Need Some Help? We’ve Got It!

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Librarians are always available to help with your research and technology needs.

Working with a group?  We can accommodate. Sciences? Got it.  Business Stats? Yep.  Need help with web sites, podcasting, powerpoint or excel? For sure!  Music Media? You know it!   And that’s only a taste of the subject coverage available.

Want to contact a librarian right away?  Simply fill out a Consultation Request form telling us a bit about your project or research needs, and a librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you still have questions, don’t forget that the service desk or IM a Librarian reference chat is always a great place to start.

Ruby Certificate Workshop

Becoming an Uber-Researcher

Becoming an Uber-Efficient Researcher

Becoming an Uber-Efficient Researcher 

Thursday, October 22, 2:30-3:30 pm

Milne Library Room 104

Learn about easy-to-use research tools that help you organize, share and automatically cite your research sources.  Walk-ins are welcome! Bring your own laptop or check out a netbook at Milne’s Service Desk!

Tools for organizing your research projects

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If you’re like most students at this point in the semester, you are probably juggling multiple research papers or projects.   Keeping track of your research from all those various places you have to look (book catalogs, journal databases, and websites) can sometimes be challenging.

There are a number of free citation management tools on the market that can help you get organized. These tools will help you save and organize all of your research in one place, much like iTunes does for your music files.  Some of them will even insert citations and bibliographies into your paper for you.  Check out this library guide to explore some of the more popular tools available.

Hey, Where Did the Reference Desk Go?

New Research Consultation Area

Yes, it’s true that the Reference Desk previously located directly behind the Minerva statue was removed during summer renovations.  But rest assured that the personnel and services provided at the former Reference Desk have not gone away.  In fact,  they have been relocated in an area specifically designed to provided better and more in-depth research assistance.

The new Research Consultations area is situated directly behind the revamped  Service Desk and features three computer work stations equipped with large monitors, a conference-sized table suitable for group consultations, and white boards useful for brainstorming ideas or documenting strategies.  Both students and faculty will find the new environment more relaxed and better suited for the give-and-take of the research interview process.  The new setting away from the busy traffic flow will mean fewer interruptions and distractions during consultation sessions.

We want to encourage EVERYONE to engage the reference librarians in the new Research Consultations area via any of several options.   At any time feel free to drop-in and ask a librarian for assistance.  Another popular means of contact is via chat using our IM a Librarian service from the library’s web page.   Also from our web site you can schedule an extended Research Consultation with a subject specialist.

GOLD (Ruby Certificate) Workshops in Milne — Week of 4/5

Join Milne Librarians this week as they offer two more GOLD workshops as part of the Ruby Leadership for the Information Age Certificate series.

On Tuesday, April 6, 2-3 p.m. in Milne 208, Tracy Paradis will present Using Diigo Bookmarking Tool, a powerful research tool that combines enhanced online browsing and interactions with annotation, social bookmarking and information sharing capabilities. No longer do students need to print web pages to highlight and take personalized notes! Workshop participants will learn how to save, annotate, tag and share their favorite sites while creating their own personal archive.

Students feeling unsure or anxious about citing the sources used in their research papers may want to attend Citing Sources in English and History, offered by Sue Ann Brainard on Wednesday, April 7, 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109. Participants will practice writing bibliography entries and footnotes in both MLA and Turabian/Chicago styles. The workshop will cover tricky entries for reprinted articles, essays in collections, and primary sources like oral histories and interviews.

See the GOLD registration page to register for these workshops and others.

Need help with your GREAT Day project?

Librarians are always available to help with your research and technology needs.

Working with a group? We can accommodate. Sciences? Got it. Business Stats? Yep. Need help with web sites, podcasting, powerpoint or excel? For sure! Music Media? You know it! And that’s only a taste of the subject coverage available.

Want to contact a librarian right away? Simply fill out a Consultation Request form telling us a bit about your project or research needs, and a librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you still have questions, don’t forget that the reference desk is always a great place to start.

GOLD (Ruby Certificate) Workshops — Week of 3/22

The next three GOLD Workshops (Ruby Certificate) being offered by Milne Library staff begin with MS Access 2007 Level II: Design, Create and Use Queries, taught by Steve Dresbach on Monday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m. in South 328. This latest offering in Steve’s MS Office series will focus on the design and creation of queries (questions) that enable users to select specific information from tables created in MS Access, a database application for entering, storing, retrieving and print data related to a particular topic or purpose.

