Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Citation Managers, Workshops

Citation Managers are software products that can help you to perform the following tasks:

  • Create and organize a personal research database of references gathered from databases.
  • Format manuscripts and reference lists instantly in a variety of styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, etc.).
  • Share your databases with colleagues.
  • Transfer references, as need be, to similar products--RefWorks, EndNote, EndNote Web, and Zotero.

In order to decide which product will work well for you (and you may even find it useful to use more than one), visit the online chart to compare features.

Steenbock Library will host two workshops in July for learning more about RefWorks and EndNote.

Managing Your Citations with RefWorks
Wednesday, July 8 (3:00-4:30), Room 105

Managing Your Citations with EndNote/EndNote Web
Thursday, July 9 (3:00-4:30), Room 105

If you are not able to join us for a workshop at Steenbock, visit the online schedules to find another workshop date that will work for you:

EndNote & EndNote Web Workshops

RefWorks Workshops

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Recipe for Victory

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections has announced its release of “Recipe for Victory: Food and Cooking in Wartime” a digitized collection of books and government documents that highlight the national campaign to promote gardening and food preservation on the home-front--instrumental to the plan for victory during World War I.

This collection of materials features titles that not only describe the world food situation and the nutritional value of particular foods, but importantly, how to cultivate gardens and to cook and preserve foods during times of scarcity.

Steenbock librarian, Barb Hamel (with the assistance of a student intern), selected the titles featured in this collection.

Go Big Read on Facebook

Go Big Read has joined the Facebook community. Become a fan to engage with the issues sparked by your reading of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food.

Go Big Read 2009” will be UW-Madison’s first common book program where students, staff and the community are invited to read the same book, then participate in a variety of related programs in-and-out of the classroom. Copies of the book are available from campus and area public libraries.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Arboretum Celebrates 75 Years!

Seventy-five years ago, Aldo Leopold, John Curtis, Norman Fassett and students reclaimed a piece of Wisconsin’s ecological heritage and sparked a movement. With support from the university, Madison community and Civilian Conservation Corps workers, they re-seeded a prairie--documenting their efforts in what would become a "recipe" for ecological restoration efforts, locally and nationally.

Today, the 1,200-acre Arboretum showcases a variety of restored Wisconsin landscapes, but, the centerpiece for many remains the 72-acre Curtis Prairie.

On Sunday, June 21, the Arboretum celebrates its birthday with naturalist-led walks, cake, and punch at its Visitor Center (1207 Seminole Highway). All events are free and open to the public. For more information, see the Arboretum events calendar.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bee a Reader

Of late, Steenbock Library has provided staff and library users an opportunity to observe bee behavior (and specifically, “absconding behavior”, where the colony, pulsating around its queen, moves to a new hive).

How appropriate, then, that the library maintains a collection of titles suitable for apiarists, among other bee culture enthusiasts. A selection of titles includes the following, among many others:

Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture / Ross Conrad

The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us / Bee Wilson

Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping / Dewey M. Caron

If your interest lies in a taste for honey, consider:

Bees and Honey: From Flower to Jar / Michael Weiler; translated by David Heaf

Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind / Stephen Buchmann with Banning Repplier

Honey: From Hive to Honeypot: A Celebration of Bees and Their Bounty / Sue Style; illustrations by Graham Evernden.

Speak with your librarians for assistance locating these and other titles.

Of related interest, the Charles C. Miller Memorial Apicultural Library or “Miller Bee Collection” is housed in Special Collections, Memorial Library. Most titles are listed in the MadCat catalog and some have been digitized. A list of titles in the Miller Bee Collection is also made available in Special Collections.

Note: For anyone alarmed by photo, above, and concerns for safety approaching the library building, campus experts are notified of these events and dispatched to collect bees—with cautionary tape to conserve area and to redirect those approaching the building to an alternative route.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Go Big Read, Events Calendar

Go Big Read has just released its Events Calendar. Visit the calendar to find an interesting opportunity to discuss or experience various aspects of the chosen title, In Defense of Food.

The calendar is also open to you (your class or organization) to announce an event. In order to do so, you must have a current UW-Madison NetID and follow these steps:

1) Go to the Campus Events Calendar.

2) Click "Add an event" in the upper right corner.

3) Log in with your NetID and password.

4) Click "Add event" in the toolbar near the top of the screen.

5) Complete the "New event" form to add information about your event.

6) Use one or more Go Big Read tags to automatically feed your event to the Go Big Read Calendar. (For more information and a list of these tags, visit the How to Add Events page).

All event listings in the campus calendar are approved and/or edited by University Communications. Once an event has been approved, it should appear on the Go Big Read list of events. Approval usually takes only one business day.

If you do not have a NetID, contact Go Big Read (gobigread@library.wisc.edu) for assistance to add your events and to answer any questions you may have regarding the program.

Library Resources for New Grads

If you have completed your university studies—we congratulate you on that achievement. And, did you know that there are library resources you can continue to access once you have left UW-Madison?

Visit the Wisconsin Alumni Association Library Resources page for information about publicly-available online collections and association membership benefits that also include online access to two sizeable, article databases.

Information is also available from our libraries’ website about borrowing privileges for residents (Wisconsin) and non-residents and fee-based document delivery services.

If you remain in the state of Wisconsin, you will also be able to use Badgerlink, a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning that supports access to quality online information resources. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Wherever you go, do acquaint yourself with your local public and academic libraries where you will be able to visit and to access many of their resources, in-house and online.