Category Archives: Resources

New and Updated Nursing eBooks Available from Ovid

Gleeson Library recently purchased some new nursing eBooks, available on the Ovid platform. These are unlimited access, so read away!

Take a look:

From any of these eBooks, click Books or Journals in the top menu to see a list of all Ovid titles we have.

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More resources

See more recent nursing titles by searching the library catalog with the keyword “nursing” and then sorting by date.

Check out our Nursing Research Guides for selections of recommended nursing resources. (Click By Subject > Nursing to see them all.)

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Need Company Information? Try Mergent Online!

Have you got company research projects on your mind? Need to download financials for your finance class? Searching for company ratios or filings? Or would you just like to create a list of companies based on your own criteria? If any of these sound like you, check out our new business database, Mergent Online!

Mergent Online is an easy to use database filled with current and historical information on US and global companies. Here are some screen shots of what Mergent Online offers you. The first image is of a typical company profile. Notice there are some key facts on this page, but then there are all those tabs with additional information…

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Clicking on the Company Financials tab brings you to company financial statements going back 5 years that you can download or print:

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Or under Company Details > Business Segments, take a look at your company’s revenues by lines of business or geography, for up to 15 years:

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This is just a sample of what you can find in Mergent Online. If you have questions or need help, please contact your Business Librarian, Penny Scott, or use our services at Ask a Librarian.


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Why Digitize KKK Newspapers?

Gleeson Library has contributed funds to support a project to digitize and provide open access to Ku Klux Klan newspapers from the 1920s, and we now have early contributors’ access to the newspapers that have been digitized so far.

The project is in its early stages, but is already being used for analysis in national media.

Overview from the project website:

From its birth immediately following the Civil War to its re-awakening inspired by the film Birth of a Nation in 1915 through today’s fractured organizations using the Klan’s name, the Ku Klux Klan has occupied a persistent place in American society.

The Klan’s national newspaper had a circulation larger than the New York Times.

To understand today’s version of American nationalism, we need to go back to the 1920s when the Klan re-emerged as a slick and successful recruiting and marketing engine that appealed to the fears and aspirations of middle-aged, middle-income, white protestant men in the middle of America. At its peak in 1924, Klan paid membership exceeded 4,000,000 and its national newspaper, the Imperial Night-Hawk, had a circulation larger than the New York Times.

The goal of this project is to assemble a comprehensive and hopefully complete collection of KKK newspapers into a fully-searchable open access database.  The collection features national Klan publications (for example: the Imperial Night-Hawk and the Kourier) as well as regional and local Klan produced papers (i.e., Sgt. Dalton’s Weekly, Jayhawker American, and the Minnesota Fiery Cross).  The collection will also include a smaller set of papers sympathetic to the Klan (i.e., The Good Citizen and The Fellowship Forum) and a few important anti-Klan publications (Tolerance and The Record). A complete title list may be found here.

The collection will be hosted on the Reveal Digital platform, which will provide controlled access to funding libraries until the collection moves to open access.

From the Slums and Gutters of Europe
From The Badger American, August 1923. A foreshadow of presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2015? : “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”

Why Digitize KKK Newspapers?

Contributed by Dr. Thomas R. Pegram, Professor of History, Loyola University–Maryland, and author of One Hundred Percent American: The Rebirth and Decline of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.

The degree to which Klan newspapers drew from ordinary currents in American life in the 1920s is stunning. These newspapers detail the extent to which the Klan movement was anchored in American traditions of fraternalism, sociability, business and civic practices. That makes the appeal to exclusivity, the anti-Catholicism, and the assumed white Protestant ownership of American institutions that are also apparent in Klan newspapers so powerful.

The Klan newspapers of the 1920s are a reminder of how current divisions over immigration, race, and citizenship are deeply embedded in American history.

Sentiments that are now considered radical or located on the fringes of American society actually existed side by side with mainstream American beliefs and practices. Openly bigoted and reckless publications such as Colonel Mayfield’s Weekly contrast in style with more conventional publications such as the versions of the Fiery Cross that appeared across the Midwest, but all Klan newspapers shared the same bedrock beliefs that American democracy existed for only white Protestant Americans. Some, like Chicago’s Dawn offered frank denunciations of ethnic and Catholic Americans that reveal the extent to which American pluralism was contradicted by American tribalism. The Klan newspapers of the 1920s are a reminder of how current divisions over immigration, race, and citizenship are deeply embedded in American history.


Top Image: From The Badger American, March 1924. KKK Newspapers database.


