Tagged: social sciences

Web of Science Training

Web of Science

The Web of ScienceSM (formerly Web of Knowledge) is today’s premier research platform, helping you quickly find, analyze, and share information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. You get integrated access to high quality literature through a unified platform that links a wide variety of content with one seamless search.

Whether you are new to Web of Science or have been using it for years, the interface may have changed since you last used it, or there may be a new or improved feature you have not had time to explore.  As you return to your research this summer, you may find it helpful to register for a free, online training session to refresh your skills.  These live sessions are led by the Web of Science Customer Education team and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

  • Basic Search and Navigation
  • Cited Reference Searching
  • Organization Name Searching
  • Citation Report and the H-Index
  • Endnote Online for Web of Science Users

Register online at http://bit.ly/1ur0Hl7

Web of Science also offers 2-6 minute YouTube videos that demonstrate citation mapping, journal citation reports, exporting records, saving searches, creating citation alerts, and more.  The length and format of the videos also makes them easy to embed into your Moodle courses and share with graduate students.

To get started, this video will help you create a citation alert.  When you create an alert, you will receive an e-mail any time a newly published paper cites the work.  This is a great tool for keeping track of who is citing your work, or other works in your field.  Another option popular among researchers is Google Scholar alerts.

As always, feel free to contact me (or your subject librarian) with any questions.

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GIS Workshops

Center for Applied Geographic Information Science (CAGIS)

The Center for Applied GIScience, the Atkins Library Digital Scholarship Lab, and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Office of Academic Technologies are partnering to host a series of workshops on Friday, Nov. 22, in the Digital Scholarship Lab classroom (Atkins 273 – UNC Charlotte) to introduce faculty and graduate students to GIS tools and resources that they can use in their research.

Session 1: Introduction to GIS. This workshop will present an overview of GIS software and data. Participants will learn about the strengths of different GIS software packages for their research, the fundamental types of data that GIS software employs, and an overview of how to load and manipulate GIS data. By the end of this session, participants should have a basic understanding of the research and analytical tasks that GIS tools enable and begin to choose the tools that will work best for their specific research needs.

Friday, November 22, Atkins 273, 10 am – 11:30 am, Register

Session 2: Adding GIS Data to Your Research Project. This session focuses on combining data in GIS formats with other types of data that researchers in the social sciences commonly use. The instructor will demonstrate how to merge and join data in a range of GIS and non-GIS formats to produce integrated datasets that can they be analyzed with typical statistical tools. For example, the session will demonstrate how to join and analyze data at levels including individual addresses, ZIP codes, census tracts, and counties. By the end of this session, attendees will have skills to able to find and join their own data.

Friday, November 22, Atkins 273, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Register

Session 3: Overview of Research Themes of Center for Applied GIScience. Led by Wenwu Tang, Assistant Professor, Director of Computing and Technology for the Center for Applied GIScience. An important goal of this session is to expose participants to the range of advanced research capabilities at CAGIS and to encourage discussions of research collaboration with faculty in other fields. By the end of this session, participants should have a good sense of the activities of CAGIS, be able to identify potential collaborators, and understand how CAGIS’ advances might contribute to their research. The Center’s strengths include: CyberGIS: Cyberinfrastructure-enabled high-performance computing (HPC) to accelerate spatial analysis and using state-of-the-art HPC resources to maximize efficiencies and increase research productivity; Big spatial data analytics; Space-time Modeling and GeoVisualization.

Friday, November 22, Atkins 273, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Register

ICPSR Internship

ICPSR (the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is a unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  As a member of ICPSR, UNC Charlotte faculty and students are able to discover and retrieve important data sets for their research.  ICPSR also offers many learning opportunities for students and faculty.  Please share information about the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program with any students that you believe might be interested.

Applications are being accepted now for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, an intensive, 10-week program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for students interested in social science research.

Apply now through the ICPSR online application portal. To complete the application form, students must answer a few questions; upload a cover letter, resume, and list of relevant courses; and provide contact information for two recommending college faculty or staff members, or employer references. The recommendations must be completed through the ICPSR recommendation portal.

The deadline for all materials is January 31, 2014.

The NSF-funded Research for Undergraduates (REU) internship program (Grant No. 1062317) matches students with mentors at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and supports exploration of a research question from start to finish — including literature searches, data analyses, and creation of conference-ready posters summarizing students’ research findings. Interns can attend graduate-level courses in quantitative methods at the University of Michigan taught by leading faculty across various research fields. Additionally, all ICPSR interns learn valuable data-management techniques using statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, and SAS. Visit our website or view the flyer (PDF, 466 KB) for more information.

For examples of research projects done by past ICPSR interns, please see these videos.

Source: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/support/announcements/2013/10/applications-now-accepted-for-2014

New eBook Collections

Atkins Library recently negotiated contracts to acquire large e-book collections from major university presses.

Project Muse LogoUPCC/Project Muse eBook Collection
Newly published e-books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ultimately 2,290 new e-books from 2013 will be released and available on Project Muse over the year as well as retrospective Project Muse e-book collections (about 23,000 e-books). Click on BROWSE and then the Books tab and select ‘Only content I have full access to’ on the left. Books will be searchable in the library’s catalog when records are available.

View the complete list of publishers represented in the collection.

Harvard University Press
Collection of all books published 2011-2013 in e-book format. We will no longer receive HUP print titles automatically, but will purchase them selectively as requested by library users. Titles are downloadable and there are no simultaneous user restrictions.

Oxford Scholarship Online
Collection of more than 2,400 titles published in 2013 from Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press, and other leading university pressesOxford Scholarship provides access to thousands of academic monographs, in 20 subject areas across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law. Limit your search results to “Full Text” to view accessible titles.

Other eBook Collections
The library recently acquired e-book collections relevant to the STEM disciplines, including titles from Elsevier (via ScienceDirect), MIT Press (via IEEE) and SPIE Digital Library.

What does this mean for you as faculty?

  • These books can be viewed online and are compatible with most browsers.  They can also be downloaded to personal e-readers, such as Kindles and iPads.*
  • There are no simultaneous user restrictions on these titles which means multiple people can be reading and downloading these books at the same time.
  • Whereas sometimes you may have had to wait for already checked out and requested books, you will now have immediate access to the full text of these publications online.
  • If we have purchased a title that you use in your class(es), you and your students will all have full text access to these titles online.
  • Project Muse book chapters have a unique URL that you can share with your students but you will need to add the ezproxy (https://librarylink.uncc.edu/login?url=) to the front of the link to make them accessible from off-campus.
  • Over time you will be able to search for and link to most of the e-book titles in the library catalog (just like the print books).
  • Books that we are now purchasing in e-book format will no longer automatically ship to us in print on our approval plan; this does not apply to books by UNCC faculty.  If you want the library to also purchase the print version of particular books, you will need to submit your request(s) to either your library representative or subject librarian.
  • Fear not – there are no plans to remove the print books on the shelves!

Academic library e-book holdings have been on the rise over the last decade and this trend will continue to grow.  These collections are more affordable for libraries (freeing funds for additional electronic resources) and they provide greater access to our collection.

graph of ebooks stats in academic libraries

eBooks held at end of FY from Academic Library Statistics

In the next year, 20% of new book acquisitions at Atkins Library will be in e-book format.  If you have questions about how the e-books work and how to integrate them into your classes, please contact your subject librarian.

* The University of South Alabama University Library has created a useful guide to Using University Library Ebooks with Ereaders. Click on the tabs at the top to find instructions for the different types of e-readers.