World Water Day 2014: U.N. Focuses Energy on Energy

Today is World Water Day 2014, and the United Nations has chosen to emphasize the link between water and energy. This was surprising to me, because looking at the Millennium Development Goals (developed in 2000), there were no goals specifically related to energy usage or even the mention of global warming. When I think about international development/global health and water, I first think of the prevention of communicable diseases (cholera, guinea worm, etc.) and access to clean drinking water, which are addressed as part of the MDG goals. The United Nation’s reminder is timely and important:

 ”WATER REQUIRES ENERGY AND ENERGY REQUIRES WATER

In the last year, I have gained a better understanding about the successes and the limitations of the Millennium Development Goals, and today’s celebration is a further revelation for me:energy and climate change were completely left out in 2000 as international development goals, even though they are absolutely determinants for the future of people’s health globally. I wonder if the SDGs will tackle the issues of energy, climate change and water?

For more (incredibly timely) information, please check out UNWater’s World Water Development Report, which was released YESTERDAY, 3/21/2014.

Library on the Road cancelled today

Because the university has cancelled classes, Library on the Road, where library informationists come to the School of Public Health, will be cancelled today.  Look for us again next Tuesday in 1629 Crossroads.

If you need help using library resources for projects or classes, don’t know what a citation management program is, but need to find out, send us an email at  SPHLibraryHelp@umich.edu with your questions or to set up an individual consultation.

 

Scopus interface changing February 1

Changes are coming to the interface of Scopus that will streamline your workflow by optimizing the interface for core uses.

One important change is that the interface becomes more action driven:  when you select certain results to work with (e.g. for refinement, citation analysis or to export references), the action buttons or links will become “active” & make the experience more intuitive. The results page will be optimized to make it easier to scan your search results.

The Author profile will get a ‘CV-style’ design that will let you more easily scan the main column that includes information such as h-index, documents, &  citations. It will show the 20 most recent documents.  You’ll also be able to see more documents on the free Author profile version that researchers can view without having access to Scopus.

Another important change is that you will now be able to export references directly from Scopus to Mendeley.

For more information on the upcoming changes, click here.

Open workshops on publishing for graduate students

The University Library is presenting a series of free workshops on publishing for graduate students.  Register for each workshop by clicking on the hot link of the title.

Tips on Publishing a Scholarly Book
Thursday, 2/6, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
This session, directed to graduate students and junior faculty in the social sciences and humanities, will discuss the process of publishing a scholarly book. Attendees will learn how to craft a book proposal, identify potential publishers, approach press editors, and benefit from peer review at a university press. Equally important, you will find out how to work with the publisher’s marketing team to promote book sales, compete for book prizes, and draw wide attention for their scholarship. Bring your questions–and get answers from two experienced publishing professionals!

Presenters:
Melody Herr, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Michigan Press
Renée Tambeau, Director of Marketing and Outreach for Michigan Publishing and the Press.

Open Access Essentials
Tuesday, 2/18, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Want to make sure your published work reaches as many readers as possible? Interested in publishing in an open access journal, but aren’t able to pay a publication charge? Curious about why your funding agency is requiring you to share your research findings? This workshop will discuss the basics of open access and how the landscape of scholarly publishing is changing. Attendees will learn how to select appropriate publication venues, understand their rights as an author, and identify important trends in the larger publishing world that are relevant to their work.

Copyright and Your Dissertation
Wednesday, 3/12, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Copyright for the dissertation writer is not that scary, we promise! In this workshop we’ll cover data, images, and  reusing prior published articles in your dissertation.  We’ll also show you how to protect your copyright as an author and how to get permissions when necessary.  This session is specifically for those working on a dissertation or thesis.

Faculty Advice for New Academic Authors
Thursday, 3/13, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
A panel of faculty members from a range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences will discuss their experience as authors, editors, and reviewers in today’s academic publishing environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from faculty on topics such as:

    • how the peer review process works
    • what presses are looking for in book proposal
    • common methods for handling reviewer feedback
    • tips for successfully co-authoring materials
    • advice for fitting writing into a busy schedule
    • and much more!

Library on the Road – Today, 1:00-2:30!

Need help using library resources for projects or classes?  Don’t know what a citation management program is, but need to find out?  Have questions about using library resources during the  building renovation?  Come to Library on the Road, when informationists from the Taubman Health Sciences Library come to SPH!  Look for us in 1629 Crossroads.

Library on the Road happens every Tuesday while classes are in session.

Can’t come on Tuesdays?  Send us an email at  SPHLibraryHelp@umich.edu with your questions or to set up an individual consultation.

Library on the Road – Today, 1:00-2:30!

Need help using library resources for projects or classes?  Don’t know what a citation management program is, but need to find out?  Have questions about using library resources during the  building renovation?  Come to Library on the Road, when informationists from the Taubman Health Sciences Library come to SPH!  Look for us in 1629 Crossroads.

Library on the Road happens every Tuesday while classes are in session.

Can’t come on Tuesdays?  Send us an email at  SPHLibraryHelp@umich.edu with your questions or to set up an individual consultation.

Sage Research Methods database now available

Sage Research Methods  (SRM) database is now available.  It contains over 700 books, encyclopedias, articles, & videos on social science research methods, including the “Little Green Books” series, Qualitative Applications in the Social Sciences, & the “Little Blue Books” series, Qualitative Research Methods.  Because SRM focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used by researchers in a variety of fields.

If you know what method you want to use for your research, you can explore the database either page by page (Content, Authors & Editors, Methodologies, Methods Lists, videos) or by using the Advanced Search page to target your search more precisely.

If you’re unsure of which research method to use, start with the Methods Map, a visualization tool that can help you discover methods organized by a unique research methods taxonomy or relationships between methods & the literature related to them.