Tuesday, August 25, 2015

How To Find..... Guides

In addition to Subject Guides, the library has also created several (24) "How to Find..." guides which help you locate resources in a specific category (e.g., book reviews, primary sources, streaming video, etc.). To view a list of these guides:
Research Guides by Subject

Monday, August 24, 2015

Welcome Back! Teaching/Research Support

The fall semester is almost here! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you and your students. I can do one or more of the following:
  •  Design a web-based research guide customized for your course. Additionally, I am happy to make a brief visit to your class to introduce myself and tell them how I can help.
  •  Meet with students individually for research assistance with a paper or project. Please encourage them to contact me directly via e-mail or telephone. 
  • Consult with you on a research assignment. 
  • Meet with students as a group (across English/FTS courses) outside of class, for workshops on using specific resources such as MLA Int'l Bibliography, JSTOR, etc. 
  • Meet with your students as a group during class time (I need at least two weeks lead time for scheduling and class preparation).

 I encourage you to include my name and contact information on your syllabi or in your course Blackboard site/s as the librarian for English and Film & Television Studies, who looks forward to helping students with their research.

 If you feel individual students in your courses are struggling with the research process in general, please refer them to our newly designed modular guide to the research process: Library Jumpstart. This guide provides information on basic library research skills, and answers questions about finding, evaluating, and citing resources. Within this modular guide, there is a page where students can find interactive tutorials on various aspects of the research process.

Subject Guides & Class Guides

"LibGuides," the software the library uses to create web-based subject guides and class guides, had a major upgrade to version 2.0 this summer. This has resulted in a slightly different "look" but they have retained the same functionality.

The subject guides for English & American Literature and Film & Television Studies have been updated, including a few additions.

English & American Literature
Film & Television Studies
  • The previous page "Websites" has been broken up into a few pages  that will hopefully get you to what you're looking for more quickly, e.g., "Festivals & Awards,"  "Box Office, News, and Research," "Archives & Preservation."

Pointing Students to Resources in Literature and Film

A reminder that there are two quick ways students may find key resources collected together:

English & American Literature Subject Guide : print and online sources
Literature - English page in Find Articles & More : key online sources

Film & Television Studies
Film & Television Subject Guide : print and online sources
Film & Television Studies page in Find Articles & More : key online sources

The Subject guides are linked from:
the Library Homepage -> Help column -> Research Guides by Subject
the bottom of the subject pages in the Articles & More list Literature - English and Film & Television Studies

Feel free to make links to one or both of them in your Blackboard course sites.

MLA-created Tutorials for MLA International Bibliography

With minor changes, this is a re-post of a message I originally sent in December 2014. I think it's worth another mention at the beginning of a new semester.

The Modern Language Association (MLA) has created short (@ 4 minutes) tutorials for searching the MLA International Bibliography. Look for the tutorials for the EBSCO version.
Here is the URL for the page where you'll see the list: MLA Bibliography Search - Tutorial Videos

In this list you'll also find a video overview of the MLA Directory of Periodicals as well as one for "Researching Film, Television, and Radio."

Another video tutorial of possible interest is "Researching Rhetoric and Composition in the MLA International Bibliography". Learn about the variety of scholarly works published about rhetoric and composition indexed in the bibliography and how you can most effectively search for them.

Feel free to embed any or all of these videos in your course Blackboard sites.

Finally, I'm always happy to meet in-person with individuals or groups of students to provide basic or more advanced help  for searching MLA International Bibliography.

Interlibrary Loan - Sign-In

The sign-in combination for your Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) portal is now "married" to your UVM netid and UVM e-mail password. If  in the past you used a username / password combination that was different from your UVM netid / e-mail password,  that one no longer works.

When you click on the "Interlibrary Loan Request" link on the library homepage, you'll be brought to the usual page asking you to choose your UVM affiliation. When you choose your affiliation, you'll be brought to the familiar UVM sign-in page.

When you change your e-mail password, the ILL sign-in will change as well.

MLA International Bibliography and Your Publications

The MLA International Bibliography has a new tutorial in its video series relevant to your scholarly publishing:
Scope: What’s in the MLA International Bibliography? And How to Be Included!

 Learn which types of publications fit the MLA International Bibliography’s criteria for inclusion and how to submit publications to be listed.

The MLA International Bibliography has launched  MLA BibLink, a new application that enables authors to associate their works listed in the bibliography with a unique author identification number from ORCID. ORCID is a not-for-profit organization that provides unique digital identifiers that allow researchers to distinguish themselves from others with similar names.

MLA BibLink allows you to search the MLA International Bibliography for your publications, including works you’ve published under variant names, and in one click link them to your ORCID identifier to create a digital record of your scholarship.

You must first create an ORCID profile. You can register for one from the MLA BibLink welcome page and immediately start adding works.

ScholarWorks@UVM - A UVM Libraries service for researchers

UVM’s institutional repository, ScholarWorks@UVM, provides an open access venue for faculty and student research:
  • For faculty, placing articles in ScholarWorks@UVM increases visibility and access to your research. 
  • In addition to journal articles, reports, white papers, and other grey literature may be placed into ScholarWorks. ScholarWorks@UVM can accommodate student-published publications, image and video files as well.
  •  Though journal articles are ideal for reaching other researchers at well-funded universities, providing access to your articles through ScholarWorks@UVM allows community practitioners without a university affiliation to access and learn from your work.
  •  Increasingly, federal funding sources require that research results are made freely and publicly available in repositories such as ScholarWorks@UVM. 
  •  Publisher-author agreements provide information about depositing your work in open access institutional repositories. 
UVM Libraries can answer questions you have as authors. Please let me know if you'd like to explore the value of ScholarWorks @ UVM for you or your students. Members of the Libraries Institutional Repository committee are available to meet with you or your department.