May 24, 2016
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Scholarly Blog Index

Scholarly Blog Index is a curated collection of scholarly blogs written by scholars and thought leaders. It includes more than 10,000 academic blog publications, with more than 500 new publications  added each month.

From ACI's Scholarly Blog Index  website: "Today, social media has shed its “outsider” image. More than 1:4 faculty publish original research in scholarly blogs." and "The emergence of altmetrics in the professional academic landscape underscores the growing importance of academic blogs in scholarly life."

Discover scholarly blog using this database.  You can access the Scholarly Blog Index here or go to the Databases tab on the Library homepage and search for "Scholarly Blog Index". ACI Mobile App is also available.

 

ACI's Scholarly Blog Index was named the Best Scholarly Research Information Solution of 2016 as one of the SIIA CODiE Award winners.

 

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May 16, 2016
by jkremer
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Science Magazine- Online Subscription

Science Magazine print subscription has been changed from print to online. You can read Science Magazine from 1997 to the present directly on your computer or tablet @ https://libdb.fairfield.edu/login?url=http://science.sciencemag.org. Bookmark that link to read each issue.

You can also go to the Library homepage at www.fairfield.edu/library, click on the Journals tab and type in "Science Magazine".

Issues before 1997 are available through JSTOR.

 

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May 13, 2016
by Brooke Duffy
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Wrapping Up Finals @ the Library: How Many Students Did We Reach?

At the library, we always strive to make the library space, our services, and our resources as user-friendly as possible. The weeks leading up to finals are a special challenge for us because this is a time when we field even more reference questions, schedule even more research appointments, and check out even MORE materials!

Another thing we do here during finals is offer a few extra comforts for all those students pushing themselves to their limits to get their work done and to help them do their best work possible. Our outreach committee plans special services such as study giveaways, free coffee and snacks after midnight, and of course, we bring in the ever-popular therapy dogs to visit with students! We heard through the grapevine that at least one student made a special stop to come pet the dogs in between two stressful finals. See the infographic below to see the full picture of the support we offered!

It's meaningful for us to take some time at the end of this busy season to remind ourselves about how crucial our services are to so many. The library staff will be here all summer to help those taking summer courses, but for those who have gone away, we wish you a restful and happy summer, and we look forward to working with you in the fall of 2016!

finals infographic small may 2016

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May 6, 2016
by Brooke Duffy
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Congratulations to Library Research Prize Winners Michelle Cawley and Paul Pearson!

On Wednesday May 4, Michelle Cawley (undergraduate) and Paul Pearson (graduate) were awarded the 2016 Library Research Prizes.

Michelle Cawley and Professor Catherine Andersen

Michelle Cawley and Professor Catherine Andersen

Michelle Cawley, a senior, was awarded the undergraduate Library Research Prize. Michelle's project for her Special Topics in Biology course was to develop a grant proposal to investigate an area of untapped scientific research. She drew upon her previous lab work with Professor Catherine Andersen for the subject of her grant proposal project entitled "The Role of Plant Sterols as a Potential Diet-Based Therapy for Type II Diabetes".

According to Professor Andersen, "Through this work, Michelle has generated work on par with professional scientists in the field of nutritional sciences."

The selection committee was impressed with Michelle's diligent research through which she scoured scientific literature via library databases and interlibrary loan, and even went so far as to contact international researchers to glean more information about their findings.

Professor Deborah Edelman, Paul Pearson, and Dean for GSEAP Robert Hannafin

Professor Deborah Edelman, Paul Pearson, and Dean for GSEAP Robert Hannafin

Paul Pearson was awarded the graduate Library Research Prize for his research in support of his project "Teaching Foreign Language to Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Literature".

Paul performed a comprehensive literature review of several educational theories in both language education and special education. His research compared and often questioned the sometimes contradictory methodologies within the two disciplines. In doing so, he challenged his own preconceived notions, and those of other experts in these fields. It was not only the depth and breadth of his research that the committee found impressive but also his skill in questioning and evaluating his sources to arrive at a highly original research project.

