Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Dentistry Library Digital Collections

Often times our research takes us on a historical adventure... going back in time to learn from our mistakes or seeing what has already been done so we don't have to reinvent the wheel again.. and again... and again...

But usually looking at historical information means sitting down with old, dusty, crusty books - sneezing and leafing through brittle pages to find information you need.  Comparing that to the ease of finding more current information digitally at your finger tips from home using a database like Medline or Embase (where many articles are just a click away with the "Get it at UTL" button) may leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed with a historical literature search.

Wouldn't it be nice if historical books could just be digitized and readily available from home with a click of the mouse?  Well, actually... many pre-1923 books in the Dentistry Library Collection have been digitized and uploaded to Internet Archive.  Here you can read the contents of these books online, download a PDF, Kindle, Daisy or many other types of file to read on your computer or device.

We also have many pre-1923 items in our collection that have been digitized by other institutions and uploaded to Internet Archive, Hathi Trust or other websites that we have now linked in our catalogue.

So rest assured that as you embark upon your research and want to stop reinventing the wheel to save time that the Dentistry Library has made it just a little bit easier to access the content that you need!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Graduate Student Library Workshop Series


The Dentistry Library Graduate Student Library Workshop Series is back!

Are you a researcher, faculty member, current graduate student or an undergraduate student thinking of gradschool? If so, then these workshops are for you! These lunch hour workshops are designed to help you make your searching and research easier, faster and more powerful. This workshops series runs from July 21st to July 24th in the Dentistry Library Computer Lab (266C).

Monday July 21st
12:00 – 1:00: Thesis/Dissertation Writing*

Tuesday July 22nd
12:00 – 1:00: eRL 101: eSearching, Research and the Library 101*  

Wednesday July 23rd
12:00 – 12:20: Briefs: Publishing Pointers 101* 
12:30 - 12:50: Briefs: Measuring up! Metrics, H-Indexes and Impact Factors*  

Thursday July 24th
12:00 – 1:00: Everything You Wanted to Know about EndNote Web*  

*Please see below for a detailed description of each workshop.

Monday July 21st, 2014

Thesis/Dissertation Writing (1 hour workshop)
Learn the structure of a thesis/dissertation and what you are expected to do in each section. Get advice on scientific language use (such as verb tenses and punctuation).  Get information on working one-on-one with a writing instructor as you go through the thesis/dissertation process.

Guest Speaker: Dena Bain Taylor, PhD, ARCT, Director, Health Sciences Writing Centre, University of Toronto

Time: 12:00 – 1:00
Location: Dentistry Library – Computer Lab (266C)

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

eRL 101: eSearching, Research and the Library 101 (1 hour workshop)
Did you know that U of T has some eResources that even Harvard University does not have? Some students and researchers have said to us that U of T has so many eResources that they don’t know where to start.  If that sounds like you, come out to our eRL 101 workshop and learn about U of T’s online tools including databases, citation management and libguides.  Whether you are new to U of T or have been here a while you are sure to learn something new at this workshop!

Time: 12:00 – 1:00
Location: Dentistry Library – Computer Lab (266C)

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

Briefs: Publishing Pointers 101 (20 minute workshop)
This lightning fast workshop will give you some publishing tips learned from journal editors, publishers, experienced researchers and trial and error attempts at publishing.  If you want to find out what editors say is the biggest reason they reject a paper or just general tips on how to improve your article then this is a must go to workshop!
Time: 12:00-12:20
Location: Dentistry Library – Computer Lab (266C)

Briefs: Measuring up! Metrics, H-Indexes and Impact Factors (20 minute workshop)
This quick 20 minute workshop is aimed to show you the basics of citation metrics and how you can use the eResources at U of T to determine different types of metrics.  Metrics can be a great tool to use to help you determine where to publish or see who is a publishing wiz in your field!  
Time: 12:30 – 12:50
Location: Dentistry Library – Computer Lab (266C)

Thursday July 24th, 2014
Everything You Wanted to Know about EndNote Web (1 hour workshop)
Just spent a half hour searching for great references in a database, then you go to import them into EndNote Web so you can prepare a bibliography for your paper… Wait… hold on! What are all these hieroglyphics? Did you know that when you import to EndNote Web you have to apply the right filter to make references display correctly? If you are a passionate current user of EndNote Web or want to learn if EndNote Web is right for you come to this hands-on workshop and learn more about EndNote Web.
Time: 12:00 – 1:00
Location: Dentistry Library – Computer Lab (266C)