January Featured Resource: JoVE Science Education

JoVE Science Education: General Laboratory Techniques demonstrates how to use standard pieces of laboratory equipment essential in many experiments, as well as how to perform basic laboratory functions. Each video is paired with additional video resources for you to view practical applications of the technique and other complementary skills.

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Titles in collection:

  • An Introduction to the Centrifuge
  • Regulating Temperature in the Lab: Preserving Samples Using Cold
  • Introduction to Light Microscopy
  • Introduction to Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Histological Sample Preparation for Light Microscopy
  • Introduction to the Spectrophotometer
  • Measuring Mass in the Laboratory
  • An Introduction to Working in the Hood
  • Introduction to the Bunsen Burner
  • Introduction to Serological Pipettes and Pipettors
  • An Introduction to the Micropipettor
  • Making Solutions in the Laboratory
  • Understanding Concentration and Measuring Volumes
  • Introduction to the Microplate Reader
  • Regulating Temperature in the Lab: Applying Heat

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New Resource: The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is an evidence-based medicine resource that summarizes results of high-quality medical research to support health care decision-making. The collection consists of 6 databases:

  1. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)
  2. Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
  3. Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR)
  4. Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  5. Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)
  6. NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED)

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The default search looks for word(s) in the title, abstract and keyword fields. The advanced search allows researchers to apply more complex search strategies using AND, OR and NOT. Read the Cochrane Library Search Tour handout for more search tips and an overview of the features offered.

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New Resource: SciFinder Scholar

SciFinder Scholar provides access to the largest repository of chemical data from CAS, the Chemical Abstracts Service. It is a favorite among chemists but also popular for research in biology, biomedical sciences, physics, materials science, energy, and environmental science. Researchers can find references, reactions, spectra, regulatory information, chemical/physical properties, and more by simply typing the name of a chemical into the search box. You can draw a structure using the tools in the drawing editor, search a structure that you drew in another drawing application, or automatically draw a structure by starting with a CAS Registry Number or SMILES or InChI string. SciFinder Scholar is the core research and discovery tool for finding journal articles, patent records, chemical substances and reactions.

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SciFinder Scholar Account Registration – all new users are required to complete a one-time registration by creating a username and password. Only valid Clayton State University email accounts (@clayton.edu or @student.clayton.edu) can be used. Once you have registered for SciFinder Scholar, you will receive an email that includes a link and instructions for completing the registration process. You must use the link within 48 hours or you will need to re-register.

SciFinder Scholar Training Materials – videos and tutorials for Structure Searching, Reaction Searching, Reference Searching and General Topics

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February Featured Resource: MathSciNet

MathSciNet is a searchable index of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications from 1940 to the present. Mathematical Reviews provides timely reviews or summaries of articles and books that contain new contributions to mathematical research. Researchers can search publications by author, title, MSC Primary, or anywhere in the citation record. The MSC Primary is the unique Mathematical Subject Classification system which groups certain math topics together. Explore this classification system by selecting Free Tools from the navigation heading at the top of the page. Browse author profiles for links to publications and MR numbers. A Citations Search will list the top ranked cited articles by author, subject or year.

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October Featured LibGuide: Forensic Science

The Forensic Science guide is useful for Chemistry, Biology or Criminal Justice majors and topics covering the various forensic techniques or scientific principles used in criminal investigations. Find suggested sources to get you started in your research plus explore the archived records of the agency that became the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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March Featured Resource: CQ Researcher plus Archive

CQ Researcher plus Archive contains reports on current issues. It is noted for its in-depth coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each report covers a single topic drawn from a wide range of social, economic, political, and environmental issues. Reports provide overview and background information as well as a pro/con section on a particular aspect of the topic and a bibliography.

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Recent Reports Published
Home Schooling – Do parents give their children a good education?
Polarization in America – Does partisan conflict threaten democracy?
Voting Controversies – Are U.S. elections being conducted fairly?
Media Violence – Do children have too much access to violent behavior?
Resurgent Russia – Is Moscow trying to recreate the Soviet bloc?
Whistleblowers – Is support growing for employees who expose misdeeds?
Minimum Wage – Would raising the rate be good for the economy?

PolicyMap – GALILEO Sponsored Trial

GALILEO is sponsoring a trial of PolicyMap until January 1, 2014 and it is a place to go for Census data during the government shutdown. Off-campus access is available for PolicyMap using the current GALILEO password.

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Policy Map is a fully web-based Geographic Information System that captures data in visually powerful ways through custom demographic maps, tables, reports and analysis tools. It provides data from the CDC, USDA, BEA, National Center for Education Statistics, NOAA, National Park Service and more.

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US Federal Government Shutdown – Impacting Information Sources

As you are probably aware, the recent failure of the legislative branch to pass a funding bill has resulted in a partial shutdown of federal government operations. Because of this, many online resources, including websites and databases run by federal government agencies, are unavailable or not being maintained so the information provided may not be up-to-date.

Some of the information sources impacted are:

Most Library of Congress websites, including the American Memory Project (Access restored but not being maintained, updated 10/3/13)
National Archives
US Census Bureau including American FactFinder and Fedstats
US Department of Education, including ERIC and National Center for Education Statistics
US Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Institutes of Health
PubMed
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
NASA

This is a partial listing of affected sites. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at usa.gov

To assist you in this period of uncertainty, we have identified alternate resources that might serve your research needs during the shutdown.

For statistics related to health, population, labor, and more:

For science, health, and medical research

For education research

  • ERIC by EBSCO is available to provide citations and some full-text but external linking to content provided by the Department of Education will be unavailable.
  • The library has physical copies of ERIC documents on microfiche. ED 272647- ED 483046

For primary sources and archival research

  • See the primary sources page on the History LibGuide
  • Use a recommended source from Galileo’s Archives and Primary Sources list (with the exception of the American Memory project)

For agriculture research

  • AGRICOLA by EBSCO offers bibliographic records from the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library and covers every major agricultural subject.

We will continue to update this list and keep you informed of changes that might affect your research. Please let us know with your comments here, on Facebook, by email, or in person if you need help finding information unavailable on government websites.

September Featured Resource: New Georgia Encyclopedia

bruce(historicga)Recently Bruce traveled to Savannah and when he got home, he wanted to know more about Yamacraw Bluff the most historic site in Georgia and the early years of the colony. The librarian recommended he try  the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Recently the New Georgia Encyclopedia launched a newly redesigned site. This collection includes over 2,000 articles and 6,000 images related to the rich history and diverse culture of Georgia. Users can search the collection directly or browse the following categories of interest: arts & culture, business & economy, counties, cities & neighborhoods, education, geography & environment, history & archaeology, science & medicine, sports & outdoor recreation and people. The destination feature includes art across Georgia, 10 major Civil War sites, 7 natural wonders of Georgia and north GA in the fall.

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August Featured Resource: JSTOR

JSTOR is an excellent multidisciplinary database that contains the archives of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It provides full text access from the first journal issues to the most recent 3–7 years depending on the specific journal.

Users can browse by subject: African American Studies, Anthropology, Art & Art History, Asian Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Ecology, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Finance, Health Sciences, History, Law, Literature, Marketing & Advertising, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Statistics, Technology and Women’s Studies.

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