Business + Management

IAPril 2010: Zotero Basics

Posted April 21st, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Friday, April 30, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

Zotero is a free, open-source program for Firefox that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your citations and files. With one click, you can save PDFs and citations for most articles, then cite them in Word or OpenOffice. Make a searchable PDF library, and find out how to publish dynamic bibliographies and collaborate by using group collections. In this hands-on session, learn tips and tricks on how to use Zotero more efficiently to save you time and energy. Bring a laptop or use one of our computers.

Please pre-register for this session.

Contact Remlee Green with any questions.

IAPril 2010: EndNote Web

Posted April 16th, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

EndNote web is a web-based product available to MIT users as part of the Libraries’ subscription to Web of Knowledge. Come learn how to use Endnote Web to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.

Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

IAPril 2010: EndNote Basics

Posted April 9th, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Friday, April 16, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please pre-register for this session.

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

Forrester Research Database Now Available

Posted April 8th, 2010 by Katherine McNeill

MIT Libraries is pleased to make Forrester Research available to MIT students and faculty.   Forrester is a nationally recognized research and consulting firm specializing in internet and communications technologies, consumer behavior, marketing and business strategy.   The Forrester database will also provide access to content generated by analysts from the former JupiterResearch, which was acquired by Forrester in 2009.

Students interested in information technology assessment, applications development and trend analysis will find Forrester an important resource for their work.  Forrester Research may be accessed through Vera at the Libraries web site or by the shortcut url http://libraries.mit.edu/get/forrester.

Harvard Borrowing Privileges for MIT Undergraduates

Posted April 5th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Building on an existing collaboration between the MIT Libraries and Harvard College Library (HCL), undergraduate students at Harvard and MIT may participate in a pilot program which, for the first time, enables reciprocal borrowing privileges for undergraduates at the two institutions.

As of April 5, 2010 Harvard undergraduates will have borrowing privileges at MIT Libraries and MIT students will enjoy similar privileges at participating Harvard libraries.  The program, which will be evaluated after 14 months, offers undergraduates from both institutions access to the complementary circulating collections of each institution’s libraries.

MIT undergraduate students may apply online for an HCL Special Borrower card.  Once confirmed, students may obtain a photo ID from the Widener Library Privileges Desk.  The card gives the bearer borrowing privileges at participating HCL libraries including:

MIT graduate students and faculty have existing borrowing privileges at HCL libraries and may also apply for cards online.

More information about Harvard borrowing privileges.

IAPril 2010: Research Techniques for Writers and Editors

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by mit-admin


WHEN: Friday, April 9, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

Learn how to use the Libraries’ resources and databases to research your own articles or find past articles written about MIT. This workshop will show you how to connect from your desktop to a wealth of online resources licensed to MIT, such as LexisNexis, Factiva, Proquest, historic newspaper databases and more. The experts at the Libraries will show you best techniques. This workshop is tailored to MIT communications professionals, or those with an interest in journalism and science writing.

Contact Anita Perkins with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Ga-Ga for Google

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Friday, April 9, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

Take the popular search engine to a new level. Learn basic searching as well as tips and tricks that will make you truly love Google.

Contact Georgiana McReynolds with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks & Zotero

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 5 – 6pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

Please pre-register for this session.

Contact Mat Willmott with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Managing Research Data 101

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by mit-admin


WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

For researchers struggling to manage their data, basic strategies will be provided for:

  • best practices for retention and archiving
  • effective directory structures and naming conventions
  • good file formats for long-term access
  • data security and backup options
  • metadata, tagging, and citation
  • other relevant issues

Contact Amy Stout with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Using the Institute Archives to Research MIT History

Posted March 25th, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Friday, April 2, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: Institute Archives, 14N-118

Ever wonder how to find out more about the history of MIT, locate the thesis of a famous MIT alum, or get historic background information on an MIT department, lab or program?

Many answers can be found in MIT’s Institute Archives, keepers of MIT’s administrative records, faculty papers, theses, and MIT publications dating back to the 1800s. With MIT’s 150th anniversary approaching, this is a particularly timely workshop for MIT communicators.

Contact Nora Murphy with any questions.

