Information overload. Embarrassment of riches. Drinking from a firehose. Whatever you call it, this can produce a paralyzing anxiety in your research process. We've all been there. Take a deep breath. Look out the window for a minute. Then I invite you to eavesdrop on the following chat session undertaken to help a student narrow their search to get good results from the mammoth "Articles & More / Summon" search tool on the front page of the Drexel Libraries website.
Last night Drexel's ALA student chapter was proud to host two speaker's who work in libraries for the federal government.
For one week only starting today the SimplyMap GIS platform that we always have carried will add trial access to two of its demographics data packages by special request.
Library statistics from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) for your number crunching pleasure:
ARL Salary Survey: what academic librarians are earning.
ARL Statistics: what academic libraries are spending (among other things).
Other fascinating library statistics also available at the Library Science research guide.
Trial extended through June 15th!
Hugely improved with intuitive “wizards” to guide queries, SimplyMap 2 makes business and demographic information accessible to non-experts through a mapping visualization interface. Included in this trial is temporary access to the amazingly deep Simmons LOCAL and Claritas PRIZM (Nielson) data sets with consumer and opinion data points such as religious and political views that you cannot otherwise find in Census data. This data is excellent for market research, justifying new product dev
Nice to get a moment for a blog post here, especially when more than a few students ask about the same assignment.
As I understand this, you're seeking aspects of the information environment a particular foreign country, including who is publishing, setting policy, technology infrastructure, and cultural aspects about information user. Because we don't have any research guide with a strictly international focus (yet) I offer you the following list of resources to help you get started: