Category: Resources

Business News: New Website to Help Entrepreneurs

OpenBus

The Small Business Administration and Department of Labor have partnered on a new website to help states offer assistance to local entrepreneurs who want to start their own businesses.

The site is geared toward helping states take advantage of the $35 Million the federal government gave to states to implement Self-Employment Assistance programs to help those looking to create jobs in their communities.

These programs provide Unemployment Insurance recipients interested in starting a business with financial assistance, training and resources to get their businesses off the ground. Among the links to resources on the site, there is a link to the New York State fact sheet on how to apply for local assistance through this program.

Ebooks on demand!

Starting this fall, Milne Library is pleased to offer ebooks on demand from EBL, a vendor specializing in scholarly and popular books. The current collection has access to over 5,000 titles, with majority of content published between 2011 and 2012.  Publishers include:  Ashgate Publishing, Blackwell, John Wiley & Sons, Princeton University Press, McFarland & Company and several others.

To access ebook titles, students, faculty and staff need only search GLOCAT+ for subject of their choice, then limit by Show content type to “Book/eBook”.

 

Once you have a list of results you will see a link for Full Text Online.  Click.

 

 

 
The link will take you to a drop-down menu where you will select SUNY Geneseo from the list of selected institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the next screen you will see information about the book title you selected; click Read Online and your table of contents for the book will appear.

 

 

 

As with print books, a loan is required before access to an ebook can be made available for an extended period of time.

Borrowing a book will activate full text access for the length of the loan (in most cases 1 day or 7 days) and enable you to copy and print from the books.

Note: To continue accessing the ebook once a loan has expired, simply create or request another loan as you did your initial loan.

 

If you want to download a title to your e-reader or computer, click on the Download tab on the lefthand menu; you will need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed for downloading content.

 

Read and enjoy!
Please contact Kate Pitcher, Collection Development Librarian, if you have any questions or comments about the ebook collection.

 

Connecting the Dots: Open Access and Open Educational Resources

Join Milne Library in our celebration of International Open Access Week, October 22-26, 2012!

Cable Green of Creative Commons and Nicole Allen at Student PIRGs gave an Open Educational Resources (OER) the once-over, diving into the basics of OERs, the relevance of OERs to the library community and the intersections of OER and Open Access.

October 25, 2012
4:00 PM
Milne 208

Open Access Week is now in its sixth year, and offers an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access. Our goal is to inspire wider participation in making Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research, so come to connect and discuss the Open Access (OA) movement and its impact on teaching, scholarship and research.

Finding Biology Data

Looking for biology data?

Projects, labs, and papers can all sometimes benefit from the use and analysis of data.  Professors may even require that you incorporate some original analysis of data in your projects.

If you are searching for biology data, I generally recommend two primary strategies:

First, you can start with a journal article.  Most primary research articles contain charts or tables of data that you can use.  And many articles now come with supplementary data – additional charts, graphs and data tables in a separate file that contribute to the article.  This is a great strategy if you are looking for data on a particular topic. Start with a search in Scopus or PubMed (from the biology subject guide) using keywords appropriate to your topic.

Second, you can start with the data.  There are biology data repositories across all fields – genetics, ecology, molecular biology, etc.  Where you look depends on what kind of data you need.  The biology subject guide details dozens of data repositories across all fields and can be a useful starting place. This is a useful strategy for those times when your professor says, “Find some data, any data.” Alternatively, you may already know that you need gene sequence data (or another specific kind of data) and there may be a data repository just for that.

Correlation doesn't imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing 'look over there'.

Courtesy xkcd.com, CC BY-NC 2.0

Of course, if you have trouble finding the data you need, you can talk with a reference librarian to help you search.  Stop by the service desk, send us an IM (from any library webpage) or request an appointment online.

Once you find the data, you’ll need to bring it into your favorite data analysis tool.  Stop by the library service desk to chat with one of our Tech Help students, or set up a technology consultation with our technology instructor, Steve Dresbach to help you do this.

Business & Company Resource Center becomes Business Insights: Essentials.

 

Not only did Milne get some physical renovations over the summer, but one of our recommended Business Databases also got a make-over.

The database allows you to research and compare companies and industries using industry rankings, company profiles, market share data, investment reports, charts, graphs, and more.

Some of the new features in include:

  • New user-friendly interface
  • The ability to search across multiple data types from a single search box
  • Interactive charting: Manipulate statistical data and customize your own charts
  • Deep links within results that get the most relevant content in fewer clicks
  • New text-to-speech capabilities
  • Robust glossary with thousands of business terms

Check out the full details on what’s different from the old Business and Company Resource Center with this handy guide.

 

Imagine this…

Looking for ways to indulge your creative spirit? Milne Library’s Imaginarium and TERC areas are bursting with resources and equipment to help you create craft projects, lesson plans or displays (at the very least).

The Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC), located on Milne Library’s Lower Level, offers students a large collection of curriculum resources for preK-12 instruction, including textbooks, videos, puppets, audio and manipulatives, as well as an extensive selection of fiction and non-fiction books for juvenile and young adult readers.

