• Databases,  General Works,  Library News,  Research

    A year of Research. You rocked it!

    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…

  • General Works,  Literature

    Dreaming of Summer Reading?

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

  • General Works,  Humanities,  Research

    Why do we cite?

    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…

  • Databases,  General Works,  History,  Humanities,  Language,  Literature,  Mathematics,  Natural Sciences,  Religion,  Research,  Social Sciences

    How fast does JSTOR grow?

       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.