Social Sciences

Libraries' Summer Hours Begin May 22

Posted May 4th, 2010 by Heather Denny

Photo by Christopher Harting

The MIT Libraries’ Summer Hours will begin on Saturday, May 22, 2010.

Barker, Dewey, and Hayden (Humanities & Science) Libraries:
Monday-Friday 10am – 6pm,
Saturday closed, Sunday 1 – 6pm

Rotch Library:
Same hours as above except Sunday closed

Lewis Music Library:
Monday-Friday 11am – 5pm,
Saturday-Sunday closed

For a complete list of locations and hours see the Libraries’ website.

Please note all libraries will be closed Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31) and for a week during the Independence Day holiday (July 2-9).

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.

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.

Paul Samuelson and Economics: Memorial Exhibit at Dewey Library

Posted March 31st, 2010 by Katherine McNeill

Paul Samuelson and Economics: Evolution of a Classic
A Memorial Exhibit: April 1 – May 6, 2010
Dewey Library (E53-100)

Good questions outrank easy answers.” Paul Samuelson

Paul Samuelson

Please join us for a memorial exhibit in honor of Institute Professor Emeritus Paul A. Samuelson, April 1 – May 6, 2010.

Samuelson was a defining figure of twentieth-century economics who both transformed many of the fundamentals of the discipline and shaped the department here at MIT.  He is widely recognized for increasing the rigor and use of mathematics in the discipline and for introducing Keynesian economics to a wider audience.  He received numerous awards over his lifetime, including the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics in 1970; and the National Medal of Science in 1996; and in 1947 the John Bates Clark Medal, the American Economic Association’s award for the best American economist under the age of 40.

Hosted by Dewey Library for Management and Social Sciences, the exhibit highlights the development of Samuelson’s influential textbook, Economics, the best-selling economics textbook of all time.   Over its nineteen editions, it has sold nearly four million copies and been translated into 40 languages.

The exhibit features books, archival documents, and photographs from the collections of Dewey Library; the Institute Archives; the MIT Museum; and Samuelson’s personal collection, courtesy of the Department of Economics.  Items include:

  • excerpts of editions of Economics containing Samuelson’s hand-written edits,
  • letters between Samuelson and past leaders of MIT concerning the textbook,
  • foreign-language translations of Economics,
  • photographs and archival documents commemorating his life and work,
  • and more.

Note: This exhibit is being held in coordination the upcoming memorial service for Paul A. Samuelson.

For more information contact: Katherine McNeill, Economics Librarian, 617-253-0787, mcneillh@mit.edu.

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.

Check Out the Complete Listing of IAPril 2010 Sessions

Posted March 16th, 2010 by mit-admin

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132, with the exception of the Institute Archives session on April 9, which will take place in 14N-118.

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

Using the Institute Archives to Research MIT History
Friday, April 2, 1 – 2pm
14N-118, Institute Archives

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.

Managing Research Data 101
Thursday, April 8, 12 – 1pm

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

Managing Your References: Overview of Endnote, RefWorks and Zotero
Thursday, April 8, 5 – 6pm

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 (EndNote, RefWorks & Zotero) 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.

Ga-Ga for Google
Friday, April 9, 12 – 1pm

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.

Research Techniques for Writers and Editors
Friday, April 9, 1 – 2pm

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.

EndNote Basics
Friday, April 16, 12 – 1pm

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.

EndNote Web
Wednesday, April 21, 12 – 1pm

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.

Zotero Basics
Friday, April 30, 12 – 1pm

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.

Please contact Anita Perkins with questions about any of the IAPril 2010 sessions.

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: 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.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ IAP 2010 sessions!

Posted December 11th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Are you wondering what an RSS feed is and how it can help your research?

Want to learn more about using GIS, EndNote or RefWorks?

Need to find chemical information, social science data, or patents?

Want to kick back and enjoy a film festival, improve your bioinformatics search skills, or learn how to make your own videos for the Web?

Look no further! Take a peek at all of the MIT Libraries IAP Activities offered in 2010.

Hayden open till 2am, Dec. 10-18 for Finals

Posted December 10th, 2009 by mit-admin

Hayden Library — Humanities & Science — will be open till 2am each night during Finals

from Thursday, Dec. 10 to Friday, Dec. 18th:

8am-2am daily, except Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 12 & 13, 10am-2am.

Hayden open till 2am daily

The extended hours are for the MIT community only.

Harriet Ritvo discusses “The Dawn of Green” in the Archives on Dec. 9

Posted December 7th, 2009 by Heather Denny

Harriet Ritvo, MIT’s Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, will discuss her latest book The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism on Wednesday, December 9th at 4 p.m. in the Institute Archives (14N-118).

In The Dawn of Green, Ritvo reveals how today’s environmental movement can be traced to Thirlmere, a bucolic reservoir in the English Lake District, and the 19th century battle around it that pitted industrial progress against conservation.

Ritvo is also the author of The Platypus and the Mermaid, and Other Figments of Classifying Imagination and The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age.

During her talk she will show materials used in her research and sign copies of her book.  This event is sponsored by the MIT Libraries’ Institute Archives & Special Collections, and the MIT History Faculty.  It is free and open to the public.

Group Study Room Open on Hayden Library’s 3rd Floor

Posted November 30th, 2009 by mit-admin

Members of the MIT Community are encouraged to schedule the room (14E-311) for groups of three or more at Hayden’s service desk on the 1st floor or call 253-5671 to make a reservation. Features include a large blackboard and a wall-mounted flat-screen monitor for presentations.

