Category Archives: Research

Celebrate Undergraduate Research, April 2017

Learning how to find and do quality research is what the MKLibrary is all about. That’s why we look forward to the annual Undergraduate Research symposium series and the Human Rights Conference, starting this Friday, April 14 through April 28. These presentations highlight the excellent work undergrads have done over the course of the year.

We applaud your work!

Read more about the upcoming events here.

ProQuest Database maintenance

For those of you using the library databases, ProQuest research databases will be down for an overnight stretch during the last weekend in January. Please contact us with any questions or additional help: 813 253 6231library@ut.edu.

Over the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, 28-29 Jan. 2017, a ProQuest product maintenance window will launch worldwide to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of ProQuest products. During this 8-hour window, some ProQuest products will be unavailable.

  • United States (EST): Saturday, 28 Jan., 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, 29 Jan., 6:00 a.m.

Celebrate UT undergraduate research this week

Each year, the University of Tampa recognizes the achievements of hard working students during Undergraduate Research Week. A series of events honors work from many of the colleges on campus. Congratulations to all the presenters this week!

  • Friday, April 22: College of Natural and Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium. CNHS students will present their current or recently completed research projects in a poster format. The keynote presentation, “Nuclear Waste Remediation: Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research” by Shannon M. Biros, associate professor of chemistry at Grand Valley State University, will be held in Sykes College of Business, Room 131 from 2–3 p.m. Poster presentations will be held in Plant Hall, Fletcher Lounge from 3–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 27: College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education Undergraduate Research Conference. CSSME students will present original, empirical research within an area of the disciplines represented in the college. The event will be held in Plant Hall, Fletcher Lounge from 4–6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 28: Celebrating Honors Day. The Honors Program undergraduate research fellows will be officially recognized and give oral presentations of their findings as part of Honors Day celebrations. Presentations begin at 4 p.m. on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center.
  • Friday, April 29: Sykes College of Business Student Research Day. Students from the Sykes College of Business will present their current or recently completed research projects in a poster format. Poster presentations will be held in Plant Hall, Fletcher Lounge from 2:30–4:30 p.m.

 

 

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a FREE resource that stores over 11,581,302 information resources online.

These  resources include photos, audio files, books, manuscripts and more from libraries and museums all over America.

Search the DPLA by using their map, browsing their curated exhibitions, searching by a specific date or year, and by doing a basic search in their library.

Click the picture below to start searching!

Peter Suber and Open Access

If you want to learn more about Open Access one of the best places to start is with the works of Peter Suber.

Peter Suber is the Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Senior Researcher at the Berkman Center, Senior Researcher at SPARC, and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College. He’s been writing about open access issues since the turn of the century, and participated in 2001 in the world’s first major international open access initiative, the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

His most recent work addresses good practices for university open-access policies.

You can read an electronic version of his book available through the library’s online catalog. You will need to log in using your Spartans domain username and password to gain access to Open Access by Peter Suber. (You can find open access versions of the book here.)

The following is quoted from “A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access.”

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

In most fields, scholarly journals do not pay authors, who can therefore consent to OA without losing revenue. In this respect scholars and scientists are very differently situated from most musicians and movie-makers, and controversies about OA to music and movies do not carry over to research literature.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

It’s Open Access Week! What Is Open Access?

Open Access is a movement responding to the high cost of scholarship and science. The Public Library of Science (PLoS) explains Open Access this way —

“Open Access (OA) stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. Here’s why that matters.

“Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals. Anyone who wants to read the articles must pay to access them. Anyone who wants to use the articles in any way must obtain permission from the publisher and is often required to pay an additional fee.

“Although many researchers can access the journals they need via their institution and think that their access is free, in reality it is not. The institution has often been involved in lengthy negotiations around the price of their site license and re-use of this content is limited.

“Paying for access to content makes sense in the world of print publishing, where providing content to each new reader requires the production of an additional copy, but online it makes much less sense to charge for content when it is possible to provide access to all readers anywhere in the world.”

Jorge Cham at “Piled Higher and Deeper” (PHD) Comics, along with Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen, provide this animated explanation of Open Access.

Respondez! Journal

respondezWe like when you guys do research here at the library. The library is what that’s for after all! Congratulations to the University Honors Program Research Journal Respondez! for recognizing and publishing solid research done here at UT year after year. Pick up a copy at the bottom of the stairwell, where the CL Newspaper and other local magazines are stacked. Here’s a digital copy if they are all taken.

If you need help with finding scholarly works for your research, now or anytime in the future when you come back next semester, ask a Reference Librarian. We each have a subject specialty — if you have an in-depth question, don’t hesitate to contact one of us, or visit us at the Reference Desk.

Undergraduate Research Week, April 23-27

April 23-27

Celebrate undergraduate research at UT!

Are you presenting a poster or paper? Do you have a friend who’s receiving a fellowship? Celebrate all of your hard work this week!

 

Calendar of events:

  • Thursday, April 23: Celebrating Honors Day. Presentations begin at 4 p.m. on the 9th Floor of the Vaughn Center.
  • Friday, April 24: College of Natural and Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium. The keynote presentation, “Chemicals, Contaminants and Toxins: Analytical Approaches to Solve Seafood Safety Challenges at the FDA” by Sara McGrath, a research chemist at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, will be held in Sykes College of Business Room 131 from 2 to 3 p.m. Poster presentations will be held in Plant Hall’s Fletcher Lounge from 3 to 5 p.m.

 

Undergraduate Research Week: April 23 – 29

The university library plays a critical role in undergraduate (or any level) of research. Here at Macdonald-Kelce we celebrate UT’s emphasis on the importance of undergraduate research. This means we are able to offer you higher quality collections with a more in depth focus on research methods. Many of our librarians have subject specific expertise – don’t hesitate to ask us for help.

A week long schedule of events honoring the achievements (your achievements!) made in undergraduate research is coming up in April. Symposia include many of the colleges at UT: College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS), Sykes College of Business, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Education (CSSME), the Honors Program, and a Human Rights Conference. Read more about it in the March Insighter.

“The Fine Art of Baloney Detection”

the-demon-haunted-world-q3jfla5kHere at the library we think a lot about research and information literacy. In short, we think about helping students to develop the skills which will empower them to understand an information need, to be able to identify the best sources, and to be able to critically evaluate that information for credibility, reliability, veracity, and to follow where the evidence leads. All of these skills are essential for writing good papers but are equally important to being savvy information consumers as professionals, citizens, and individuals who operate in a world of often dubious if not outright misleading claims.

One could call this skill set and the ability to employ it in your own writing critical thinking ability. But, I prefer to call it  a “Baloney Detection Kit.” The late great Carl Sagan coined this phrase to denote:

“…the means to construct, and to understand, a reasoned argument and—especially important—to recognize a fallacious or fraudulent argument. The question is not whether we like the conclusion that emerges out of a train of reasoning, but whether the conclusion follows from the premise or starting point and whether that premise is true.”

To build your “Baloney Detection Kit” with the tools for skeptical (or critical) thinking proposed by Dr. Sagan check out The Demon Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark from the library.