Friday, November 7, 2008

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) Trial

If you are interested in broader and international coverage of your topic, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) is a great source for you.  This indexing and abstracting database is produced by the Library at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and has long been recognized for its international and interdisciplinary coverage in social science resources.  The database covers four main focus areas of Anthropology, Economics, Politics, and Sociology, and indexes 520, 670, 730, 875 current and 570, 300, 260, 285 no longer published journals for respective area.  The database also indexes books and chapters in a book.  In August 2008, for example, the databases covered 406,000 book and 60,000 book chapter records, and add about 7,000 new book records every year.

Here is the link to the Trail list for your access.  Trial will run until December 10, 2008.

If you are interested in adding this database to the E-Library resources of the Libraries, please fill out the Feedback Form which is also available from the Trial page.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hello to Economics and Goodby to Social Work..

As of mid-July, there are some changes to my collection management and liaison responsibilities. I took over the responsibilities for Economics and said "goodby" to Social Work. I will continue serving all three departments in the Faculty Human Ecology (Family Social Sciences/Human Nutritional Sciences/Textile Sciences), Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Disability Studies, as well as China and Japan Studies offered at Asian Studies Centre.

Over the years, I worked with many students and faculty members in Social Work and grew quite comfortable in our relationships. It's sad to leave the connections behind, but I look forward to learning a new community of economists and their students in the coming months.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Social Bookmarking Tool :

Here is a plain English version explaining the advantages of using social bookmarking tools like

What is this acronym, "RSS"?

If you have missed the significance of this 3 letters acronym, here is a plain English version explaining:

Social Media in Plain English

This video piece explains social media in a nutshell:

This has many implications in how we learn things, how we proceed with institutional administration, and the role of teachers. More importantly for librarians like us, the information is no longer kept in a nice database package to search efficiently.

Friday, May 23, 2008


Faculty and students, I found a useful web-based annotating tool that you might enjoy as well. My colleague who is on Facebook referred this to me indirectly. It is basically a subscription based web site, but anyone can register to enjoy the first 30 pages of pdf, word documents or powerpoint prsentations. You can also create snap shots of web pages, then annotate. This looks like a wonderful tool to help you and your colleagues or friends collaborate.

Check it out!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

What is RSS?!

If you have been hearing "RSS," but you are not quite sure what it is, you should check out this site. It gives a video to watch, shows how to identify RSS links and some examples of RSS readers. The site links to Wikipedia at the end to get more details about RSS.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Easy Way to Access Scholarly Sources

Have you inconvenienced with the experience of going through so many steps before you have access to the article you want? For example, when you find something interesting while browsing the Web, then it seems too much hassle to start from E-Library link on the UM Libraries homepage or Bison search, and eventually to the article? If this is the situation you often encounter, there is a quicker way to get to the article.

Simply drug the link UM Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet over to the Toolbar of your browser. Every time you have a publisher's site with the article you are interested, just click the bookmarklet on the Toolbar. It will automatically place your page behind the UM Librariex proxy server to allow your access. This only works, however, when you are looking at the article that is covered under the UM Libraries electronic resources collection.

Summer Hours Begin May 5th at Elizabeth Dafoe Library

We are closed May 3 - 4 (Saturday/Sunday). From May 5th, we will begin Summer Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed.

Please note that during weekdays, Circulation Service is available from 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

More from the browser extension mentioned in the last post

The browser extension I referred to in my last post also offers quick way to search Google Scholar. When you installed the extension, you will gain a search box in the middle of your new toolbar. One of the ways to search Google Scholar is to select Google Scholar from the pull-down menu available immediate right-hand side of the box.

Let's incorporate UM Libraries tools into your browser

In my previous post, I provided how to incorporate the bookmarklet which allows you to quickly check whether the title you located in is held in the Libraries. After posting the message, I learned that there is a better extension available to incorporate specific browser-based tools to UM Libraries. I'm happy to share it with you in this post.

By installing this extension for your browser (either Firefox or Internet Explorer), not only you will have access to the Libraries homepage, Bison, and Citation Linker in an easy pull-down menu in the Toolbar, but also allows you to link directly to Bison information within the title information page. Just look for the university crest in the page:

The instruction to install this extension is available here.

If you like to erase the previous bookmarklet, just right click your mouse and select "Delete."

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Book Search: Locating UM Libraries Holdings via Search

Many people try to locate relevant books for their research first searching You can now check if the book you identified in search is held in the Libraries by placing a bookmarklet on the Toolbar of your browser. This bookmarklet will help you easily access BISON, our library catalogue. You will start installation of the bookmarklet by going to WorldCat LibraryLookup page.

