Monday, October 29, 2007

GIS Day Expo (November 7, 2007)

The GIS Day Expo brings together more than 40 agencies, departments and businesses to showcase their use of GIS resources and data. Visitors will be able to browse exhibits, participate in hands-on demos, listen to speakers and discover campus GIS training opportunities. There will also be children’s activities and door prizes.

The Expo, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Memorial Union, Great Hall (fourth floor), from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

For more information, including a schedule of speakers and activities, visit the GIS Day Expo page from the Department of Geography.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

University Archives Open House

The University Archives welcomes visitors during its two open house occasions, October 30 and November 1 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. During the late summer and early fall, the offices for the University Archives and Records Management Services consolidated into renovated space on the fourth floor of Steenbock Library.

Come tour the new office space and storage facilities, browse collections and special displays. (Tours commence on the hour).

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tales from Planet Earth (November 2-4)

Tales from Planet Earth is a three-day film festival featuring environmental films from around the world. From the fanciful to the profound, the films selected should engage audiences in thoughtful discussion of environmental issues and the film media to capture and to examine those issues.

The festival is the first public outreach event for the Center for Culture, History, and Environment within the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

All festival events are free and open to the public as space/seating accommodates.

Friday, October 19, 2007

UW Digital Collections, Lesson Plans and RSS Feed

How might you use UW Digital Collections in your teaching and learning?

Not only do the digital collections grant you access to primary literature and imagery in many topics and disciplines, the collections staff invites you to browse sample lesson plans or to submit your own. Once reviewed and accepted, the lesson plans utilizing UW Digital Collections content will be entered into the ide@s database where other Wisconsin educators can access them.

Keep up-to-date on new collections and news from UW Digital Collections by subscribing to its RSS feed.

Ebling Library Book Sale (Thursday, October 25)

Check out the bargains at Ebling Library’s book sale. Titles are available in such topics as pharmacy, medicine, nursing, history of medicine and more!

The book sale will be held in the Historical Reading Room, third floor of Ebling Library, HSLC (Health Sciences Learning Center) from 9:00AM-4:00PM.

(Campus bus 80 will get you there!)

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Resource! SocINDEX

As its name may imply, SocINDEX can be used to search topics in sociology and related areas of scholarship including criminal justice, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family studies, political sociology, religion, rural and urban sociology, social psychology, social work, and sociological history, research and theory, among other topics.

The database provides search-able access to more than 800 journals (from 1895 forward) and full-text to some 547 sociology and "priority coverage" journals--as per scope of database--(from 1908 forward). Its full text offering also include books and conference papers.

SocINDEX also features more than 10,000 Author Profiles covering the most prolific, most cited, and most frequently searched-for authors in the database. A Cited Reference search can also be run for specific authors and/or article, revealing the cited references and times-cited by other articles within the database.


Online QuickGuide for searching database

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Managing Your Citations with RefWorks (Workshop, October 16)

This workshop will cover the basic features of using RefWorks including organizing, searching and sorting records, importing records from MadCat and journal databases, and preparing bibliographies. Hands-on practice will be included.

No registration is necessary in order to attend. All workshops are free to students, faculty and staff.

Managing Your Citations with RefWorks
Tuesday, October 16 (11:30-1:00)
Room 105

If you need additional assistance beyond these introductory workshops, email Patricia Herrling to schedule small group or individual appointments.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Dissertation Calculator

Calendar your steps to completing your dissertation. The Dissertation Calculator, available from the CIMC Website (Center for Instructional Materials & Computing), enables you to enter your start and anticipated completion dates to generate a step-by-step plan of action for running a literature search, conducting your research, and beginning the writing process. Each stage of the plan will suggest strategies for successfully completing that stage.

Of related interest, visit the links, below, to guides created by the Graduate School office:

Guide to Preparing Your Master's Thesis

Guide to Preparing Your Doctoral Dissertation

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Wisconsin Book Festival (October 10-14)

Need some opportunities to feed the mind and stir the soul? If so, consider taking a break to cozy up to the bountiful harvest of author presentations and book discussion forums that comprise the sixth annual Wisconsin Book Festival. (Apologies for my lavish use of feeding/harvest metaphor but if there any better illustration for that which the season implies and good literature can inspire?!)

The theme for the book festival this year is that of “domestic tranquility” and what that may connote for writers and their readers. Featured speakers include: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rick Bass, T.C. Boyle, Ana Castillo, Michael Cunningham, Susan Faludi, Kirin Narayan, Michael Perry, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Terry Tempest Williams, among many others.

See the list of presenters.

View the five day schedule of events.

UW-Madison Libraries and the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries are among the festival sponsors.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Reserve a Study Room Online!

Steenbock Library’s group study and meeting rooms can now be reserved using the Study Room Online Reservation System.

This online system can enable you to search for rooms by date and location, find amenities and policy information regarding use of the rooms, and place reservations, as needed, at College, Ebling, Memorial and Steenbock libraries.