Midsummer!

It is soon midsummer and we here at the Library want to wish you all a relaxing midsummer! Midsummer is one of the most important holidays, if not the most important, in Sweden. It has been celebrated as the breakpoint of the working year in the agrarian society. It has also had religious connections and was originally celebrated in St Johns honour.

It is also the time for magic and supernatural entities, e.g. by collecting seven different kinds of flowers and sleeping with them under your pillow your future love is said to appear.

Also, we want to recommend the sculpture walk arranged by the Borås City. One of the sculptures you will hear more about is the new one in front of Textile Fashion Center, House of Knowlegde by Jaume Plensa. We’ll meet again when the fall semester begins.

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House of Knowledge by the artist Jaume Plensa

Pieta Eklund

 

@jobbarpahogskolaniboras

Have you been thinking what it is like to work at an univeristy? What does all the teachers, librarians, administrators, controlers and other do all day long? Now you have a possibility to follow University of Borås staff on Instagram – a new staff member a week. It will work the same way as when our students instagram for the university. You haven’t missed that, have you?

Communications Officer Anna is first to instagram at @jobbarpahogskolaniboras

Students at University of Borås instagram at @hogskolaniboras

Pieta Eklund

Scientific theories & methods

Do you want to know more about scientific theories and methods?

The library offes a test of SAGE Research Methods, a database for theories and methods. Which should you choose? What does the terms mean? SAGE Research Methods will help you with a “method map” and over 700 works within the area of methods, from dicitionaries and video clips to articles and manuals.

We are testing it until 16 th of June and the database can be found under Trial Access to Databases on our web site.

Below an image from of a “method map” can be seen. In the example we have gone through qualitative research and qualitative data collection and ended up in ethnography. Here some articles, books, key people and other material related to ethnography can be found and maybe it will help you to design your own experiment or research.

sage_research_methodsLena Holmberg

Watch video abstracts!

Instead of reading abstracts to see if an article is of interest for you and your student paper you could see if there might be a video abstract. A number a journals have started providing authors the possibility to post a video abstract in connection with their research paper, i.e. Cell, New Journal of Physics, BMJ, Journal Number Theory. It seems though that it is journals within STM (Science, Technology, Medicine) that have come further with video abstracts than other areas. Those interested in humanities and social sciences will have to wait a while longer. With video abstracts STM research might become a bit a available even to those not so comfortable with the subject areas.

These clips are also an alternative to other Youtube clips that you watch while waiting for the food to be done or for the bus to come. Take this video on emperor penguins and how is it that they are able to breath in the harsh cold of South Pole when other species aren’t.

Or maybe this on on why some mimics are imperfect (e.g. hoverflies look like wasps) and howcome they still are imperfect despite evolution?

Pieta Eklund

What to refer to?

I received a question at the information point yesterday about how to refer to web pages. When I asked further about what web pages was the student thinking of I found out it had to do with pdfs. Then I asked even more and found out now that the pdfs were journal articles which the student had found using one of our databases. If one asks there are more wondering about thisl

Journal articles are refered to as articles no matter where you find them – on a web page or a print journal. It is the sources that is the important part – not the form. The same goes when you search in a database or use our search engines. It is not the database och the search engine which is your source. More about that can be found in the blog post Google is not your source!

In order to illustrate this further I give you two examples here:

Take a look at  Information research.It is a (scholarly) journal (stating that even on the page) published only online. Now, take a look at this article Continuum thinking and the contexts of personal information management. It looks like a web pages but it is an article published in a journal and is refered to as an article.Your source is the article published in a online journal which looks like a web page. Reference looks like this:

Huvila, I., Eriksen, J., Häusner, E. & Jansson, I. (2014). Continuum thinking and the contexts of personal information management. Information Research, 19(1) paper 604. [Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/19-1/paper604.html]

Articles which you download from a database are often in pdf-format. When you open the file you most often will find bibliografic information (journal name, volume, issue, DOI) either on the page header or footer. Use this information to write the reference. URL to the pdf is not interesting – it varies depending on if you are here at the library or if your are at home or if you have gotten hold of it through some other library.

Now, lets speculate that you are writing about H&M and their understanding of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, CSR. Find more about it here. When looking at that page you see that it is also a web page like the page Information Research has – only with a better looking design. Here the web page is your source. Maybe you want to write about how H&M uses water and you use the page for Water as your source. Reference looks something like this:

H&M. (2014). Water. http://about.hm.com/en/About/Sustainability/Commitments/Use-Resources-Responsibly/Water.html [2014-03-27]

H&M is the author since we cannot find someone who would have authored this page. Water is the title of the page – look at the tab for the name of the page. Then comes the URL and last in brackets the access date. The date is important since web pages are not static. If you compare with the reference above you notice that there is no access date in the reference. THis is because the contents of the article is not changed after publication. Articles are static web pages with the exception of daily newspapers. If you use a daily newspaper online as a source you need to write down the access date.

When you have questions about references come to the information point. We are there to help! Remember – cite your sources!

Pieta Eklund

 

Time for student thesis

It is again “that time” of the year for many of our students. Many of you need to choose a subject and formulate research questions for your bachelor’s thesis. You might need help to recognize academic articles and identifying appropriate subject headings.

We have written some blog posts on academic texts, source critism and how to formulate research questions. Maybe those blog posts were not interesting for you back then but now you might find them usefull. We have also written about good information resourcese. When you have come a little further in writing your student thesis you might need help referencing. Check out our posts about referencing to a moving image and what help  there is to get when it comes to referencing. You might also want to work with EndNote – our refrence management tool. On our web site we have some resources to help you get started with Endnote.

Don’t forget that we offer help with information seeking. Every Thursday between 3 om and 1630 pm you can find a librarian in J418 who will help you with your questions regarding information seeking. If you cannot make it to these search labs you are welcome to contact a librarian at the information point. We are there to help you weekdays from 8am  to 6pm.

Pieta Eklund

 

Future of libraries

Via Peter Alsbjer’s blog (in Swedish).

Some knowledgeable librarians and library consultants are discussing library trends. David Lee King writes a blog about library trends and social media is leading the conversation where among others Marshall Breeding takes part. They are discussing among other things the mobile technology and digital library user experiment men även 3D printing and makerspace and the effect this has on libraries. The film is an hour long.

One other report which might be of interest to read is the Horizon Report 2013 Higher Education Edition. Also in this report 3D-printing, makerspace and maker-movement is discussed.

Maker-movement is about anyone coming in and working on their own or someone else’s project, share experience and knowledge. To co-operate is also an important part in the movement. The idea is to inspire people to become creators instead of just consuming but how does it effect the library? In what way can a library be or become a maker space? The White House and Obama administration have been interested in the movement and are going to arrange a Maker Faire.

Pieta Eklund