GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award

Posted by: | September 22, 2015 | Comments Off on GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award

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.

What Students Don’t know

Posted by: | August 26, 2011 | Comments Off on What Students Don’t know

A new study at Illinois Academic Libraries studied college students’ reasons for not approaching academic librarians for help with 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 search in Illinois Academic Libraries

Teaching in August

Posted by: | August 2, 2011 | Comments Off on Teaching in August

Although the library and learning commons are quiet during August, Lam librarians are working hard to prepare and update their instructional sessions for fall. Upcoming classes and orientations that we are currently working on include the MBA Precore, The MBA Core, the JumpStart orientation for international students, the Early Career Master’s orientation, and the MBA Exchange Program.

Database Freedonia adds country reports

Posted by: | July 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Database Freedonia adds country reports

Freedonia Focus, a market research database subscribed to by the UBC Library, is adding considerable international content over the next year. Freedonia content has traditionally been US-focused. New country reports will cover 14 countries including Canada, China, India and Brazil. Access Freedonia Focus here.

New Healthcare Administration Research Guide Published

Posted by: | July 22, 2011 | Comments Off on New Healthcare Administration Research Guide Published

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.

Changes to RefWorks

Posted by: | July 6, 2011 | Comments Off on Changes to RefWorks

If you use RefWorks, you may have noticed that the RefWorks interface has a new look: Our understanding is that most of the changes are cosmetic (intended to improve the interface) and do not affect the functionality.

To allow users some time to adjust, the old interface is still available until the end of the year, but is no longer the default when you log in to RefWorks. If you prefer to use the old interface for now, you can do so by logging into your RefWorks account and clicking on the “RefWorks Classic” link at the top. We recommend trying the new interface before the end of the year so you can get used to it before it is no longer available.

We are familiarizing ourselves with the new interface over the summer and will offer a workshop in the fall. In the meantime, take a look at the RefWorks 2.0 Quick Start Guide  to learn more about using the new interface.

Also, if you have any specific questions about the functionality of the new interface, please contact us.

Fully downloadable books are available via Palgrave Connect

Posted by: | July 6, 2011 | Comments Off on Fully downloadable books are available via Palgrave Connect

New full-text, downloadable, academic, business books are being added each month to Palgrave Connect’s 2011 Business & Management Collection. Palgrave employs permissive Digital Rights Management, which allows authorized users to download ebook content without any physical restrictions. Books in this collection can also be downloaded in EPUB format, which is compatible with most reading devices, enabling readers to resize pages, adjust margins, set text size, search within the book, highlight text and add bookmarks.

Click here to view a complete list of the 2011 titles. Some recent additions include:

  • The Future of Leadership Development : Corporate Needs and the Role of Business Schools. Edited by Jordi Canals.
  • Sport as a Business : International, Professional and Commercial Aspects. Edited by Harald Dolles and Sten Söderman.
  • Corporate Psychopaths : Organizational Destroyers. By Clive Boddy.
  • Women at the Top: Challenges, Choices and Change. By Marianne Coleman.

Palgrave MacMillan also publishes scholarly works for a variety of disciplines. Explore recent publications in the areas of history, linguistics, literature, political and international studies, and social and cultural studies by connecting to the Palgrave Connect collection.

When accessing these resources from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your Campus Wide Login (CWL) and password when you connect to the database.

Two new entrepreneurial database trials

Posted by: | May 26, 2011 | Comments Off on Two new entrepreneurial database trials

We currently have two trials running of databases with market research content for business planning:

EBSCO’s Entrepreneurial Studies Source offers users full text for more than 125 key periodicals, 135 reference books, numerous case studies, thousands of company profiles and over 600 videos with transcripts and related articles

Proquest Entrepreneur includes scholarly journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings. The database also offers a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample business plans.

Please submit your votes to the feedback forms on the trial resource pages, or directly to Aleha McCauley.

Trials will run through the month of June.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source – Trial access

Posted by: | May 9, 2011 | Comments Off on Entrepreneurial Studies Source – Trial access

UBC users have trial access to Entrepreneurial Studies Source, an EBSCO database, until May 31.

This database offers full text for more than 125 key periodicals, 135 reference books, numerous case studies, thousands of company profiles and over 600 videos with transcripts and related articles from the Harvard Faculty Seminar Series and Vator.TV, one of the world’s largest social network sites for high-tech entrepreneurs.

Subjects covered in the database include:

  • Business Planning
  • Communications
  • Innovations
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Product Development
  • Raising Capital
  • Risk Taking

Click here to access the database and access the feedback form.

Two streaming video collections available during May

Posted by: | May 6, 2011 | Comments Off on Two streaming video collections available during May

UBC Library users have trial access during May to two streaming video collections from the Alexander Street Press, an electronic publisher of award-winning online collections in the humanities and social sciences.

Filmakers Online Library ( is an award-winning, cross-disciplinary collection of over 913 global documentaries, covering  race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more.

Education in Video (  is developed specifically for training and developing teachers. The collection offers teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms.

The collections are available for trial from May 6 – May 31, 2011.

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