5 June 2014 Volume 7, Number 36


Looking for a test instrument that is freely available? If so the PsycTests database may be just what you need. In less than three years, the number of test indexed has increased by 900%. There are now over 20,000 tests in the database and 75% of the tests represented have either the full test or items from the test available to download, and approximately 50% were published in the last decade!

If PsycTests doesn’t serve your need, you can consider using the Mental Measurements Yearbook  which provides reviews containing descriptive (including validity and reliability documentation) and administrative information about tests, measures, scales, and other assessment instruments for over 10,000 tests. Purchasing information is included. FAQ.


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently announced that it is now adding new and updated citations to PubMed seven days a week. Prior to this change, the NLM updated PubMed five times a week on Tuesday through Saturday.

Also, new MEDLINE/PubMed update files for NLM data licensees will appear on the ftp server daily by noon ET. More than one update file may become available on the same day. The update files are available all hours seven days per week throughout the year.



Cover of the Sage Handbook of Special Education, 2nd ed.NEW ONLINE HANDBOOK
TITLE: Sage Handbook of Special Education, 2013 (online)
EDITOR:  Lani Florian
OVERVIEW: “The second edition of The SAGE Handbook of Special Education provides a comprehensive overview of special education… The contributors bring together up-to-date theory, research and innovations in practice, with an emphasis on future directions for the role of special education in a global context of inclusion.” Publisher



birdsongsNAME THAT TUNE!
We love this interactive tool. Go to the Bird Song website, click on the bird images and hear their songs! Give a listen!




CrossMark, an identification service from CrossRef, gives scholars the information they need to verify that they are using the most recent and reliable versions of a document. Readers simply click on the CrossMark logo of an article, and a status box informs them if the document is current or if updates are available. Any reader can access CrossMark information from a participating publisher’s content – at no charge.

The publisher, Springer, recently announced that from now on published Springer journal content will have a CrossMark logo in the upper right corner of the html version of the article.  (Highlighted in yellow in this example.)  Just click on the logo to view the status of the article.Article showing the CrossMark logo in the upper right corner, highlighted in yellow.


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It may be summer, but research continues. The CLIC librarians offer research consultations Monday-Friday in the CLIC (Curry Library Innovation Commons), Bavaro Hall, room 306.  In addition to meeting with you in the CLIC, they can meet with you in your space or if you prefer, they can even meet with you in a Skype session. Drop by or contact them to schedule a consult for your research needs.
Carole Lohman ccl5u@virginia.edu 434.924.7040
Kay Buchanan kac7f@virginia.edu 434.982.2664


Logo for the Rare Book School at the University of VirginiaATTENTION BIBLIOPHILES!
Each summer the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia hosts a summer lecture series.   The 2014 series will include a diverse group of lecturers speaking on everything from braille to zines, word processing to forging Galileo.   Starting June 9th, all talks will take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia unless otherwise noted on the lecture schedule.  The lectures  are free and open to the public.



HOOS YOUR  datalights
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.


Condition of Education report NEED STATS FOR YOUR RESEARCH?
IES just released  their authoritative report, Condition of Education 2014, which provides statistics we love to see cited in your papers and articles as they can help support your research.  For example, the report provided this statistical information,  “In 2012, almost two-thirds of 3- to 5-year-olds were enrolled in preschool, and 60 percent of these children attended full-day programs.” Additional stats are provided in the report including  those associated with the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education.


Cover of Education Week's Diplomas Count 2014: Motivation Matters: Engaging Students, Creating LearnersDIPLOMAS COUNT 2014 RELEASED
 Education Week just released its annual report on graduation policy and graduation rates, Diplomas Count 2014.  The theme for this year’s report is Motivation Matters: Engaging Students, Creating Learners.  In addition to the statistical information included in the report, there are several articles on the topic of student engagement and motivation.




Are you interested in knowing more about data mining or doing data mining?  Christonard, a blogger who works in online marketing,  has identified 12 OPEN ACCESS Data Mining E-Books for you that can get you going, including these titles:

 The Elements of Statistical Learning by Hastie, Tibshirani & Friedman – “This is an in-depth overview of methods, complete with theory, derivations & code. I’d definitely consider this a graduate level text. I’d also consider it one of the best books available on the topic of data mining.” Christonard

An Introduction to Statistical Learning with Applications in R by James, Witten, Hastie & Tibshirani – “This book is fantastic and has helped me quite a bit. It provides an overview of several methods, along with the R code for how to complete them.” Christonard 


adobe-professional-developmentADOBE EDUCATION EXCHANGE
Imagine how much fun it will be to use Adobe Voice software to write your  “What I did for summer vacation” report!  Adobe Education Exchange provides free professional development workshops to help your teaching and learning by grade level, subject, Adobe product, and ISTE and Common Core Standards. Explore the workshops!


The creator of the website, Spurious Correlations, wanted to create a fun way to look at correlations and to think about data. He explained, “The charts on this site aren’t meant to imply causation nor are they meant to create a distrust for research or even correlative data. Rather, I hope this projects fosters interest in statistics and numerical research.” As it is summer and there are lots of bees, we were struck by this one.


data-publishing-guidelines3 PILLARS OF DATA PUBLISHING
Whether you create or use data, you can help promote the use and discovery of data sets in three important ways.
1. Creators: Deposit your data set in a trusted data repository to guarantee long term access.
2. Creators and Researchers: Use a formal citation style for data sets. (For example, this is the APA citation style for a data set.) 
3. Creators and Researchers: Include metadata, documentation, and code to understand and reuse the data.


National Science Foundation logoUPDATED STATE DATA TOOL
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a newly updated, online, interactive state data tool  that allows policymakers, educators and other users to discern trends in education, science and research in each of the 50 states.  This free resource supplements the state data in the 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators report.

The tool features 59 state indicators of state performance.  It offers tables, charts and graphs, and permits users to view and customize data in multiple ways, such as making comparisons with other states, looking at 20 year trends, and translating financial information from current into constant dollars.


New state-level data on Common Core State Standards and charter schools are now available on the State Education Reforms website. The State Education Reforms website compiles and disseminates data on state-level education reform efforts in five areas:  Accountability,  Assessment and Standards,  Staff Qualifications and Development, State Support for School Choice and Other Options, and  Student Readiness and Progress Through School.

The “Accountability”, “Assessment and Standards” and “Staff Qualifications and Development” sections of the site each had one table updated. In the “State Support for School Choice and Other Options”, two tables were updated. These tables may be easily located by the “Updated!” tags next to the table titles.


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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