RefWorks Drop in Sessions Available for Help with Citation Management

RefWorks is a citation manager that helps you to keep your research organized, store documents, and create annotated bibliographies. The University of Scranton has a subscription to RefWorks that is available to all students, staff, and faculty.

The library will be hosting drop in instructional sessions for students to take advantage of this powerful tool. All sessions will be in Library room 306. Students can stop in at their convenience to ask questions or to get general instruction on how and why they should be on Ref Works. Available drop-in times are:

Wednesday, February 29 from 12-1pm with Kevin Norris

Monday, March 5 from 3-4pm with Donna Witek

Tuesday, March 6 from 8-9pm with George Aulisio

Wednesday, March 7 from 12-1pm with Kevin Norris

Dr. Zych’s “Kick you out of school program”

Chrysler 300 team

Dr. Zych’s Capstone Marketing class forces students to learn beyond the classroom (hence the clever name for the program). For their final project the “Chrysler 300 team” does work in the library late into the night.

Library Research Prize

The deadline is fast approaching to submit your application for the first annual Library Research Prize which will be awarded by the Weinberg Memorial Library! Completed application packages must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

This prize is designed to attract the outstanding research projects from courses taught in departments across The University of Scranton campus. It recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools and services.

$500.00 will be awarded to the winning student or group. (If won by a group, then the award will be split equally among the group members.)

Only undergraduate students are eligible. For more information, go to the Library Research Prize web page. If you still have questions, contact Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator, by phone (570-941-4000) or e-mail (bonnie.oldham@scranton.edu)

Library Research Prize

Do you want to win $500? Are you doing a research project for one of your courses here at The University of Scranton? Are you an undergraduate student?

If you answered yes to all three of those questions, then you should submit an application for the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Library Research Prize.  The prize is a new initiative by the library designed to recognize excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools and services.

Your research project must be one that you completed for a credit bearing course that you took (or will take) at The University of Scranton during the following semesters:
Summer 2010, Fall 2010, Intersession 2011, or Spring 2011

For more information: www.scranton.edu/libraryresearchprize

Information Literacy Stipends for 2010-2011

Call to University Faculty:

Do you want to enhance your students’ research skills? Then an Information Literacy Stipend may be just what you need!

This is an opportunity for you to strengthen students’ research skills in your discipline.

If you are awarded one of the five (5) stipends available for 2010-2011, you will collaborate with a faculty librarian to develop assignments that focus on information literacy skills, and you will also receive a $1,000.00 stipend.

What is information literacy? Why is it important?

Information Literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has developed competency standards as a guide to help faculty integrate information literacy into their courses.

To apply…Submit a proposal, not to exceed 2 pages, that includes the following:

  • Course name and number
  • Student learning outcomes related to Information Literacy Standards

(http://academic.scranton.edu/department/wml/infolit.html)

  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Projected Timeline (Spring/Fall 2011 or Spring 2012)
  • Name of the Library Faculty member with whom you will collaborate

Proposals will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee’s Information Literacy Subcommittee. Stipends are subject to taxes. Upon completion of the course, you must submit a report documenting the impact that the information literacy component had on student learning outcomes to the Dean of the Library and Information Fluency. This report will be posted on the Library’s Web site.

If you are interested, we can schedule an information session as well as connect you with someone who has completed a successful grant. Examples of previous stipends are posted on the Library’s Web site. For more information, contact Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator at 941-4000 or bonnie.oldham@scranton.edu.

Please submit applications via campus mail to:

Charles Kratz

Dean of Library and Information Fluency

Weinberg Memorial Library

941-4008

charles.kratz@scranton.edu

Application Deadline:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Academic Integrity… Still an Issue

Academic Integrity is the main ethical question when doing research, having a class assignment, and publishing. This issue, which is certainly not a new one, has recently gone through a resurgence in the media with articles and editorials in the New York Times and discussions occurring in many scholarly circles, as well.

It’s been assumed that the resurgence of this issue is likely due to the internet, the ease at which information is acquired, and the way people process information today.

Those who do infringe could probably fit into a few different categories, ranging from those that know they are cheating and do it anyway to those who don’t know they are doing something wrong because they don’t know the rules to those who use other’s ideas by accident.

There are lots of ways to combat wrongful practices in scholarship, traditionally this has included harsh penalties for those caught cheating.

