Monday, October 23, 2006

NY State Library features SBU historical maps site

The Web Team of the New York State Library is featuring SUNY Stony Brook's "New York State Historical Maps" as their "Featured Site" for October 2006.

Each month the NY State Library picks a site that they feel is of interest and use to a large number of New Yorkers, is unique or outstanding in its subject area, and is available online in accessible format. The author is usually a New York State or U.S. government or related agency/group, official standards organization, academic or non-profit organization, etc.

To see the NY State Library Featured Site, go to

Or from the New York State Library's home page at, scroll down to the Quick List, and select "Featured Site" from the drop-down menu.

Monday, October 02, 2006

October Library Workshops

Where are the Journal Articles?
Tuesday, October 3, 2006 @1 PM

You’ve been asked to write a research paper using at least three journal articles from peer-reviewed journals. What does that mean and how do you find them? This workshop will go over what peer-reviewed means, where to find the articles, how to find out if an article is or isn’t peer-reviewed and which databases are best for which subject matter.

Library Research: The Basics
Thursday, October 5, 2006 @ 1 PM

You have a 15 page paper due and don’t know where to begin. In this workshop, learn how to get started doing research, where to look for information (books, articles, and websites), narrowing your topic down, using subject headings vs. keywords, evaluating sources and creating a bibliography.

Managing Your Research Using EndNote
Tuesday, October 10, 2006 @ 2 PM

Creating the bibliography is often the most tedious part of writing a research paper. Using EndNote, a bibliographic management software program, this task just became much easier. In this workshop learn the basics of: how to download results from a literature search into EndNote, and then into a MS Word document, and manage several lists at the same time.

Extreme Googling
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 @12 PM

See a Librarian reveal some of the secret powers of Google’s amazing search engine. Learn new ways to defy ignorance and the merely unthinkable. See Google challenge scholarship and lose! Watch as Google redefines the law! Go places you never dreamed were possible sitting down! Discussion and live demonstrations of: Google Images, Google Video, Search Operators, Google Maps, Google Local, Google Earth, Number Searches, Google Statistics, Google Scholar, Definitions, Google Geekery, Google Trends.

Citations: How to Read ’em & How to Write ’em.
Thursday, October 19, 2006 @12 PM

In this workshop you will:
* learn how to recognize a citation for a book, an article, or a website.
* become familiar with the components of a citation and how to locate the source it represents.
* get overview of different citation styles one can use when writing an article or paper.
* learn why correct usage is important when trying to avoid plagiarism in your own work.

Searching the Internet Like a Pro: Tips for Expert Searching
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 @ 11 AM

There is so much more online than you think. Find out about tools and tips for searching online. Whether you’re looking for articles for a research paper or for personal use, this workshop will surely inform. Find out what meta-search engines are and all about the Deep (or Invisible) Web. Also learn a little about evaluating what you find. Bring questions and tips and tricks to share with others, we can all learn from each other. Send questions ahead by email.

To register for a workshop visit the Instruction Webpage.

Library Tours in October

Take a tour of the Melville Library’s main public service areas. Learn about our collections and services and get some freebies while you’re here. Meet us @ the Central Reading Room, Melville Library. All tours run about 25-30 minutes. Check website for more details:

Fri., October 6 @ 10 AM

Wed., October 11 @ 1 PM