GoConqr

goconqrPerhaps you’re looking for tools to help you study and prepare for exams? GoConqr (formerly known as Exam Time) is a learning and networking tool for students and educators. GoConqr allows users to make flashcards, mindmaps, quizzes, notes, and slides to review concepts. Users can then choose to keep these resources private for their own use (or for their class’s use), or opt to share these resources to the larger GoConqr community.

By sharing resources, other CoConqr users can search and use these resources for their own purposes. GoConqr is designed to help users prepare for standardized tests (such as the SAT, ACT, and GRE) or to study subject-specific facts and content. This web-based tool is also available as a free application for iOS and android devices. [MMB]

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers and the Holocaust

historyunfoldedIn the 1930s, what could the average American citizen learn about the Nazi persecution of Jewish individuals and other minorities from reading American newspapers? How did the U.S. press report on these atrocities? How did American domestic politics, social movements, and prejudices influence press coverage? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has launched the History Unfolded project to facilitate exploration and conversation around these important questions.

The museum has invited researchers and students across the United States to collect and digitize U.S. newspaper articles to include in the museum’s growing online database. In Spring 2018, these archives will be incorporated into an exhibition about Americans and the Holocaust. Meanwhile, visitors to this website can learn how to participate in the project or browse through the articles currently in the database. There are a number of Teacher Resources here, including a detailed lesson plan and links to online newspaper databases that will help history instructors facilitate classroom research projects. [MMB]

You’ll also find useful tutorials on “How to Read Newspapers from the 1930’s and 1940’s” and “How to Use Microfilm.” While those of us of a certain (ahem) vintage may find it astonishing that these concepts need to be explained, the fact is that the newest generations among us haven’t had to get their information in these formats and their organization can be baffling for those uninitiated.

This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Holiday

thanksgivingEveryone here at Milne Library wishes you a safe and happy journey home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Should your plans include a little studying or research in the building, please note that the library will have reduced hours over the Thanksgiving Break:

Tuesday, November 22 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday, November 23 8:00 AM – Noon 
Thursday, November 24 CLOSED – Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 25 CLOSED
Saturday, November 26 CLOSED
Sunday, November 27 2:00 PM – 1:00 AM

 

 

 

Savage Minds

savage-800x600Savage Minds is “a group blog dedicated to ‘doing anthropology in public’ – providing well-written, relevant discussions of sociocultural anthropology that everyone will find accessible.” Since its establishment in 2005 by a group of anthropology scholars and students, the blog has been recognized as one of the best science blogs by Nature and has been enthusiastically praised by American Anthropologist.

Frequently updated, recent posts include a consideration of how anthropological principles can be utilized to help businesses and organizations resist the “silo effect“(when information and expertise is not shared throughout the organization), and a reflection by a medical translator about how the field of anthropology informs her work. In addition, this blog includes Around the Web Digest features, which highlight online articles that may be of interest to anthropologists. While this blog is specifically aimed at anthropologists, much of this content may also be of interest to scholars in other fields, including bioethics, medicine, and sociology. [MMB]

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This review originally published in The Internet Scout.

Fair Use? Your Rights as a User and Creator of Digital Content

Can you be sued for using an image you found online? Is writing fan fiction legal? When you get inspired by something you read online and create something new from it, do you own it? After discussing scenarios, attendees will appreciate the fine line between fair use and copyright infringement, and will recognize the difference between student and professional behavior.
Instructor: Sue Ann Brainard – Library Faculty, Milne Library

Thursday, November 10th
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Milne 208

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit] *Required Workshop

From Agonized to Organized: Tips to Better Manage Files & Folders

agonizedorganizedPlease bring a laptop to the workshop!

This session provides a brief introduction to best practices for data management for undergraduate students in any discipline. Students will learn about basic data management concepts by working with data and files they already have. Discover useful tips for naming, organizing and preserving your files, photos and other digital content.
Instructor: Bonnie Swoger – Library Faculty, Milne Library

Thursday, November 10th
1:00 – 2:00 pm
MacVittie College Union
Room 322/323

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]  *Required Workshop

FINAL Plagiarism Workshop of 2016!

plagiarismfinal-8by6Students plagiarize for many reasons. While some are simply trying to get through a course as easily as possible, others procrastinate and panic, taking a few short cuts to get the assignment done. Some students think that text on a “group-developed” web page like Wikipedia does not have to be cited because it is “common knowledge” (not true!).  Others genuinely do not understand how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly.

In this workshop taught by librarians, students will:

  1. discuss how copyright laws and plagiarism rules apply to using material from the web
  2. learn how citing correctly can help avoid unintentional plagiarism
  3. learn how to write a paragraph that successfully and clearly distinguishes paraphrases and quotes from original ideas and language

See the website for a complete list of dates the workshop is offered.

Falling Back – Set Those Clocks!

daylightsavingsDaylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday and our clocks will need to be set back 1 hour.

Daylight-savings time is the advancing of the clock, usually in summer time, one hour ahead of the local standard time in order to increase the hours of daylight available at the end of the day.

DaylightSavFUN FACT¹: In the 1950s and 1960s, after World War II, there was no national law about daylight saving time. So any city or town could decide to have daylight saving time, and also could decide on its own when to start it and when to end it. So as daylightsaving time became popular, you had the situation where one town wouldn’t have daylight saving time; the neighboring town would have daylight saving time. And the third neighboring town might have daylight saving time, but starting and ending at different dates than the second town. And one of the interesting things that happened at that time is there was a bus ride you could take on Route 2 from Moundsville, West Virginia, to Steubenville, Ohio.

And the bus ride was only 35 miles but because of some towns along the way had daylight saving time and some didn’t, if you wanted to keep your watch correct during that 35-mile ride, would have to change the watch seven times.

1. The story of daylight saving time (2009). . Washington, D.C.: NPR. Retrieved from https://proxy.geneseo.edu/login?url=http://proxy.geneseo.edu:2091/docview/189972197?accountid=11072

GOLD: Introduction to Video Creation

GOLD.VideoCreationPlease bring a laptop to the workshop!

There is much more involved in creating a quality video than having a shiny camera and knowing what buttons to push in your video editing software. Video editing is a craft that if not pursued with a level of efficiency can become time consuming and frustrating, when it should be enjoyable and rewarding. The purpose of this session will be to provide GOLD students with an introduction to many of the facets involved in capturing, editing, and exporting video. At the end of your time in this session you will have a basic familiarity with the workflow, challenges, and skills necessary to complete a quality video project.
Instructor: Joe Dolce – Computing Information and Technology

Thursday, November 3rd
1:00 – 2:00 pm
GOLD Leadership Center,
MacVittie College Union, Room 114

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

Final Three Plagiarism Workshops…

3.Nov1.3Students plagiarize for many reasons. While some are simply trying to get through a course as easily as possible, others procrastinate and panic, taking a few short cuts to get the assignment done. Some students think that text on a “group-developed” web page like Wikipedia does not have to be cited because it is “common knowledge” (not true!).  Others genuinely do not understand how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly.

In this workshop taught by librarians, students will:

  1. discuss how copyright laws and plagiarism rules apply to using material from the web
  2. learn how citing correctly can help avoid unintentional plagiarism
  3. learn how to write a paragraph that successfully and clearly distinguishes paraphrases and quotes from original ideas and language

See the website for a complete list of dates the workshop is offered.