Saturday, April 12, 2014

Recurring Reference Question:
I sent myself a link to an article, but now the link doesn't work. Help!

If you capture a link to an article from the address bar in one of our databases, then chances are, the link will not work later on. This is because the URL in the address bar was created on-the-fly, based on the search that you performed, and it is not a permanent link.

Instead, look for a link within the identifying record for the article (where the title, author, and source information is given). This may be listed under "tools" (as in the Ebsco databases) and referred to as a:

  • PURL, or a Persistent URL
  • Permalink
  • Document URL

Sometimes the permalink is located all the way at the bottom of the screen, at the very end of the article. The ProQuest databases are in this category (ABI-Inform, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe), as well as the Gale databases (Academic Onefile, Global Issues in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Biography in Context, Gale Virtual Reference.)

Also, if you find a book in the library's catalog, the permanent links are labeled as "Link to this record." Right clicking on the link will give the option to copy the link location.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Library Twitter Contests in April 2014!

Follow @sawlib for a weekly chance to win.

Answer library-related questions for a shot at a $10 mystery gift card.

Bonus: learn awesomeness about Sawyer Library. <3

  1. Contests begin each Monday at 12am.
  2. Contests end each Thursday at 12pm.
  3. Winner randomly chosen from pool of correct answers via Twitter replies.
  4. Prizes may be picked up at Reference Desk of Sawyer Library, Sunday through Thursday.
  5. Reference Librarians may not be utilized for contest answers! Be honorable, people.
  6. If you like: let us know what you think of the contests! :-)

New Database: Communication Source

The Sawyer Library has purchased EBSCO’s new Communication Source, a merger of Communication and Mass Media Complete and Communication Abstracts.

This database offers full-text for over 800 titles, including 600 active titles and 150 full-text titles not found in any EBSCO academic databases. Content pertains to communications, linguistics, rhetoric, speech-language pathology, media studies, and related fields. Coverage dates back to 1915. Communication and Mass Media Complete, Communication Abstracts, and CIOS (Communication Institute for Online Scholarship) are no longer listed amongst our databases, because their content is included within Communication Source.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Recurring Reference Question:
I used a book last week to get information for my paper, but I forgot to note down what it was, so that I can cite it. What should I do?

Always be sure to capture all the information you need for your works cited (bibliography or list of references) while you are using the item!!!

For books, this typically means:
  • Author(s) of the book.
  • Title of the book.
  • Publisher.
  • Place of publication.
  • Date of publication.
  • In the event that the book was accessed online, then also note the name of the database/vendor which provided the material, such as eBrary or Cambridge Collections Online.
For articles, this typically means:
  • Author(s)of the article.
  • Title of the article.
  • Title of the publication that the article appeared in.
  • Volume number (if available).
  • Issue number (if available).
  • Date of publication.
  • Page numbers.
  • In the event that the article was accessed online, then also note the name of the database and the DOI (digital object identifier) of the article. The MLA style requires the name of the database, and the APA style requires the DOI.
The Sawyer Library has a variety of guides to help with this process: Citation Styles, Tools & Techniques

The Library also subscribes to tools which will help you create your works cited lists: RefWorks and Noodle Tools. Note that there is a guide specifically for the use of RefWorks.

Unfortunately, for those of us who really do forget to take down any information about which sources were used (probably everyone does this once during their lifetime...), then there are few options left except to reconstruct the original search, and review the results list.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Book: "The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets"

The animated sit-com, "The Simpsons," has made its way into American popular culture, both as a reflection and as an influence. But did you know that for all these years, it has also been sneaking in references to high level mathematics? This is according to the new book The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets"

The author, Simon Singh, is both a fan of the show and has his Ph.D. in particle physics. According to the book's summary, Singh noticed and documented so many allusions to math in The Simpsons, that it could "form the basis of an entire university course."

Friday, February 28, 2014

Recurring Reference Question:
I have a marketing project to do, and I found a report on Google, but it costs $$$$. What should I do?

Market research reports that one finds via Google, with price tags attached, are typically produced by private market research firms. The Sawyer Library does not have access to these reports.

However, the library does subscribe to several online resources which can provide market and consumer information. Have a look at the library's guide to Marketing and Advertising Resources, and in particular take note of Euromonitor's Passport GMID (Global Market Information Database).)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snow Daze: The Winter of our Discontent

Instead of fighting with February, why not embrace the season with some icy classics? Check out these frost-covered books in Sawyer Library.

Kawabata's Snow Country
This is a love story - of sorts - set in the deep drifts of northern Japan.
Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars
A murder mystery set in Puget Sound, with historical background in WWII Japanese-American internment camps.
Wharton's Ethan Frome
A classic story of lost love, set in rural New England.

Hemingway's Snows of Kilimanjaro
A collection of short stories by Papa Hemingway.
Snow Caves for Fun and Survival
For all your igloo-building needs.