Thursday, February 19, 2009

Accessing Reading #4

Reading #4: "The Infodiet: How Libraries Can Offer an Appetizing Alternative to Google" by Steven Bell. Chronicle of Higher Education (2/20/2004)

Post reading response on blog BY 3/3

You'll be using the library catalog to locate this article. Any time you have a citation for an article, this is the process you'd use to find the full text:

- Go to the library homepage (
- Click on "Search Catalog"
- Click on the "Journal Title" tab
- Type in the name of the publication: Chronicle of Higher Education
- We'll talk about how to interpret the catalog record in more depth later in the semester
- For now, click on the link for "Academic Search Premiere"
- Click on "Search within this publication"
- In the second search box, type in "Infodiet" (make sure to leave "Chronicle of Higher Education" in the top box)
- It should be the second result you retrieve

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Intellectual Property .ppt

The .ppt on intellectual property is online: .ppt

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Book Reviews

Today in class we'll briefly discuss book reviews and how you can utilize these reviews to help you with Assignment #2 (the Annotated Bibliography).

The library has a guide to finding book reviews: Go to the library website - Click on "Research Guides" - then in the third column (on the right) click on "Book Review Resources" (

In class I will pass out a worksheet about finding book reviews you can do for extra credit. Completion of this worksheet will give you 2 points extra credit.

It is due at the beginning of class on Thursday (2/19).

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Overview of Libraries and Scholarly Communication

The .ppt for today's lecture is available here: .ppt

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Good video about Second Life

Here's a great overview of Second Life and shows specifically how it can be used in a college or university:

Upcoming Extra Credit Opportunities

The following are extra credit opportunities for you:
  • Today, in class, you will briefly see Second Life. If you go to and create an account (which is free) and create an Avatar and explore Second Life (which requires you to download software to your computer) you can write a 250 word summary about your experience and get 2 points extra credit. You can either e-mail me ( or post this summary to your blog. You can do this at any point during the semester (as long as it is submitted before 4/23).

There are three upcoming events sponsored by Randall Library. You can choose ONE of these and write a 250 summary of the event to receive 2 points extra credit. Of course you can participate in all three but you can only receive extra credit for ONE of these events. You can e-mail me your summary or post your summary to your blog.