go as far back as 1880 and out to 2100, NOAA View provides the ability to see our dynamic planet and how it changes over weeks, months, years and even decades. List of Data Sets Available via NOAA Data View (.xlsx)
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.