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LAURE Winners Announced!

Photograph of LAURE Winners

Three Miami students won the Miami University Libraries’ inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE), an award given to Miami University undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of a student project.

This year’s LAURE winners are:

 

  • First Place: Mahaley Evans, a senior History major, submitted a project examining the discourse surrounding women in East Germany and Eastern Europe and analyzing communism’s effect on their Cold War and post-war lives. Ms. Evans completed the project for History 480, taught by Dr. Matthew Gordon, and her project sponsor was Dr. Erik Jensen.
  • Honorable Mention: Marlyka (Lyka) Williams, a junior majoring in Architecture, presented a project entitled Dare to be a Wildflower: Looking to the Natural World for Answers Through an In Depth Study of Heliostat Technology, based on her research in Architecture 406 taught by Dr. Mary Ben Bonham.
  • Honorable Mention: Garrett Gust, a senior Individualized Studies major, submitted his project Tapped: An Insider Look at the Craft Beer Movement, conducted in part for WST 421 taught by Dr. Hays Cummins. Dr. Kevin Armitage served as Gust’s project sponsor.

 

Ms. Evans, Ms. Williams, and Mr. Gust will be honored at the Miami University Libraries Student Recognition Dinner on April 24. In addition to this recognition, LAURE’s first place winner receives $1000.00, and honorable mention winners each receive $100.00.

Award-winning projects will be submitted to Miami’s Scholarly Commons in a special collection designed to showcase exceptional undergraduate work. A second award cycle, designed for students who are currently completing first year research, will take place in the Fall. For more information about LAURE, please visit the LAURE website at http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/LAURE.

Stats Help Desk Returns Monday, February 1!

In a class that has you using some statistical software? Completely confused? Whether you can't get software to do what you want, you don't quite understand what the software's actually doing, or you want to talk through a problem with someone, stop by our Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) for help from a qualified associate! Beginning Monday, February 1, the desk will be staffed during the following hours this semester:

Mondays : 2:30p - 6p

Tuesdays : 2p - 3:30p

Wednesdays : 2:30p - 6p

Thursdays : 2p - 3:30p

No appointment necessary! Just drop-in!

Updated Stats Help Desk hours for Finals Week

Need some help with statistics before a final?  Whether you can't get software to do what you want, you don't quite understand what the software's actually doing, or you want to talk through a problem with someone, stop by our Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) for help from a qualified associate! The desk will be staffed during the following hours during Fall 2015 Finals Week:

Sunday, December 6th : 2p - 5p
Monday, December 7th : 1p - 7p
Tuesday, December 8th :  4p - 7p
Wednesday, December 9th :  4p - 7p

No appointment necessary - just drop-in!

Stats Help Desk is back at B.E.S.T. Library!

The Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) returns this semester with new hours. This is a free service available to any Miami student who is seeking assistance using statistical software for your coursework, including:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Minitab
  • R
  • SAS
  • SPSS

This is a first come, first served service; we do not take appointments. Drop by and visit the Stats Help Desk located behind the stained glass wall near the printers during any of the times below to take advantage of this service.

Mondays 2 - 5pm
Tuesdays 2 - 7pm
Wednesdays 3 - 6pm
Thursdays 2 - 7pm
 

Finding and accessing journals in the new catalog

Many users (including some of us!) are lamenting the disappearance of the Journal Titles tab on the library's homepage. We know that a title search for certain journals (e.g. ScienceThe Sun) can seem virtually impossible in the general catalog after we've been spoiled with a fairly robust journal-specific search for so long. To help you find precisely what you're looking for without blowing a whole Saturday searching the catalog, we've put together 3 recommended ways to go about finding access to specific journals:

 

1. Search by ISSN

If you have the ISSN for a journal (or do a quick Google search to find it), you can search that number and select the ISSN option from the dropdown menu to locate the catalog record and gain access.

 

2. Search the journal title in quotes

If the title is fairly unique, you can search the title in quotes and select 'Title' from the dropdown options to locate the catalog record and view access options.

 

3. Search using Online Resources A-Z

Clicking the Search button on the Books & More tab without anything in the search field will take you to the catalog interface on the Ebsco platform. In the top red banner, there is a link titled "Online Resources A-Z". 

This link will take you to an extensive list of our online resources. Be sure to select the "Journals only" radio button prior to searching. Additionally, the dropdown menu include "Title contains", "Title begins with" and "Title exact match" options.

 

If you have trouble finding or access journals, please feel free to ask us for assistance. For immediate help, contact us via chat. You can also email your subject librarian or ask at any Information Desk in the libraries.

Stats Help Desk - hours during finals week

 

 

Need some last minute statistics help as you prepare for a final?  Stop by our Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall)! The desk will be staffed during the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 12th:  12p - 3p
  • Wednesday, May 13th:  6p - 9p

Good luck with all of your finals, and have a terrific summer!

[Photo credit: Lendingmemo]

 

Extended Statistics Help Desk hours

Starting today, March 30th, we're extending our Statistics Help Desk hours, located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall). See below for updated times to take advantage of this free service:

Mondays 3-8p
Tuesdays 2-5p
Wednesdays 3-6p
Thursdays 3-6p 

This is a first come, first served service available to any Miami student who is seeking assistance with statistics or statistical software, including:

Microsoft Excel
Minitab
R
SAS
SPSS

Having trouble with statistics? We can help!

Beginning Monday, March 2, B.E.S.T. Library will be offering a Statistics Help Desk. This is a free service available to any Miami student who is seeking assistance using statistical software for your coursework, including:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Minitab
  • R
  • SAS
  • SPSS

This is a first come, first served service; we do not take appointments. Drop by B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) and visit the Stats Help Desk located behind the stained glass wall near the printers during any of the times below to take advantage of this service.

Mondays 6-8pm

Tuesdays 2-5p

Thursdays 3-6pm

Charlie Sheen: Drug addict, Bipolar, or Tigerblood? You decide!

Charlie Sheen has made the news in the past few months for a variety of controversial comments prompting an interview with ABC that sparked further concerns about the actor's health.

So what do you think? Is Charlie Sheen a drug addict? Is he bipolar? Or is his behavior the result of pure, unadulterated Tiger Blood? You decide!

You can find the American Psychological Association's official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) in King's Reference section. Want to learn more about the effects of cocaine use and bipolar disorder? Check out the titles below:

More titles about cocaine

More titles about bipolar disorder

Watch Charlie Sheen in his younger days in films such as Hot Shots! Part Deux, Wall Street & more. You can find most of these movies by asking at the desk in the IMC on the ground floor of King, but be sure to check the location field to be sure.