Metrics: Understanding your Impact

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GraphScholars have long been required to publish research, but how are we to determine whether this research is meaningful?

Traditionally, we have attempted to measure the impact of the journal in which that research was published as a proxy for the impact of the research itself. However, this method is becoming increasingly problematic as more research is created and disseminated digitally and in forms beyond the traditional journal article. Altmetrics cover not just citation counts, but also other aspects of the impact of a work, such as how many data and knowledge bases refer to it, article views, downloads, or mentions in social media and news media. The impact of your work goes beyond the Journal Impact Factor and Citation Counts. By capturing analytics like tweets, Mendeley readers, Facebook, blog, and news mentions, you can demonstrate the impact of your work in a much broader way.

This guide will assist researchers to articulate the impact of their works through the use of appropriate metrics. The positive and negative aspects of many common journal and article-level metrics are explored.

 

Library Classes This Week

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Our goal is to serve students, faculty, and staff with free learning opportunities. We are here to help you learn how to use library resources, search the internet effectively, and find, use, and credit the information sources you need.Library-Training-Logosm

Here are the classes we’re offering this week:

TMC Demo Day: Apple Devices & Apps
Tuesday, September 30
10:00am – 2:00pm
Tillman Media Center, 212 Tillman Hall
Description: Come see what the Tillman Media Center (TMC) has to offer! We have 60 Apple mobile devices – both individual items and class sets. Browse our preloaded educational apps and learn about the American Association of School Librarian’s Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2014. Learn how to reserve and check out items plus how to add your own apps and other media. Also, grab some free popcorn!
No registration required – stop by anytime during the session!

Library Research for Engineering
Tuesday, September 30
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Cooper Library, Room 204
Description: Want to get started using the library for engineering research? Let the Engineering Librarian show you how it’s done. Topics covered include finding articles in specialized databases, using information from one article to find other relevant articles, and using RefWorks to keep track of everything.
Registration is required for this event.

Citation Tools
Wednesday, October 1
11:15am – 11:45am
Cooper Library, 204 Cooper
Description: Worried about creating your bibliography? Don’t want to create each citation from scratch? There are tools that can help you with individual citations or even all your references! Let us help make these very important (but not very exciting) tasks easier!
Registration is required for this event.

Thinking Critically about Your Resources
Wednesday, October 1
1:25pm – 1:50pm
Cooper Library, 204 Cooper
Description: “In 2012, the average U.S. librarian’s salary was higher than that of the average doctor.” Unfortunately, reading something online doesn’t mean it’s true. Some things are obviously made up, but a lot of shadiness isn’t so easy to spot. Why does it matter where information comes from? What kinds of things should you look out for? Find out how to be information savvy!
Registration is required for this event.

Writing an Annotated Bibliography
Thursday, October 2
9:30am – 10:00am
Cooper Library, 204 Cooper
Description: What is an annotated bibliography? Why would someone ask me to write one? Is there any way to make this process quicker and easier? Get the answers you need in this session!
Registration is required for this event.

Google Search Tips (online only event)
Thursday, October 2
12:00pm – 12:20pm
Description: This session will provide searching tips and tricks for Google, Google Scholar and Google Books to help you find more relevant resources for your research projects.
Registration is required for this event.

Technology Petting Zoo
Thursday, October 2
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Cooper Library, Lobby
Description: Stop by our table in the Cooper Lobby and get to know some of the awesome technology we offer free for check-out!
No registration required – stop by anytime during the session.

See more classes on our classes and training calendar. Questions? Ask a Librarian.

Posting in Cooper Library

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DocumentWe want to remind everyone about the posting policy in Cooper Library. The place to post your paper flyers is on the bulletin boards in the vending area near the P.O.D. Store on the 4th floor.

You can also post an image on the digital signage in the lobby of Cooper. Read more about how to send us your image on our guide.

 

 

Bathrooms Open on 3rd Floor

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Check out the space we’ve opened up on the 3rd floor near Room 309. Opening that space means that we’ve opened up the bathrooms on that floor! Now you won’t have to walk up or down the stairs to find a restroom.

We’ll be adding furniture to that area in the next few days.

Hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Kanopy Streaming Video Trial

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kanopyClemson Libraries’ trial of streaming video from Kanopy–featuring documentaries on the work & practices of world-famous contemporary architects, artists, and designers– is live and will be available for you to try until October 3. Urban planning and art history are included, too.

Please give it a try and send feedback to Kathy Edwards at kathye@nullclemson.edu.

Library Classes This Week

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Our goal is to serve students, faculty, and staff with free learning opportunities. We are here to help you learn how to use library resources, search the internet effectively, and find, use, and credit the information sources you need.Library-Training-Logosm

Here are the classes we’re offering this week:

RefWorks (online only event)
Wednesday, September 24
1:25pm – 1:55pm
Description: Avoid the mind-numbing, time-consuming chore of assembling your bibliography. This free, web-based tool allows you to store and manage citations to create a bibliography in any output style! APA, MLA, Chicago, and many others are supported! We’ll get you set up with an account and started with tasks like creating folders, adding references, and creating bibliographies!
Registration is required for this event.

Find A Book in the Library
Thursday, September 25
11:00am – 11:30am
Cooper Library, Room 204
Description: Not quite sure how to actually get your hands on a book you found in our catalog? We’ll explain the method to our madness – it’s really not as complicated as it seems!
Registration is required for this event.

Apps for Research (online only event)
Thursday, September 25
1:30pm – 2:00pm
Description: Want to know about the apps that will help you with your research? Come to this session to find out ways you can access resources from your mobile devices.
Registration is required for this event.

See more classes on our classes and training calendar. Questions? Ask a Librarian.

Banned Books Readings Today

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bannedbooksCome hear the students in World Literature classes (ENGL 2120) read from books that have been banned or censored in South Carolina. Some of the featured authors are Alison Bechdel, Chris Crutcher, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Alan Moore, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, and more.

The readings will take place today in the lobby of Cooper Library from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. This event is sponsored by Clemson Libraries and the department of English.

While you are here take a look at our Banned Books Week book display on the New Books shelf.

 

Noise Alert — 3rd Floor!

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ConeToday and tomorrow, there will be some noise and commotion on the 3rd floor near Room 309 (classroom) and the main staircase doors.

We are taking down the yellow office landscaping walls so we can open that space for public use.

We apologize for any inconvenience. You can find other quiet study areas by looking at our study zones.

Banned Books Week

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bannedbookswk14This year, the American Library Association will celebrate Banned Books Week September 21st – 27th.

Cooper Library is also celebrating Banned Book Week with Banned Book Readings in the lobby on Wednesday, September 24th from 1:30-3:30, and with a month-long Banned and Challenged Book display.  The display is located on the far right side of the New Books Shelf and each item chosen for the display has a label listing why the book is frequently challenged or banned.

Learn more about Banned Books and Banned Book Week here: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek.