Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Research Skills for Freshmen Workshop on 10/2

Feeling stressed by the amount of time you need to spend working on assignments? Having trouble getting assignments completed on time? Find out how to make your research more productive while reducing the time spent on it. Learn:

• Where to look for the information you need
• How to find scholarly articles quickly and easily
• How to get help formatting citations and bibliographies

Friday, October 2 @ 12:30 PM
Location: Melville Library, 1st Floor, Classroom A

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EndNote Web Basics Workshop on 10/1

This workshop will demonstrate the basics of the web version of EndNote. In this session you will learn how to:

• Create an EndNote Web library.
• Import citations from online databases into EndNote Web.
• Format a bibliography in Word using "Cite While You Write".
• Transfer citations to and from the software version of EndNote.

Date: Thursday, October 1 @ 2 PM

Location: Melville Library, 1st floor, Classroom A

Beyond Blackboard: Web Tools for Group Work

Group work is a fact of Stony Brook University life. Beyond Blackboard there are other collaborative Web tools and networks for enhancing group work, sharing content and managing projects. In this workshop learn:

• How to create and mange groups on the Web using wikis, blogs and more
• Tips and tools for online group work
• How to share online content and research, including using Google Docs
• Using collaborative networks for scholarship
• Where researchers and scholars share links and build communities online, including Connotea and LinkedIn

Date: Wednesday, September 30 @ 1 PM
Location: Melville Library, 1st floor, Classroom A


Date: Thursday, October 1 @ 1 PM
Location: Chancellor's Hall (Southampton), Computer Classroom

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Galaxy: One Stop Searching Workshop on 9/29

The library's new combined search system, Galaxy, allows you to search over 100 library resources simultaneously. Learn how to use Galaxy to quickly and effectively locate the information you need. In this workshop, you will:

• Understand the power of Galaxy as a research and discovery tool

• Construct effective and productive searches in Galaxy

• Navigate from citations in Galaxy to the full-text available elsewhere

• Email and print information from Galaxy

Date: Tuesday, September 29 @ 12:30 PM
Location: Melville Library, 1st floor, Classroom A

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9/30 The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg

Melville Library Author Series: The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg featuring Robert P. Crease, Professor of Philosophy.

Robert Crease tells the stories behind ten of the greatest equations in human history in The Great Equations. Was Nobel laureate Richard Feynman really joking when he called Maxwell's electromagneticequations the most significant event of the nineteenth century? How did Newton's law of gravitation influence young revolutionaries? Why has Euler's formula been called "God's equation," and why did a mysterious ecoterrorist make it his calling card? What role do betrayal, insanity, and suicide play in the second law of thermodynamics? Crease explains the significance of each of these formulas for science and, in brief "interludes" between chapters, explores the "journeys" these scientists took "from ignorance to knowledge," and the "social lives" of their theories-their impact on the larger culture.

Date: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 at 12:45 p.m.
Location: Javits Room (2nd floor of the Melville Library)

Workshop: Research Resources for Graduate Students in History

Graduate Students in History have tremendous resources available to them through the library and on the open web. Find out what’s available through the library’s online databases, the internet, in print, and in microforms, as well as how to access material in other libraries. In this session, you will learn about:

  • Online indexes and journal collections available through the Library

  • Online collections of primary sources available through the Library

  • Using the internet for historical research

  • Major print resources available through the library

  • Vast collections of research material in microforms at the library

  • Stony Brook’s Archives & Special Collections

  • Access to resources at other libraries in the region
Date: Thursday, September 24 @ 1 PM
Location: Melville Library, 1st floor, Classroom A

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Free Workshop: You've Been Cited! on Sept. 21

In this workshop, learn how to:

• Find who is citing your work
• Calculate your H-index, a measure of scientific productivity and impact
• Find journal impact factors and learn what that number represents
• Set up citation alerts and find cited reference data using the Web of Science

Date: Monday, September 21 @ 1:30 PM
Location: Melville Library, First Floor, Classroom A

Register and see a list of all our workshops.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Check out the Melville Library on Sept. 16 @ 6 PM

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 30 minutes.

Sign up for the tour.

Research Skills for Non-Traditional Students Workshop

Been out of school for a while and feeling lost?
Do you have students who seem anxious about the research process?
Working and going to school, and pressed for the time needed to do research?

The library is offering a free workshop to help! Learn how to: start researching a subject, access Stony Brook University resources from off-campus, explore the library's collection of electronic books and reference material, use Suffolk Web and WorldCat to find resources close to home, and more.

Wednesday, September 16 @ 7 PM Online

All library workshops are free and open to students, faculty and staff.

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Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz & American Culture

Hotter than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture featuring Krin Gabbard, Professor of Comparative Literature and English.

Hotter Than That, the latest book by Krin Gabbard, Professor of Comparative Literature and English, is a cultural history of the trumpet from its origins in ancient Egypt to its role in royal courts and on battlefields, and ultimately to its stunning appropriation by great jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis. "This is the smartest book about a single musical instrument that I've ever read. Like Miles Davis, who attended Juilliard and apprenticed with Charlie Parker, Krin Gabbard turns his immense learning into lines that are quick, witty, and irresistibly alluring." - Robert G. O'Meally, founder of The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

Part of the Melville Library Author Series.
Date: Wednesday, September 23 at 12:45 p.m.
Location: Javits Room (2nd floor of the Melville Library)
Sponsor: University Libraries.