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Tips for using eBooks in AP Source

Displacement and Dispossession

Are you researching the history of refugees in the Middle East or another topic about this global region?

Remember that your search results in AP Source may include eBooks as well as magazines and journals.

On the topic of refugees from Syria, one available eBook is Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge UP, 2010).

For tips about browsing, viewing, and emailing a section (or specific pages) of an eBook to yourself as a PDF, view the related tip sheet: Tips for Using eBooks in AP Source

If you’d like to read an eBook offline, go to the Mobile Research page and follow the instructions for the device you’ll be using to read the eBook.

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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in book, database, evaluating, news, searching, techtool, tip


Absent from Stats this week? View Lit Review slides

I’m looking forward to working with students in VCU Probability and Stats this week!

If you’re absent from class today or tomorrow, click HERE to view the slideshow (with active hyperlinks to resources) in Microsoft SkyDrive.  The transitions are a little glitchy, but all the content is there. If you have questions, stop by the library.

Prefer to copy a PDF with active links to your flash drive? You can find that on the share drive for students – in the library’s student share folder – or right here; the file is called conducting_lit_review_March2013.

One concept that can be confusing as you begin your research process is the difference between reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis. Looking at this Venn diagram from Michigan State’s College of Human Medicine – and reading the brief description below it, might help clarify the differences.

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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in news, note-taking, planning, searching, teaching, tip, VCU, workshop


Mobile-friendly research options

Do you have a web-enabled phone or other mobile device like an iPad or eReader? Now you can research while waiting for your sister’s soccer practice to end, waiting for your brother at the dentist’s office, or riding the bus.

Mobile-friendly options are available for JSTOR, EBSCO’s AP Source and eBook Collection, Gale’s Virtual Reference Library, and the Gale databases included in PowerSearch:

  • JSTOR and EBSCO offer mobile-optimized web interfaces
  • EBSCO and GALE offer apps for iPhones, iPads, or Android devices for searching AP Source or the Gale databases included in PowerSearch
  • GALE offers the option to send an article in the Gale Virtual Reference Library to your eReader via email and have it automatically converted to an eReader-friendly format
  • EBSCO offers the ability to “check out” one of our non-fiction eBooks to your laptop, desktop, or e-Reader

In addition to an Internet connection, accessing these resources requires our library’s database passwords (available in the MW Library or the library’s share folder) or, in the case of JSTOR, your personal login.

Outside these mobile-friendly methods, many articles in our databases are available as PDFs which can be downloaded or sent via email to your phone or iPad to read on-the-go in a PDF reader application. On an eReader (like a Kindle or Nook), unconverted PDFs can be difficult to view, so that method is not recommended.

Visit the library’s Mobile Research page for more information, including tips, video tutorials, and links to the app download pages.

If you have any questions, see Ms. DeGroat in the library.

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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in news, searching, techtool, tip


DuckDuckGo – search with less clutter and more privacy

Duck Duck Go logoFounded back in 2008, Pennsylvania-based search engine Duck Duck Go made its biggest splash in the search engine pond last month with a long feature article in the Washington Post.

And while no one is predicting this duck will run Google or Bing out of the search engine pond, it does offer a tidier, less tampered with, and more private search experience.

For a comparison of results pages, check out the article in SearchEngineLand or give it a whirl for yourself. If you’re a Chrome user, consider adding it to your browser.

I like the tidy results and integration of instant answers from sources like Wolfram Alpha and had fun exploring their Goodies section. However, I do wonder how they’ll stay profitable.

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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in news, searching, techtool, tip