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Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier - Workshop

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals in your field are considered the most influential? If not, then you might want to come to an upcoming workshop called "Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier". This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the citation tools available to help them. We'll cover the basics of Journal Citation Reports, discuss the useful tools in Web of Science, and realizing that not all journals are covered in JCR and WoS, we’ll also cover tools such as SciMago, Publish or Perish, Google Scholar, and WorldCat Identities.

By the end of the session we hope you’ll have gained:

• Awareness of the different tools available
• Understanding of the value of these different citation analysis tools
• Ability to select the best tool for any given task
• Understanding of vocabulary like impact factors
• Skills to gather citation information and include them in their promotion documents

This workshop is designed to be informative for all disciplines at Miami, and will be jointly led by a Humanities Librarian and a Science Librarian!

Where: King 110
When: November 16th from noon-1:00pm

Register here http://www.lib.muohio.edu/workshops/register/654.

Brill Science Question of the Month - October

The Tibetan Plateau is one of the highest and youngest regions on earth, encircled by mountain ranges, with the Himalayas making up its southern border. The high altitude and humid air from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal allow for the formation of many glaciers. The melt water from these glaciers is the source for many of Asia’s most important rivers.

  1. A December 2009 science brief from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies named global warming as one of two major factors for the alarming rate of glacier retreat on the Tibetan Plateau. What was the other factor and how does it contribute to glacial melt?

  2. What is the name for the field of science that studies the movement, distribution, and quality of water throughout the Earth? Hint: Think Greek.

  3. In southwestern Tibet, there is a mountain (pictured below) that sits near the source of four major rivers in central Asia- the Indus, the Brahmaputra, the Karnali and the Sutleg. This mountain is considered sacred by four religions and is therefore one of the holiest places on Earth. Pilgrims make the journey to the mountain in order to walk the 32 miles around its base, as scaling the peak is forbidden out of respect to the religions that worship the site.

  What is the name of this mountain, and what are the four religions that consider it to be holy?
Hint: Use “AND” in your search if you are having trouble.

Send your answers to mulibrarytrivia@gmail.com.

Free Music & Sheet Music @ Musopen.com

Music faculty, students and classical music lovers: Musopen.com is a fantastic new free resource for classical musical recordings and sheet music. From their about page:

Listen to Fur EliseMusopen (www.musopen.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.

Pulitzer Prizes Announced!

The 2010 Pulitzer Prizes were announced recently. Come to the library and check out some of the winners:

Winner in Biography: The First Tycoon : The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles.

Winner in History: Lords of Finance : the Bankers who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed.

Winner in Fiction: Tinkers by Paul Harding.

Winner in Poetry: Versed by Rae Armantrout.

Winner in General Non-fiction: The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman.

See the complete list!

Haiti Earthquakes Information & Resources

The following is a good collection of information and resources regarding the devastating Haitian earthquakes. If you know of any good resources, let us know.

News & Emergency Information

  • Crisis Map of Haiti
    This real-time map is updated with emergency information coming from SMS messages, the web, email, radio, telephone and other sources. It's the most comprehensive map for humanitarian and relief efforts.
  • Google Crisis Response
    A comprehensive resources with information about donations and charity, videos, Google Earth imagery. Also includes a person finder!
  • United States State Department
    Information on the earthquakes and the relief response from the State Department.

Relief Efforts/Donations

Social Media


Check out our new mobile site!

The Miami University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile site. Check it out at http://www.lib.muohio.edu/m on any mobile browsing device.

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You can search all of the library's holdings including books, dvds, cds and more. You can also search some of our most popular databases including Academic Search Complete!

Research and Help

Can't find a book on the shelves upstairs or need help with research? Just text or IM us directly from the new mobile site! You can also send an email or call subject specialists.

Social Media

Read our blog or check out our Twitter feed or Facebook fan page!


Check hours and get GPS directions (iPhone) to all of our locations!

iPhone/Touch Users

Make the mobile site even easier to access by adding an icon for it on your home screen. Here's how:

  • Go to "www.lib.muohio.edu/m" on your iPhone/Touch.
  • Click on the Add Bookmark sign at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on Add to Home Screen.
  • Change the name of the link if you'd like.
  • Click the Add button at the top of the page and the Miami University Libraries icon will now appear on your iPhone screen and will be a direct link to the site.

20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

20 years ago today, the Berlin Wall, separating West and East Germany came down. This event was pivotal to the eventual fall of communism in Europe. Miami has been holding a series events over the past few weeks to remember this historic event, including a speech today at 12:30 by Josef Joffe, publisher of the German newspaper, Die Zeit (online). The speech will be held in the MacMillan Great Room.

King Library has some wonderful books on the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the legacy of that event. Come check them out!.