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6
Mar15

ACI Scholarly Blog Index: Research Powered by Social Media

Posted by: Amy Lewontin

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Academic bloggers work hard to get new research in the sciences, engineering, the humanities and social sciences out to the world as quickly as possible.

So how do you keep up with so much interesting and important scholarly material? Try taking a look at ACI Scholarly Blog Index, a very new resource that the Northeastern University Libraries is currently beta-testing. ACI Scholarly Blog Index was created with students and faculty in mind as a tool to help you spend less time looking at irrelevant material on the web.

Looking for the best bloggers in economics, medicine, or politics? Try a search in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index. You’ll learn about the authors of the blog and what kind of academic work they are engaged in. Want to know who is writing about chemistry from a particular university?  ACI Scholarly Blog Index is also perfect for that.

All of ACI’s blogs are individually chosen by researchers with expertise in that blog’s topic or field of study.  If you are the author of a scholarly blog, and would like to suggest your blog or one your read regularly be included, there is a recommend a blog form.

You can easily create an account to search and save material you locate via ACI.  Use your Northeastern e-mail address and then create a password, of your own choosing. Why else should you try creating an account with ACI? You will see the full text of the blogs, not just an abstract.  Blog records can be downloaded and saved and your citations can be exported to Mendeley, EndNote,  or Zotero. Without logging in, the default is MLA.

Watch this helpful video for more information about logging in.

To find out more about using ACI, see the Support site here.

Let us know what you think!  Review ACI Blog Index here!

 

Photo: support.newstex.com/support/articles/201150-how-do-i-perform-a-search-in-the-aci-scholarly-blog-index 

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25
Feb15

NASCAR Fans and Pinterest

Posted by: Diann Smothers

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I bet you, like me, have been wondering: ‘How many NASCAR fans use their tablet to follow a sport on Pinterest?’ I’m not going to tell you how many, but I will tell you this: You can find out using SBRnet. SBRnet provides market research for US sports – you can get information about fan participation, venues, teams, logo apparel, sport sponsorship, and more.

This table created by SBRNet shows the percentage of fans using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr on their mobile devices while attending a game in 2014:

 

Interested in learning more? You can browse through their newsletters, or go directly to SBRnet to start exploring.

 

Posted in: Research Online, Serendipity

5
Feb15

2015 Call for Proposals: The DRS Project Toolkit

Posted by: Jen Anderle

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Call for Proposals
Deadline: March 30
Apply here

 

The Digital Scholarship Group is now accepting proposals for pilot projects to test the DRS Project Toolkit: a new user-friendly set of tools for building digital scholarly projects and publications using the Northeastern University Libraries Digital Repository Service. With the DRS Project Toolkit, Northeastern University members can use Omeka and WordPress to create projects that draw digital materials such as images, texts, and video dynamically from the DRS.

Through the development of the DRS Project Toolkit we hope to establish a simple process to serve project materials using various web publishing tools. During this pilot phase we focus on establishing a base set of features supported by the Toolkit, and we will also work with each individual project to discover unique Toolkit features could be developed and shared with other projects, like interactive maps or timelines.

The inaugural round of development for DRS Project Toolkit will be a collaborative endeavor and a great opportunity to experiment with publishing your project’s materials. If you have a project idea, we’d love to hear from you! Just answer a few questions about your project to apply.

 

 

 

To see an example of the Toolkit elements in practice, check out the Terp Talks video series portal from the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers. The site itself is built using WordPress, but the video content and metadata are stored in the DRS.

 

For more information about the DRS Project Toolkit, view the Call for Proposals, or contact us at DSG@neu.edu to set up a meeting.

 

Written by Sarah Sweeney, Digital Repository Manager, Digital Scholarship Group.

 

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4
Dec14

Studying for Finals in Snell: 20 Things Only Huskies Will Understand

Posted by: Jennie Robbiano

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Walking into the library like

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*2 hours later*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, time to study!…or not

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dealing with the effects of your procrastination in Argo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to share a table with someone who took up all the space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you find an empty table on the third floor during finals week…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only to realize it’s under an air vent…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But then remember you brought a sweatshirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realizing that your to-do list is longer than you thought

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When someone asks what you’re studying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to focus…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Especially when there are people talking in the stairwell…on the silent floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you realize that you just spent 3 hours on BuzzFeed for your five minute break


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing the problem you’ve been working on for hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving the library at 3 am and seeing everyone still studying

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running to get home in the middle of the night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the library shuttle home instead

 

 

 

 

 

Getting home after being in the library all night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When all those hours in Snell payoff and you ace your exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good luck on finals, Huskies! Have a wonderful winter break. We’ll see you in the spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11
Nov14

What you need is checked out? You’ve got two great options!

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian

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First, there’s that rush of adrenaline…Yes! The library DOES have that book or video I need!

But then … what’s that thing about its being checked out?  Someone else has the nerve, the gall, the presumption, to have it already? Now what do I do?

Your first option is a waiting list.  Follow the prompts to sign in and you’ll see ordering options.  Click on “Waitlist”, and your name will be put on a waiting list.

What if I can’t wait that long?   Frequently books are borrowed for extended periods, especially when faculty are using them for long-term research projects.  If you don’t think you can wait until the book comes back, just click on “Request from another library” and follow the prompts to our ILLiad ordering service, and we’ll get it from one of our partner libraries.

Either way, we’ll let you know by email when the item is ready for you to come and pick it up!

 

 

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