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Help Guides - Help Guides - Library Guides at UChicago

Library Guides. Help Guides. Help Guides.
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how to find different kinds of resources and information.

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Home - LibGuides at Virginia Tech

Subject guides list library resources by academic discipline, plus provide contact information for the librarian responsible for that discipline.  
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Background information resources | University Libraries | Virginia Tech

Background information resources give general information about a variety of topics. These are often considered to be general reference sources, meaning that they provide basic facts and knowledge that can be used as a foundation for one's research. A little time spent in background information resources can save a tremendous amount of time when searching in databases and more subject-specific resources.

 
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Why Do Comedians Become Comedians?

Why Do Comedians Become Comedians? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Childhood experiences of comedians
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excerpt: "Overall, there were no differences in the way comedians describe how their parents treated them, compared to the students’ sample. This means that there is no support to the claim that parents were overprotecting comedians or didn’t give them enough care."

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Lies Your World Map Told You: 5 Ways You're Being Misled

Lies Your World Map Told You: 5 Ways You're Being Misled | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

"Unfortunately, most world political maps aren't telling you the whole story. The idea that the earth's land is cleanly divvied up into nation-states - one country for each of the world's peoples - is more an imaginative ideal than a reality. Read on to learn about five ways your map is lying to you about borders, territories, and even the roster of the world's countries."


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Sally Egan's curator insight, June 23, 6:32 PM

Amazing stories on the World's changing Geopolitical status. Current stories about disputed borders, unrecognised territories and  newly declared nations.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 29, 9:41 PM

Nunca é "Toda a Verdade" ... 

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 7:49 PM

APHG-U1

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Debunking Breakfast

Debunking Breakfast | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Personally, I have long thought that whatever the particular merits of breakfast, hieratic zeal as the main course was in fact a rather dubious way to start the day. So it is that I welcomed a new
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Top 10 Glaring Movie Courtroom Mistakes | The Expert Witness

Nothing is perfect in this world and this includes movie courtroom scenes as well. While most directors tend to spend a lot of time in fine-tuning the acting and the script, many small mistakes are overlooked. We have compiled a list of the Top 10 Glaring Movie Courtroom Mistakes for you to enjoy. If you have not noticed them before, then this is a good chance to watch your favorite movies again!

 

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The fully automated bibliography, research, citation, and internet highlighting tool.

The fully automated bibliography, research, citation, and internet highlighting tool. | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Our innovative academic research platform allows students and researchers to save, organize, and automatically cite online or offline information throughout the duration of the writing process, and store content privately or aggregate it by topic to be shared with the community


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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, June 2, 9:30 PM

It looks like a very useful tool!

Margarita Parra's curator insight, June 2, 11:00 PM

Useful!

Daniel Compton's curator insight, June 14, 12:25 PM

Excellent resource

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As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Librarians want to make their content searchable, but they’re wary of commercial software that may skew the results.

Via John Shank
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from the article: "Ms. Morse belongs to a group, the Open Discovery Initiative, which unites various players to promote transparency and best practices for discovery tools. In the emerging conversations around this topic, one buzz phrase is "content neutrality." The idea resembles "net neutrality," the notion that network operators shouldn’t block or favor certain content. Proponents of content neutrality argue that discovery providers should have equal access to the information needed to surface content in the search tools’ results. That information includes things like the full text of journal articles and the "metadata" that describe the articles, such as the author, subject, journal title and publication date."

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Un-biasing queries for information and subsequent results, is indeed the goal of any librarian in public education. Whatever EBSCO, Ex Libris et al state, searching relevant information is by and large un-automatable. Keyword is curation - an ongoing activity to keep curated academic content useful. ""unlike almost anything that libraries have done before," the rollout of one-stop search tools is "really intentionally trying to change the way people do research," says Michael Levine-Clark"

nickcarman's curator insight, May 1, 12:21 AM

Library customers prefer simplicity. They either don't the time or the inclination to master the ins and outs of various databases.  I can see the appeal of a simple search interface.

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100 Recommended Search Engines for Serious Scholars

100 Recommended Search Engines for Serious Scholars | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Check out this new, up-to-date collection to discover the very best search engine for finding the academic results you’re looking for.


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30 tips for successful academic research and writing

30 tips for successful academic research and writing | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Choosing something that you are passionately interested in to research is a great first step on the road to successful academic writing but it can be difficult to keep the momentum going. Deborah L...
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Digital Library Collections and Activities - University of Chicago Library

Digital Library Collections and Activities - University of Chicago Library | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
List of digital collections made available through the University of Chicago, as well as the partnerships and other activities that undertake to produce digital resources.
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Magazines, trade journals, and scholarly journals | University Libraries | Virginia Tech

Magazines, trade journals, and scholarly journals | University Libraries | Virginia Tech | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Periodicals are usually separated into several major groups: popular, trade, and scholarly. If you are able to recognize the differences between these sources, you can focus your research to retrieve only the type of information you need.

 
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Handouts: database and research guides | University Libraries | Virginia Tech

PDF copies of all research, subject, database, and services guides available from the University Libraries. 

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Researching guides for use of databases.

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A Twitter Search Trick You Didn’t Know About

A Twitter Search Trick You Didn’t Know About | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

An undocumented Twitter search operator helps you find the best tweets for any search term based on the retweeted or the favorited count.

