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Education, Informatics & Computing Blog

The Education, Informatics & Computing blog focuses on new products, startling discoveries and tips about search, analysis and using the information from the Drexel Libraries subscribed resources, as well as the open web.

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Alternatives to ePocrates

Submitted by Tim Siftar on January 9, 2017 - 11:22AM

University access to ePocrates has been discontinued.

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Health Informatics Standards in New ASTM Database

Submitted by Tim Siftar on December 9, 2015 - 11:47AM

Reviewing the ASTM holdings for content related to the College of Computing and Informatics, the area of health informatics serves as a good example of the content you may expect to find in other specialized disciplines.

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New Book: How to screw up in grad school

Submitted by Tim Siftar on October 28, 2015 - 12:29PM

Not all new books warrant their own blog post. This one however was requested by a faculty member who found the contents helpful and planned to recommend it to his advisees. Even without reading the full text of the book, the list of chapter headings can provide a good reality check for anyone considering or currently in graduate school.

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EndNote Desktop Training Session

Submitted by Tim Siftar on April 17, 2015 - 4:53PM

Have you visted the EndNote start-up guide and successfully installed the desktop software? Now you are ready for the next step.

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Find Full Text from a Citation using Google Scholar

Submitted by Tim Siftar on April 9, 2015 - 3:23PM

How do I find the full text of an article when I only have the citation? Several options exist but perhaps the simplest involves using Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com) after you have customized your Settings to point to 'Get It @ Drexel'

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Safari Tech Books Online - User Tips

Submitted by Tim Siftar on April 8, 2015 - 4:20PM

This service is the home to e-books from publishers such as OReilly, PeachPit, Prentice Hall, Adobe, Manning, Microsoft, Wiley, and many more.

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The Discipline of Organizing

Submitted by Tim Siftar on March 30, 2015 - 4:39PM

Organizing information lies at the heart of so many disciplines. Can one book speak to all them? How about one that's re-configurable into 2048 different versions, depending upon your field?

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Citation Management After RefWorks Goes Away

Submitted by Tim Siftar on October 3, 2014 - 12:53PM

If you have not already heard the news, Drexel will cancel its subscription to RefWorks at the end of September. Users have a one-month grace period to move the contents of their accounts to another platform or pay for a personal subscription. What are the alternatives?

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New Computing and Informatics e-books from Morgan Claypool

Submitted by Tim Siftar on September 4, 2014 - 2:59PM

New books! Four series of fully downloadable, short and to-the-point titles on computing and informatics topics authored by leading faculty and practitioners in the field!

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STEM 'SMART' Workshop Resource Links for K-12

Submitted by Tim Siftar on August 26, 2014 - 5:04PM

Over the last 3 years, the National Science Foundation has sponsored a series of STEM Smart Workshops which have showcased promising practices and resources in support of effective K-12 STEM Education in schools and programs.  We invite you to visit the collection of resources from past meetings.

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The Royal Society will launch new open access science journal

Submitted by Tim Siftar on March 14, 2014 - 5:28PM

The world's oldest scientific publisher, The Royal Society of London, announced today that they will launch a new open access journal that will cover the entire spectrum of science and mathematics.

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Proquest Dissertations and Theses Full Text

Submitted by Tim Siftar on March 14, 2014 - 12:46PM

This database is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. Some quick tips for getting started:

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'Faculty Portfolio' Quickstart Tipsheet for CCI

Submitted by Tim Siftar on November 27, 2013 - 1:08PM

The Provost has set a goal for every full-time faculty at the University to have started their Faculty Portfolio by the end of this spring term!  This post is designed to orient you to the idea and then guide you through what is involved to get started.

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Defeat Information Overload, Narrow Your Search in Summon: An example

Submitted by Tim Siftar on October 22, 2013 - 12:39PM

Don't forget the LIBRARY CHAT option is available from the front page of the library website, and even from within the Summon search interface (up at the top.) Help is just a click away! Available from 9AM to 10PM on school nights.

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Customizing Your Google Scholar Settings to Link to Fulltext at Drexel

Submitted by Tim Siftar on October 10, 2013 - 2:06PM

A few simple steps can make all the difference in connecting search results to full text, exporting citations to RefWorks or EndNote and best of all - SAVING TIME!