Next up is Researching Music, a workshop designed to explore the scores, recordings, databases, literature about music and much more that lie within Milne Library’s music collection. Do you know where to find them or how to use them? What is RILM or Naxos? Learn the “secrets” of advanced searching techniques, how music resources are organized, and how to easily locate and access them within Milne and beyond. The workshop will be held in Milne 208 on Tuesday, March 23, from 2-3 p.m.

In today’s world, the Internet is the information tool used most often, yet students frequently complain about not finding reliable, information-rich websites despite hours of searching. Librarian Sue Ann Brainard will show students how to find “hidden” web pages, and become skeptical investigators and sophisticated searchers, in her Quickly Finding Quality Information on the Web workshop, on Wednesday, March 24, from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109. (This workshop was previously called C.S.I.: Critically Searching the Internet.)

GOLD (Ruby Certificate) Workshops in Milne — Week of 3/8

Milne Librarians are offering some excellent GOLD Workshops (Ruby Certificate) during the second week of March. First up is Starting Your Research Project: Using MultiSearch and Other Time Saving Strategies, with co-instructors Michelle Costello and Justina Elmore, on Monday (3/8) 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109. The workshop is intended to help students begin research for class assignments and to introduce them to some of Milne’s important resources and services, including a variety of useful catalogs and databases.

On Tuesday (3/9), from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 208, students interested in learning how to navigate the complex landscape of legal research can attend Tom Ottaviano’s Researching Law workshop. Law and legislation can potentially have a profound impact on much of what we study, yet finding this information is often confusing and difficult. Workshop attendees will learn where and how to find discussion about federal and state codes, information about court cases, and reviews of legislation.

Did you know there were laws governing how you can use the information you find on the internet? Join Sue Ann Brainard on Wednesday (3/10) for her workshop on Ethics and Laws of Information Use to learn how students are constantly making ethical decisions and taking legal risks when using the internet. In this workshop, which will be held from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109, these issues will be explored using scenarios.

To register, go to http://gold.geneseo.edu/register/index.html.

Learning about Mobile Library Services

Several Milne Librarians interested in using mobile technology for the Library took part in this year’s Handheld Librarian II Online Conference February 17th and 18th.

Topics ranged from trends and “social reference” (and how libraries fit into it) to “iPhone/Mobile Applications for Digital Library” to building a mobile site to mobile tagging, including QR codes and were included in topic tracks for Mobile Reference Service, E-readers, Mobile Apps, Marketing, Websites, and Content for Library Mobile Sites.

You can see what some other schools and organizations are doing with their mobile sites, including Duke University, Northwestern University, International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL), and London’s National Gallery.

Currently Milne offers very basic access through our Milne Library Mobile page. Have you used the mobile page? What was your experience like? If Milne were to offer extended mobile services, would you use them? If so, what would be the kinds of information and services you’d like to have access to through your cell phone? Tell us in the comments!

Browser Add-ons to Make Your Research Easier

We can all use a bit of help finding and managing the heaps of information that we need for a project.

The Firefox extension Zotero.

Zotero LogoOne of the most time consuming tasks that needs to be completed after writing and before turning in a paper is the formatting of the Works Cited section. Zotero is here to help. Using this add-on, you can save and sort the references for your paper, insert an appropriate citation, and format your bibliography in any of thousands of bibliographic styles (everything from the typical APA and MLA styles to styles from specific journals).

Students can appreciate the amount of time this will save while their professors will like seeing a correctly formatted bibliography.

The LibX toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer.

This extension can help you find resources more quickly.

First, it allows you to search the Milne Library catalog, GLOCAT, right from the toolbar.

Second, no matter what webpage you are looking at, the tool bar will insert a link for any resources it finds, connecting you to the materials available through Milne Library. For example, when searching Amazon.com, the LibX toolbar will allow you to easily check to see if Milne Library owns a copy of the book you want. Or if you find a journal article cited on a webpage, you can easily get access to the full-text article.

Additional information about these add-ons

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