Census GIS is the topic for this month’s GIS Users Group meeting.  Tom Brittnacher, the GIS Librarian, will be talking about how to get census data and geographic boundaries out of SimplyMap and Abacus, and into GIS.

Wednesday, March 28
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Koerner Library, Level 2, Room 216

JSTOR, a key resource in humanities and social sciences, offers short training videos on a number of topics, including advanced search techniques and how to set up alerts for new articles in your area(s) of interest. Most videos are fewer than 5 minutes long. Frequent JSTOR users should definitely have a look.

To mark Black History Month, we feature an extraordinary online collection from Alexander Street Press:

 

Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major black leaders in North America . . . including  Frederick Douglass and including those of W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, Alain Locke, Paul Robeson, Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Muhammad Ali, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ida B. Wells, Nikki Giovanni . . . and dozens more.”
Approximately 20% of the material had not been published previously and is unique to this collection.

 

 


Save valuable research time! Online research resources offer an array of tools to help you stay current in your field. In this workshop you’ll learn how to set up email alerts and RSS feeds to:

  • be notified when new articles and dissertations are published on your topic
  • receive Table of Contents for the latest issue of your favorite journal
  • find out when new books in your discipline have arrived in the library
  • be notified of funding and upcoming conference opportunities
  • follow news stories and blogsNo matter what your discipline, you’ll leave the session having set up a number of alerts to stay up-to-date with your research interests!

Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location:
Koerner Library, Rm 216
Registration:
http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/2829

If you’ve ever wondered about the future of the book, have a look at these:

Living Books About Life is a series of curated, open access books about life — with life understood both philosophically and biologically — which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors, the books in the series repackage existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics whose unifying theme is life: e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology.”  (from Living Books About Life)

Cover photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonwheatley/5128638903/ under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ license.

 

 

 

Counselling sessionPsycTHERAPY, a new database of streaming videos from the American Psychological Association, is available as a trial until December 9.

“[T]he videos provide examples of some of the most renowned therapists in North America working with participants on a host of therapy topics, which when combined with powerful search, clip-making, and playlist capabilities makes this a uniquely searchable resource and educational tool.” (From APA’s description). Connect to PsycTHERAPY here.

Please take time to fill in the feedback form (a link on the “Connect to PsycTHERAPY” page)

Photo credit: alancleaver_2000

 

 

The  Royal Society (UK) has opened its journal archive to permanent free access. Timed to coincide with Open Access Week, this change provides access to the full text of all papers published more than 70 years ago in Philosophical Transactions, the “word’s first science journal”, and other Society publications.

“Treasures in the archive include Isaac Newton’s first published scientific paper, geological work by a young Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated account of his electrical kite experiment.  And nestling amongst these illustrious papers, readers willing to delve a little deeper into the archive may find some undiscovered gems from the dawn of the scientific revolution – including accounts of monstrous calves, grisly tales of students being struck by lightning, and early experiments on to how to cool drinks “without the Help of Snow, Ice, Haile, Wind or Niter, and That at Any Time of the Year.”

 

 

Koerner Library is offering three workshops over the next month especially for undergraduates in humanities and social sciences.  Currently, we’re offering two sessions of each: one in the computer lab in Koerner Library and one online.  Full details and registration here.

Introduction to the Library for Humanities and Social Sciences Students

  • Sept 20th at noon       online
  • Sept 27th at 10 am     Koerner 217

Introduction to Library Databases for Humanities and Social Sciences Students

  • Sept 28th at noon        online
  • Oct 5th at 4 pm           Koerner 217

Introduction to Refworks, Zotero and Mendeley for Humanities and Social Sciences Students|

  • Oct 13th at 4 pm        Koerner 217
  • Oct 19th at  noon       online

 

 

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