The Imaginarium, located across from the TERC area, contains a die-cut machine, and die-cuts for creating projects. A small selection of craft supplies is usually available, however, users should bring their own paper. The room also contains a table for creating lesson plans or working on projects. We’ve even got a Pinterest board with some ideas for projects!

Both areas are open whenever the library is open and are available for use by students, faculty and community members.

Please feel free to contact Education Librarian, Michelle Costello[email protected]– with any questions or comments.

GLOCAT+ is research made easy

Searching Milne Library’s print and digital collections has never been easier. GLOCAT+ is the only tool you need to find books, journal articles, multimedia, and everything else that Milne Library has to offer. Featuring a single search box and powerful facets to hone in on what you’re looking for, GLOCAT+ quickly connects you to the resources most relevant to your needs. You can even save specific resources and export them in APA, MLA, and other popular citation styles.

Give GLOCAT+ a try today and experience research made easy.

Need Some Help? We’ve Got It!

Help is Available! Photo Credit: Flickr user gruntzooki

Librarians are always available to help with your research and technology needs.

Working with a group?  We can accommodate. Sciences? Got it.  Business Stats? Yep.  Need help with web sites, podcasting, powerpoint or excel? For sure!  Music Media? You know it!   And that’s only a taste of the subject coverage available.

Want to contact a librarian right away?  Simply fill out a Consultation Request form telling us a bit about your project or research needs, and a librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you still have questions, don’t forget that the service desk or IM a Librarian reference chat is always a great place to start.

iPhone Apps for Research and Collaboration

If you’re like me, much of the time spent away from your laptop is spent checking your phone for news, email and new xkcd comics.  If you’re spending that much time on your phone, you might as well do something useful.

Check out the following free apps to help you search the literature, cite your sources, and organize your work.

iPhone Apps

iPhone apps for research and collaboration

Ebsco Databases – Ebsco provides access to a large number of databases via one app (ERIC, Georef, American History and Life, MLA International Bibliography, Business Source Complete, Academic Search Complete and lots of others).  Because access to these databases is paid for by the library (with your tuition dollars), you need to log in to Academic Search Complete via the library website first.  At the bottom of the screen you’ll click on a link that will send an email with an activation code.  After downloading the app, open your email on your phone and click on the link.  You will then have 9 months of access.  I’ve found this process to be pretty simple and easy – no need to log in every time.  The app will connect you to full text articles within the Ebsco databases, and even Geneseo’s “Get it” service for articles found elsewhere.

SciVerse Scopus Alerts – A search app for the interdisciplinary database Scopus.  This app can do keyword searching, citation tracking, and alerts for the science and social science literature.  Scopus is an outstanding database, but the app has some issues.  The biggest problem is getting it to work.  You need to remember your Scopus username and password (not your Geneseo username), and even then there can be trouble.  While the tech support is responsive, it just isn’t as easy to get started as the Ebsco app above.

Evernote – I recently started using this piece of software on my computer for note taking during meetings and lectures.  I am in love with its simplicity and universal usefulness.  Take class notes on your computer, then download the iPhone app to access them anywhere.  Record voice notes on your phone and automatically sync them to your laptop.  Take pictures with your phone and insert them into the notes you’ve already started, or start a new note.  The iPhone app syncs with the desktop application so that you never have to guess where a certain piece of information is.  Share notes with others via shared notebooks or simple weblinks.  I love this app.

Dropbox – Along with the Dropbox website, this tool allows you to easily share files among friends (with shared folders), or between your computer and phone.

EasyBib – An app from the popular website.  This app allows you to scan the barcode of a book and create a formatted citation (which you will, of course, check against the style manuals for accuracy).

Merriam Webster Dictionary – There are lots of dictionary apps out there.  This one is free, and has a nifty voice search function.

Mendeley – This app works with Mendeley Desktop and the Mendeley website.  It allows you to store and organize your PDF journal articles and book chapters.  It’s like iTunes for journal articles: Mendeley will organize your folders for you and you can create folders (playlists) of articles.  You can share those folders with others to help you collaborate on group projects.  The desktop version integrates with Microsoft word to help you cite your sources.  This mobile app allows you to access the journal PDFs you have synced to the web, as well as the ability to search your personal library.

Since I don’t have an Android phone, I can’t comment on the availability or usability of these apps on that platform.  Perhaps in another post.

What apps do you use to get your work done?

Resource Spotlight: GIS Subject Guide

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geotechnology

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geotechnology

Milne Library, in collaboration with the Geography department, has created a research guide for Geographic Information Systems and Geotechnology.  This fast-growing, practical, and influential field of study is both evolving and diversifying.  It is used heavily in many fields to visualize data, including (but certainly not limited to) medicine, law enforcement and business.  GIS incorporates visual-spatial data, and  data in a way that allows the user to view and even manipulate information, ultimately providing those users with more context and a clearer understanding of that data.

Whether you’re looking for examples of resources that incorporate GIS, looking to learn more about this ever-growing field, or even looking to create your own data-infused-maps, this guide can get you started!