Economic Census – Half Day Conference at MIT – March 25

Posted March 18th, 2010 by Lisa Sweeney

Economic Census

The U.S. Census Bureau and MIT Libraries invite you to a half-day, no-cost conference about the Economic Census and related programs. New Economic Census data are available once every five years, and include detailed statistics for industries, and information about sales ($ receipts) by industry, by city, and by town geography.

Date: March 25, 2010
Time: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: MIT, Bush Room, 10-105

Register and find more information at: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/economic-census-event2010.html

Over 19,000 Electronic Books From Springer Added to the MIT Libraries Collections

Posted March 16th, 2010 by mit-admin


The MIT Libraries have purchased over 19,000 Springer eBooks published from 2005 through 2010 with coverage of every scientific discipline, as well as some coverage of architecture, humanities and many of the social sciences. Several heavily-used book series and reference works are included; among them are: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Lecture Notes in Physics, NATO Science for Peace and Security, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Topics of Current Chemistry, Springer Handbook of Robotics, Handbook of Materials Modeling, and Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology.

The Libraries selected Springer eBooks for its first major system-wide electronic book service because of Springer’s favorable licensing and business terms that will directly benefit MIT users, including broad academic use rights, perpetual ownership, unlimited concurrent users, and participation in Portico, a third party archive. In addition, each book chapter is available as a PDF file without digital rights management (DRM). This means they can be downloaded, printed, and transferred to a PDA or Kindle.

Springer also offers “MyCopy”, a service where the members of the MIT community can order their own personal copy of many of these books by using the print-on-demand option at a significantly discounted price of $24.95 for books up to 800 pages.

Links to these ebooks are beginning to appear in Barton, our library catalog. You can also search or browse them directly or from off-campus.

Shortcuts to Your Favorite Library Databases!

Posted February 5th, 2010 by mit-admin

Have a favorite database and want to avoid searching Vera for it every time? Use the Get URL! Do a search in Vera by title and then just right click to add the link to your bookmarks. Now Proquest, Avery, PubMed and others are just a click away, whether you’re on campus or off!

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 25 – 29

Posted January 19th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Introduction to R

Practically Genomic

Rotch Library Film Series

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS

EndNote Basics

Managing Research Data 101

LabLife Tutorial

Middle East Blogsphere: Who Are They? Where Are They Archived?

GIS Model Builder for Programmers

Regression Using Stata

Demystifying Fair Use – An Interactive Workshop for Users of Copyrighted Content

Linked Data

Cool Tools for Science & Engineering Research

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to SAS

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Graphics in Stata

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 18 – 22

Posted January 13th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Using NCBI’s BLAST

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

EndNote Basics

Introduction to Stata

Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

ModelBuilder for beginners

Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

A Sampling of Interesting Images from Rotch Visual Collections

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Rotch Library Film Series

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Mapping and Using US Census Data

Cool Tools for Science and Engineering Research: Meet the Developers!

RefWorks Basics

Data Management in Stata

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Introduction to Company and Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS

The International Music Score Library Project and the future of digital repositories

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 11 – 15

Posted January 8th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 15. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Rotch Library Film Series

Power Up!: Strategies for Getting Energy Information

Power Up with Maps! GIS and Energy Resources

Bioinformatics Software Tool: BIOBASE

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Managing Research Data 101

Course Reserves Overview

Publishing Smart: A Hands-on Workshop on Journal Quality Measures and Publisher Copyright Policies

Basics of Obtaining a Patent

Bioinformatics for Beginners

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Successful Research

Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

Using Wikipedia to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences

EndNote Basics

Power-up!: Energy Industry Resources

BrainNavigator Demo: Interactive Atlas & 3D Brain Imaging Software

Writing and Formatting Your Thesis: Don’t Let WORD Get You Down

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center

Tips & Techniques for Searching for Images Online

Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

Posted January 8th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Looking for prospective employers? Preparing for a job interview? MIT Libraries can help!

First, we’ll learn how to target potential employers– established companies, start-up firms — by field of interest and by location. Then, we’ll use MIT Libraries’ resources to research potential employers and uncover information that can aid our career decisions and our interview preparations. This will be a hands-on workshop. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop if possible, as seating space exceeds the number of available PCs.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Alex Caracuzzo with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Learn Statistical Software (Stata, R, and SAS)

Posted January 7th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Looking to gain skills in working with statistical analysis software packages?  The following classes will be taught by the Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) Statistical Consultant during IAP.  Note: there will be time at the end of each session for individual assistance, so feel free to bring your research questions.

