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September 21, 2011

Libraries to host Faculty and Graduate Days

By Donna Ekart

K-State Libraries will host Faculty and Graduate Library Days, Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct. 6.  Multiple sessions are offered over the course of two days, structured much like a conference and led by resident experts. All sessions focus on faculty and graduate research needs and highlight multidisciplinary resources. Participants are welcome to come for just one workshop, attend several, or stay for all of them. Registration is not required. A downloadable schedule including room locations and full session descriptions are available online.

Offerings for this year's Library Days include:

  • Academic Honesty and Ethical Writing (Wednesday 3:30 p.m., Thursday 1:30 p.m.)
    This session will focus on the ethics of academic writing with a particular emphasis on plagiarism.
  • Advanced Database Searching (Wednesday 2:30 p.m., Thursday 3:30 p.m.)
    This class will present several advanced searching options and tools, including proximity searching, wildcards, thesauri, index browsing, search histories and field searching.
  • Dissertations and Theses Full Text/ERIC (Wednesday 3:30 p.m., Thursday 2:30 p.m.)
    This session will feature two invaluable databases in higher education: Dissertations Full Text and ERIC.
  • Find It/Get It (Wednesday 3:30 p.m., Thursday 1:30 p.m.)
    This session will feature two research resources, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery and K-State's growing set of digital collections databases.
  • Finding and Using State Data (Wednesday 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
    Peter Haxton, data center coordinator for the State Library of Kansas, will show attendees where to find Kansas data and the tools to mine that data.
  • Google: Scholar, Books and News Archive  (Wednesday 1:30 p.m., Thursday 2:30 p.m.)
    Google has developed research tools, including an index to scholarly literature, Google Scholar; a full-text archive of books and magazines, Google Books; and a full-text archive of newspaper articles, Google News Archive. Learn what they contain, how to search them effectively, and how to access resources they do not make available for free.
  • Introduction to Refworks (Wednesday 1:30 p.m., Thursday 1:30 p.m.)
    In this introductory class, you will create an account, learn how to manually enter references and learn how to export references from article databases into your RefWorks account.
  • K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) (Wednesday 2:30 p.m., Thursday 1:30 p.m.)
    Learn about open access, self-archiving and other new forms of scholarly communication at this session.
  • Library Tour and Tools (Wednesday 1:30 p.m., Thursday 1:30 p.m.)
    Learn about citation linkers, Interlibrary Services, scanners, and discover new resources like collaboration stations and self-checkout machines. We'll also share the many services offered by the librarians in our faculty and graduate services department and the librarians in our undergraduate and community services department.
  • PubMed (Wednesday 2:30 p.m., Thursday 2:30 p.m.)
    During this class, you will learn to search PubMed including the difference between "indexed for MEDLINE," "as supplied by publisher" and "in process"; what MeSH is and when should it be used; how to save a search; and what MyNCBI is and how to use it to its fullest potential.
  • Refworks Intermediate (Wednesday 2:30 p.m., Thursday 2:30 p.m.)
    This class will cover wrangling RefWorks to make it work for you. Prerequisite: RefWorks Essentials or experience using RefWorks.
  • Resources for Publishing (Wednesday 2:30 p.m., Thursday 3:30 p.m.)
    Learn the tools and methods used to help increase your article acceptance rates. We will cover tools including Ulrich's, Cabell's, DOAJ and JCR.
  • Special Collections - the real stuff (Thursday 2:30 p.m.)
    Learn how students, faculty and visiting scholars are working with the Morse department of special collections' unique historical records, manuscripts, photographs, letters and other primary source materials in a wide variety of research activities.
  • Standards and Patents (Wednesday 3:30 p.m.)
    Challenged by trying to figure out what standards apply to something and where to find them? Befuddled at tracking down what patents may exist worldwide? In this session find out how to find standards and patents relevant to your research.
  • Streaming Music, Theatre and Dance - Audio/Video Performing Arts Databases (Wednesday 1:30 p.m.)
    We will spend time with Naxos Online Music Library, Theatre in Video, Dance in Video and more. Learn to make playlists (within these databases or in K-State Online), use built-in classroom teaching resources and find supplementary materials.
  • Teaching, research and copyright (Wednesday 2:30 p.m., Thursday 3:30 p.m.)
    In this session you will get an introduction to what copyright is - and why it shouldn't be so frightening; how you can use copyrighted works in your teaching and research; and how copyright protects your work.
  • Web of Science (Wednesday 1:30 p.m., Thursday 3:30 p.m.)
    Learn to search by subject or author in more than 8,000 journals. The session will also cover cited references, searching to determine where and how frequently an article has been cited.

Faculty should feel free to pass this information on to graduate students in their departments. Questions about Library Days can be directed to Laura Bonella.