His professor Dr. Deborah Edelman commented, “Paul selected a complex topic that has not been investigated at length. His research will fill a gap in the research to date. Paul is a inquisitive student who enjoys the process of learning to discover."

Professor Michelle Farrell, Angela Sammarone, Michael Olynick, Brooke Duffy, Christina McGowan, Matt Bernstein

Professor Michelle Farrell, Angela Sammarone, Michael Olynick, Brooke Duffy, Christina McGowan, Matt Bernstein

Honorable Mentions were awarded to undergraduates Angela Sammarone for her research in support of her project entitled "'On the threshold she paused': Doors in Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses and The Mother’s Recompense" and to Michael Olynick for his research in support of his project entitled "Beethoven: Synthesis of The Great Composers".


Thank you to Fairfield University's School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, the Dolan School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering for their financial support of the prizes, in addition to the Library's financial commitment.

Special thank you to the selection committee - Interim University Librarian Christina McGowan, librarians Matt Bernstein, and Brooke Duffy, and professors Michelle Farrell and Colleen Arendt.

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May 6, 2016
by jkremer
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New Additions for Irish Studies

By Abbey of Kells - Scanned from Treasures of Irish Art, 1500 B.C. to 1500 a.D. : From the Collections of the National Museum of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, & Trinity College, Dublin, Metropolitan Museum of Art & Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1977, ISBN 0394428072, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44527

By Abbey of Kells - Scanned from Treasures of Irish Art, 1500 B.C. to 1500 a.D. : From the Collections of the National Museum of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, & Trinity College, Dublin, Metropolitan Museum of Art & Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1977, ISBN 0394428072, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44527

Check out the wonderful additions to the Library's collections of materials to support Irish Studies.

  1. Nicholas B. Scheetz Celtic Collection

    The Nicholas B. Scheetz Celtic Collection comprises nearly 500 items representing the historical arc of Celtic literatures, and their influence on the geographic/spatial concerns of Celtic languages across the British and Irish Isles.  This collection, a generous gift from collector and scholar Nicholas B. Scheetz, includes heroic legends of the Finian Cycle and the Ulster Cycle; works of the Scottish, Welsh, and Cornish literary traditions; examples of the 19th century Irish literary revival movement; and works from such important figures as W.B. Yeats, Tim Pat Coogan, Robert Burns, and Brendan Behan.  It also contains works in the major Celtic languages in use today.  This collection is an invaluable resource for all scholars of the Celtic experience.

    The Nicholas B. Scheetz Celtic Collection is located in the Graduate Student Study Room on the library's lower level and these books are available to be checked out to all students, staff and faculty.  All items are discoverable through the library catalog. Some of the items in the Celtic Collection are extremely rare and/or fragile; these items are housed in the Special Collections room and are available for in-library use during library hours.  Researchers interested in these rare items are encouraged to contact the University Archivist Elise Bochinski directly to arrange an appointment.

    2. Irish Newspaper Archive

    The Irish Newspaper Archive  contains keyword searchable reproductions of Irish newspapers dating back to 1738 for the oldest titles, through the current editions of modern titles.

    3. JSTOR Ireland Collection

    The Ireland Collection purchased in April 2015 and available through JSTOR is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. It will contain a minimum of 75 journals, including journals with moving walls between 1 and 5 years and ceased journals from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Over 200 monographs and 2,500 manuscript pages will also be included. Complementing JSTOR's existing collections, the Ireland Collection adds titles and resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology.
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    Stop by and see the Book of Kells on display behind the staircase on the Library's main level. For a closer look, contact Elise Bochinski, University Archivist, to schedule an appointment.

    A facsimile edition of the Book of Kells is on permanent display in the library and available for classroom use.  A replica of the original Book of Kells housed at Trinity College in Dublin, this facsimile mimics the thickness of the original vellum pages, complete with text, illustrations, wormholes, and even "mistakes" made by the scribes who created the original.  To visit Trinity College's online version of the book, click here.

See many more resources for Irish Studies at http://librarybestbets.fairfield.edu/irishstudies.

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