 

... The engagement filter surfaces the best tweets and removes the noise from Twitter search results but the most surprising part is that Twitter has not made this filter available outside Tweetdeck. You don’t even have it inside the official Twitter app.

 

Well, here’s the trick. You can actually filter tweets by engagement level on the Twitter website or inside any Twitter app using an undocumented search operator that Twitter doesn’t want us to know about....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 25, 10:54 AM

 Amit Agarwal shares one of those great tips to help you find useful data on Twitter. Recommended.

Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, July 27, 1:33 PM

Pretty slick.

Martina Patone's curator insight, July 29, 7:52 AM

twitter 

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Weird Shit

Weird Shit | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Forming somewhere between old English to the modern uncanny, weirdness is its own language. Erik Davis offers a brief etymological look at weird, the word, and the place where it lurks in our imagination.
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excerpt: "The roots of weirdness lie in the noun wyrd, an Old English term that pops up in Beowulf and denotes the (usually grim) demands of destiny. The adjective first appears in the phrase weird sisters, which was used by Scottish poets to describe the classical Fates before Shakespeare attached the term to the witches ofMacbeth. But Shakespeare’s spelling of weird is, well, a bit weird—“weyrd”, “weyward”, and “weyard” appear in the first folio, but never “weird”. These alternate spellings, again, suggest the term wayward, a word used by Shakespeare to denote the capricious refusal to follow rule or reason. This suggests to someMacbeth scholars that, in addition to their oracular knowledge, the witches are also defined by their willful resistance to the norm, a perverse and chaotic twist away from the law. Early on, then, weirdness already covers two contrasting but related forces: necessity and anomaly."

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The Purpose of Thinking

The Purpose of Thinking | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The purpose of thinking is to understand our world as best as possible. Our minds have evolved to think so that we can better adapt to our environment and make smarter decisions on how to survive and live.
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excerpt: "Learn to identify when your thoughts are serving your interests and needs – and when they are leading you down a road to nowhere. If you can make this distinction, then you have already won half the battle with your thoughts."

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Inside Google, Microsoft, Facebook and HP Data Centers (15 Pics) | Geekfill

Inside Google, Microsoft, Facebook and HP Data Centers (15 Pics) | Geekfill | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Google Data Center Inside the campus network room, routers and switches allow our data centers to talk to each other. The fiber optic networks
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use the photos and info for writing a data center scene

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5 Worst Movie Examples of Expert Witnesses | The Expert Witness

Often times expert witnesses get a bum rap in the movies and television, coloring the public’s view of them. There are a plethora of movies that portray expert witness testimony in a very poor light indeed, perhaps adding to the public’s unfounded suspicion when they encounter one in a real trial.

Here we present our list of the 5 Worst Movie Examples of Expert Witnesses. Let us know if you agree with our selection of flicks!

- See more at: http://www.iveyengineering.com/blog/worst-movie-expert-witnesses/?sf25884792=1#sthash.pnBkB87e.dpuf

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resource in case of writing some court drama scenes.

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How School Libraries Are Staying Relevant | Livability

How School Libraries Are Staying Relevant | Livability | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Forget the Shhhhhhh. School libraries are making noise these days, inspiring lifelong learning with innovative programs, high technology – and fun. In the process, they are re-establishing themselves as vital centers for schools and ...

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Helen Rowling's curator insight, April 27, 1:07 AM

Resource Centres - Action centres full of loud learning with is paces for quietness and others for noisy endeavours.

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, April 29, 2:09 AM

"Today’s school librarians employ a variety of tools beyond books to educate kids. They use technology to engage students living in a tech-heavy world. They collaborate with teachers to support curriculum. They create “maker” spaces where students can work on arts and crafts projects. They maintain a flexible schedule, so kids can drop in when they wish. And they create a welcoming atmosphere that kids crave."

 
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 29, 10:43 AM

School libraries and the relationships, human and otherwise, are important in schools.

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The Limits of Big Data: A Review of Social Physics by Alex Pentland | MIT Technology Review

The Limits of Big Data: A Review of Social Physics by Alex Pentland | MIT Technology Review | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.
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Medical Library Association | Resources : A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web

Medical Library Association | Resources : A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Millions of Americans search for health information on the web every year. Whether the health information is needed for personal reasons or for a loved one, millions of health-related web pages are viewed by millions of consumers. Sometimes the information found is just what was needed. Other searches end in frustration or retrieval of inaccurate, even dangerous, information.

 

This guide outlines the collective wisdom of medical librarians who surf the web every day to discover quality information in support of clinical and scientific decision making by doctors, scientists, and other health practitioners responsible for the nation's health. This guide is supported by the Medical Library Association (MLA), the library organization whose primary purpose is promoting quality information for improved health and whose members were the first to realize that not all health information on the web is credible, timely, or safe.

 

The guide is presented in three brief sections. The first section, "Getting Started," provides tips on filtering the millions of health-related web pages through the health subsets of major search engines and using quality electronic finding tools developed by the U.S. government to do an initial screen of websites for further examination. This section is followed by a set of guidelines developed for evaluating the content of health-related websites. The final section provides additional information of interest to consumers searching for health-related information on the web.

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