A year of Research. You rocked it!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 31st, 2016

You rocked the research this year!

 

Check it out.

 

Over 10,000 visits were made to the top 3 research guides.

 

Libguides Admin Dashboard: Statistics Page 9-14-2105 to 5-27-2016.  Springshare. Web. May 27, 2016.

 

 

What library eCollections did you love?

  • Over 887 statistical charts retrieved using Statista.
  • Searched ArtStor 1,885 times.
  • Searched JSTOR 3,048 times.
  • Opened eBooks on the ebrary platform 6,835 times.

 

 

Collectively, you asked me more than 200 research questions, mostly via email (over 150), and also via Canvas, office hours in the Schoolhouse and in-person at the Library.

 

And finally, another year has gone by in which every SPS student has had a Ms. Sanborn research class (at least one!) during the school year.

 

I heart your research!

Smiley heart face symbol

Smiley heart face symbol. Digital Image. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 25 May 2016.
http://quest.eb.com/search/smiley-face/1/132_1219723/Smiley-heart-face-symbol

Your favorite Kanopy titles

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 26th, 2016

In January 2016, the library bumped up its Kanopy educational video offerings from a few hundred to 26,000.

 

There have been 486 plays in those 5 months, totaling 8,021 minutes of viewing time.

 

 

 

What films have been most-watched in that time?

 

 

 Analytics Summary: Kanopy Admin Panel.  Kanopy. 25 May 2016. Web.

 

 

Dreaming of Summer Reading?

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 24th, 2016

The library just added 63 titles to its Overdrive popular fiction eBook collection.

 

New-to-us works include titles from the Divergent, Selection and Percy Jackson series.

 

Access the entire Overdrive collection, anytime, anywhere; simply log in with your SPS credentials.

 

A title you’d really like to see?  I’d love to know!

Reading by the Lake

 

Reading by the Lake. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 May 2016.
http://quest.eb.com/search/139_1936059/1/139_1936059/cite

Why do we cite?

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 26th, 2016

The Hum. 4 paper is due in a few short days & my inbox is happily filled with citation conundrums.

 

Why do we do it?

 

Academics cite for a variety of good reasons, including:

  • To supply the reader with the source information, should the reader wish to locate the item.
  • To demonstrate use of, and credit, the work being drawn upon.
  • To distinguish the different voices contributing to one’s project, including distinguishing one’s own voice and contribution to the conversation.

 

A quick shout-out to Noodletools.com (integrates with Google docs!) for citation creation and it even helps with in-text citation format.

 

Citation sticky wickets?  Let me know, happy to help!

 

 

Image Information:

NoodleTools: Works Cited Project Page. Noodletools. Web. 22 April 2016.

 

How fast does JSTOR grow?

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 21st, 2016

   JSTOR is one of the library’s most popular digital collections. Thousands of searches are conducted in JSTOR over a typical year, sometimes thousands of searches are run in a single month.

 

From a recent email, JSTOR, in 2015, added:

  • Archives of 226 journals
  • Comprising 856,000 articles
  • If shelved, the print version would consume 1,348 linear feet of shelving

 

What does this mean for JSTOR‘s collection contents, when taken all together?

  • Archives of 2,300 journals
  • 10.7 million articles
  • in print, this would be 68.9 million pages of text

 

 

Information from:

JSTOR. “988,000 articles added to JSTOR Archive Collections.” Message to Lura Sanborn. 1 Feb. 2016. E-mail.

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