Google Scholar Citations is a fast and easy way for you to track publication history, citations, and other useful information about articles. When searching Google Scholar you may have noticed that at the bottom of each article record is a link that says Cited By: #. Google Scholar prominently displays the numbers of times a particular article has been cited by other researchers and academics. Google Scholar uses its own search function to find articles that are available through a variety of means such as through library databases and Digital Commons. The more accessible a researcher has made their article, the more chances are that someone will find it. Google makes it easy for researchers and scholars to set up their own author profile page.
When start to create a Google Scholar citation profile page you just need to enter in your name, school affiliation, institutional e-mail address, and area of interest. It will instantly track citations to publications tied to your name. You can also do this manually through Google’s system. Once you have your user profile created you can then explore metrics, graphs, and many other interesting and unique pieces of data.
More and more students and researchers are using Google Scholar to do research and track metrics. Register for your account, and start tracking your citations today. If you need help creating an account or have questions please contact the Research and Instruction Desk in the library.
Have you been watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox or National Geographic? If not, get on that. But if you are, and the desire is burning inside of you to make sure you are as scientifically literate as possible, we’re here to help! There’s a wide variety of science-related books on display on the shelves facing the rear stairs up to the quiet area on the second floor. There are personal works by and/or about renowned scientists (Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Richard Feynman to name a few), informational texts on many fields of scientific inquiry (physics, chemistry, ecology, biology, astronomy, etc.), books on a variety of important and interesting issues (evolution, biogenetic ethics, global warming, quantum mechanics, science denial, famous feuds within scientific communities) and more. Check it out! And I mean that literally… books you see on display are available to be checked out, so don’t be shy and certainly don’t worry about upsetting the aesthetics of the thing. We highlight these things so you’ll notice them. Seeing empty spots on the display shelves actually makes us happy.
Add a little science to your reading diet… just because you might learn something doesn’t mean it won’t be fun.
Over the past several months, we’ve been making a concerted effort to increase the size of our graphic novel collection for a number of reasons. For one thing, professors are using them as texts for their classes in increasing numbers, and we like to support our fine and fabulous faculty* whenever possible. Graphic novels as a format are growing in popularity among audiences of all ages and interests in libraries around the country, too, and we like to stay current. Finally… there are so many good stories available in a variety of genres, and like any library, we really want to put excellent books (among other materials, of course) in people’s hands.
We’ve gone to great lengths to purchase titles that will appeal to a wide range of tastes… murder mysteries, science fiction epics, biography and memoir, science, economics, history, slice of life, medical thriller, superheroics, and more. No matter what you like, we may have a graphic novel in our collection that appeals to you, and if for some reason we don’t, ask for one! We’re always interested in hearing what sorts of titles you folks what, regardless of format, genre, or country of origin (manga and bandes dessinées suggestions especially welcome… it’s hard enough to stay on top of everything from our own country, much less the output of other countries with strong comics traditions like Japan or Belgium).
* It’s a post about comics, people; you have to expect some Stan Lee-esque alliteration.