Several new resources have been added to Milne’s Collection! World News Archive – African Newspapers; and World News Archive – Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 & 2 Continue reading “World News Archive: African Newspapers, and more at Milne!”
Need a place to work on creative projects? Imagine this!!
Here in the Imaginarium, there are lots of resources for your use. We have a cricut machine, over 100 die cut stencils, three die-cut machines, a paper cutter and LOTS of space for project creations. Continue reading “Welcome to the Imaginarium!!”
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
[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit] *Required Workshop
Find out how to use research management tools like Zotero to gather, organize and automatically create citations for research papers. In this workshop, you will learn about the options available and gain hands-on experience with one of these tools to capture, save and export citations into a word document in the citation style of your choice. Instructor: Tracy Paradis – Reference & Instruction Librarian, Milne Library
Becoming an Uber Efficient Researcher Using Research Management Tools
Wednesday, September 21
2:30 – 3:30 pm
MacVittie College Union Room 322/323
If you are new to Western New York, you might not be privy to the city’s extensive history in the LGBTQ movement that formed what is known today as the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley (GAGV). The GAGV has been monumental in making Rochester a safer place to live for those who do not fall into a binary with regard to sexuality or gender expression.
You may have witnessed the impact of the GAGV right here on-campus: the rainbow signs hanging by many faculty and staff’s offices indicate they have received SafeZone Training. This training serves as an educational tool to educate supportive faculty, staff, and students on LGBTQ terminology, issues, and questions.
Recently, the GAGV has opened the doors of its new LGBTQ Resource Center at 100 College Avenue in Rochester. This resource center serves an educational and safe space for LGBTQ individuals as well as their allies. The center features a library, archives, and hosts weekly social events.
- The library contains over 10,000 fiction and nonfiction books, periodicals, and DVDs, which are all available for you to borrow. You can browse the center’s collection online via LibraryThing.
- The archives have plenty of historical material that help document the progression of the LGBTQ movement in Rochester, including The Empty Closet, the original publication used to advance the rights of so many individuals in Western New York.
- The resource centers hours are:
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00 pm &
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome!
If you cannot make it all the way up to Rochester, no worries! Milne Library and SUNY Geneseo have many available LGBTQ resources. You can find many books on LGBTQ topics in Milne’s collection as well as specialized LGBTQ research databases. Aiden Cropsey, Coordinator of LGBTQ Programs and Services, along with the student-led Pride Alliance, host several events throughout the year, and even have their own floating book collection. You can also like and follow them on Facebook!
All photos and images used with permission from the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley.
~ written by Brandon West
So you’re new to campus and kinda new to the whole research paper thing. Or you’re not new but just a bit rusty, and that library skills class you took seems so long ago. Who can remember all that searching/citing/writing stuff anyway?
Just settle down, breathe deeply, turn on your computer, and bring up Milne Library’s homepage. See that list over there on the right, called Quick Links? About half way down is the one you want – “How do I …”
Click on it and you’ll find all you need to help you through your research project, no matter which stage it’s at. Just about everything is covered, from “Begin My Research” to “Edit and Proofread My Writing.” Need help distinguishing scholarly from popular (or primary from secondary) sources? There’s a guide for that! Need some guidance on which databases to use, and how to do a really great search? Yep – there’s a guide for that, too.
When asking a librarian is just not an option – whether because it’s 2 a.m. and you need help NOW, or because you’re more of a DIYer – Milne’s “How do I …” guides will help see you through the research, citing, and writing of your paper or project. (But do try to ask a librarian, too, OK?)
Infographics have been around for centuries, from ancient cave paintings to modern subway maps to (probably the most recognizable infograph of all time) the Periodic Table published back in 1869.
Recently, infographics and info-art have gotten a second wind. Data visualization has have become a popular trend for folks who want to quickly and easily present complex information. It’s no wonder since we live in an age where data is being produced at exponential rates. In fact, Google executives estimate that every two days, we create as much data as we did between the “dawn of time through 2003.” Every two days! Much of this is generated from social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Four Square and the like.
The increasing number of easy-to-use tools available has also made it easier for those without a degree in design to generate creative infographics; and to share them with the masses via social media.
Here’s a few tools that you might try:
Find even more tools on our Census & Data Library Guide.
Keyword searching via Google or one of Milne Library’s many databases is probably the first and most heavily used method in an undergrad student’s research toolkit. Are you finding the right mix of terms and search tools to locate the most appropriate sources? Do you spend hours at a computer trying to identify and connect “like-minded” articles?
A primary method in a scholar’s research toolkit is to track down citations within a relevant source’s bibliography. It stands to reason that the research a scholar used to inform his/her work would be related to that author’s initial topic and can thus be found in the comprehensive works cited list. In other words, find one perfect article and its bibliography will lead you to many more related sources.
The trick, however, is to know how to read a citation, no matter what writing style it’s in – APA, MLA, Turabian, NLM – to know what type of source you’re dealing with (e.g. journal or newspaper article, book, book chapter, legal case) in order to then locate and get your hands on that source.
If you are confused by the various structures of the myriad citation writing styles, check out this self-paced tutorial for a complete lesson (including interactive exercises) on reading different citations.
After this lesson, you should be reading citations and locating the necessary material like a pro!
If you’ve ever used electronic discussion boards, e-mail lists, blogs or wikis to stimulate class discussion beyond the classroom, you might know that these tools entail a lot of reading, clicking back and forth to follow the conversation and may lack in expression and student emphasis (and meaning) based on how he/she writes.
Voicethread, a collaborative “spoken” discussion space, allows participants to record, phone-in and even visually present (via webcam) their thoughts and reactions. While still asynchronous, students are able to hear their classmates’ comments and then react with further responses.
Join members of the Teaching & Learning Center and Milne Library’s Instructional Design Team to learn more about this emerging technology and discuss ways in which it can be used to enliven discussions outside of classtime.
Light refreshments will be served.