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ERIC Workaround During Sequester Outage

Submitted by Tim Siftar on October 4, 2013 - 5:56PM

Due to the Federal Government sequester, my favorite publicly accessible interface to the ERIC aka 'Education Research Information Clearinghouse' database is not working. 

 

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Exporting Citations from RefWorks to EndNote

Submitted by Tim Siftar on April 23, 2013 - 5:00PM

This post is in response to inquiries from Education graduate students who use the web-based RefWorks citation management solution for harvesting journal citations, but would like to ultimately have their citations reside in the desktop-based EndNote software.

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Using RefWorks to Produce a Custom Annotated Bibliography

Submitted by Tim Siftar on April 22, 2013 - 5:01PM

Annotated bibliographies can be managed in a variety of ways. Based on a recent interaction I will share the steps outlined for an EdD student who wanted to try using RefWorks.

 

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Biomedical Engineering Design Resources

Submitted by Jay Bhatt on February 27, 2013 - 4:00PM

This article includes a list of biomedical engineering design resources.

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Safari Tech Books- Your Recommendations?

Submitted by Tim Siftar on December 13, 2012 - 8:15PM

Do you have a favorite information technology book that the Library doesn't currently own? How about a hot tech topic that the Library collection should develop? We welcome your help to fully utilize our allotted number of titles.

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Career Options for Librarians in Federal Libraries

Submitted by Tim Siftar on November 13, 2012 - 6:25PM

Last night Drexel's ALA student chapter was proud to host two speaker's who work in libraries for the federal government. Nancy Gomez Faget and Betsy Jayasuriya were in Philly for the day to share their personal career stories with MSLIS students - and how *you too* can pursue library-related opportunities with the federal government.

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Accessing Chronicle of Higher Education

Submitted by Tim Siftar on September 24, 2012 - 8:06PM

The question of how to best access the Chronicle of Higher Education frequently gets asked on our Library Help instant message question service, or to me directly. Several options exist with varying degrees of ease and number of steps. I offer you the most common options so you can choose based on your situation and preferences.

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Education in Video - New Repository of Teachers in Action

Submitted by Tim Siftar on September 18, 2012 - 7:45PM

Want to jazz up a teacher education presentation? Or observe how a seasoned professional presents a difficult topic or handles an unruly classroom? Learn more about our growing online collection of streaming video developed specifically for training and developing teachers.

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Updated Library Statistics from ARL

Submitted by Tim Siftar on May 31, 2012 - 7:44PM

Library statistics from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) for your number crunching pleasure!

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Summary of Recent Orientations for Graduate Students

Submitted by Tim Siftar on May 29, 2012 - 8:59PM

Many graduate courses for the School of Education have research projects that are coming into focus at this point in the term. Permit me to summarize the points I have covered in recent webinars with a few links and comments.

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Dude. Where's my Dissertation?

Submitted by Tim Siftar on May 29, 2012 - 6:39PM

Congratulations! You have completed your PhD/EdD or a masters degree at Drexel University. Assuming that you completed all the steps to take the degree, then you probably found your way here to the Library to drop off hard and soft copies for binding , unless you opted out as described on this FAQ.

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eBrary E-books Now Downloadable

Submitted by Tim Siftar on November 30, 2011 - 10:26PM

Got a Smart Phone, iPad, Kindle or Nook? Drexel leases over 32,000 scholarly books from the vendor eBrary that includes titles from a wide variety of disciplines.

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Sage Research Methods Online - now permanently added

Submitted by Tim Siftar on November 28, 2011 - 9:07PM

Authoritative and useful descriptions of research methods can be hard to find. SAGE has a deep shelf of social science publications that they draw upon for this new and easy-to-browse tool.

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New Almanac of Higher Education from Chronicle of HE

Submitted by Tim Siftar on August 29, 2011 - 1:55PM

The 2011 Almanac issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education has just been published. You'll find the latest data on enrollments, tuition, compensation, research, and much more--all in one convenient, 90-page special issue of The Chronicle.

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Alternatives to Gartner (going away in November)

Submitted by Tim Siftar on August 26, 2011 - 7:17PM

Alternatives to Gartner going away in November.

 

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Share ERIC Searches within a Community of Interest

Submitted by Tim Siftar on August 18, 2011 - 7:58PM

Would you like to share your ERIC searches with a community of people with similar interests? Are you curious about what others are searching--and finding--in your topic area? ERIC is pleased to announce the release of a new Shared Search feature that is currently undergoing beta testing.

