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.