July 2009

Library Tours: Research and Resources

Library Tours: Research and Resources

As we approach the start of the new year, we want to welcome freshmen, transfer students, new graduate students and fresh faculty with some tours to get them off-and-researching.  So  we are working on a few different versions of our tours, to meet different needs.  Please take a look at these works-in-progress and offer us feedback!  If there is a “niche” tour that you would like to help with, let us know that too.

 Some features included on the current “tour site” are:

  • an AudioVisual tour of the St. Augustine Library highlighting layout, offices and services, 
  • an AudioVisual tour of the Libraries’ website & libguides,
  • a link to the research guidance booklet
  • a “floorplan guide” that allows click-throughs. 

refworksIf  you are wanting to add the most recent versions of APA and MLA output styles into your refworks account — or if you want to add a specific Journal style to your list of outputs, the following is a brief  “screenshot tutorial” of how to do so.  TUTORIAL:  Adding a new or updated style guide to your Bibliography Output options 

Please note that the newest APA and MLA  ouput styles are still in “Beta” — that is they are not without flaws — but RefWorks is releasing these versions of the styles “before the program development can be completed… to give our users a chance to review the style and to send us their input and suggestions with the intent of having an accurate and comprehensive presentation …prior to the next academic term. …If you have any feedback, questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact support@refworks-cos.com.”

For a note about some of the major differences between APA 5th and APA 6th editions, and how RefWorks is dealing with them, please see this excerpt (from a RefWorks letter) below:

      APA 6th style is not a major change from APA 5th output style.  The new version does not use the database name with the exception of ERIC documents (reports).  We have removed the database field from all reference types with the exception of reports.
     The new edition of APA has changed the manner in which authors are to be listed in the text and in the reference list. The new reference list guidelines state that when there are seven or more authors there should only be seven authors presented. When there are more than seven authors the first six are to be listed, ellipses added after the sixth, and the last author added at the end.  In order for RefWorks to adhere to these changes, we will need to make modifications to our current Output Style Editor which will require program development.  In the short-term, our new APA style will list all authors and will require the user to manually remove the extra authors and add the ellipses.
     The new guidelines allow for the inclusion of up to five authors in the first instance of an in-text citation and the use of the first author with ‘et al.’ in all subsequent citations of the same reference. This too, will require [further] APA specific development in RefWorks.

From the RWADMIN-L Digest – 21 Jul 2009 to 22 Jul 2009 (#2009-84)

A couple of alerts for our users: 

Student studying outside library

Library help wherever you are

Queens Campus Library: Due to short-term construction in the basement of St. Augustine Hall, materials in the Queens Library Closed Stacks are unavailable at this time. Please contact the Service Desk in Queens for assistance at 718-990-6727.

Queens & Staten Island Library Online Catalogs:   You may have noticed that the interface for the Main Library Catalog has changed a bit.  As we mentioned last year, the new Library Catalog is an  OpenSource Library system, developed over the past year in conjunction with our WALDO partners and LibLime.  

Give it a whirl!   It has many of the same search features as the old catalog, but with some more robust delimiters and the integration of some Social Web features.  We are starting the intial roll-out now,  so please bear with us as we check for bugs.  If you need additional help finding information, please ask us. If you encounter a bug, and are willing to let us know, please e-mail eservices@stjohns.edu

Codex Sinaiticus - digitally reconstructed

Codex Sinaiticus - digitally reconstructed

From NPR:  a story about international co-operation to make the oldest extant version of an early Christian Bible available online — The Codex Sinaiticus

The surviving pieces of the world’s oldest known Christian Bible have been put back together for the first time in 150 years — on the Internet.

The Codex Sinaiticus, or Sinai Book, was at the Monastery of St. Catherine in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula until 1859, when the book was divided. Part of it remained there, while other parts were taken to Britain, Germany and Russia.

Now, scholars from those four countries have virtually reassembled the 1,600-year-old work and made it available to anyone who wants to look at it for free.

unlockSen. John Cornyn’s  (R-TX)  2006 Federal Research Public Access Act  was re-introduced by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) on June 25th  ( S.1373 ) to provide for Federal agencies to develop public access policies relating to research conducted by employees of that agency or from funds administered by that agency. ”  

According to  the SPARC website,  this bipartisan act:

 “would require that 11 U.S. government agencies with annual extramural research expenditures over $100 million make manuscripts of journal articles stemming from research funded by that agency publicly available via the Internet. The manuscripts will be maintained and preserved in a digital archive maintained by the agency or in another suitable repository that permits free public access, interoperability, and long-term preservation. Each manuscript will be freely available to users without charge within six months after it has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.”

This is a step forward from the January, 2008 move by the  National Institutes of Health (NIH), to revised its public access policy which:

 “now requires eligible researchers to deposit copies of final manuscripts upon acceptance into a peer-reviewed journal so that they may be made publicly available within 12 months of publication.”

For more on what these government moves toward Open Access entail for University faculty and administrators, see the SPARC site: http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/frpaafaq.shtml

Following up on the entry about the RefWorks troubleshooting guide, the most common problem users have with Write-n-Cite is that when they try to use it off-campus, they are prompted for the group code.  This generally is solved by completing the downloading process (found on the  WNC tab of the RefWorks Guide). — This second step sets up our Library proxy link on your computer, so you shouldn’t need a group code — on or off-campus. 








Picture indicating the steps for adding the proxy Link for the StJ laptop. Note that MAC instructions differ and are listed on the WNC tab of the RefWorks Guide

Now in Session: The Library of Congress on iTunes U

Interior of Library of Congress

Interior of Library of Congress

In an ongoing effort to make its digital educational, historical and cultural resources available to web users across a broad spectrum of platforms, the Library of Congress today launched “The Library of Congress on iTunes U.”

At its inception, the Library’s iTunes U site includes historical videos from the Library’s moving-image collections such as original Edison films and a series of 1904 films from the Westinghouse Works and original videos such as author presentations from the National Book Festival, the “Books and Beyond” series, lectures from the Kluge Center, and the “Journeys and Crossings” series of discussions with curators.

It also includes audio podcasts, including series such as “Music and the Brain,” slave narratives from the American Folklife Center, and interviews with noted authors from the National Book Festival; and classroom and educational materials, including 14 courses from the Catalogers’ Learning Workshop.