Zotero is a useful (and free!) tool that can help you manage and format citations as you research and write. No longer just for Firefox, Zotero now works with most browsers, operating systems, and word processing platforms.
- Capture and keep citations and links to books and articles as you come across them;
- Organize your citations into folders for different classes or projects;
- Format citations in any of dozens of formats (including APA, Chicago, and MLA) with just a few clicks;
- Insert citations in your paper as you write and have them formatted automatically;
- Sync your Zotero library across computers;
- Create group libraries to share citations.
On three upcoming weekend days, librarians will offer individual meetings to help you get the most out of Zotero.
To get going with Zotero, or become a power user, sign up for 15 minutes of individual help (Marlboro login required to sign-up) at the Research Bar during the following times:
- Sunday, September 28th, 2-4 p.m. with Amber
- Saturday, October 11th, 10-11:30 a.m with Beth
- Sunday, October 12, 2-4 p.m. with Beth
If you can’t make any of those times, Beth and Amber are also available for one-on-one Zotero help at other times; just stop by the desk or email us to set up a time.
Alright, we know some of you really like ebrary and some of you have tried and failed to like ebrary. Either way, we have a 60-day trial of an academic e-book collection from EBSCOhost we’d like to you to try and let us know what you think. The trial is available for current students, staff & faculty both on and off-campus.
The EBSCOhost eBook Academic Collection (quite a title) has more than 114,000 e-books. Like ebrary, the e-books all have an academic focus, so no novels or other fiction. Most books can be downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions and in order to download you must create a MyEBSCOhost account.
Give it a try:
EBSCOhost Ebook Academic Collection
Let us know what you think!
This Sunday, November 11th, the library is sponsoring a van trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries. Space is limited! Sign up on the sheet at the Library Research Bar.
The van will leave the Dining Hall at 11:30 am and return by 5:30 pm.
While at UMass, you can search their hundreds of databases and download or scan articles from their extensive journal holdings (ejournal list; library catalog). If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can get a library card and borrow books; if not, you can jot down any book titles that look useful and request them via Interlibrary Loan.
Emily and/or Amber are happy to meet with you this week to help you make the most of your 3 hours (roughly) at UMass. Stop by or set up an appointment.
We need your voices!
Come observe Constitution Day (Wednesday, September 12) in the library. In honor of the library’s favorite constitutional amendment (the 1st), we will be hosting a Banned and Challenged Books Read-out in the Reading Room (300s) during Dedicated Hour from 1:15-2:15. We are looking for volunteers to read selections from banned and challenged books. We’ve made a list in our library catalog of some books that we own that have been banned or challenged in the United States.
Here’s how to prepare:
- Choose a book from the list. Come check it out it from the library (books are on display near the Service Desk — ask if you need help finding them).
- Before the event, identify a passage you’d like to read aloud (no more than a few minutes worth) and record your name, the book you will read, and the passage you’d like to read on the sign-up sheet near the library display.
- If you can, do a little research to find out when/where/why your book was challenged or banned and be ready to talk about it briefly. The ALA has compiled a list of the circumstances behind many books’ banning or challenges. Here are a few resources that might help you learn more about why your book was banned or challenged:
Reasons for challenges to many of the classics on our list
Google Map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007-2011
Everyone is invited to this event, whether or not you plan to read.
Prefer to read from a banned or challenged book that’s not on our list? No problem! Just let us know what you’ll be reading. Sadly, there is no shortage of titles from which to choose.
Questions? Contact Amber Hunt, Librarian, at x579 or email@example.com.
As another academic year comes to a close and the library staff are trying to keep up with the flood of returned books, spring is in full swing on Potash Hill. The blueberry bushes planted by staff and students during workday in Fall 2010 are blooming and the young apple tree planted in memory of the life of student David Pierce has some promising blossoms this year.
Our lovely irises are growing quickly (no flowers yet) and many of the other fruit trees on campus are in full bloom. This is the time of year when cheers regularly erupt on library hill as seniors complete their orals. Students float through the library on air after handing in their Plan or final paper of the semester. So much to celebrate. It’s been another great year.
