Monday, April 17, 2017

“Hidden” Gems: Citation Linker

If you do not know about a tool, you cannot use it.

The Libraries provide a wide range of tools and services to assist researchers. We are always happy to spread the word about these “hidden” gems, like Citation Linker.

If you have ever found an article in a database that is not accessible in full-text, or come across a citation for a book or an article in print or without an active link, you can search the Libraries databases directly for a full-text version by using Citation Linker.

Select the type of item you are looking for, type in the pertinent information, and click the Find It button. If the citation provides a DOI (digital object identifier), you can type that in by itself- DOIs act as a unique identifiers, like social security numbers for articles.

If found, the article will either open or you will be directed to a page where you can open the article. If it is not found, you will be given options for obtaining the item in print or via Interlibrary Loan.

Citation Linker can be found in the bottom right corner of the e-Journals tab on the Student Research Resources page.

Spotlight: Probability & Statistics Subject Guide

University Librarians create and maintain a variety of online subject guides, or LibGuides, to help researchers of all kinds in their areas of study.

Statistical analysis is a fundamental component of most empirical research in both the physical and social sciences.

The Probability and Statistics LibGuide is a starting point for finding information about conducting and understanding basic to intermediate (and some advanced) statistics, formulae, methodology, and theory in all fields.

If you need resources or data like census data, MMWR data, labor statistics, etc., use the Statistics LibGuide.

SciFinder Scholar: Not just for chemists

SciFinder is an essential resource for chemists but is broadly based and a great resource for many academic disciplines.

In addition to the 7 chemistry databases SciFinder accesses, every search done connects with Medline as well. Medline (aka PubMed) is the US National Library of Medicine’s biomedical database of research done in all areas of health science, biology, and other medically relevant fields of study. It is arguably the world’s most robust biomedical database.

Because SciFinder is substance-focused, combining its resources with Medline’s to search biomedical topics creates an unprecedented opportunity for finding research from protein science, physiology, pharmacology, genetics, and many other cross-relevant areas.

SciFinder is also very easy to use. The different types of searches (eg topic, molecular formula, structure, institution) are designed for findability and usability. Help is everywhere including several examples of what you might type within each search field. Searches use natural language protocols so you can use complete sentence queries. The results are organized, too, according to how search strings are parsed by “concepts” and proximity in each record. You can then analyze results lists by author, publication, year, etc.

To register and use SciFinder, follow the directions found here:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Getting what you need: SRCS, ILL, & On-shelf holds

The University Libraries have many ways for getting users the information resources they need whether we have it or not. Click on the links below to use these services and find out more about them.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Lending between libraries. If Ball State University Libraries do not have something you need then we can find it and borrow it for you from another library. This includes not only books and articles but DVDs and anything else a library is willing to lend. Scholarly articles can be delivered online to your desktop.

On-shelf holds: Pick up items from any branch at any branch. Traditional holds and recalls are meant to allow library users to queue up for items that are already checked out. Our on-shelf hold service allows you to request items still on the shelf. Library staff will pull and send your requests to the following the University Libraries pickup location of your choice: Bracken, Architecture, or Science-Health Science. Use CardCat to select a book, DVD, poster, or other kind of circulating item, click on the "hold/recall" button on the left, then choose one of the pickup locations listed above. You will be notified via email when your item is ready to pickup.

SRCS: Statewide Resources Circulation Service. This new catalog of state-funded libraries in Indiana, both public and academic, is still growing. Once you register, you can request books and other items directly from other libraries for you to pick up at Bracken. Right now, it’s best used for obtaining books quickly. But remember, SRCS is only Indiana libraries- ILL is still better for getting most scholarly materials because it searches libraries across the US and even abroad.

Collection highlight: Print journals on the shelf

As of the writing of this post (ie April 2017), there are 26 journal titles and 1 abstract title in print in the Science-Health Science Library.

15 years ago, in 2002, there were 430 journal titles and 30 abstract titles in print.

We had not yet made the big move to electronic-only subscriptions. The decision to do so is most often motivated by the desire to have research articles at your fingertips wherever you might be. Budget constraints also play a role in making this decision but most periodicals do not offer reduced costs for electronic-only versions. In fact, sometimes they cost more.

In many cases, the electronic versions are either too expensive or do not carry archival or perpetual rights which means that if we end our subscription, we lose access to all issues even to those we paid for. In those cases, we stick with the print version which we can keep and use in perpetuity.

This does not mean that they are not available in electronic form as well. It means that our access to them might be limited. For example, only 1 year of a title might be available electronically or another title might offer 1 volume; another, several sample issues, still another from 1990-2009. It's worth checking our e-Journals list to find out.

The links below lead to CardCat records for all 27 active titles:

American Journal of Nursing
American Journal of Physics
Applied Physics Letters
Canadian Field Naturalist
CERN Courier
Entomology Abstracts
Fine Focus
Home Healthcare Now
Journal of Applied Physics
Journal of Chemical Physics
Journal of College Science Teaching
Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Journal of Geoscience Education
Journal of Nursing Administration (JoNA)
Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Medical Physics
Natural Resources Journal 
New England Journal of Medicine
Nurse Educator
Nursing Clinics of North America
Nursing Research
Outdoor Indiana
Physical Review Letters
Science Teacher
Southwestern Naturalist
Wilson Journal of Ornithology

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Instructors' Corner: The Case for eReserves

Let us in the Libraries know what articles, book chapters, or images you’re looking for and we will manage them for you via our e-reserves service. That is, we will locate a copy either on our databases or scan it in from a copy obtained from you or ILL and then provide you a link to that file that you can post to Blackboard.

By doing this, not only are you freed from having to scan or even find these articles, it also ensures that Ball State is following copyright law and our contractual obligations with the content providers and publishers.

Ideally, we find the article through one of our databases and generate a permanent link through our proxy server. If we can’t do that, then we save the scanned document to our protected server in the Libraries. You can then post a direct link on Blackboard. This helps to safeguard us against what has been happening with Georgia State University and helps you manage your course resources more efficiently.

More information:
- Cambridge Press v. Georgia State University
    (2014, ARL blog)
- Cambridge University Press v. Patton
    (11th Cir. Oct. 17 2014)-initial thoughts (Laura Quilter, Copyright & Information Policy Librarian
    @ UMass)
- Ball State University Libraries Course Reserves