Places, tools and tips to help you complete group projects

It’s crunch time, you have three papers and two group projects due, 4 final exams coming up, several sports games to win, and a few parties to attend. Here are some resources that can help you collaborate with your classmates to get things done faster and better:

Group Work Space:

  • Collaboration stations in the Milne Library common area: These new areas have power outlets, and a way to connect your laptop to a large screen to let your whole group see your power point slides.
  • Group study rooms on the lower level in Milne: These rooms give your group a little more privacy, but are available on a first come first serve basis and are very popular.
  • Milne Library classrooms: Our classrooms are available for student use whenever a class or meeting is not scheduled. Check the schedule screens outside each room or the online schedule

Online Tools:

  • Google Docs and Spreadsheets: Create documents, spreadsheets and presentations that you can easily share with your colleagues and edit together. No more worrying about who has the latest copy of your presentation!
  • Google Calendar: Coordinate your schedules to find a good time to meet.
  • Ta-da lists: A simple list making web applicaiton that allows you to share a list of tasks (or item to be purchased, or people to talk to, or books to read, etc.) Each group member can check off their task when they’re done.

Advice:

Are you a Milne Library fan?

In January, we posted information on how to become a Milne Library fan in Facebook.
Now we want to let you know what else is available to you as a fan of Milne Library:

  • Search WorldCat right from the library’s Facebook profile
  • Add your own photos to the Milne Library photo album
  • Watch a video
  • Read our blog and find out what is going on in the library today
  • Post questions and comments to the discussion board

What other applications can we add to the Facebook profile that are relevant to your needs? Become a fan today and let us know what you think!

Stop by and learn about our powerful new resource: Scopus

On Monday, April 14, representatives from Elsevier Publishers will be in the Milne Library Lobby from 10:00am to 12:00pm demonstrating the citation database Scopus, a recent addition to Milne Library’s research resources. Scopus covers a wide variety of articles related to the physical sciences, biomedical sciences, and social sciences.

In addition to keyword searching, this database allows users to track down the citation history of a known publication.

For example, if you found a really great article for the term paper you have due next week, you can use Scopus to locate other articles that cited your really great article.

Scopus also provides the ability to easily narrow your search by subject area, publication year, and keyword.

Stop by the library on Monday morning (April 14) to learn more about this powerful new resource.

Sixth Annual Student MS PowerPoint Presentation Contest

Would you like to win a $50.00 gift certificate of your choice?

Do you believe you have created a PowerPoint Presentation that you are proud of? Be the WINNER!

Milne Library is sponsoring a year end Microsoft PowerPoint presentation contest.

If you believe you have created a presentation that has unique features, is exciting, eye catching and creative, turn it in!

The winner will be awarded a $50.00 gift certificate of their choice. All entries must be received by Friday, May 2. The winner will be notified by email.

To enter, please place the MS PowerPoint file and all supporting audio and video files (or use package for CD) into a folder labeled with your Geneseo Username and drop the folder in the PPTContest folder in the DRESBACH inbox. You can access the inbox on a PC by clicking on the start menu, choosing run… and typing in the following \filesInboxLibrarydresbach . On a Mac use Go | Connect to server | server address is smb://files.geneseo.edu, shared volume is inbox. Navigate to Library folder.

Be sure to include in your folder a MS Word document listing your E-mail address and a few of sentences describing what the presentation was for.

If you have any questions about the contest, please email, phone (245-5063) or stop by and see Steve Dresbach in the ITS office, across from the laptop checkout counter, in Milne Library.

Thank you and good luck!