This semester’s Finding Stuff: Research Methods in the Humanities class is gearing up for our final two class sessions and it’s all about annotated bibliographies.
The first step was a group bibliography. Students chose the research topic gender in manga. The topic ended being a gold mine of information and would certainly need to be narrowed to one of the several subtopics that emerged during our research. During class, we all worked to find relevant sources and used a shared folder in Zotero to collect citations. If you haven’t heard, Zotero is an open-source citation management tool that helps you collect, organize and eventually cite sources. It’s a fantastic tool for personal research, but proves even more helpful for collaborative research. All your sources can live in one online place. You can make as many folders as you require and can even include notes or annotations. If you want to get started using Zotero, check out Georgia State University librarian Jason Puckett’s excellent guide.
The final assignment for the class is an individual annotated bibliography with a twist. The annotations must include how and where the source was found and why it it was selected. We also ask students to pick the most wacky citation style they can find in Zotero. It can be fun entertainment for both student and teacher. As I look today, Zotero has 2,001 citations style available in their Style Repository. Wow. Many of the styles are for specific academic journals. Did you know that some journals have a citation style all their own? That makes MLA or Chicago seem like small hurdles. But if your sources are all in Zotero, you can fairly quickly format them for the British Journal of Pain citation style in one moment and, with a few a clicks, the Chicago Manual of Style (with 15 different variations to chose from) the next.
Zotero is both a time-saver when creating footnotes and bibliographies and a helpful organization tool. If used properly, it can leave you more time to focus on the task of research and writing. Contact us in the library if you want help getting started!
Last week in Finding Stuff: Research Methods in the Humanities, a class Adam Franklin-Lyons and I are teaching this semester, each student with a personal laptop performed a Google search for global warming debate. And the results? Well, everyone had a different results. While I knew this was likely to happen, it still surprised me to see it in action. Our search results were personalized.
It’s almost impossible to know search by search how and why your search results are personalized, but one small insight may be to check the ad preferences Google has set up for you. Even if you don’t have a Google account, the web browser you are using may have a cookie stored that is tracking searches and clicks that may evetually affect your search results. Check out your Google ad preferences. They might make you chuckle.
Looking for more? Check out Eli Pariser’s TED talk about filter bubbles, and librarian Barbara Fister’s blog post.
The library recently started a three month trial of the Chicago Manual of Style Online. The trial is available to current faculty, staff, and students until the end of April.
The trial includes access to the entire 15th and 16th editions for all your grammar, punctuation, and documentation needs. Chapter 5 has some very helpful information. Check out 5.46 the singular “they” or 5.225 Nine techniques for achieving gender neutrality.
Let us know what you think to help us decide if we should subscribe. You are welcome to post comments here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you noticed that tools on the library homepage have been turning an attractive purple and functioning better over the last few years? Like the Journal Lookup or the Library Catalog? Well, we have another!
Introducing the library’s new Research Databases page!
All our electronic resources are now organized by subject! You will initially be directed to a page listing databases that are your best bets for any topic. On the left side of the screen, you can click on a subject and you’ll find links to recommended article databases, e-books, related research guides created by librarians, and even links to email librarians if you need help.
If at any time you want to look at an alphabetical list of all our suggested resources, look for the Research Databases A-Z link. Click on the image above to try it out!
The library, as always, will be open throughout the Hendricks Days weekend.
It will be staffed and the reserve room will be open Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. (There will be no staffing or reserve room hours on Sunday.) Normal staffing and reserve room hours will resume Tuesday at 6:30 pm.
The Marlboro College library catalog will be unavailable starting at 3:30 pm on Monday, October 17th until approximately 8:00 pm for routine maintenance. Please use the paper check-out sheets near the self check-out stations.
Can’t wait another second to search? Try using Marlboro WorldCat to search the library collection (you’ll have to wait to find call numbers until the catalog is back up) as well as the collections of libraries around the world.
Have a great long weekend!