14E-311 was formerly the Women’s Studies Research Room.  That collection has been moved into the Hayden stacks, including the new Women in Science, Technology & Medicine Collection in the center section of the Humanities Library, 2nd floor reading room.

Learn Stata and R in Upcoming Workshops on Statistical Software

Posted October 16th, 2009 by Katherine McNeill

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 and start next week!  Note: there will be time at the end of each session for individual assistance, so feel free to bring your research questions.

Stata logo

1. 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 manage datasets. Novices welcome!

When: Friday, October 23rd, 2-5pm

2. 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, November 6th, 3-5pm

3. Introduction to 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: Friday, November 13th, 3-5pm

4. 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: Friday, December 11th, 1-4pm

Where: All workshops held in the Sloan Trading Room in the basement of E52: E52-010.

Space is limited. To register, contact: Katherine McNeill, mcneillh@mit.edu.

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

Brought to you by Social Science Data Services: http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/subjects/data/

Learn About ICPSR with Live Webinars Oct. 5-9

Posted October 1st, 2009 by Katherine McNeill

ICPSR

Learn about ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research), the world’s largest archive of research data for the social sciences.  Next week (Oct 5-9, 2009), ICPSR will be broadcasting live free webinars to help you understand and utilize its many data resources.  Topics covered include:

  • Data on minority populations
  • Graphing quantitative data & Web 2.0 tools for visualization
  • Protecting respondent confidentiality
  • American Community Survey
  • American National Election Survey
  • Harmonized data sets
  • Documentation of research data
  • Quantitative literacy/Using data in teaching
  • Online analysis of data
  • And more!

Visit http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/or/ormeet/program/index.jsp to review the abstracts and slides and to register to attend the webinars.  Note: while these are presented in the context of the meeting of ICPSR Official Representatives, the webinars are free and open to the public; all members of the MIT community are encouraged to register and attend.

Can’t make the live webinars?  View them anytime at: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/or/ormeet/program/index.jsp.

For more information about ICPSR, contact MIT’s Official Representative, Katherine McNeill, at mcneillh@mit.edu.

American Economic Association in Full Cooperation with MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Posted September 30th, 2009 by Ellen Duranceau

The MIT Faculty established a new policy on March 18, 2009 that makes their scholarly articles openly available on the web.   The Libraries have been working with the Faculty Committee on the Library System to make this process as convenient as possible for the faculty, as called for in the policy.

One key effort has been to work with publishers to ensure that MIT papers will be handled smoothly under the policy, and we are pleased to announce that the American Economic Association (AEA) has confirmed its cooperation.  MIT authors do not need to prepare an amendment to the AEA publication agreement or take any other special action in order to publish with the AEA under the MIT policy.

We anticipate that this will be the first in a series of announcements about publishers cooperating with the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.   To track publisher responses, we are offering a new web page.  More publishers will be added to the page as information becomes available, and questions about  publishers not yet on the page may be sent to copyright-lib@mit.edu.

To submit a paper under the policy, please send the final submitted manuscript, post peer-review, but prior to publisher’s formatting,  as an email attachment to oapolicysubmissions@mit.edu.

For more information:

MIT Faculty Open Access Policy

Publisher Policies

Open House Events in Barker & Dewey Libraries

Posted September 8th, 2009 by Heather Denny

Renovations in Barker and Dewey Libraries have created great new spaces to study!  The MIT Community is invited to Open House events at each library.  Please come visit and celebrate with us!

Barker Library Open House
Where: Barker Engineering Library (10-500)
Reading Room (under the Dome)
When: Wednesday, September 16, 4-6pm
Remarks at 4:30pm, Refreshments served

The old “journal racks” in the Barker Reading Room have been removed to open up the space and give way to a more flexible design.  New area rugs, fresh paint, refinished furniture and improved lighting make this iconic space more inviting for quiet study.

Dewey Library Open House
Where: Dewey Library (E53-100), First Floor
When: Thursday, September 17, 4-6pm
Remarks at 4:30pm, Refreshments served

The new, improved Dewey Library offers a secure 24-7 study space, an area designated for quiet study, and numerous power-enabled study carrels. There are 12 brand-new group study rooms, each with LCD screen and white board, which can be reserved online. The brighter, more open space also features many ecologically-friendly touches, such as cork floor tiles and energy-efficient lighting.

New Group Study Rooms at Dewey

Posted July 29th, 2009 by mit-admin

The renovation of Dewey Library has created many new group study rooms which now can be reserved using an electronic room reservation system. The rooms are:

  • E53-208 & 218 (large group rooms) : capacity 12 people in each room
  • E53-201 & 223 (medium group rooms) : capacity 10 people
  • E53-231, 237, 238, 296, and 298 (small group rooms) : capacity 2-6 people
Each room is equipped with a wall-mounted LCD screen with laptop connector cable, conference phone, and large white board. Whiteboard markers are available for loan at the Dewey information desk. A few additional group study rooms will become available on the 1st floor in September.
The rooms can be reserved for a maximum of 3 hours at a time and up to 30 days in advance. Rooms can only be used during library hours. To learn how to reserve a room and how to check room availability see http://libraries.mit.edu/deweygroupstudy .

JulyAP 2009 Workshop: EndNote Basics

Posted July 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

EndNote logoWHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, July 10, 12pm – 1pm

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 workshops.

Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2009 workshops