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Education Research Beyond Summon

Submitted by Tim Siftar on June 1, 2011 - 3:01PM

Today's blog posting is an odd testament to the success of the Summon discovery layer on the Library's front page under the 'Articles & More' tab that was introduced one short year ago.

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INFO 780 International Issues tips

Submitted by Tim Siftar on April 15, 2011 - 8:51PM

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.

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LIS Job Hunt Secret Ingredient

Submitted by Tim Siftar on August 17, 2010 - 9:16AM

When LIS graduate students ask me about job-hunting, they are all guaranteed to hear one piece of advice in common, regardless of their professional goals. 'Are you a member of the X association?' (where X=the professional association that best matches their desired field of employment). This advice is based on more than conjecture. Time and time again, I have heard stories where a key factor in a graduate's successful job hunt was related to their association involvement.

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New Faculty Development Videos from Magna

Submitted by Tim Siftar on August 13, 2010 - 1:39PM

The Provost's Office has purchased a subscription to several dozen of the most recent faculty development videos available from Magna Publications.

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Do you have this journal?

Submitted by Tim Siftar on March 17, 2010 - 12:28PM

This is part of an occasional series where I post my responses to typical questions I receive in the hopes that it may be useful to others.

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Wiley Data Model Resource

Submitted by Tim Siftar on February 22, 2010 - 1:49PM

Earlier this year an iSchool PhD student requested a book for the collection that was really a collection of data models related to e-commerce scenarios from Wiley.

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Interview a librarian about their career track

Submitted by Tim Siftar on December 15, 2009 - 5:31PM

An interview with a librarian to learn more about career-tracks and specialties within the profession.

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E-Book Expo: Lyrasis Panel Discussion (archive)

Submitted by Tim Siftar on November 24, 2009 - 5:04PM

Last Friday, I was very pleased to participate as part of this panel discussion being held by Lyrasis at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg Pa. The ambitious hour-long agenda covered many aspects of working with e-books in libraries, featuring just five minutes from eight different speakers and several excellent questions from participants.

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Question: Do you have these journals?

Submitted by Tim Siftar on October 14, 2009 - 11:55AM

This is part of an occasional series where I post my responses to typical questions I receive in the hopes that it may be useful to others.

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New Postsecondary Governance Structures Database

Submitted by Tim Siftar on September 30, 2009 - 10:47AM

Learn more about a revised version of the 1997 State Postsecondary Structures Sourcebook that was converted into an interactive database with information about the post-secondary governance structures in each state.

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Comparison of E-Book Collections

Submitted by Dana Denick on September 21, 2009 - 2:01PM

E-Book Collections are taking off in libraries and private subscriptions, but how to they compare? What follows is a work in progress based on perceptions of the Librarians at Drexel University's Hagerty Library of the e-book platforms we use.

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Information Systems & Technology Associations

Submitted by Tim Siftar on May 22, 2009 - 12:16PM

Professional associations are good investments. Whether you are networking for a job, keeping skills up to date or just seeking the company of colleagues, your reward from participating will exceed your investment many times over.

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New Student Life Stats from Higher Education Research Institute

Submitted by Tim Siftar on May 8, 2009 - 2:44PM

As we deepen our holdings to support Drexel's Masters of Science in Higher Education, new gems continue to come to my attention like the following reports from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA's HERI.

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Half-dozen Types of Info Tech / Info Sys Literature

Submitted by Tim Siftar on May 4, 2009 - 9:57AM

Gerry Stahl's INFO105 class recently heard about the different kinds of literature I find in the information technology / information systems field. Following ancient library wisdom 'use the right tool for the job,' students who distinguish between the following 6 types are in a better position to take advantage of the strengths of each, while avoiding some of the 'round-peg-square-hole' pitfalls that might otherwise arise. So here's a quick overview of the talk.

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Information Technology Case Studies - Keeping IT Real!

Submitted by Tim Siftar on February 2, 2009 - 6:07PM

IT cases are great teaching and learning tools. If you're a faculty member teaching students with limited professional exposure, you have only so many ways of 'making it real' for your class. Similarly, if you're a student, how can you prepare yourself for a co-op or professional position when you have few details about the job, and little experience to draw upon when challenging situations arise?

