Feed Your Curiosity: News Articles and our Databases

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Ever read a news article that piques your curiosity?  Or, something interesting that cites its sources, and you want to read those articles to become more of an expert on the topic?  You can!

For example, take the recent New York Times article titled, “Accounting for Taste: Not for Your Ears Only: How Sour Gets Its Zing”. This article discusses a recent scientific study on taste reception cells that was published in Science, which you can read in full here through the library’s databases!

When you’re reading articles, you can always search the library catalog for the research cited, or search directly within the many databases to which we subscribe to learn more.  If you are reading the article on campus and the citation is hyperlinked, you will be routed directly to the article if we have access to it. Try it, the next time you’re curious about a topic!

—Trish

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Graduate Test Prep and Professional Exam Resources Online!

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Considering graduate school or a career with a competency exam?  As a new year begins, we want to remind folks to visit AskRI.org for access to GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT and PCAT preparation tests, Practice Entrance Tests for health occupations, and a variety of other valuable resources.

You can do it!

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You’ve got 20 days left until the end of the semester. We know that you’re working hard on your projects, papers and presentations.

Remember, the library is here to help! You can use our subject guides to find the best databases for your project and browse the library catalog to find books and eBooks.

Still looking for answers? Remember that you can ask the library for help! You’ve got this. We believe in you.

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With your perseverance, you will definitely succeed.

 

Mintel Oxygen: Marketing Analysis for every occasion

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Hi Bryant Community! Are you working on an Industry Report, Marketing Report or looking for some opportunities in a growing market? The library subscribes to Mintel Oxygen, a marketing intelligence agency that’s a great resource for you.

Mintel is a large database that’s purchased and used in the professional workplace. Here at Bryant, we use it in an educational setting. You can start to master this product now and also impress your professors in final reports.

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Who knew dental and oral care markets could have such exciting graphics?

As long as you have a Bryant username and password you can use it away from campus too! This database shows you executive summaries, analyst reports, infographics, predicted market growth, consumer behavior data, upcoming trends and industry & product overviews! (Can you tell how excited we are about this database?)

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Yes! Even our food purchases at theme parks are carefully researched.

Kanopy and Chill: Streaming using the Library

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Hey there! It’s your friendly Bryant librarian, updating the blog on winter break. How’s it going? If the break is getting a little long we can help! We have some great library resources that can enlighten and entertain you, even away from campus. Did you know that the library has a whole database that encompasses “A collection of thousands of streaming documentaries, indie films and more?” We do! It’s called Kanopy.

According to their website, Kanopy streams more than 26,000 films to over 3,000 higher education campuses worldwide, reaching millions of students around the globe. With over 75 subjects, Kanopy partners with the Great Courses, Criterion Collection, PBS and more, to collect hard-to find films that cover a multitude of educational subjects.

Where else can you stream movies that teach and show you interesting subjects? You can see the Criterion Collection and Documentaries all in the same space. How else can you find great documentaries on Doing Business in Singapore and then Madame Tutli Putli?

This is a great resource for professors to try out at Bryant too. Thousands of video examples are here at your fingertips. You can watch a whole film or create an account and clip scenes from different films to create an informational playlist. Use them in the classroom to explain a topic, inform students or just to enjoy!

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You’re getting your mind ready for classes again, while relaxing. Best of both worlds.

Study tool: Zotero

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Research season has begun! If you’re collecting all your class readings for the semester, starting your Capstone project, or just want to keep your research more organized, you should check out Zotero, a free tool (for the lowest amount of storage—you can pay for more space) described on their website as “a personal research assistant.”

Here are some of the things Zotero can do:

  • Save PDFs of articles you found in a database, or links to web resources with the browser widget
  • Access files you’ve saved by logging into the Zotero website
  • Create different folders for different classes, projects, or aspects of your topic
  • Share articles with other people by adding them to a group
  • Add your own notes to each article, such as how it relates to your thesis, what pages to focus on, or the assignment they’re for
  • Generate citations in APA, MLA, or Chicago format (make sure to double-check them for accuracy just in case!)

Zotero is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. To get started, go to the Zotero website, make an account, and download the program.

Google Scholar Citations

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.