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Monday, May 06, 2013

Effective research on the web is an essential job skill in many work environments. While anyone can enter a few words into a search box, what sets WebSearch University alumni apart is their ability to use multiple search engines well, advanced search techniques successfully, and specialized sources effectively.

Save the date to discover new techniques and learn when to let go of ingrained search habits that have become counter-productive.

Websearch University Sept. 9-11, 2013

NewsBreaks
Open Access Theses & Dissertations: Launch of a New OA Discovery Tool
by Abby Clobridge
As the body of open access (OA) literature continues to grow, figuring out how to access OA-specific material has remained a challenge for researchers. Various discovery layers have been developed to collect and present openly accessible materials for several subject areas—RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), arXiv.org (physics and computational sciences), and e-LIS (eprints in library and information science) are just a few examples. But up to this point, no discovery tool focused exclusively on openly accessible Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). The Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD.org) project was designed to change that. Led by Thomas Dowling, director of technologies at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, OATD.org provides a simple way for users to search a global collection of openly accessible ETD literature. The service was launched in early April 2013 and currently includes references to ETDs from more than 600 universities around the world.

Weekly News Digests
ebrary Adds Titles From Wiley to Academic Complete
ebrary continues to expand its flagship subscription-database Academic Complete with 1,500 high-quality titles from publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The new content focuses on academic reading levels and covers Wiley's most prestigious imprints, including Bloomberg Press, Josey-Bass, Wiley, Wiley-Blackwell, Wrox, Sybex, and more. Academic Complete serves as a foundational, growing collection with more than 86,300 scholarly titles from which libraries can pinpoint patron needs and drive strategic ebook acquisition.
EBSCO Releases Social Work Reference Center
Social Work Reference Center (SWRC), a resource designed specifically for clinical practice, education, and research, is the latest addition to the point-of-care product line from EBSCO. Social Work Reference Center is a comprehensive reference tool that provides evidence-based information to social workers and other mental health professionals directly at the point-of-care.
Wolters Kluwer Expands Daily Reporting Suite
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business announced the expansion of the Wolters Kluwer Daily Reporting Suite, the company's tool for tracking daily developments in the law's fastest-changing and most complex practice areas, including Antitrust, Securities Regulation, Health Law, Employment Law, and Intellectual Property. The new daily e-news reports launched will include "Products Liability Daily" and "Banking and Finance Daily."

NewsLink Spotlight
Useful Browser Extensions
by Paula J. Hane
Over the years, I've migrated from one web browser to another as needs and changing technology dictated. For me, that's included Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and my latest browser of choice, Google Chrome. Once I adopted Chrome—on both my PC and my Android phone—I began to encounter all manner of browser extensions that have offered me enhanced functionality. I'd like to share some of these treasures that have improved the browser experience for me. There are similar extensions for Firefox and other browsers, but I'll focus on those I use on Chrome.

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem (4:16)

The Accidental Data Scientist author Amy Affelt discusses leading technology experts' recommended remedies for fixing Facebook's fake news problem in this clip from Computers in Libraries 2018.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

ILI365/InfoToday Europe Blog infotoday.eu – news and ideas for, and by, innovative info pros from around the world, throughout the year.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life, covering everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.

ITI News

The Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research

Edited by Robert Berkman, The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research explores, evaluates, and provides critical analysis of free and fee-based information resources, web-based services, and search strategies to help you maximize your time and keep you up-to-date on the internet's role in research.

IAG

In addition to at least one feature by business specialist Berkman, each issue of The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research includes an in-depth article by Ran Hock, author of The Extreme Searcher book series and well-known seminar speaker, who checks out a major web resource.

Four regular columns are rotated; two appear each issue and give readers suggestions for cool internet tools to check out (Brian Smith McCallum, M.L.S., public and academic librarian); sites to turn to for more scholarly research needs (Briana McGuckin, reference and instructional librarian); sites to go to that provide information for the common good (Susan Fingerman, retired librarian instructor, STEM); and sites that give you “big data” facts and figures on a range of topics (Jackie Shane, former reference librarian).

Download your free copy of the June 2018 issue now!


CIL Cover

Computers in Libraries magazine has posted its 2019 editorial calendar and has issued a call for article proposals at infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml#themes.


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