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Resource spotlight: the social sciences literature

Researching a topic in the social sciences and PubMed isn’t quite retrieving relevant results? The library subscribes to two databases that delve in to the social sciences literature, Social Services Abstracts and Sociological Abstracts. Next time you are researching a topic with social implications, turn to these two databases.

Social Services Abstracts

  • Community and mental health services
  • Crisis intervention
  • The family and social welfare
  • Gerontology
  • Poverty and homelessness
  • Professional issues in social work
  • Social and health policy
  • Social services in addiction
  • Social work education
  • Social work practice
  • Support groups/networks
  • Violence, abuse, neglect
  • Welfare services

 Sociological Abstracts

  • Culture and social structure
  • Demography and human biology
  • Economic development
  • Environmental interactions
  • Evaluation research
  • Family and social welfare
  • Health and medicine and law
  • History and theory of sociology
  • Management and complex organizations
  • Mass phenomena and political interactions
  • Methodology and research technology
  • Policy, planning, forecast, and speculation
  • Radical sociology
  • Religion and science
  • Rural and urban sociology
  • Social development
  • Social differentiation
  • Social psychology and group interaction
  • Sociology of the arts, business, education
  • Studies in violence and power
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Welfare services
  • Women’s studies

Archive your work in DigitalCommons@UNMC

DigitalCommons@UNMC is an online repository of the research, scholarly communications, and archival materials produced or owned by members of the University of Nebraska Medical Center community. Based on the principle of open access, DigitalCommons@UNMC seeks to make these materials available to a worldwide audience by tagging, storing, and organizing them in a searchable database. Content types can vary widely by discipline, but the goal of storing all content is the same: To provide a common opportunity for presenting internally and globally what is being accomplished at UNMC.

Examples of Content Include but are not limited to:

  • Working papers
  • Published articles when copyright and/or license allow
  • Course materials, online course modules developed by UNMC Faculty
  • Supplemental Materials to Published Articles
  • Conference Materials: Posters, Presentations
  • UNMC Sponsored Event Materials
  • Annual reports and newsletters
  • UNMC documents
  • Archival Collections

Why contribute?

Institutional repositories serve as a showcase of the scholarly output of universities. This centralized collection is available to a wide audience including potential students and faculty, university partners and funding agencies, and other academic colleagues. Research indicates that articles are cited earlier and more often if they are available in an open access repository, such as DigitalCommons@UNMC.

  • Increased visibility for your academic works: Search engine optimization with Google Scholar and other search engines means your work is recognized as scholarly in nature, making your work highly discoverable.
  • Increase the longevity of your scholarship without increasing your workload: DigitalCommons@UNMC digitally archives your work with unique, persistent URLs, even after a faculty member leaves UNMC.
  • Centralized scholarship: Both previously published and unpublished works are collected on one site, complementing existing print and electronic publishing channels in your field while providing immediate access to your work. Supporting documents can be uploaded to provide context to your research.
  • Real impact: Monthly download reports allow immediate feedback on your work. The Author Dashboard feature lets you track how readers are finding your work as well as real-time full-text download statistics.
  • Institutional recognition: Your work is included in the full range of research and scholarship conducted at UNMC.
  • Contribute to the open access movement: DigitalCommons@UNMC provides the global community barrier and cost-free access to your important research.
  • Publicize: Easily share your work with colleagues and students through the “Tell a Colleague” link and RSS feeds.

To contribute your work, contact digitalcommons@unmc.edu

Become a Google pro with these search tips

Submitted by Cindy Schmidt

Need to find a government report on hazardous waste disposal, or want a table that outlines the data on the age-specific efficacy of the shingles vaccine?  You’ll want to start with a  an internet search, probably a Google or Google Scholar search.

There are techniques you can use to make your Google and Google Scholar searches more focused and efficient.

Perhaps you want a CDC-produced table that shows the efficacy of herpes zoster vaccine in different age groups.  Try:

site:.gov intitle:zoster OR intitle:shingles intitle:vaccine OR intitle:immunization efficacy “age groups” table

(When you review the results, remember that the tables may be linked to the document rather than embedded in the narrative (Use the “find on page” feature to search for table 1, then table 2, etc.))

site: limits your search to web addresses that contain the specified characters.

site:.gov , for example,  indicates that you want to retrieve only those websites produced with a .gov domain (this includes all U.S. federal and state government agencies).

intitle: limits your search to web pages with the specified word in their title

OR indicates that one or the other of the adjacent terms must be present.  OR is used to join synonyms or words used for a single concept.

intitle:zoster OR intitle:shingles , for example, means that the titles of the retrieved web sites will contain either the word “zoster” or the word “shingles”.

