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This Week in Reference: Teff Flour and GPA

by Jennifer Schwartz 7/25/2014 4:42:00 PM
Topics coming to us this past week include:
  • Teff Flour
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Common Core
  • League of Nations
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

A student was writing a literature review on diagnosing postpartum depression, and needed specific information about the validity of the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale in different languages.  The librarian started with HaPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments), linked from the Nursing & Medicine Research Guide.  Next, they worked through some useful searches in CINAHL, Health Source, and PsycINFO.  The librarian also suggested searching for articles about language problems in relation to research instruments in general, and then applying those general findings to language issues specific to the one instrument.  Terms like interpretation and translation were also very useful.

A question came through IM about the relationship between “commute time and college GPA.”  The librarian pointed the student toward the databases ERIC, Education Complete and others, searching with the subject heading “commuting students” and GPA or Grade Point Average or Academic Success.
This Week in Reference: July 13 - 19, 2014 

This Week in Reference: Masons and Self-Esteem

by Jennifer Schwartz 7/18/2014 2:39:00 PM
Welcome back to This Week in Reference!

Topics coming to us this past week include:
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Masonic Membership
  • Hummingbirds and artificial feeders
  • Chagas disease
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

A student needed help finding an article about environmental science that related to her major, which in this case, was creative writing.  The librarian, undaunted, started with the Environmental Sciences Research Guide, and demonstrated how to find information in the databases Environment Complete and Academic Search Complete together.  They searched for “vocabulary or writing or rhetoric or language* or composition” AND environmental sciences (as a subject term) and were able to find quite a few promising articles.

A librarian was asked for help locating scholarship about self-esteem for a business psychology class.  The student was hoping to demonstrate the importance of self-esteem for entrepreneurs, specifically in developing countries.  The librarian started with the Management Research Guide and they searched in Business Source Complete for terms “self-esteem” and “success in business”, as subject headings.  The librarian also suggested some books, including The Power of Self-Esteem, published by the American Management Association.
This Week in Reference:  July 6 - July 12, 2014

Illiad Service System Update - July 19th

by Jim LeFager 7/18/2014 9:00:00 AM

The ILLiad server will be down for maintenance on Saturday July 19, from 9PM to 1AM. There will be no access to your ILLiad account during that time. We expect service to be available again following the update, at 1AM. 


Illiad Interlibrary Loan Service Down

by Jim LeFager 7/14/2014 9:21:00 AM

Update - Monday, July 12th

The Illiad interlibrary loan service has been restored. 


Original Announcement

The Illiad interlibrary loan service is currently unavailable.  We are working with the vendor to restore access as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience.  


Library Catalog Downtime - Saturday July 12th

by Jim LeFager 7/10/2014 4:07:00 PM

The DePaul Library Catalog and the I-Share Catalog will be offline Saturday, July 12th, from 4am - 12pm while UIUC campus networking staff perform a hardware upgrade to the Production CARLI Data Center. This downtime will also affect the availability of items showing in WorldCat Local. We expect availabilty of all of systems to be available following the update at 12:00pm on Saturday.  

During this update

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Lab Computer Reductions

by Jim LeFager 7/9/2014 10:22:00 AM
As part of the continued budget planning and review of public computer labs on the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses, Information Services has retired additional public workstations in the John T. Richardson Library.  Shortly after the start of the first Summer Quarter, 21 public workstations were removed from the 2nd floor of the John T. Richardson Library open computer lab, leaving a total of 47 public workstations in this space.   There were no additional reductions to the Loop Library computer labs at this time.  Public workstations will continue to be available in both libraries, including over 60 workstations (PC and Mac) available in the John T. Richardson Library Information Commons and over 70 PC workstations available in the Loop Library.  Details on information technology available in the DePaul University Library may be found in our Guide to Library Information Technology.
Questions or comments about information technology in the library may be directed to the DePaul University Library or to Information Services.

31 Days of Zines: Celebrate International Zine Month

by Michelle McCoy 7/9/2014 9:00:00 AM

Fizzies from Snackbar Confidential, 1972, Kathy Moseley Zine Collection Snackbar Confidential, 1972, Kathy Moseley Zine Collection

Included among the 31 ways that the Stolen Sharpie Revolution’s website names for celebrating International Zine month is visiting a zine library. Did you know that you can do this right here at the DePaul University Library? Special Collections and Archives currently serves as the repository for fifteen different collections of zines. With titles like Antimatter, Love Songs for Psychopaths, Space Monkey Vertigo, and Snackbar Confidential, who wouldn’t be enticed to take a peak?
Named for the individuals who donated the materials, each of the zine collections at DePaul are comprised of a mixture of genres that were acquired through creation, purchase, swap, or gift. Short for magazine or fanzine, these do-it-yourself publications boldly engage the reader in comics, music, literature, personal interests, and social issues. By most accounts, the term “zine” acquired wide usage by the 1970s. Others, however, point to the evolution of zine culture from the science fiction fans who wanted a forum to express their thoughts and communicate with each other and began to develop this medium in the 1930s.  
Cyclpos (fanzine), 1976, Heath Row Zine Collection King Kong from fanzine, Cyclops, 1976, Heath Row Zine Collection

While the fanzine tradition endures, the zine concept has expanded greatly. In fact, no topic is too outrageous or off-bounds for most zinesters. This is just one aspect that makes zines such a rich resource for anyone who wants to gauge opinions on subjects outside of what is chosen to be published by established or mainstream media. As a primarily self-produced venture, zines provide rich primary source territory for scholars to mine attitudes about popular culture, women and gender relations, social and political stances, or methods of alternative communication. From the 1970s onward, photocopiers and other technologies have made the creation of zines readily accessible and added more voices to the conversation. With such a large range of titles to choose from, reader’s guides of zine reviews (produced in zine form by zine peers) such as Xerography Debt or Media Diet, can help guide new initiates into the different zine scenes. 

In addition to DePaul’s bounty of paper zine publications, Heath Row’s handwritten journals and correspondence offer a rare behind the scenes glimpse at the world of zine authors and reviewers.

Review zine, Xerography Debt, 2004, Kathy Moseley Zine Collection Page from zine review journal, Heath Row Zine Collection

 To learn more about the zine collections at DePaul, you can browse our Zine Collections or stop by Special Collections and Archives in Room 314.



Summer Reading Recommendations

by Alexis Burson 7/8/2014 6:01:00 PM

Finally have time to read a good book but aren't sure which to choose?   Don't despair, our library team is here to help you out.  Staff from Special Collections and Archives, Access Services, Reference, Document Delivery, Web Services and Acquisitions have briefly set aside processing, cataloging, building archival collections, checking out books, reshelving, managing student workers, processing interlibrary loan requests, updating the website and offering research assistance to help you find an interesting book this summer!  Visit our Summer Reading Recommendations exhibit on display all summer at the 1st floor of the John T. Richardson Library.   Whether you like fiction, non-fiction, young adult lit or graphic novels, there's something for nearly every interest. 

If you can't make it in this summer, visit our Summer Reading Recommendation board on Pinterest.  




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