Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ebrary Improvements

If you've used our e-book collection recently, you may have noticed some changes. Ebrary, the company that provides many of our e-books, has made some technical improvements.

You can now read an e-book in your browser window, using Ebrary QuickView. You no longer need to download the plug-in and disable your pop-up blocker. QuickView works on the iPhone and is also compatible with text readers.

When you are in the E-Book Catalog and click on the "view e-book" link, it will automatically take you to QuickView.

You can still use the Ebrary Reader if you want. You can get to it by clicking the large blue button in the upper right corner of QuickView.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

How do I find scholarly or peer-reviewed articles?

What are "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" articles?
  • Author is usually an expert in the field/discipline
  • Content has been critically evaluated by other experts
  • Information sources used by the author are cited (in-text citations, works cited/references)
How do I find "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" articles?
  • Some of the library's research databases include all scholarly material, such as JSTOR and Sage Journals Online. For these, all results will be scholarly.
  • Many of the other databases (e.g. EBSCOHost, ProQuest, etc.) have an option to limit your search to only scholarly/peer-reviewed articles. Scan the database's search or results page for this limit option (highlighted in red below in Academic Search Premier):

For more information: Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals
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