Here is an online instruction for this.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Google Scholar Preferences

Google Scholar via kwout

Why not integrate UM Libraries resources into your Google Scholar searching.

You can easily do this by configuring Google Scholar Preferences.

Go down to Library Links where you can set up library link preferences. You can configure to link most of academic libraries. Simply type in the keyword to list your selections. In this example, University of Manitoba (UMLinks), AMICUS (Library and Archives Canada), and WorldCat ("The Mother of All Academic and Research Libraries") are already selected. The advantage of linking to WorldCat is that you will have another quick way to locate UM Libraries holdings.

Scholar Preferences via kwout

Finally, go down to the bottom of the preferences page and select an appropriate bibliography manager, if you wish. Select your choice from the pull-down menu: BibTeX, EndNote, RefMan, RefWorks, or WenXianWang.

You are done with your configuration when clicked "Save Preferences."

Monday, March 10, 2008

Basic Steps to RefWorks

This morning, I had 50 minutes to introduce RefWorks and how to use it in conjunction with Scopus and Google Scholar to a small group of Textile Sciences class. Last December, I had a post about extra cleaning steps one needs to go through in order to export the records selected in Scopus to RefWorks. Since this year, Scopus fixed the glitch. As in the past, after you select the records from your research results, go to Output icon (shown above) and it's ready to export the records to RefWorks in the next screen. "RefWorks direct export" pull-down menu option is already selected for you. All you have to do is to select in which format (Citation only; Abstract format; Abstract format with References; Complete format; and Specify fields to be Exported) you want to export the records.

I ran out of time to cover how to compile a quick bibliography in RefWorks this morning. For the students who attended my session this morning, I have attached a tutorial page which covers all the basic RefWorks steps. The tutorial page also includes the steps to compile Quick Bibliography.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Call-in Clinic - March & April

This is the time-to-start-thinking-about-my-papers season on campus. Your Librarian will be offering Call-In Clinic during March & April. If you are saying to yourself, "Will get around to it!" or "whatever will be will be" or simply "whatever!," just call and book a clinic time with her: 474-6591; or simply send her a message. Meaning, contact me if you don't know where to start your library research. The clinic is also ideal for someone who wants to learn some short cuts to locate relevant sources or better ways to manage the sources or research/reading materials. The session can be in person, on the phone, via e-mail or online chat. If you can think of other possibilities, please suggest.

Please also note that regular Reference Services at the Dafoe Library are also available: Mon - Thurs, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Writing Tutor hours from the Learning Assistance Centre will be or has already extended including some weekend hours. Writing & library research goes hand in hand; so let's make this March & April your season to understand and tackle your assignments better.

Learning is very much up to you and we will be happy to be around when you need us. Mirium from the Learning Assistant Centre has an interesting blog about your learning. Take a look: Learning and Memory from Multiple Perspectives.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Library is closed, February 17 & 18th

Please note that Elizabeth Dafoe Library will be closed Sunday, February 17, due to construction in the Library and Monday, February 18, for the new provincial statutory holiday in February (Louis Riel Day).

Friday, February 8, 2008

Keep Abreast of E-Library Resource Update!

There are always some changes in E-Library resources at the Libraries.   Electronic Resources of the Libraries has a blog where any changes to E-Library resources are posted. You can keep abreast of newly added or dropped databases or e-journal titles, any changes to already existing databases, or any database trial that comes by the Libraries.  Please refer to the blog for how to sign up on RSS feed or e-mail update to the category of your interest.  If you have any questions, please send us a note to Reference Services at Elizabeth Dafoe Library.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

What's New with Reference Services at the Dafoe Library

Reference Services launched its blog to keep abreast of its constituencies about the upcoming workshops offered, general tips, shortcuts and Frequently Asked Questions about the library services. The link to the blog is available from the Elizabeth Dafoe Library homepage.

You can also keep abreast of what's being offered from Reference Services using your Facebook account. Within Facebook, search "librarian." My account has the above South Park like icon. Please invite me to be your friend. Once we are friends, you will have access to the Facebook application which keeps you abreast of the items listed in the Reference Services blog within your Facebook account.

Let's get connected and let us know how we can support your studies & work.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

at Noon This Saturday Network Down

Please make a note that there won't be internet access at the Dafoe Library this Saturday staring noon. We estimate the down time to be about 6 hours.

Friday, January 4, 2008

January Schedule

A Happy New Year!  May all have an amazing year ahead!

I have updated my regular reference desk hours for the month of January:

By selecting the weekly option, you can view each duration of my Reference Desk hours.  You can regularly check my schedule under  Business Hours on the right column in this blog, as well.  I will keep adding other hours such as my online reference hours and other possible training interests, soon.