Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New E-Library Menu in the New Year!

At the beginning of December, I posted an instruction to show how to browse E-Library resources. Well, I just received a message that the Menu will be changed; so, you will have a new way to browse. Here is a quick preview of the new E-Library Menu.

As you can see, instead of the older menu organization of  E-Books, Databases, and E-Journals, now you will have 1) Find Journal Articles, 2) Find music, images, statistics, e-books and more, and 3) Browse the e-journal shelf.  One advantage of the new menu structure is that you will have an easy path to news related sources by clicking "Find music, images, statistics, e-books and more," then "News Media."  All the useful news sources such as New York Times, Globe & Mail, Financial Post, etc. are much easier to access where these used to be buried among other databases.  In general, having the 2nd option helped us access other types of information that are not journal articles easier.

If you still like to relate to "Databases A-Z" list, you have easy access to it from 1st and 2nd menu categories.

I will prepare a new Flush instruction, soon.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Scopus & RefWorks

Many students and researchers in my constituencies are often glad to find Scopus when I demonstrate it to them. Scopus gives quite successful results when you are looking for highly interdisciplinary topics in social sciences. Other notable characteristics of Scopus are: 1) it indexes citations and helps searchers find the network of related research; and 2) references and linking help them browse more a meaningful citation universe for their topic.

The problem arose when I actually tried to transfer what I found in Scopus to my RefWorks database. Natually, you want to keep building a bibliography and if you have already started something in RefWorks on your research, you want to transfer what you found in Scopus, as well. I selected "RefWorks direct export" to transfer about 30 records, as this works like a magic in many other databases. But, when I get to RefWorks, it only transferred one record, only!

The Solution to Transferring Scopus Records to RefWorks:
In order to transfer all the records you selected in Scopus successfully to RefWorks, you need to go through extra steps.

I put together an online instruction for this.

If you have any questions or feedback about the instruction, please comment.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

How to browse E-Library Collection...

I stopped counting how many online databases the Libraries currently subscribes when its collection passed 100 databases a long time ago. Initially, when we say "databases," they usually meant one type of database, that is, "abstracting & indexing database." This type of database is a collection of bibliographic records and abstracts. This is a tool to locate your sources, such as journal articles, books, or government documents, for your research. As the library resources shifted to electronic resources from print ones, we gained a wide range of databases. So now days, many databases can contain "abstracting & indexing" features, but the unit of records can be images, statistics, maps, e-books, journal articles, or any other academically significant types of information.

So, how do you know which database to tap into to work on your assignment or project? If you are a beginner to E-Library collection, you can explore what kind of databases are at your disposal by browsing E-Library menu.

Here is an online instruction showing how you can browse E-Library Menu.

And of course, if you are overwhelmed with the number to go through, consult with your library staff at Dafoe Reference Desk. You can visit the Desk in person or call 474-8744 during its business hours. Or alternatively, click "Ask a Librarian" on the Libraries home page.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Library ID/PIN Instruction

I'm sure many of you have already successfully changed Library ID PIN and are accessing E-Library resources. But if you are one of those late starters, here is an instruction to identify your Library ID and PIN, then, to change your PIN.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Psychological Perspective: Bias or Limitation to Its Research?

Elizabeth Dafoe Library Grad Student Lectures this week:

Collectivism vs. Individualism

Elizabeth Dafoe Library is hosting this Friday an interesting grad student lecture. If you are Social Work or Family Social Sciences students covering aboriginal issues, this lecture, no doubt, will give you a food of thought. I know you are "up to here" with your papers due around this time, but the lecture like this might give you an amazing inspiration or breakthrough in your thinking. Hope you all take the advantage of this.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2007
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Iceland Board Room, 3rd Floor, Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Elizabeth Dafoe Library
Graduate Student Lecture Series

Kathy Bent, Psychology

Collectivism vs. Individualism value orientations for Aboriginal People: Problems in Psychological Research

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Google Tips Continued ... Part 4

Google Tips Continued ... Part 3

Google Tips Continued... Part 2

It's good old CBC eh?!; all the search examples are Canadian:

"Secret Google Tips for Researchers" Series, Part 1

This Youtube instruction series by Tod Maffin of CBC covers basic tips to search Google more efficiently and highly recommended. Just sit back and watch the video and try some of the tips in your next Google or Google Scholar searching.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Aboriginal issues that are of interest to Social Work

Prof. Brenda Bacon of Social Work sent me a message that her students are having a hard time finding sources related to aboriginal issues that are of interest to Social Work. In her second message to me, she recommends a web resource: First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. Thank you, Prof. Bacon, for directing me to this site. This web site is a treasure for students who are interested in aboriginal family services. Browse "Projects,""Publications,"Database," and "Resources," from the menu. It refers you, for example, to First Nations Research Site, "a partnership initiative of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada and the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare" based in Winnipeg, among many other useful sources. The journal, First Nations Child & Family Review: A journal on Innovation and Best Practices in Aboriginal Child Welfare Administration, Research, Policy and Practice, provides all articles in pdf and you can download for viewing. Simply click the title of the article in the table of contents in each issue. With their Database, you can search two major annotated bibliographies, A Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography Focusing on Aspects of Aboriginal Child Welfare in Canada, and Annotated Bibliography on the Nature and Extent of Collaboration Between the Voluntary Sector and First Nations Child and Family Agencies in Canada . The Database interface provides a list of possible keywords to choose from in a pull-down menu. It's easy to search.

"I don't have any particular place to start this?!"

It seems so broad when you say "aboriginal welfare issues." If you are not sure where to start with the meaning of this phrase, and can't think anything concrete, Google Scholar might be a good starting point. The advantage of searching Google Scholar is that you will be able to explore some possibly relevant terms to further focus your research topic, area or issue by browsing some of the sources harvested by Google. As you browse the results, look for where all the resources are coming from: which journal, which book, which author, what topics, or what concepts. These will give you some cues to further focus and continue your research.

Here is a quick search I did with Google Scholar: Search Examples.

Important Note: When you are searching Google Scholar, be sure to configure Scholar Preferences so that you will be able to integrate University of Manitoba Libraries resources into your results. Your options are as follows:

1. Under Library Links, type in "University of Manitoba" (without quotation marks), and click the box in front of "University of Manitoba (UM Links)";
2. Again under Library Links, type in "Worldcat," and click the box, similarly; and
3. If you wish to use a bibliographic manager for managing your citations and compiling a bibliography, select RefWorks from the pull-down menu under Bibliographic Manager.

I will post more Google or Google Scholar instructions next week.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Welcome to Contact Your Librarian Blog!

This blog is designed primarily to support the students, faculty, and staff of Faculties of Social Work, Human Ecologies, and those of China and Japan Studies in the Department of Asian Studies. I will try to post relevant instructional materials according to your needs. So, please feel free to request what you need based on your current assignment or work. You can respond to this post or send me your request to Asako_Yoshida@Umanitoba.ca. If you need online interactions, please refer to my online hours schedule for my availability. You may also send me an e-mail message to prearrange the time.