See you in Canvas!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 12th, 2016

Research question?


Ask me in Canvas!


Look for the discussion board in your course page titled ‘Research Questions’ (or something similar).


We can learn as a collective at the digital Harkness table. ¬†ūüôā



Google Scholar? Holler!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 4th, 2016

Google Scholar

What?  A subset of Google that searches for scholarly literature on the web. A mix of full-text, citations and abstracts.


New:¬†Three of the library’s digital collections are now indexed in Google Scholar: JSTOR, Ebsco, and Proquest.


Meaning? When searching Google Scholar, freely available citations, abstracts and full-text are retrieved, AND now, content from the three library providers named above.


“Adolescents and Sleep.” Search results page. ¬†Google Scholar. Web. 02 Feb. 2016.

Quick note:¬†While an exciting and valuable tool, Google Scholar is a non-discerning aggregator, in that it includes questionable and even possibly predatory open-access titles. ¬†When using Google Scholar, consider consulting Beall’s list of “Potential, possible, or probable predatory¬†scholarly open-access¬†publishers” as well as this guide from Berkley’s Science Center for the Greater Good¬†to help assess the quality of an academic source: “10 Questions to Ask About Scientific Studies.”

For a little look into predatory journal practices, here’s a 2013 New York Times article titled:¬†Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)


Another Quick note:   Retrieval of full-text articles, from these three library providers, using the links in Google Scholar, is only available while on-campus. Off the grounds?  Please log in to and locate the article directly from the named database.

A.I. Research

By - Research & Instruction Librarian September 22nd, 2015

Dear A.I. Class,


So great to meet with you!


As mentioned in class & as available in the A.I. research guide, 2 new eCollections are available for A.I. Research: IEEE Xplore and the ACM Digital Library.


Reseach questions, comments, conundrums?  Please be in touch!  Ms. Sanborn (lsanborn at sps dot edu)




IEEE Xplore

What is it?

IEEE is the acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

IEEE Xplore is an eCollection of engineering and technology journals, conference proceedings, magazines and eBooks, from and about engineering and technology.  Currently the eCollection contains over 3 million items.

According to the¬†IEEE¬†Xplore¬†subscription paperwork,¬†“More than 30% of all technology literature can be found in the IEEE Xplore digital library.”

IEEE. Welcome to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. New York: IEEE, 2014. Print.

IEEE Xplore has created a page of tutorial videos and PDF tip sheets.



ACM Digital Library

What is it?

ACM is the acronym for the Association for Computing Machinery.

ACM Digital Library is an eCollection of published journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, magazines and eBooks from and about Computing Machinery.  An overview of the eCollection holdings is available here.

ACM. “ACM Digital Library: Advanced Search Page.”¬†ACM Digital Library. ACM,
Web. 4 Dec. 2014. <>.

You liked it! We bought it!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian March 27th, 2015

Thanks for the feedback on the Winter Term trial of Gale’s Science in Context.

You liked it & we bought it!  Thank you for your helpful thoughts!

Engineering Digital Library

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 15th, 2015

Now available!  The SPS Engineering Digital Library.


What is it?


A collection of digital sources purchased by SPS in support of the new Honors Engineering program, including:


Questions? Comments?  Please be in touch!  Ms. Sanborn


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