 

Gleeson Zine Library: a new collection

The Gleeson Library has a new, small (but growing!) collection of zines.  What are zines?  Zines are self published magazines.  They are a great means of self expression for artists, writers, and anyone passionate about a topic.  Zines are created in a variety of ways with drawings, comics, collage, hand written, or typed text.  They are typically produced with a limited number of copies and are often just run off on a photocopier.  Because they are self published they can make a space for marginalized voices to be heard.  Common themes include art, poetry, comics, short stories, memoir, cultural criticism, politics, and social commentary.

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The new Gleeson Zine Library is located on the second floor in the big reading room near the front of the Library.  We have zines on a variety of topics with some emphasis on social justice and critical theory.  Anyone in the USF community can check out the zines for 30 days, and they can be renewed up to 3 times.

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We are planning a few workshops on zine making and are looking for ways to partner with USF classes and groups. Keep a lookout here for upcoming events! We encourage submissions by members of the USF community.

More information at the Gleeson Zine Library Guide

A new look for the database list

The database list at Gleeson Library has a new look! Find it from the home page:
Search > Databases and on the Databases page, click “A to Z List of Databases.” Here you will see the treasure trove of electronic resources.

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Search by subject

Discover a subject-specific database beyond your old favorites.

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Search by type

Looking for a particular kind of content? Narrow in on specific types of research studies, data, and other resources.

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Search for a keyword

Do you remember part of a title or something about a database’s contents? Use the search box.

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** Perhaps you can’t remember what it’s called but you know who publishes it. Give the Vendor menu a try.

The A to Z list augments the research guides created by librarians to assist you in finding resources on your subject. You’ll see the research guides getting spruced up as well over the next few months. Check them out from the home page:
Guides & Tools > Research Guides.

We welcome suggestions via our Email the Reference Department form.


Image: Pasta Alphabet by Sandy


Altmetrics and PlumX: More Ways to Measure Your Scholarly Work

Discussions of measuring scholarly work often revolve around the “Impact Factor” for journals, and counting—in various ways—how many times your work has been cited in other scholarly works (see h-index, for example).

If you’ve ever felt that this citation-centric view of the scholarly world does not fully capture the value of your work—trust that feeling! Citation counts may not be a very useful measure if you’re not publishing in fast-moving STEM fields.

If you’ve ever felt that this citation-centric view of the scholarly world does not fully capture the value of your work—trust that feeling!

Citations as the primary assessment measure for scholarship is something of a historical accident — for decades being not the best, but simply the only way to quantitatively measure scholarly impact.

Today there are growing numbers of alternative metrics, or altmetrics, that can be used to both supplement traditional citation metrics, and measure alternative formats (from the peer-reviewed article) such as books and book chapters, videos, blog posts, slide presentations, etc. Examples of altmetrics include number of article downloads or full-text views in databases; books held in library collections; and view counts of videos.

Altmetrics can also include social media metrics such as tweets and Facebook likes which can help measure the attention a piece of research is getting, or indicate how well it is being promoted.

How To Get Altmetrics for Your Work

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Gleeson Library subscribes to PlumX, which is a major provider of altmetrics (as well as traditional citation metrics). The best way to get altmetrics for your work is to make sure you are depositing your work in the library’s Scholarship Repository. You’ll see the “Plum Print” on your work’s landing page, and expanding the Plum Print will display all of PlumX’s metrics for your work. You’ll also see Plum Prints showing up for many works in major databases such as Scopus, CINAHL, and Fusion!


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Access to Bound Periodicals

Gleeson Library was busy this summer with construction projects and much has changed! Several USF departments have moved into the library and new study spaces and classrooms have been created. As a result, a few of our smaller collections have shifted into new spaces within the library, but the greatest impact was on our bound periodicals. In order to accommodate the new operational needs of the building, it was necessary to relocate our bound periodicals – roughly 95% of our print periodicals collection – to an off-site storage facility.

Though this relocation of bound periodicals is permanent, Gleeson Library is committed to providing fast and efficient access to these materials. Faculty and students can request specific articles from our periodicals through our document delivery services. Additionally, we encourage faculty and students to search for full-text access to articles via Fusion as there is some duplication of content between our bound periodicals and electronic databases.

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A small portion of unbound periodicals remain available in the library. Current newspapers and popular magazines are still located in the south half of the second floor. There is also a small collection of unbound materials that are temporarily located in the northwest corner of the second floor at the end of the H call number range. Once new shelving has been erected, the permanent location of unbound periodicals will be in the northeast corner of the second floor.

Do you have any questions or comments about this change in service? Leave a comment here! You can also talk to us in-person at the library, call us at 415-422-2662, or chat with us online.