” ___”  (double quotes around a phrase) indicate that the enclosed words must be found adjacent to each other and in the order you’ve specified.

“age groups” , for example, will  not retrieve a webpage just because that webpage contains the words “groups” and “age” in separate locations as in an article that  “mentions that some groups of investigators feel that shingles vaccine should not be given to members of the general public under 50 years of age”

Perhaps you want to look for articles about “Vitamin E” from websites that do not sell vitamin E.  Try:

“vitamin e” -cart

-_____  The minus sign, when placed immediately in front of a word (no intervening space), indicates that you do not want that word to be present in the results retrieved.

“vitamin e” -cart , for example, retrieves webpages that mention “vitamin e” but do not contain a shopping cart.

October is National Medical Library Month

By Dawn Wilson

How do I appreciate my medical librarian?  Let me count the ways!

  • When I need a tutorial in RefWorks or PubMed
  • When I can’t spell ophthalmology, pseudophakia, Medical Librarians Monthor glomerulonephritis
  • When I need an article from another library
  • When I need The Ladies Dispensatory manuscript from 1652
  • When my off-campus access goes haywire
  • When I need a fax machine or a tour of the rare book rooms
  • When I need an archival thesis on the medical effects of nuclear bombs
  • When I’m ready to have my own thesis bound
  • When I need to know what is fair use copyright
  • When I need to find drug interactions and contraindications
  • When I want my open access paper included in the institutional repository
  • When my PowerPoint slides won’t print
  • When a family member needs consumer health information
  • When I need a USMLE review book or more information for the Match
  • When a 3-D model will help more than a flat page
  • When I need a literature search or a systematic review
  • When I need to know how many people have cited my article
  • When I don’t know how to find a peer-reviewed article

 

Who is it that I call?  I could call my mother, but she’d be supportive and not much else.  Instead, I call on the library staff at the McGoogan Library of Medicine!  They’re available 96.5 hours every week, in person, over the phone, via chat and email, too.

There’s a million ways to say thank you for all the library staff does, and October is the perfect time to say it.  Happy National Medical Library Month!

New books available: instruction and elearning

  • Design for how people learn Julie Dirksen. LB 1060 D599d 2012
  • E-learning and the science of instruction: proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning Ruth C. Clark, Richard E. Mayer. LB 1024 C5921e 2011
  • E-learning by design by William Horton. LB 1024 H8231e 2012
  • Essentials of online course design: a standards-based guide Marjorie Vai and Kristen Sosulski. LB 1044 V128e 2011
  • Handbook of online learning editors, Kjell Erik Rudestam, Judith Schoenholtz-Read LB 2395 H2361 2010
  • How learning works: seven research-based principles for smart teaching Susan A. Ambrose [and others] ; foreword by Richard E. Mayer LB 1025 H8471 2010
  • Interprofessional e-learning and collaborative work: practices and technologies [edited by] Adrian Bromage … [et al.]. LB 1044.87 In619 2010
  • Introduction to rubrics: an assessment tool to save grading time, convey effective feedback, and promote student learning Dannelle D. Stevens, Antonia Levi ; foreword by Barbara E. Walvoord. LB 3063 S8441i 2013
  • Learning on demand: how the evolution of the web is shaping the future of learning by Reuben Tozman. LB 1044.87 T757L 2012
  • Make it stick: the science of successful learning Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger, Mark A. McDaniel. LB 1060 B8771m 2014
  • Mastering the instructional design process: a systematic approach William J. Rothwell and H.C. Kazanas HF 5549.5 R848m 2008
  • Preparing instructional objectives: a critical tool in the development of effective instruction Robert F. Mager. LB 1027.4 M192p 1997
  • Rapid video development for trainers: how to create learning videos fast and affordably Jonathan Halls HF 5549.5 H193r 2012
  • Teaching digital natives: partnering for real learning Marc Prensky ; foreword by Stephen Heppell. LB 1027.23 P926t 2010