It is probably true that these penalties are still needed as a deterrent to those individuals who will cheat even though they know it is unethical. However, another way to combat these ethical issues are to educate students of the issues.

Personally, I like the latter solution the best because it is proactive. Educating students of the issues of Academic Integrity, what is considered a violation, and what is allowed is an excellent way of curbing cheating and an excellent way to put these issues in the forefront of a student’s mind when they are doing their assignments.

A good education on Scholarly Ethics and Academic Integrity would involve more than a paragraph on a syllabus or an explanation of the penalties that are given for each violation. Rather, the better approach is the integrate the ethics of research and the issues into the classroom.

For example when discussing a term paper, explain the importance of original ideas, explain why you would use TurnItIn.com in order to check a paper for accidental plagiarism, and why using correct citations helps to facilitate scholarly communication.

There are an unlimited number of ways Academic Integrity could be integrated into the classroom. With each new creative way to teach Academic Integrity we will see more and more  students who are conscious of the issues; until eventually Academic Integrity will hardly be an issue at all.

Compare and Contrast

About.com vs. Wikipedia

About.com is a free information resource tool which shares a few similarities to it’s widely popular colleague, Wikipedia.

Some of the similarities are that they are both free resources and they’re extremely easy to use… Another one is that they don’t look great when citing them in a research paper.

Wikipedia is undoubtedly the more popular resource and almost certainly has more articles in its collection.

However, the biggest difference between the two is the way articles are written.

As most everyone knows, Wikipedia uses “group intelligence” to compile what many consider to be highly accurate and extremely accessible information; whereas others consider it to be riddled with erroneous information, typos, and consider it poorly written.

About.com has each article written by a single author. The authors of the articles are known as About.com Guides. These Guides are hired by About.com solely to be their resident expert in a given field. At first glance About.com sounds like it has an advantage over Wikipedia in so much as it could provide more reliable information. However, not all of the About.com Guides live up to the standards that are required in Academe. Most guides are not scholars, they do not have a Ph.D., and haven’t dedicated their lives to their given field.

Many guides on the other hand are very well informed and highly trained, so another similarity between About.com and Wikipedia is that they are mixed bags. You could be getting high quality information from both, but by the next paragraph you can be reading something that simply isn’t true.

The fact is that you are going to get information from website such as About.com and Wikipedia (I do it too), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from websites like these, depending on the accuracy of information that you need, it’s OK to read these articles.

The important thing is that you cross reference the information provided with a more reliable source (i.e. encyclopedia, handbook, reference manual, etc.).

Please know that I am not saying its OK to cite Wikipedia and About.com in your homework assignments (I am 100% against that), what I am saying is that it’s OK to check information resources like these, but you should always check more than one resource to make sure the information is accurate. Lastly, make sure those additional resources are highly reliable — those are the resources you can cite!

Really Simple Steps for Managing the Web

RSS

Our next Technology on Your Own Terms workshop is coming up next Tuesday, October 13, from 12pm-1pm in WML room 306.   If you’re a University faculty or staff member who has trouble keeping track of all of your favorite websites – this workshop is for you.

In “Really Simple Steps for Managing the Web: An Introduction to RSS,” we will explain how RSS feeds and RSS readers can help you manage the abundance of information available on the web. You’ll create a Google Reader account and will learn to import, organize, search, and share up-to-date content from your favorite websites.

Seats are limited, so be sure to register (under Special Events).

Curl up with a Kindle

KindleTOYTFlyer

If you’re a University of Scranton faculty or staff member and you love to read, be sure to come to our next Technology on Your Own Terms workshop! “Curl up with a Kindle” will be held on October 1, 2009 from 12pm-1pm in Weinberg Memorial Library Room 306.   CTLE Instructional Technology and Enrichment Specialist Aileen McHale will introduce you to Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader and will demonstrate some of the Kindle’s features, from digital highlighting to note taking.

Seats are limited, so be sure to register (under Special Events).

Tweet Your Words

TweetYourWords

Our first Technology on Your Own Terms workshop is coming up on September 15th!  If you’re a University of Scranton faculty or staff member and would like to learn how to use Twitter, come join us – just be sure to register (under Special Events), since seats are limited.

Update: Did you miss “Tweet Your Words”? Notes from the workshop, along with lists of University of Scranton and Scranton-area tweeters, are posted on the Library’s Research Guides wiki.