Archive for July, 2005

RefWorks bibliographic software now available free to the MIT community

Posted July 29th, 2005 by Darcy Duke

The MIT Libraries have subscribed to RefWorks.

RefWorks is a web-based resource designed to help organize references and create bibliographies. RefWorks makes it easier to write papers as well as post results to web pages by allowing faculty, students, and staff to search, retrieve relevant citations, and build bibliographies.

RefWorks is similar to EndNote, a bibliographic software package popular at MIT. While EndNote software must be purchased and installed on your computer, RefWorks is web-based software with account-based access supported by a site license.

Anyone at MIT with an Athena account can create and maintain RefWorks accounts, and accounts can be created for individual and group use. The Libraries will provide limited support for RefWorks users, particularly with issues involving connectivity with library-supported resources. Off-campus access is possible through Vera or by using the Vera shortcut http://libraries.mit.edu/get/refworks.

See Refworks at MIT for more details.

See also: EndNote at MIT

MIT’s Head Humanities Librarian elected to ALA Council

Posted July 27th, 2005 by Heather Denny

MIT’s Head Humanities Librarian, Theresa Tobin, was elected to the American Library Association (ALA) Council in May of this year.

The Council is the governing body of the oldest and largest library association in the world. With more than 64,000 members in total, Tobin will be one of thirty-three Councilors chosen to set the policies of ALA and determine programs and activities to be carried out by the divisions. She will contribute to issues that affect libraries nationwide and influence public policy. Some topics recently before the Council include:

• The U.S. Patriot Act
• RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) standards
• Endangered libraries
• Fair employment policies and improvements in the library workplace

Tobin’s three year term began in July. She is looking forward to getting involved in broad library issues that have local impact—both in local communities and here at MIT. “It gives me the opportunity to work with librarians from all walks of life. I’m eager to get started,” said Tobin.

Prior to her election, Tobin served as Chair of the Council Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) for three years, among other elected positions in ALA. She has been a member of ALA since 1981 and head of MIT’s Humanities Library for the past 15 years.

Apply online for access to Harvard’s Countway Library

Posted July 22nd, 2005 by mit-admin

MIT Libraries has an agreement with Harvard University’s Countway Library of Medicine that allows graduate students, research staff, and faculty to apply for borrowing privileges, and undergraduate students to apply for room use only.
You can now apply for FY06 privileges using our new online form.

Online applicants will receive a Countway access card via email no later than 5 pm the next business day. If you need same day service, or are planning to come to the library anyway, you can still apply for FY06 privileges at the Hayden Reference Desk, M-F, 10 am – 5 pm.

The online application only covers privileges at Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine. Full details about the MIT’s arrangements with Harvard Libraries.

Learn about Google Scholar, Friday July 29

Posted July 22nd, 2005 by mit-admin

JulyAP Information Workshops

Attend these hands-on workshops to learn more about finding and using information effectively.
It’s like IAP, only warmer!

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

WHEN: Every Friday in July, 12pm (noon) – 1pm

7/29 Google, or Google Scholar: That is the Question!
Is Google the best tool to search for scholarly information? Or is Google Scholar? Are there other choices? Search these databases and more to find out. The results may surprise you!

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.
http://libraries.mit.edu/science/julyAP2005.html

Music Index Online now available

Posted July 22nd, 2005 by Christie Moore

Researching a music topic? Check out Music Index Online which lists more than one million citations from 725 music periodicals dating from 1978 to 2005. Find a broad range of topics, with a special emphasis on popular music. Music Index Online cites book and recording reviews, obituaries, and articles about music, musicians, and the music industry. Many citations link to full-text articles. Print volumes from 1949-2004 are available in the Lewis Music Library.

Bookmarkable URL: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/musicindex

New! Business Source Premier

Posted July 20th, 2005 by Katherine McNeill

Business Source Elite has been replaced by Business Source Premier, which now contains full text for over 8,000 publications, including scholarly and trade journals. New content categories include country reports, industry reports, and market research. Using a new feature, users can link to cited works within the database.

Check it out via Vera or its shortcut url: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/buspremier.

Learn about RSS feeds on Friday, July 22

Posted July 15th, 2005 by mit-admin

JulyAP Information Workshops

Attend these hands-on workshops to learn more about finding and using information effectively. It’s like IAP, only warmer!

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

WHEN: Every Friday in July, 12pm (noon) – 1pm

7/22 Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

What is an RSS Feed? Well tell you, plus teach you how to use this new technology to keep up with information in your fields of interest.

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided (first come, first served).

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Next week: Google or Google Scholar?

MIT Libraries launches news blog

Posted July 12th, 2005 by Darcy Duke

Find out about book sales, library hours, classes, author readings, new library resources and more! Bookmark our news blog at http://news-libraries.mit.edu/ or subscribe to our RSS feeds. For more information about RSS feeds, see Wikipedia’s article on RSS. To learn more about finding and using RSS feeds for your research, sign up for our upcoming class on July 22: Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research.