WHERE: All statistical software workshops held in 1-115.

SPACE IS LIMITED. TO REGISTER, CONTACT Katherine McNeill.

Introduction to Stata

Get an introduction to Stata, the statistical analysis software package commonly used at MIT. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and analyze datasets. Novices welcome!

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20th, 10am-1pm

Data Management in Stata

Learn techniques for data management using Stata. Perform hands-on exercises and learn how to create cross-sectional, time-series, and panel datasets from several data files.  Topics include importing data into Stata, labeling data and variables, converting data from string to numeric format, appending and merging datasets, and collapsing and reshaping a dataset. Prerequisite: a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop).

WHEN: Friday, January 22nd, 10am-1pm

Introduction to R

Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics available on Athena. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets, create R objects, and generate figures. Novices welcome!

WHEN: Monday, January 25th, 10am-1pm

Regression Using Stata

This hands-on class will provide a comprehensive introduction to estimating the linear regression model using ordinary least squares in Stata. Topics for the class include multiple regression, dummy variables, interaction effects, hypothesis tests, and model diagnostics. Prerequisites include a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop), the linear regression model, and the ordinary least squares estimation.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27th, 10am-1pm

Introduction to SAS

Get an introduction to SAS, a powerful statistical software package available on Athena. With hands-on exercises, explore SAS’s many features and learn how to import, manage, and analyze data. Novices welcome!

WHEN: Thurssday, January 28th, 10am-1pm

Graphics in Stata

This hands-on class will provide a comprehensive introduction to graphics in Stata. Topics for the class include graphing principles, descriptive graphs, and post-estimation graphs. Prerequisite: a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop).

WHEN: Friday, January 29th, 10am-1pm

Can’t make these times? Attend these workshops at Harvard or view the slides on your own.

Check out other Social Science Data Services IAP sessions as well as the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Need data to answer a research question? Interested in analyzing raw datasets with micro-level records about individual respondents?

This hands-on workshop will familiarize you with the resources of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Harvard-MIT Data Center, which provide access to datasets in the social sciences and related fields. Topics will include the structure of data files, finding and downloading datasets, and understanding data documentation.

NOTE: Advance sign-up is required. Registration due by January 11. This session is limited to 20 participants.

WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 1 – 2:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Kate McNeill with any questions and/or to register.

Check out other Social Science Data Services IAP sessions as well as the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

Gain Experience in Statistical Analysis at ICPSR

Posted December 17th, 2009 by Katherine McNeill

ICPSR logo

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world’s largest archive of digital social science data, now is accepting applications for its annual summer internship program and 2010 research paper competition.

ICPSR Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

ICPSR is accepting applications for its annual summer internship program for undergraduates which will take place from June 7-August 13, 2010.

  • Gain experience using statistical programs such as Stata, SAS, and SPSS.
  • Learn data processing skills to prepare social science data for archiving and distribution.
  • Deadline for application: February 8, 2010.
  • Stipend given.

For more information, see ICPSR’s page on the program or contact Katherine McNeill, Data Services and Economics Librarian, at mcneillh@mit.edu

ICPSR Research Paper Competitions

ICPSR is sponsoring three competitions to highlight the best student research papers (undergraduate and master’s) using quantitative data.  The objective is to encourage students to explore the social sciences by means of critical analysis of a topic supported by quantitative analysis of a dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive and presented in written form.

  • Two competitions covers any dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive and are eligible to undergraduate and master’s students, respectively. The third competition solicits undergraduate papers addressing issues relevant to minorities in the United States, including immigrants, that utilize data from the Resource Center for Minority Data.
  • Up to three cash prizes will be awarded for each competition.  The winner will receive a monetary award of $1,000 (second place receives $750 and third place $500).
  • Deadline for submission is January 31, 2010.

For details, see ICPSR’s page on the competition or contact Katherine McNeill, Data Services and Economics Librarian, at mcneillh@mit.edu.