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How to Cite YouTube & TheHistoryMakers Videos

Submitted by Tim Siftar on June 5, 2008 - 7:16PM

How do you cite Barack Obama's February 2001 interview on TheHistoryMakers? That's what students in several ENGL 102 & 103 classes are asking after using TheHistoryMakers database of oral history videos of leading African Americans as a source for their term papers.

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Geography Resources for Teacher Ed Students

Submitted by Tim Siftar on May 7, 2008 - 3:10PM

The world is yours to explore! That's the message these great library resources can help k-12 teachers share with their students.

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New library material matching your Preferred Searches

Submitted by Tim Siftar on April 14, 2008 - 11:06AM

Drexel University Libraries recently added material to its collection that may be of interest to you based on your preferred search settings.

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Add First-Person Voice to Your Research with TheHistoryMakers

Submitted by Tim Siftar on April 14, 2008 - 10:39AM

Finding experts to interview when you need to support a key point in your research can be a challenge. One new resource that can help is a database of oral history videos from notable African Americans.

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INFO 520 'I want to compare these two associations...'

Submitted by Tim Siftar on October 17, 2007 - 3:39PM

This is a perennial project for the INFO 520 class. And I always wonder how far to go in responding to the questions I get about it.

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Getting Required Course Readings

Submitted by Tim Siftar on October 1, 2007 - 4:03PM

Feeling thrifty? Ready to go to some extra lengths to get your readings? Already scouted the bookstore, , Amazon and Half.com? Here's the shorthand version of what we tell folks at the Reference Desk.

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Teachers! Get class consciousness - at the Library

Submitted by Tim Siftar on June 11, 2007 - 3:24PM

So if this June 11th article in the NYTimes on Ruby Payne is for real, it seems that LOTS of teachers are groping for a sense of how to constructively engage children from different class backgrounds than their own.

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Announcing New Edu-flicks at the Library

Submitted by Tim Siftar on March 8, 2007 - 3:12PM

As a teacher ed student, who do you recall as outstanding educators from your own personal experience? I'll bet every teacher ed student gets asked to reflect upon this topic more than once during their first few introductory courses.

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New Library E-Reference Book Series

Submitted by Tim Siftar on December 5, 2006 - 12:38PM

Each of these series covers a sub-discipline in the field of librarianship or some relevant methodology used in its research.

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New Education E-Reference Book Series

Submitted by Tim Siftar on December 5, 2006 - 11:12AM

Each of these series covers a sub-discipline in the field of education or some relevant methodology used in education research. 

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Professsional Associations - Personal Background

Submitted by Tim Siftar on November 2, 2006 - 2:23PM

When faculty member Linda Marion invited me to speak to her introductory class of new library students about my professional affiliations I had to ponder what angle to take. I say that only because, aside from being a consistent Special Libraries Assn (SLA) member, my other affiliations have been all over the map.

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Favorite grad student research project ...

Submitted by Tim Siftar on September 26, 2006 - 5:01PM

When this story first appeared in the NY Times I had yet another opportunity to marvel at all the energy expended by graduate students doing their term projects.

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Mapping world statistics ... proportionally

Submitted by Tim Siftar on September 26, 2006 - 3:13PM

This might be cool for those hard-to-impress high school students who always do better with pictures than lists of numbers (as is true for most everyone else as well.) 'What if there were maps that showed information about countries in terms other than land mass? Worldmapper does just that.

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TRAILS--Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

Submitted by Tim Siftar on September 26, 2006 - 3:05PM

TRAILS is a federally funded project to create a tool for library media specialists and teachers to assess the information literacy skills of their high school students.

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Safari: new code search + custom textbooks

Submitted by Tim Siftar on August 25, 2006 - 3:58PM

Okay - *now* I see the folks at Safari doing something creative with all that electronic content they have.

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Web of Science saved searches

Submitted by Tim Siftar on August 25, 2006 - 2:48PM

Okay, time to put on my book-geek hat! I just received my first alert after setting up a 'saved search' on the newly upgraded Thomson Web of Science platform.

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Comics & manga & graphic novels @ Drexel University libraries !

Submitted by Tim Siftar on May 11, 2006 - 10:32AM

Check out our latest arrivals . . . Search in the online Library Catalog for keyword: GRAPHIC NOVELS

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