Want a chance to win $500 and share your research with the world? Contribute your graduate non-thesis coursework to the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award Collection in cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository, for the chance to win one of two $500 awards. Your work will also be featured in popular UBC Library publications, social media channels, and be promoted to a global audience. Did we mention that all items in cIRcle get a permanent link? You can add it to your CV, worry-free! cIRcle also provides statistical reporting on your content, so you can track views, downloads and see which countries and cities around the world are looking at your work.

New content must be deposited by September 25, 2015 to be entered into the October 1st lottery draw. You will need approval from your course instructor to vouch that the work is exemplary, and worthy of long-term preservation. You may enter as many times as you like. For more details about the award and how to enter visit the GSS cIRcle Award’s information page.

Three new transportation-related research guides have been added to the David Lam Library website. David Lam librarians designed these guides to provide researchers and students with credible starting points for researching transportation related topics.

The guides identify relevant books and media, article sources, databases, industry associations, government agencies, and scholarly resources.  They also include tips on effective search strategies for transportation topics, by using appropriate search terms and subject headings.

Click on individual guides for access, or visit the David Lam Library homepage (http://www.library.ubc.ca/lam) and find them by clicking on the Research Guides link.

If you have questions or feedback about the guide, please contact the David Lam Library.

Librarians at the David Lam Management Research Library have developed and published a new Research Guide on the Arts, Media and Entertainment Industries.  This guide is of interest to researchers conducting business or market planning in the cultural industries, as well as those exploring this sector for career research.

A new study at Illinois Academic Libraries studied college students’ reasons for not approaching academic librarians for help in finding information. According to the study authors, students’ research habits are worse than librarians have realized. Problems include over-reliance on Google, misunderstanding of search logic, and preference for simple databases over scholarly ones. Whose fault is this? The authors say both librarians and teaching faculty are to blame. Librarians tend to over-estimate the searching skills of students; professors do the same. Teaching faculty also wrongly assume that students have had in-depth library orientations, and fail to require their students to use library resources for assignments. From their perspective, students themselves are unaware of their lack of research skills, so don’t ask for help when needed. And students simply do not see librarians as people to go to for help, but more as people who point them in the direction of the stacks.

Most importantly the authors conclude, “[R]elationships with professors … determine students’ relationships with libraries… In the absence of an established structure ensuring that students build relationships with librarians throughout their college careers, professors play a critical role in brokering students’ relationships with librarians… Because librarians hold little sway with students, they can do only so much to rehabilitate students’ habits. They need professors’ help.”
Article: What Students Don’t Know, Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2011
Study: Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries, 2011

The David Lam Management Research has published a new research guide on Health Care Administration, for use by MBA and EMBA students at the Sauder School of Business who are researching topics related to business plans, marketing, operations, efficiency, purchasing, etc. in the healthcare industry.

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