Fall Semester Citation Management Workshops

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EndNote is now available for free to the Duquesne community through a campus site license funded by the Provost. View our EndNote page for instructions on downloading and getting started with the software. We will offer various EndNote workshops throughout the semester to provide a basic overview of this powerful research tool. 

We are also offering workshops that cover an alternative citation management tool, Zotero. This free, web-based tool is a great alternative to RefWorks, which was phased out as of June 30, 2014.

Please see below for a full schedule of citation management workshops during the fall semester. To register, click the link below for the date/time that fits your schedule.

EndNote Basics - Demonstration

Description: Get a basic overview of EndNote citation management software. This session will provide an introduction to EndNote desktop which works in conjunction with EndNote online. EndNote gives users the ability to import, store, and organize references and format them in thousands of different citation styles. It also allows users to store and annotate pdf files. EndNote includes a plug-in for word processing programs for formatting in-citations and bibliographies. This software is available for free through the DU computer store’s software downloads page within DORI.

Presenter: Leslie Lewis
Location: Gumberg Library 408

EndNote Basics - Hands-on Instruction

Description: This session will provide a hands on introduction to EndNote desktop which works in conjunction with EndNote online. EndNote gives users the ability to import, store, and organize references and format them in thousands of different citation styles. It also allows users to store and annotate pdf files. EndNote includes a plug-in for word processing programs for formatting in-citations and bibliographies. This software is available for free through the DU computer store’s software downloads page within DORI. All attendees must bring their own laptop with EndNote already installed on the computer.

Presenter: Leslie Lewis
Location: Gumberg Library 202

Explore Zotero

Description: “Grab your research with a single click!” Come explore Zotero, a free online citation manager and research tool. This class will teach you the basics of Zotero, from grabbing citations off the web to creating bibliographies from a list of resources. A great alternative to RefWorks, learning the basics of Zotero will help you decide which citation manager is right for you.

Presenter: Dannie Dudas
Location: Gumberg Library 408

Gumberg Librarians Present at International Library Assessment Conference

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(Image credit: Howard Ignatius)


Gumberg librarians recently spoke at the international Library Assessment Conference

David Nolfi, Health Sciences Librarian and Library Assessment Coordinator, described the results of a project conducted by Duquesne faculty and librarians to assess information literacy learning in three undergraduate programs. 

Allison Brungard, Reference and Instructional Librarian, presented about Gumberg Library Assessment Committee’s efforts to use government and association data sets to benchmark Duquesne’s with peer institutions. 

The biennial Assessment Conference, co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries, was held Aug. 4-6, 2014, in Seattle. The conference provided a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, and workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, practical and sustainable library assessment.

Long, long ago freshmen were required to wear these “dinks” to distinguish them from upperclassmen. Thankfully, they’re no longer required. 👍 (Image courtesy of the University Archives & Special Collections here at Gumberg). #DuqRise #orientation #Duquesne #DuquesneUniversity #freshmen #college #archives #history #library #gumberg #gumberglibrary via Instagram http://ift.tt/1kYgQNo

Long, long ago freshmen were required to wear these “dinks” to distinguish them from upperclassmen. Thankfully, they’re no longer required. 👍 (Image courtesy of the University Archives & Special Collections here at Gumberg). #DuqRise #orientation #Duquesne #DuquesneUniversity #freshmen #college #archives #history #library #gumberg #gumberglibrary via Instagram http://ift.tt/1kYgQNo

Prizes for Pics: Show us what your #duqlife looks like!

To all incoming freshmen — welcome! We hope that your first week at Duquesne goes well.  As you explore your new home for the next four years, we want to remind all students that the library is an invaluable resource for your success at Duquesne.  We are a safe space where you can learn and grow.  Meet with friends for a late night study session.  Collaborate with classmates and professors on projects and papers.  Work with a librarian and discover the perfect sources for your looming research project.  Or find your new favorite book/movie/album to power you through the day.  Whatever your need may be, Gumberg is here to help. We want to see you succeed! 

The first few weeks of college life can be exciting and terrifying all at once.  We’d love to see how your life has changed with the start of the new school year. Follow @GumbergLibrary on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and send us pics of your #duqlife. Once you’ve sent us a pic, your prize awaits you at the Circulation Desk (while supplies last)!

We look forward to seeing you in the library! :)

Possible Interruption to PubMed Access

The National Library of Medicine is shutting down many of its systems due to an emergency repair at its data center. This shutdown could result in interruptions to PubMed and Medline access until 11 AM today (8/14). Current Duquesne students, faculty, and staff who need to use Medline during this time can use Ovid Medline. If you have questions, please Ask a Librarian.

"It’s a genuinely fascinating and foreign concept to me, to see something that you connect with on some level and then decide, "Well, that’s mine now." My hunch is there’s a sizable chunk of people who don’t really grasp what plagiarism is or why it’s wrong, and they kind of regard Twitter and social media as this giant free-for-all where everybody’s just constantly taking and posting whatever they want from whoever they want."

The Duquesne Duke, September 10, 1992: “Library Updates computer System”

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(Image credit: The Duquesne Duke accessed via Gumberg Library’s Digital Collections. Browse The Duquesne Duke archives here.)

In honor of the launch of our system upgrade, we give you the story of our FIRST online system. Prior to the early ’90s, when the web as we know it was just unfolding, Gumberg Library users found resources by using a combination of a card catalog and CD-ROM databases. This new system computerized the card catalog and linked the CD-ROM network to the online system, which meant, as the article says, “Book availability is checked, not only against Duquesne’s holdings, but also against area library collections, in minutes…” Minutes!! The article continues, “Soon, Duquesne hopes to provide full-text printouts, where students read information on-line and then print out articles in full.” It’s wild how much has changed over the past two decades! 

For context, here’s the ad published below the article in the September 10, 1992 issue of The Duquesne Duke:
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We’re constantly evolving here at Gumberg. Over the years since the adoption of this first online system, we’ve gone through further updates. This week we officially launched our newest “next generation” system. With this system upgrade comes our new search tool, QuickSearch, which allows users to search the majority of Gumberg materials from a single search box. QuickSearch is now up on our homepage, though we’ll continue to tweak it over the next few months.

It’s exciting to transition to a more advanced system and to think about how much we’ve changed over the years and what lies in our future. As the past has shown us, Gumberg will always be in flux. This new system, like the ’90s system, is just another progression in our perennial journey onward.